Category Archives: infectious disease

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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Syracuse hospitals collaborate as well as compete

BY AMBER SMITH Advertisements for the various Syracuse hospitals may lead you to believe they’re locked in a competitive battle. But for the past two years, medical staffs and administrators have worked together on quality initiatives designed to keep patients … Continue reading

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What’s Up at Upstate: A look at educational, health care, research and community endeavors

Organ lessons and clinical exposure A renewed curriculum for the first two years of medical school at Upstate introduces students to the body, organ by organ, and provides them with clinical exposure earlier in their academic careers. Their study begins … Continue reading

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Once fatal, now curable: Story of infective endocarditis ‘a miracle of medical progress’

Upstate cardiologist Harold Smulyan, MD, and infectious disease expert Donald Blair, MD, tell the tale of infective endocarditis in the August 2015 issue of the American Journal of the Medical Sciences. They call the nearly complete conquest of the disease … Continue reading

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How a man from Upstate New York, and a feral cat, helped scientists identify a new poxvirus

By AMBER SMITH Every doctor has that patient he or she can’t forget. Jerrold Abraham, MD, and Donald Blair, MD, took care of a man with a mysterious infection 15 years ago, but only recently was their diagnostic quandary solved, … Continue reading

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Thousands need care: Scientist responds in earthquake aftermath

By AMBER SMITH When a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador on April 16, Anna Stewart Ibarra, PhD, transformed herself from scientist into leader of a relief team. Stewart Ibarra is an infectious disease expert from Upstate working in Ecuador to … Continue reading

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Taking aim at germs: New UV machine is part of infection-fighting effort

Staff who clean patient rooms at Upstate University Hospital have a new method of preventing hospital-acquired infections: three towers that emit short-wavelength ultraviolet light that kills or inactivates microorganisms. The new Surfacide system is employed, after routine cleaning and disinfection, … Continue reading

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Which medical apps are on your phone?

Nearly all family physicians carry powerful computers in their pockets, loaded with reference information and connected to vastly more on the Web, says Joshua Steinberg, MD, an assistant professor of family medicine at Upstate’s Binghamton Clinical Campus. “If you collect … Continue reading

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Upstate duo earn International Citizen Awards for research

An Upstate student and an instructor — Arturo Barbachano-Guerrero and Christina Lupone, MPH — were recognized for their involvement in research on infectious diseases. Both were awarded for their work at the International Center of Syracuse’s annual dinner, held on … Continue reading

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Preventing the spread of HIV with a pill

Infectious-disease experts in the early 1980s were trying to make sense of clusters of gay men with unusual infections and failing immune systems. It was the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. Soon researchers identified the human immunodeficiency virus as responsible, … Continue reading

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