Category Archives: 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. So in 2013 when his family doctor, David Page, MD, suggested he be screened annually for lung cancer, Wells followed the advice – not realizing … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, health care, HealthLink on Air, illness, lung/pulmonary, medical imaging/radiology, patient story, public health, Smoking Cessation | Leave a comment

‘Concussion’ conversation: Movie spotlights chronic traumatic encephalopathy

BY AMBER SMITH Experts from Upstate who saw the Will Smith film “Concussion” praised its accuracy, from the behavior of the characters to the under-the-microscope images of brain tissue. Smith portrays Bennet Omalu, MD, who finds himself at dangerous odds … Continue reading

Posted in Alzheimer's/dementia, brain/neurology, death/dying, depression, entertainment, health care, illness, mental health/emotional health, pathology, physical therapy/rehabilitation, public health, research, safety

How to train doctors who will care for the underserved

An analysis of the mission statements for every American medical school reveals a recipe for producing doctors who will provide primary care to communities in need. Many students begin medical school idealistically, with a desire to become primary care doctors … Continue reading

Posted in community, education, health care, medical education, medical student, public health, research

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

Posted in brain/neurology, health care, mental health/emotional health, psychology/psychiatry, public health, research, sustainability/environment

What is so enticing about heroin?

  Opioid analgesics such as heroin relieve pain by altering your perception of pain signals from your body. They are “enticing” because they are also able to stimulate an area in your brain associated with reward, which leads the user … Continue reading

Posted in addiction, drugs/medications/pharmacy, emergency medicine/trauma, health care, poison center/toxicology, public health

Strokes are affecting more young people: Do you know how to react to symptoms?

What would you be likely to do within the first three hours of experiencing weakness, numbness, difficulty speaking or difficulty seeing? Researchers from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center asked this question of more than a thousand people nationwide — and … Continue reading

Posted in brain/neurology, health care, illness, public health, research, stroke

Calcium in baby formula? Thank an Upstate pediatrician

Before the 1950s, some babies who were not breast-fed developed intermittent muscular spasms known as tetany. The cow’s milk formulas they were fed contained too much naturally occurring phosphorus, relative to human milk. The high phosphorus caused a drop in … Continue reading

Posted in diabetes/endocrine/metabolism, diet/nutrition, health care, history, illness, public health, research, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

Aggressive screening may be factor in Onondaga County’s high prostate cancer rate

  The incidence of prostate cancer is statistically higher in Onondaga County, compared to New York state and the United States, but the mortality rate is not significantly different. One possible explanation may be the high level of attention to … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, health care, public health, urology

How many risks will you take? Processed meats increase your chance of colorectal cancer

Meats such as breakfast sausage and marinated turkey breast are ready to cook, and meats such as ham and corned beef are ready to eat. Both types are “processed” meats — and both are carcinogenic. The World Health Organization this … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, diet/nutrition, public health

Baby King needs a bone marrow donor. Can you help?

King Nazir Leon, age 2, has CD40 Ligand deficiency, a rare disease that affects his immune system and is life-threatening. He has monthly, day-long treatments at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse. His mother, Denisha DeLee, is vigilant about … Continue reading

Posted in community, education, health care, medical student, organ donation/transplant, patient story, public health, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics, volunteers