Category Archives: HealthLink on Air

5 random facts you would know if you listen to ‘HealthLink on Air’

Upstate produces a weekly podcast/radio talk show called “HealthLink on Air” that airs on WRVO Public Media at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Sundays and is available in iTunes or on demand. The program explores health, medical and scientific topics … Continue reading

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Palliative care patients leave lasting memories in ‘Sharing Life’ videos

BY JIM HOWE After a person is gone, it can be comforting for his or her loved ones to hear their voice or see their face again. “It would be so awesome to capture that and to be able to … Continue reading

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What you need to know about hereditary cancers

Up to 10 percent of cancers result from a genetic mutation that is inherited from a parent. Since half of our genes come from our mother and half from our father, the cancer history from each side of our families … Continue reading

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She provided care in Ghana

  Brandy Baillargeon of Watertown, a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, traveled to Ghana through Upstate nurse Lauri Rupracht’s Americans Serving Abroad Project. She was touched by the gratitude of those she helped in several villages during the eight-day … Continue reading

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Science is art: Preserving fatherhood

The andrology department at Upstate helps men preserve their ability to become fathers by offering: — sperm banking, where semen is collected and frozen in liquid nitrogen; — testicular sperm extraction, a surgical procedure for men with no sperm in … Continue reading

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Are you age 52 to 72? Three health conditions to check

  BY JIM HOWE  Baby boomers can save their health, their lives and lots of money and trouble by getting themselves checked for three major but often neglected health problems, says New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD. The … Continue reading

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Open wide and say ‘aha!’: Urologist looks to patient’s mouths for help repairing urethral strictures

BY AMBER SMITH Only an innovative scientist with expertise in reconstructive urology would look at the inside lining of the cheek and wonder how those cells would behave if transplanted into the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the … Continue reading

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2 questions to ask if you’re told you have multiple sclerosis

Among patients treated for multiple sclerosis, up to 10 percent have been mistakenly diagnosed and treated for the disorder. “In many cases they are treated for 10 years or longer, causing for them financial, emotional and physical hardship,” says Upstate … Continue reading

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Psychosocial care tends to body as well as mind

Patients are used to having their pulse, blood pressure, respiration, temperature and pain level recorded in their medical record. Now a “sixth vital sign,” that of emotional distress, is beginning to find its way into patient charts. It’s called distress … Continue reading

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From Elbridge to Ethiopia, with an Upstate nurse

BY AMBER SMITH Brooke Fraser, a 20-year veteran nurse from Elbridge who works in the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, saves her days off for mission trips to countries in need. Last summer she travelled to Ethiopia and spent two weeks … Continue reading

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