Category Archives: health care

Crisis control: A hospital responds to a pandemic

BY AMBER SMITH It felt like the world turned upside down. So many changes, so suddenly, so surreal. Medical classes moved online. Research laboratories shut down. Fever checks. Face masks. Toilet paper shortages. Rationing of pasta and butter and sugar. … Continue reading

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A patch collection grows in the burn center

PHOTOS BY WILLIAM MUELLER A burgeoning collection of fire department and rescue patches is on display in Upstate’s Clark Burn Center. Two hundred eighty patches of various shapes and sizes occupy a dozen cases in a hallway where patients and family … Continue reading

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Spotting a volunteer just got easier at Upstate

BY EMILY KULKUS Hundreds of dedicated and valuable volunteers at Upstate University Hospital are now a little easier to spot. With more than 800 people volunteering annually through Upstate’s Office of Volunteer Programs, volunteer services are critical to helping patients … Continue reading

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New medical school course emphasizes nutrition, its impact on health care

A new elective at Upstate Medical University teaches medical students about how food affects health. Fourth-year medical student Natalie Antosh worked with faculty members — Beth Nelsen, MD, Barbara Feuerstein, MD, and Susan Levinsohn, MD, all from Upstate, plus Kay … Continue reading

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Eating better: Rural medical students learn about culinary medicine

BY CHARLES McCHESNEY Many patients know they need to eat better. They don’t know how. That’s why “I don’t ask them what they eat. I ask them who cooks,” Joseph F. Wetterhahn, MD, told 14 first-year students in Upstate Medical … Continue reading

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In case you missed it: multiple sclerosis rates, a major hospital donation, ‘quiet kits,’ early med school admission

Why are MS rates so high in Syracuse? Experts are trying to understand why the rate of multiple sclerosis in the Syracuse area is nearly double the national average, according to a report from Blue Cross Blue Shield. The report … Continue reading

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Chaplain donates a kidney to a dying refugee

  BY JIM HOWE It was a note in a church bulletin that led an Upstate chaplain to donate one of her kidneys to a Bhutanese refugee. The Rev. Susan Joy Huizenga, the palliative care chaplain at Upstate since August … Continue reading

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Firefighters share an extra bond: Kidney donor was glad to help his longtime friend

BY JIM HOWE It’s a dramatic story of sickness, friendship, sacrifice and the wonders of modern medicine. A retired firefighter with failing kidneys does not want to live on dialysis, so he goes on the waiting list for a kidney … Continue reading

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Why you should care about sleep apnea

BY AMBER SMITH You may have sleep apnea if… • a bedmate cannot sleep with you because you snore so loudly, • a relative can hear you snoring from outside of your bedroom, • you awake during the night gasping … Continue reading

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Stroke expertise available in rural areas, thanks to technology

Central New Yorkers who live far from Syracuse can tap into the expertise of the stroke specialists at Upstate University Hospital’s comprehensive stroke center at several regional hospitals that partner with Upstat In those outlying hospitals, interactive computer videoconferencing via … Continue reading

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