Category Archives: HealthLink on Air

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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Radiation can be as effective as surgery for some tumor removals

Not long ago, people who were not healthy enough to withstand surgery had few options if a tumor was discovered in their lung or brain. Today, radiation therapy has evolved into an alternative to traditional surgery that can help these … Continue reading

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9 things to know about brain and spinal cord tumors in children

BY AMBER SMITH Cancers of the brain and spinal cord have surpassed leukemia as the largest cause of cancer death in children. It’s not because there are more brain and spinal cord tumors. Rather, progress has been made in treating … Continue reading

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Creative coping: Pediatric art therapist brings art to the bedside

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The therapy Maria Fazzini provides may involve paints, crayons or other art supplies. She’s the art therapist at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. “I really enjoy the little smile that starts to form on a patient’s face, and on the … Continue reading

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How much exercise do kids need?

  Upstate’s weekly radio show/podcast, “HealthLink on Air,” spoke recently with pediatrician Travis Hobart, MD, about exercise for kids. He says government guidelines prescribe an hour a day of moderate to vigorous activity for most kids from age 6 into … Continue reading

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How best to protect your bones

  BY JIM HOWE Our bodies are always breaking down old bone and rebuilding new. Changes in this process can cause problems in later adulthood, but an Upstate expert says there are ways to help keep bones healthy. “Bone is … Continue reading

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Why you must come to Upstate for trauma care

If you’re seriously hurt in a car wreck, a lawn mower mishap or knife fight, your chances of survival are higher if you quickly get to a Level I trauma center. Upstate University Hospital is the only Level I trauma center within … Continue reading

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Oneida High School student learns to live with brain cancer

  BY JIM HOWE A run of severe headaches over a couple of weeks in 2015 led to an Oneida teen’s diagnosis of brain cancer. “I would throw up a lot and couldn’t eat. It hurt really bad,” describes Breonna … Continue reading

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Preserving future fatherhood This service helps boys and men with cancer maintain their ability to father children.

BY JIM HOWE Some cancers, and some cancer treatments, can cause male reproductive damage. But a variety of techniques available through Upstate’s Male Fertility Preservation Program can help men with a cancer diagnosis or temporary or permanent infertility issue. “Survival … Continue reading

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