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Archive for November, 2012

Upstate participates in clinical trial of first-of-its-kind insulin pump

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Dr. Ruth Weinstock, professor of medicine and medical director of the Joslin Diabetes Center at Upstate, talks about a new breakthrough in the treatment of diabetes. She is the principal investigator in a clinical trial to test the effectiveness of a first-of-its-kind insulin pump for the U.S. market that addresses hypoglycemia in patients with type 1 diabetes.

For more information about the clinical trial (ASPIRE – Automation to Simulate Pancreatic Insulin REsponse) , call 464-9007.


The importance of getting vaccinated

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Donna Bacchi, MD MPHDr. Donna Bacchi, pediatrician and chair of Upstate’s Public Health and Preventive Medicine Department, talks about the importance of getting vaccinated.  She also debunks many of the myths, superstitions and bad information, such as claims that the flu shot will bring on the flu and vaccines are the cause of autism.


The Healing Muse launches its 12th issue

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Deirdre Neilen, PhDDr. Deirdre Neilen, editor The Healing Muse, shares the latest issue of the annual journal of literary and visual art published by Upstate Medical University’s Center for Bioethics & Humanities.  The journal features fiction, poetry, narratives, essays, memoirs and visual art, particularly but not exclusively focusing on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing.

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Dr. Richard O’Neill’s Check-Up From The Neck-Up: Why it so difficult to be honest about our feelings?

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Richard O'Neill, PhDDr. Richard O’Neill addresses a question from a listener who’s worried about their co-worker moving in across the street from them, and suggests they explore why it so difficult for them to be honest with the person about their feelings.

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HopePrint helps refugees resettle in Syracuse

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Sean HaleyUpstate student Sean Haley, who is pursuing his Doctorate of Medicine and Masters in Public Health, saw a need in our community and started a non-profit organization called HopePrint with fellow student Nicole Watts.  The non-profit’s mission is creating opportunities, facilitating personal development and inspiring hope by cultivating relationships between the resettled refugee community and the community at large.

Sean has been actively involved in the medical clinic which does many of the initial physicals upon a refugee’s arrival in Syracuse, and fellow students volunteer to do yard work, basement cleanup and garage repairs at the HopePrint home on the North Side of Syracuse.

For more information, e-mail ourhopeprint@gmail.com


Introducing the new anesthesiology chair at Upstate

Friday, November 16th, 2012

James M Foster, MBBS, MBA, FRCPCDr. James Foster recently joined Upstate Medical University as the new chair of the Department of Anesthesiology.  He shares his perspective on the field of anesthesiology and pain management, and his interest in coming here to Central New York.




What is a hospital systems engineer?

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Enderli FrederiksenMark TorresEnderli Frederiksen and Mark Torres describe their role as hospital systems engineers.  They examine the processes that happen in a hospital – for example what happens when a patient arrives – and determine how to streamline and eliminate redundancies, make jobs easier and more efficient, and improve the patients experience.


Dr. Richard O’Neill’s Check-Up From The Neck-Up: What stops you from standing up for yourself?

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Richard O'Neill, PhDDr. Richard O’Neill responds to a listener who doesn’t enjoy the annual extended family gatherings around the holidays, and wants to make a change while maintaining peace in the family.

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The dangers of salt and ice ‘game’ that teens are playing

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Trauma surgeon Joan Dolinak, MDJoan Dolinak, who specializes in severe burns, discusses a new ‘game’ teens are playing, in which they put water on their skin, then table salt, then ice cubes and see how long they can withstand the pain.  She will describe the wound that results….frost bite.


How Upstate’s smoking cessation program works

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Theresa HankinCynthia Cary, Upstate HealthLink and smoking cessation director, and Theresa Hankin, a respiratory therapist and smoking cessation counselor, describe Upstate’s smoking cessation program, now available for free to the public. During the six-week program, participants receive a personalized quit plan, learn about medication options, New York State Smoker’s Quitline resources, stress management, maintenance and relapse prevention techniques.
Class sizes are limited; registration is required by calling 464-8668.


‘Peds to Parents’ – Advances in pediatric emergency medicine

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Richard M Cantor, MD, FAAP, FACEPDr. Richard Cantor, director of the Pediatric Emergency Departmentat Upstate Medical University, explains the importance of an emergency department with physicians specially trained in pediatric emergency medicine.  He talks about how to make the decision to take your child to the emergency room, how to prepare for your trip, and what to expect when you arrive.  He also describes the remarkable advances in diagnosis, pain management, and family oriented care. Upstate is the only dedicated pediatric emergency department and Level I Trauma Center in the region and, as such, specialize in the care of ill and injured children.

Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers


Upstate breaks ground for umbilical cord blood bank

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Robert Silverman MDDr. Robert Silverman, chair of Upstate’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of the Regional Perinatal Center, talks about the importance of umbilical cord blood.  Upstate Medical University recently broke ground for a $15 million Upstate Cord Blood Bank that will collect, process and store umbilical cord blood donated by families throughout central and northern New York to be used by those in need of life-saving medical treatments and for medical research. The two-story building will be located on Upstate’s Community Campus and open in 2014.