Category Archives: prevention/preventive medicine

Are you age 52 to 72? Three health conditions to check

  BY JIM HOWE  Baby boomers can save their health, their lives and lots of money and trouble by getting themselves checked for three major but often neglected health problems, says New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD. The … Continue reading

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Team tackles complex skin cancers

Melanoma accounts for about 1 percent of skin cancers, but it’s the skin cancer most likely to spread and the deadliest. The majority of melanomas are superficial, discovered at an early stage and easily treated with surgery. But some patients … Continue reading

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Mosquito control: Upstate scientists learn from success of malaria control effort

  Upstate scientists credit international collaboration with keeping a region along the border of Ecuador and Peru free of malaria since 2012. The coastal area of El Oro Province in Ecuador and the city of Tumbes, Peru, were once endemic … 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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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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Warning: Liquid nicotine can be lethal

BY AMBER SMITH A Mohawk Valley toddler got ahold of an uncapped container of “Heartland Vapes,” a liquid nicotine product. He drank some. Within minutes, the 18-month-old boy was vomiting. Then the seizures started. His heart stopped beating by the time the … 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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State health commissioner taps Upstate doctor for cancer panel

  Leslie Kohman, MD, director of outreach for the Upstate Cancer Center, has been appointed to the New York State Cancer Detection and Education Program Advisory Council. The council has 21 members appointed by state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD, JD, who … Continue reading

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Assessing that ‘ounce of prevention’

“The way you live your life affects your chances of getting cancer,” Upstate graduate Peter Greenwald, MD, emphasized at the 12th annual Upstate Cancer Symposium in September. Greenwald, the associate director of prevention at the National Cancer Institute, gave a … Continue reading

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Breast cancer survivor preaches screenings

BY JIM HOWE Janet Bacon’s breast cancer is rare in one way, but typical in another: It shows the importance of early detection. Bacon, 59, of Syracuse, had skipped her annual mammogram in 2014 – she had let a lot … Continue reading

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