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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

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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

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3 things to do before getting pregnant

  Family planning expert Renee Mestad, MD, gives this advice to women before they begin trying to conceive: Stop smoking. Smoking interferes with ovulation, the ability of the egg to move through the fallopian tube, and it affects implantation. It … Continue reading

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Emotional distress is common, but not always obvious, among refugees

Upstate medical students have teamed with residents and faculty to provide physical examinations for newly resettled refugees since 2010. The assessment of adults has included screening for emotional distress, which was present in 38 percent of adult refugee patients. But … Continue reading

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Yes, your child is at risk of being bullied — more than you may realize

By Ann S. Botash, MD In my experience as a pediatrician specialist for the evaluation of children who are suspected of being abused, bullying is often a major concern. Children who are different in any way are at risk of … Continue reading

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How to safely keep — and dispose of — medications in your home

Storing medications securely Children, the elderly and anyone who takes more than three medications are at greatest risk of taking the wrong medicine or the wrong dose of medicine. To help reduce the risk of medication error, pediatric pharmacists from … Continue reading

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Upstate duo earn International Citizen Awards for research

An Upstate student and an instructor — Arturo Barbachano-Guerrero and Christina Lupone, MPH — were recognized for their involvement in research on infectious diseases. Both were awarded for their work at the International Center of Syracuse’s annual dinner, held on … Continue reading

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Smoke-free policy cleared the air, set standards, improved health

Upstate University Hospital was the first health care facility in New York state to kick the smoking habit by banning cigarettes in 2005. The campus was also the first within the State University of New York system to become entirely … Continue reading

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The return of the house call: urgent care to the patient’s home

Emergency physicians and nurse practitioners from Upstate University Hospital now offer a new service that is centuries old: house calls. Upstate at Home began in September, providing urgent medical care to people who become injured or ill but don’t require … Continue reading

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Making music helps kids with autism connect with others

Zachary Cottell, 4, often wears earphones to muffle outside noise, which can be agitating and disruptive for children on the autism spectrum. But on a recent Friday night, Zachary put down his earphones, picked up plastic noise makers (boom whackers) … Continue reading

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