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Archive for February, 2013

New kidney cancer vaccine trial

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Gennady Bratslavsky MDDr. Gennady Bratslavsky, director of Upstate’s Prostate Cancer Program, reveals a new kidney cancer vaccine trial as a possible treatment for advanced renal cell carcinoma.  The study hopes to train the body’s own immune system to fight the cancer by making a vaccine from their own cancer cells. The study is open to patients with advanced kidney cancer.  For more information, call 315-464-1500.

Read the study, from ClinicalTrials.gov

ADAPT Kidney Cancer Study


Upstate offers new procedure for treating severe, persistent asthma

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Upstate pulmonologist Robert Lenox MDRobert Lenox shares a new treatment option available for individuals suffering from severe, persistent asthma.  It’s called bronchial thermoplasty, and doctors say it can greatly improve the life of asthma sufferers, by lessening their dependence on harsh drugs and keeping them out of the emergency room for breathing troubles.  Upstate University Hospital is the only hospital in New York state outside of New York City to offer this procedure.

Read the story: Upstate offers new procedure for treating severe, persistent asthma

For more information, call 315-464-3835 (Upstate University Hospital’s downtown campus) or 315-492-5804 (Upstate’s Community campus).


Research study to develop a new medical treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS)

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Burk Jubelt, MDDr. Burk Jubelt, professor of Neurology, Microbiology/Immunology and Neuroscience, and director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program at Upstate, will discuss multiple sclerosis (MS) — the chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves.  Dr. Jubelt is the principal investigator in a collaborative research study to develop a new medical treatment for the disease.  

Upstate is part of research collaborative recommended for $12M for study on stem cell treatment for multiple sclerosis stem cell treatment study for Multiple Sclerosis

 Multiple Sclerosis Clinic


‘What’s Your Emergency?’ – Neck and back injuries

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Derek R Cooney, MD, FF/NREMT-P, FACEPWilliam Lavelle MDDr. Derek Cooney, director of emergency medical services and disaster medicine at Upstate, is joined by orthopedic surgeon Dr. William Lavelle, to present another edition of ‘What’s Your Emergency?’ addressing neck and back injuries – potential causes and conditions, symptoms, and when to seek emergency care.


Upstate researchers look for new treatments for Crohn’s disease

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

William G Kerr, PhDUpstate Medical University professor William Kerr PhD discusses Crohn’s disease, a major type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a chronic condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Dr. Kerr is involved in a research study that shows promise as a possible link to the cause of this disease. If correct, the finding could lead to novel ways to treat the disease, including cell transplantation. 

Read the story: Upstate researchers look for new treatments for Crohn’s disease


Dr. Richard O’Neill’s Check-Up From The Neck-Up: How to avoid a broken heart

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Richard O'Neill, PhDDr. Richard O’Neill shares the bottom line from an interesting research study that looked at 15,000 cases of acute heart problems — people with more friends, and better relationships, had about 60% fewer acute, life-threatening cardiac events than people who lived alone.

Read the study: Prognosis of acute coronary events is worse in patients living alone: the FINAMI myocardial infarction register

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Upstate receives St. Baldrick’s grant to benefit kids with cancer

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Karol Kerr MDDr. Karol Kerr, a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at the Dr. William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and the Upstate Cancer Center, is receiving a grant from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for the second year in a row.  Dr. Kerr talks about the types of patients she sees, and how this grant money will be used to support the multidisciplinary center’s services.  The St Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research. 

For more information, or to donate: St. Baldrick’s fundraiser in Syracuse


Excellus grant to pay for EKG machines for Central New York rescue squads

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Jay ScottArthur Vercillo MDJay Scott, director of education programs for Upstate’s Emergency Medicine Department, is joined by Dr. Arthur Vercillo, local surgeon and regional president of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, to discuss a $30,000 grant from Excellus that will pay for EKG machines for volunteer rescue squads across Central New York.  The grant will provide life-saving cardiac care equipment for ambulance and rescue squads across five counties.

Read the story: Ambulances get new life-saving equipment


Dr. Richard O’Neill’s Check-Up From The Neck-Up: Be honest when asked to write a letter of recommendation

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Richard O'Neill, PhDDr. Richard O’Neill responds to a listener’s question asking for advice when an acquaintance asks for a letter of recommendation.

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‘What’s Your Emergency?’ – When do I need an ambulance?

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Troy HogueDr. Derek Cooney, director of emergency medical services and disaster medicine at Upstate, presents another edition of ‘What’s Your Emergency?’.  Dr. Cooney is joined by Troy Hogue, paramedic and Syracuse area manager for Rural/Metro Medical Services, to sort out when to call for an ambulance, how best to do that, and what to expect along the way.


Dr. Richard O’Neill’s Check-Up From The Neck-Up: My husband’s brother won’t ‘friend’ me on Facebook – what’s up with that?

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Richard O'Neill, PhDDr. Richard O’Neill answers a listener who asks “My husband’s brother won’t “friend” me on Facebook – what’s up with that?”

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Research study begins to determine if biomarkers could predict or detect colon cancer

Friday, February 8th, 2013

David R Halleran, MDJiri Bem, MDLinda VeitUpstate surgeons David Halleran and Jiri Bem are joined by Linda Veit, special projects manager at the Upstate Cancer Center, to talk about colorectal cancer and the importance of the colonoscopy as a screening tool. The also discuss a study they are involved in to determine what biomarkers might be used to predict/detect colon cancer — perhaps in lieu of a colonoscopy in the future.  For more information, or to participate in the study, call 315-464-1852.

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Read the study: Study of Biomarkers for Early Detection of Colorectal Adenocarcinoma in Adults Undergoing Colonoscopy