Category Archives: health care

Ancient herb appears useful as anti-stress therapy

BY AMBER SMITH An herb used for centuries in India is gaining recognition in the United States as a way to reduce stress, and scientists at Upstate say their research indicates the herb, called ashwagandha, can help people with anxiety … Continue reading

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Syracuse hospitals collaborate as well as compete

BY AMBER SMITH Advertisements for the various Syracuse hospitals may lead you to believe they’re locked in a competitive battle. But for the past two years, medical staffs and administrators have worked together on quality initiatives designed to keep patients … Continue reading

Posted in community, health care, infectious disease, prevention/preventive medicine

Breast-feeding is healthy for baby and mother

  The majority of babies born in the United States receive some breast milk, but experts including Upstate’s Jayne Charlamb, MD, say mothers and their infants would benefit from breast-feeding exclusively for at least six months. Charlamb, an associate professor … Continue reading

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News about Upstate you may have missed

  MANIKA SURYADEVARA, MD, and Joseph Domachowske, MD, received the Others’ Award, the highest civic honor bestowed by the Salvation Army, for their efforts to vaccinate children and families in Central New York. Senior research support specialist Cynthia Bonville received … Continue reading

Posted in health care

Hospital’s new PET scanner another tool to detect cancer, other diseases

A new positron emission tomography machine at Upstate University Hospital can reveal the onset of a disease process before anatomical changes would show up on other types of imaging scans. PET scans rely on a radiotracer — a radioactive atom … Continue reading

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Back pain? Spine practitioner aims to get patients best possible treatment

BY AMBER SMITH Denise Karsten is someone you might not expect to find in the office of a neurosurgical practice, but she’s an important part of the Upstate Brain and Spine Center team. Karsten, a chiropractor and registered nurse, is … Continue reading

Posted in bones/joints/orthopedics, brain/spine/neurosurgery, disability, health care, HealthLink on Air, physical therapy/rehabilitation, surgery | Tagged , , ,

Got a couple hours to help save lives? Donate platelets

BY SUSAN KEETER “What if you could do one thing on Monday that might save a cancer patient’s life on Wednesday?” That’s the message from a Red Cross video encouraging platelet donation. I’ve donated blood since high school but learned about … Continue reading

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Navigating through a cancer diagnosis

BY AMBER SMITH While each person’s cancer journey is unique, patients are likely to encounter similar  services and treatment options along the way. Holly Briere, a nurse navigator specializing in cancers of the liver, gallbladder and pancreas, guides us through what the experience … Continue reading

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Personal plan: Her team crafted the best way to fight her pancreatic cancer

BY AMBER SMITH A tumor quietly growing in Gail Brehm’s pancreas invaded her stomach and surrounding soft tissues. Eventually the mass began pressing on a nerve. Brehm, 63, a retired postal worker in Auburn, felt that pain in her lower … Continue reading

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How much do existing medical problems impact lung cancer?

  BY AMBER SMITH When people are diagnosed with lung cancer, they usually ask about survival odds. Doctors have used calculation methods that take into account the patient’s other diseases, known as comorbidities. A cancer expert at Upstate suggests those calculations … Continue reading

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