Category Archives: Health Link on Air

Possible solutions to 4 nutritional challenges during cancer therapy

Appetites often change during cancer treatment. “Even if you’re not feeling particularly well, remember that nutrition is an important part of your treatment,” says registered dietitian nutritionist, Maria Erdman of the Upstate Cancer Center. She provides this advice: * For … Continue reading

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Robotic tool improves accuracy in hip, knee replacements

The orthopedic staff at Upstate University Hospital has a new tool called the Mako that helps surgeons precisely install replacement parts for hips and knees. “The Mako is a robotic arm that is connected to a series of computers that … Continue reading

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Outreach to Ethiopia: Upstate otolaryngologists help restore hearing after ear infections

Five years ago, Rick Kelley, MD, and his wife, Ashley, decided their home could hold more children. They looked into international adoption and wound up in Ethiopia. Now they have three daughters and a son, ranging in age from 3 … Continue reading

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Confusion in elderly may signal epilepsy

The symptoms of epilepsy may appear differently in senior citizens than in younger people, which makes the diagnosis tricky and can lead to incorrect treatment, says Rebecca O’Dwyer, MD, a neurologist at Upstate Medical University’s geriatric epilepsy clinic. She says … Continue reading

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What a patient with Ebola experiences

A patient who survives Ebola suffers through some nasty symptoms, and then his or her body regroups to muster a fight against the virus. “One of the big problems with this disease is it impairs adaptive immunity. You don’t develop … Continue reading

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6 reasons to say no to e-cigarettes

Enticed by the flavors and sleek designs of the new electronic cigarettes? Don’t be. That’s the advice of Upstate Cancer Center Medical Director Leslie Kohman, MD, a thoracic surgeon who oversees the Lung Cancer Screening Program. She elaborates: * 1. … Continue reading

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Learning a new way of talking — without words

By Rich O’Neill, PhD My mom is 97, has Alzheimer’s and has become less verbal and logical. She now lives in a residential health care facility, a nursing home. This has been a hard journey for her, and for me. … Continue reading

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Shocking news in ’64: Smoking causes lung cancer

Fifty years ago, Upstate’s hospitals opened their doors and the US Surgeon General issued the first report on Smoking and Health, linking cigarette smoking to lung cancer and heart disease. That report — the first of 31 issued by the … Continue reading

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Children with cerebral palsy improve physical abilities through dance

Like many preschoolers, Marley Aberdeen was enthralled with the mouse, Angelina Ballerina from the series of children’s books. So it was easy to enlist her participation in a pilot project last year exploring how ballet could help children with cerebral … Continue reading

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The story behind the Women’s Health Network advertisements

You’ve seen them, haven’t you? Ads for Upstate’s new Women’s Health Network. The ads are in magazines, on billboards, websites and more — all with the goal of encouraging women to join the network and take charge of their health. The … Continue reading

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