Category Archives: public health

Early detection of cancer appears to improve survival odds

While the incidence of cancer is rising, death rates are dropping, presumably because of improvements in screening that allow for earlier detection and improvements in cancer treatment options. This chart shows the rate, per 100,000 people living in Onondaga County, … Continue reading

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Sun smart: Teaching kids to protect themselves from skin cancer

BY JIM McKEEVER Protecting your skin from the sun starting at an early age is an important way to guard against skin cancer. That’s the message a group of medical students shares with elementary school students each spring. “Our goal … Continue reading

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Sugar and soy: dispelling the 2 biggest food myths about cancer

Don’t blame sugar Glucose feeds all cells in the body, and cancer cells use more blood sugar than do less active cells. But that doesn’t mean eating sugar (or not eating sugar) influences how rapidly cancer spreads, says Upstate registered … Continue reading

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Breast cancer gene also increases risk of prostate cancer

BY AMBER SMITH Although prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the United States, the disease kills fewer than 3 percent of those diagnosed. It typically grows slowly, becoming deadly after it metastasizes, or spreads beyond … Continue reading

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Breast cancer treatment affects bone mass, but you can protect your bone health

  BY AMBER SMITH No matter whether her breast cancer is treated with surgery, radiation or medications, a woman’s resulting loss of estrogen translates into bone loss – and an increased risk for fracture. Advances in cancer treatment have significantly … Continue reading

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Should you be getting 3-D mammograms?

Women with dense breast tissue have the most reason to seek 3-dimensional mammography, says Ravi Adhikary, MD, director of the women’s imaging section at Upstate. Dense tissue appears white on a regular 2-dimensional mammogram, so it can mask cancer, which … Continue reading

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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

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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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