Category Archives: public health

Julia’s dream: prosthetics for a better world

BY SUSAN KEETER Julia Rogers’ dream is to design prosthetics for amputees. As a high school student in Lagos, Nigeria, Rogers saw people who faced tremendous obstacles trying to meet their basic needs. “Dad would be driving me home from … Continue reading

Posted in bones/joints/orthopedics, disability, education, health care, health careers, physical therapy/rehabilitation, public health, research, technology, volunteers

Lessons from Upstate: Sleep diaries, jungle races and ankle surgery

A roundup of news about people at Upstate Medical University: Studying how best to track sleep Wrist-worn devices are at least as accurate as paper diaries kept by people tracking their sleep habits, according to a study published in December … 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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The short answer to why Frank Middleton doesn’t eat bacon: cancer prevention

BY AMBER SMITH The backstory: Today Frank Middleton is an associate professor at Upstate with appointments in three departments and extensive research related to neurological and psychiatric diseases. A few decades ago, he was a doctoral student at Upstate Medical … Continue reading

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In this Upstate classroom, se habla español

BY JIM HOWE Si nadie entiende mi lengua en el hospital, ¿cómo van a entender mis problemas médicos? If you had trouble understanding that first sentence, you can probably sympathize with a Spanish speaker who might say it. It means, … Continue reading

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Thousands need care: Scientist responds in earthquake aftermath

By AMBER SMITH When a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador on April 16, Anna Stewart Ibarra, PhD, transformed herself from scientist into leader of a relief team. Stewart Ibarra is an infectious disease expert from Upstate working in Ecuador to … Continue reading

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Why she donates blood 4 times a year

  Diana Pelletier of Camillus was critically injured in a car crash nine years ago. She was driving her husband, 22-month-old toddler and 3½-week-old infant when the car wrecked, flipping over three times. Her family was fine, but Pelletier broke … Continue reading

Posted in patient story, physical therapy/rehabilitation, public health, volunteers

Run, hide, fight: What to do if you are caught in an ‘active shooter’ situation

BY AMBER SMITH News coverage of mass shootings shows that such unpredictable violence can happen anywhere. How can you be prepared? Knowing what to expect and having a plan can help improve your odds of survival, says Chief Paul Waltz … Continue reading

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Screening kits help catch colon polyps

More than 2,500 colon cancer screening kits were distributed in the first two years that Upstate Medical University partnered with Kinney Drugs to provide the kits for free during March, Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Of the 103 people whose results … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, drugs/medications/pharmacy, education, health care, HealthLink on Air, illness, podcast, prevention/preventive medicine, public health

Without symptoms: How a CT scan found a hidden lung cancer

Glen Wells was a smoker most of his life, and cancer runs in his family. He quit smoking in 2007. In 2013 when his family doctor, David Page, MD, suggested he be screened annually for lung cancer, Wells followed the … Continue reading

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