Category Archives: HealthLink on Air

A nonsurgical way to treat knee osteoarthritis

BY AMBER SMITH People with chronic knee pain may seek relief from physical therapy. They may try over-the-counter pain relievers, prescription painkillers or steroid injections. A doctor at Upstate now offers another choice for people who are unwilling or unable … Continue reading

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Working the streets: Upstate physician provides medical care to the homeless

BY AMBER SMITH David Lehmann, MD, was focused on how best to provide medical care to the homeless. He was aware of 60 “street medicine” programs around the world, most based at academic medical centers. He was intent on launching … Continue reading

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Stroke patients can beat risk for depression

BY JIM HOWE At least a third of people who have a stroke become depressed or show some symptoms of depression, according to an expert who often treats such patients. It’s called post-stroke depression, explains rehabilitation psychologist Michelle Woogen, PsyD, … Continue reading

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Up close: A peek at laboratory analysis

BY CHARLES McCHESNEY Pneumatic tubes whisk blood samples to the new Core Laboratory on the fifth floor of the Upstate Cancer Center, where two Roche cobas 8000 analyzers stand, whirring quietly. The machines test hundreds of blood samples each day … Continue reading

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Seven things your radiation oncologist wants you to know

BY AMBER SMITH Linda Schicker, MD, an assistant professor of radiation oncology at Upstate, tells what to expect when you face radiation therapy. She sees many of her patients at the Upstate Cancer Center’s radiation oncology office in Oneida, at … Continue reading

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Questions on the body’s water needs; immunotherapy drugs; suicide prevention; back pain — answered by Upstate’s experts

Q: How can I help someone who may be suicidal? A: “There are things you can look for. What you see leading up to suicide is, usually people will withdraw socially. They may start losing their ability to function, either … Continue reading

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Things to think about before you buy a home genetic test kit

    BY AMBER SMITH If you’re intrigued by offers of direct-to-consumer medical genetic testing, Robert Roger Lebel, MD, director of medical genetics at Upstate, offers something to consider. Let’s say you come from a family with many members who have had … Continue reading

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Damage control: Surgeons rely on Navy strategy in operating on severely injured trauma patients

BY JIM HOWE Peter Corigliano is a living example of what “damage control surgery” can accomplish. The Rome resident, now 62, was injured in a horrific industrial accident in 2012. He was working at Rome Strip Steel when a giant electromagnet … Continue reading

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Scientist walks political tightrope: He deals with Taliban to help his native land rebuild

BY JIM HOWE An Upstate faculty member who lost his mother as a baby and grew up in a refugee camp hopes he can help his war-scarred homeland, Afghanistan. To do this, he has secured the permission of the local … Continue reading

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A remarkable recovery: His stroke care included fast-moving, coordinated efforts by his wife, ambulance crew and specialists at Upstate

BY JIM HOWE Dave Cartner has a remarkable story to share. The patient The 50-year-old Marcellus resident had finished breakfast on Feb. 13 and was about to leave for his job as a meat supervisor for a local food chain. … Continue reading

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