Category Archives: safety

Warning: Liquid nicotine can be lethal

BY AMBER SMITH A Mohawk Valley toddler got ahold of an uncapped container of “Heartland Vapes,” a liquid nicotine product. He drank some. Within minutes, the 18-month-old boy was vomiting. Then the seizures started. His heart stopped beating by the time the … Continue reading

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Syracuse’s poorest workers: Health problems, low wages

          BY JIM HOWE An ongoing study of the Syracuse area’s lowest-paid workers finds they often face aching backs, constant stress and a lack of respect as well as a skimpy paycheck. These workers, often in … Continue reading

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Dementia insights: Advice for caring for someone in mental decline

  The Alzheimer’s Association estimates 5.4 million American are living with Alzheimer’s disease, a number that is expected to escalate rapidly as the baby-boom generation reaches retirement age. The number of people caring for someone with dementia is substantial, and … Continue reading

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Concussion concerns: Make sure you know how to react

When concussions are properly managed, patients usually have no lasting effects. The key is to recognize the injury when it happens. An injured athlete needs to be removed from play until he or she is properly evaluated. Symptoms vary but … Continue reading

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Meth lab dangers: Exposure can cause lasting effects

BY AMBER SMITH Rescuers whose jobs take them to clandestine methamphetamine labs risk exposure to chemicals that can cause what appears to be permanent damage to their memory-making ability. Specialists in anesthesiology and neurology at Upstate Medical University tell about … Continue reading

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Safe houses: 11 things emergency doctors ban from their homes

BY AMBER SMITH Doctors at Upstate University Hospital’s emergency department are on the front lines of the mayhem and mishaps that befall young Central New Yorkers. They care for people with every imaginable injury or illness at their workplace, the … 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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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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Run, hide, fight: What to do if you are caught in an ‘active shooter’ situation

BY AMBER SMITH News coverage of mass shootings shows that such unpredictable violence can happen anywhere. How can you be prepared? Knowing what to expect and having a plan can help improve your odds of survival, says Chief Paul Waltz … Continue reading

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