Category Archives: psychology/psychiatry

Could a spit test identify autism in children? Researchers seek early diagnosis

BY JIM HOWE A research study at Upstate is employing a novel method as it seeks to develop a quick, painless tool to help diagnose autism in children. Using a simple swab — like a one-headed Q-tip with a spongy … Continue reading

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Resident physician sees increasing awareness of a common mental disorder

BY JIM HOWE Upstate graduate Nicole Cifra, MD, trained with a mentor who told her of his early years as a doctor, some 35 years prior. When he heard a patient had anorexia, he had no idea what that was … Continue reading

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Sleep trouble leads to depression, which leads to medication, which leads to sleep trouble

BY AMBER SMITH When patients begin taking antidepressants, their health care providers typically warn that the medication may reduce sexual desire and performance and may increase appetite and weight gain. Often missing is a discussion about how the medication may … Continue reading

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2 questions to ask if you’re told you have multiple sclerosis

Among patients treated for multiple sclerosis, up to 10 percent have been mistakenly diagnosed and treated for the disorder. “In many cases they are treated for 10 years or longer, causing for them financial, emotional and physical hardship,” says Upstate … Continue reading

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Psychosocial care tends to body as well as mind

Patients are used to having their pulse, blood pressure, respiration, temperature and pain level recorded in their medical record. Now a “sixth vital sign,” that of emotional distress, is beginning to find its way into patient charts. It’s called distress … 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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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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‘Smallest acts of kindness can mean the world to an autistic student,’ speaker says

The Syracuse skyline featured a blue building Saturday night, in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day and the start of Autism Awareness Month. Onondaga Tower on East Jefferson Street was the site of the “Blue Lights for Autism” celebration, which … Continue reading

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Better air = better brains: Study shows cognitive function improves when indoor ventilation improves

Reducing carbon dioxide and other pollutants in the air can have a profound impact on decision-making, according to a research team from Upstate, Harvard and Syracuse universities. The team’s study shows that people working in “green” offices, with good ventilation … Continue reading

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