Category Archives: mental health/emotional health

Books to nurture the spirit

How to define and achieve wellness Kaushal Nanavati, MD, explains how nutrition, physical exercise, stress management and spiritual wellness “are the roots of health, peace and contentment” in “Core 4 of Wellness,” a book he published in May. “You must … Continue reading

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Ancient herb appears useful as anti-stress therapy

BY AMBER SMITH An herb used for centuries in India is gaining recognition in the United States as a way to reduce stress, and scientists at Upstate say their research indicates the herb, called ashwagandha, can help people with anxiety … Continue reading

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Syracuse’s poorest workers: Health problems, low wages

          BY JIM HOWE An ongoing study of the Syracuse area’s lowest-paid workers finds they often face aching backs, constant stress and a lack of respect as well as a skimpy paycheck. These workers, often in … Continue reading

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Meet Carey and Sally: Kids’ book explains, embraces children with autism

BY JIM HOWE “Sally and I are kids just like you,” says Carey. “We have autism and learn a little differently, but we want friends just like you.” Carey and Sally are the main characters of a new children’s book … Continue reading

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Concussion concerns: Make sure you know how to react

When concussions are properly managed, patients usually have no lasting effects. The key is to recognize the injury when it happens. An injured athlete needs to be removed from play until he or she is properly evaluated. Symptoms vary but … Continue reading

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Meth lab dangers: Exposure can cause lasting effects

BY AMBER SMITH Rescuers whose jobs take them to clandestine methamphetamine labs risk exposure to chemicals that can cause what appears to be permanent damage to their memory-making ability. Specialists in anesthesiology and neurology at Upstate Medical University tell about … Continue reading

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Window to an ill youngster’s world: Therapy with miniatures and sand goes beyond child’s play

BY JIM HOWE A box of sand and an assortment of  miniatures helps young patients portray their world, and perhaps make sense of it, at the Waters Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders and the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology unit at the Upstate … Continue reading

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Memoir focuses on race and medicine

BY SUSAN KEETER In “Black Man in a White Coat,” Damon Tweedy, MD, uses memoir to grapple with the evidence that, in his words, “being black is bad for your health,” shorthand for the fact that many diseases are more … Continue reading

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17 years later, a grateful patient gives back

As a 13-year old boy, Colin LaReaux enjoyed sports, video games and movies. However, after feeling tired and finding a lump that did not respond to antibiotics, testing determined that LaReaux had Hodgkin disease. His parents researched the best health … Continue reading

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Hands-on relief: Reiki can prompt relaxation along the road to recovery

  BY JIM HOWE Among the ways cancer patients at Upstate cope with the stress and pain of their disease and treatment is Reiki, a touch therapy that can promote relaxation and a sense of well-being. The service is offered … Continue reading

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