Category Archives: health care

Did you know? The scientist who discovered genetically inherited breast cancer visited Upstate

In 1990, her laboratory zeroed in on chromosome 17q21 to prove that breast cancer is genetically inherited in some families. The scientists working with Mary-Claire King, PhD, called this particular genetic mutation BRCA1. Soon after, another mutation, called BRCA2, was … Continue reading

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Hunting for cancer: Doctors ‘stage’ cancer to create prognosis, treatment regimen; that means finding where it has spread

BY JIM HOWE Before a patient starts treatment at the Upstate Cancer Center, a medical team evaluates the cancer in a process called staging. Staging determines the extent of cancer in the body, based on the tumor’s size and depth … Continue reading

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Covert operations: Surgeons hide scars in new breast surgery technique

A new surgical technique means disfiguring surgical scars may be avoidable for women who face breast cancer surgery. Kristine Keeney, MD, and Mary Ellen Greco, MD, are both certified in Hidden Scar Breast Care Surgery, an advanced approach in while … Continue reading

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What happens after you find a breast lump

What should you do once you find a breast lump? And what should you expect to happen? 1. Primary care Connect with your primary care provider to have the lump investigated. The majority of self-palpated lesions turn out to be … Continue reading

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Growing up, despite cancer

BY AMBER SMITH The Hysicks of Baldwinsville got a puppy in November 2012, and their son Parker played with her constantly. So when Parker developed bruises, his mom and dad thought they were from roughhousing. When Parker began having nosebleeds, … Continue reading

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Rethinking breast cancer treatment options: Should chemotherapy or surgery come first?

BY AMBER SMITH Many people with a breast cancer diagnosis will face surgery and chemotherapy as part of their treatment. A question more doctors and patients must answer is: In which order? Chemotherapy is increasingly prescribed to help shrink breast … Continue reading

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Think you know how to wash your hands? Here’s how – and why – to do it the way the pros do

It’s simple, quick and one of the best ways to reduce the spread of disease. Hand washing is paramount in hospitals, but its importance may be overlooked at home. Even if you recognize the health benefits of keeping hands clean, … Continue reading

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Looking at eye development

BY AMBER SMITH A discovery by a research team at Upstate reveals the minimal recipe for the creation of the retinal cells that make vision possible. This new knowledge offers a hopeful glimpse that scientists might be able to prompt … Continue reading

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Science Is Art: Motion capture and posture

A common complaint after a concussion injury is a feeling of unsteadiness or impaired balance. Monitoring balance deficits and recovery of balance may help to better understand concussion injury and recovery. Scientists at Upstate Medical University use infrared motion-capture technology … Continue reading

Posted in brain/neurology, health care, research, technology

Amazon ecolodge becomes enduring hobby for father and son eye doctors

BY JIM HOWE What started with a vacation trip in the 1990s has blossomed into something of a second career in Amazon ecology and tourism for an Upstate ophthalmologist. Charles A. Mango, MD, 72, of Solvay, who has a private … Continue reading

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