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Program shows teens that distracted driving can be deadly

Cellphones, alcohol or drug use, passenger conversation and the car radio are the most common distractions for teen drivers, said Kim Nasby, RN, the Upstate Trauma Center’s injury prevention coordinator and an instructor in the Let’s Not Meet by Accident … Continue reading

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Numbers paint varied portrait of people, projects, events, history at Upstate

Words tell stories, but so can numbers. The eight below help illustrate the missions of Upstate Medical University – medical care, education and research – and reveal the institution’s dedication to the Syracuse community through charitable donations and its environmental … Continue reading

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Planner tackles health needs of soldiers, families, neighbors at Fort Drum

Two years after earning his master’s degree in public health, Ian Grant said he never would have imagined he’d be managing an annual budget of $1.5 million in state grants for population health. That’s exactly what he’s doing as population … Continue reading

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Upstate doctor helps his native Nepal to heal, rebuild after disastrous earthquake

After dispensing medical care and supplies in the aftermath of the April 25 earthquake in his native Nepal, Upstate hospitalist Dinesh Subedi, MD, is focusing on rebuilding. The disaster killed more than 9,000 people and left nearly 3 million homeless. … Continue reading

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6 things to check before swallowing that pill

What do you do when your doctor recommends an expensive medication? Pharmacist Andrew Burgdorf from the Upstate Cancer Center offers this advice: Find out how much of the bill your health insurer will pay, so you know how much you … Continue reading

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Electronic cigarette use soars among teen smokers

The use of electronic cigarettes by teens is soaring, causing concern among health experts who question the safety of the battery-powered devices and complain that they are creating a new generation of nicotine addicts. E-cigarettes create an inhalable vapor by … Continue reading

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He collected $5,000 one nickel at a time

The average person might not look forward to returning bottles and cans for the nickel deposit. But Laurence Segal, of DeWitt, has made that task part of a personal crusade to fight breast cancer. Aided at various times by his … Continue reading

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Tips for understanding melanoma

Melanoma is one of the most aggressive forms of skin cancer and the leading cause of death from skin disease, killing an estimated 10,000 people in the United States each year. Melanomas often resemble moles; some develop from moles. If … Continue reading

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How to choose the right sunscreen

You can buy sunscreens with SPFs higher than 30, but you don’t need a higher sun protection factor to protect your skin from the sun and ultraviolet radiation, according to Ramsay Farah, MD, the division chief of dermatology at Upstate. … Continue reading

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Back to sleep policy sets good example

For 20 years, parents have been advised by the American Academy of Pediatrics to put babies to sleep on their backs, to help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It’s especially important for a baby born prematurely, whose … Continue reading

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