Category Archives: public health

Dengue fever: Learning to reduce transmission

Studies in the urban coastal city of Machala, Ecuador, taught an international team of researchers, including some from Upstate, what’s necessary to reduce the transmission of dengue fever. The most vulnerable populations must be targeted, and local governments and community … Continue reading

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Spring issue of Upstate Health magazine available now

Elizabeth Reddy, MD, is on the cover of the Spring 2015 Upstate Health magazine, related to a story about preventing the spread of HIV with a pill. This is something of which researchers were just beginning to dream in the … Continue reading

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Aubry’s 50-year career: 8000 babies, 8000 medical students and the transformation of maternal health care

In 1963 — a year before Upstate University Hospital opened — Richard Aubry MD, MPH began his 50+ year career at Upstate. He had been a medical resident and fellow at Upstate prior to joining the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in 1963. … Continue reading

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What a patient with Ebola experiences

A patient who survives Ebola suffers through some nasty symptoms, and then his or her body regroups to muster a fight against the virus. “One of the big problems with this disease is it impairs adaptive immunity. You don’t develop … Continue reading

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Are you getting too much calcium?

Getting enough calcium is important, to keep your bones healthy. But getting too much may increase your risk for developing kidney stones or calcium toxicity or mess up your body’s ability to absorb other minerals. Adults should ingest no more … Continue reading

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Caregiver Advice: How to make a home ‘senior safe’

Some practical advice from Upstate’s Marjorie Libling, a social worker specializing in geriatrics, for making your senior loved one’s home safe: In the bathroom: * Use a nonslip rubber mat for the tub, and also for the floor outside of … Continue reading

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Information, inspiration in Upstate Health spring issue

In this issue of Upstate Health: * Read about the expansion of Upstate’s sleep center, the only one in this region with services that accommodate children as young as infants. * Meet a former trauma patient who shares his ordeal, … Continue reading

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Opioid misuse tied to heroin dangers

Here is a Q&A with Michele Caliva, RN, and Nicholas Nacca, MD. Caliva is the administrative director of the Upstate New York Poison Center. Nacca is a medical toxicology fellow. You can listen to an extended version of this interview … Continue reading

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Listen to lectures on public health topics all week for National Public Health Week

Celebrate National Public Health Week this week by participating in these activities and events that are open to the public. The lectures on Tuesday through Thursday will be available on line. * Monday, April 7  from noon to 12:30 p.m. … Continue reading

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Urge to smoke begins in utero

Babies born to mothers who smoke during pregnancy are four times more likely to begin smoking in adolescence. Scientists at Upstate recently showed that nicotine, the most addictive of more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco, modifies part of the brain … Continue reading

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