Category Archives: public health

A quick guide to masks for COVID-19

BY DARCY DiBIASE The novel coronavirus, which causes the disease known as COVID-19, is transmitted by very small particles,  called droplets or aerosols, that can hang in the air. From a cough or a sneeze, these particles can travel up … Continue reading

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Handwashing: Answers to some key questions

BY AMBER SMITH A conversation about how best to wash your hands to stop the spread of the coronavirus with Jarrod Bagatell, MD, a doctor of family medicine and the medical director for employee health at Upstate. Does it matter … Continue reading

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Crisis control: A hospital responds to a pandemic

BY AMBER SMITH It felt like the world turned upside down. So many changes, so suddenly, so surreal. Medical classes moved online. Research laboratories shut down. Fever checks. Face masks. Toilet paper shortages. Rationing of pasta and butter and sugar. … Continue reading

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The power of vaccines: What we can learn from science – and a pioneering Upstate graduate

BY AMBER SMITH How do we know, for sure, that vaccines don’t cause autism? “Science has a funny thing about absolutes. If you ask a scientist, ‘Can you say for sure?’ the scientist will say, ‘I can’t go beyond my … Continue reading

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What’s Up at Upstate: Mobile mammograms, hospitality center, cord blood donations

Mobile mammography Upstate now provides mobile mammography services with a new 45-foot van aimed at ensuring easy access to screening for women who live in Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties. A grant from the … Continue reading

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Scientists come to Upstate for in-depth opportunity to study ticks

BY AMBER SMITH Saravanan Thangamani, PhD, moved from Galveston, Texas, to Central New York for the ticks. So did five members of his lab, which is devoted to research on tick-borne and mosquito-borne diseases. Recently they collected 115 ticks to … Continue reading

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The future is now: Innovation comes from reimagining health care

BY JIM HOWE An animated cartoon that premiered in 1962 offered a whimsical glimpse of a future where science and technology made everyday tasks a breeze. Who could have predicted six decades ago that several of the advances imagined in the Jetsons’ world … Continue reading

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Working the streets: Upstate physician provides medical care to the homeless

BY AMBER SMITH David Lehmann, MD, was focused on how best to provide medical care to the homeless. He was aware of 60 “street medicine” programs around the world, most based at academic medical centers. He was intent on launching … Continue reading

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E-cigarette liquid can be deadly, especially to children

BY AMBER SMITH Nicotine is among the most toxic substances on Earth. Death can occur after ingestions as small as 40 to 60 milligrams in adults or just 1 to 2 milligrams in children, depending on their size. Toxicologists at … Continue reading

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Facing a crisis: Meet the Upstate experts working  to solve the opioid epidemic

The opioid epidemic is fueled both by the abuse of street drugs such as heroin and the addiction to prescription painkillers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says prescription opioids contribute to 40 percent of all opioid overdose deaths in the United … Continue reading

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