Category Archives: mental health

Measuring, treating a patient’s distress is part of shift in attitudes

Years ago, people believed a cancer diagnosis meant death. They were so ashamed of the disease that its name was mentioned only in whispers. Fast-forward 50 years. “Most people today say, ‘Well, I think maybe I’m going to be OK’ … Continue reading

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Upstate researchers seek participants for mental health study

Researchers from Upstate are seeking families to take part in a study of the genetic bases of some childhood behavioral and psychiatric disorders, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. About the project: Most of the common disorders of this type are … Continue reading

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Concussion experts assess head injury assessment tools

Collegiate athletes in the communities near Upstate Medical University are helping researchers improve the identification and assessment of head injuries in sports. Students playing sports at Cazenovia, Le Moyne and Onondaga Community colleges and other schools may participate in a study … Continue reading

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An audience with the pope reverberates at Upstate

Jake Braithwaite, 26, and Brendan Coffey, 30, are chaplain interns at Upstate University Hospital, Braithwaite in neurology and Coffey in cardiology. The two men have taken vows of chastity, poverty and obedience in the multiyear process of becoming Jesuits. They … Continue reading

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OCD, addiction explored in ‘meaningful’ book

Kaushal Nanavati, MD, director of integrative medicine at Upstate, calls a book about uncontrolled self-abuse “sarcastic, witty and insightful.” The book is “Body Punishment: OCD, Addiction and Finding the Courage to Heal,” by Maggie Lamond Simone, a freelance writer living … Continue reading

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Emotional distress is common, but not always obvious, among refugees

Upstate medical students have teamed with residents and faculty to provide physical examinations for newly resettled refugees since 2010. The assessment of adults has included screening for emotional distress, which was present in 38 percent of adult refugee patients. But … Continue reading

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Yes, your child is at risk of being bullied — more than you may realize

By Ann S. Botash, MD In my experience as a pediatrician specialist for the evaluation of children who are suspected of being abused, bullying is often a major concern. Children who are different in any way are at risk of … Continue reading

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10 musts for cancer patients: What to consider after diagnosis

A popular guide called “The Cancer Patient’s Workbook: Everything You Need to Stay Organized and Informed” includes a page of advice from Mayo Clinic oncologist Edward T. Creagan, MD. We have condensed what he refers to as the “10 Commandments … Continue reading

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Making music helps kids with autism connect with others

Zachary Cottell, 4, often wears earphones to muffle outside noise, which can be agitating and disruptive for children on the autism spectrum. But on a recent Friday night, Zachary put down his earphones, picked up plastic noise makers (boom whackers) … Continue reading

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Eugene A. Kaplan, MD, receives President’s Award

Upstate Medical University presented 16 awards at its fall convocation Sept. 16. The President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Medicine, Clinical Department,  was given to Eugene A. Kaplan, MD. Below is his biography, as it appears in the … Continue reading

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