Category Archives: prevention/preventive medicine

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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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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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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Diabetes app: ways to set, track your goals

What’s the best way to monitor your activity, if you have diabetes? You can spend lots of money for a fancy activity-tracking device. You can invest in a pedometer to count your steps. Or, consider downloading a free app on … Continue reading

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Safe houses: 11 things emergency doctors ban from their homes

BY AMBER SMITH Doctors at Upstate University Hospital’s emergency department are on the front lines of the mayhem and mishaps that befall young Central New Yorkers. They care for people with every imaginable injury or illness at their workplace, the … Continue reading

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