Prevent Lyme disease by protecting your skin outdoors, then checking later for ticks, says Waleed Javaid, MD, director of infection control at Upstate. Bites from the tiny insects spread the disease, which can usually be treated with short-term antibiotics but can lead to long-term problems if untreated, says Javaid, who recommends the federal website www.cdc.gov/lyme as a source of reliable information on the illness and on tick removal.
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Hernias — potentially dangerous openings in the abdominal wall — can result from car accidents and other injuries, and their treatment has changed in the past decade, says Moustafa Hassan, MD, director of acute care surgery at Upstate. Patients with traumatic hernias were once rushed to surgery, Hassan says, in contrast to the current “damage control” strategy, which aims to stabilize the patient first, often letting surgery come later. He also explains the multidisciplinary approach now being used and factors that influence surgery, like smoking and obesity.
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During a drill at a vacant Syracuse school in March, an Upstate emergency physician (center, dressed in all blue) escorts wounded patients to a safe place for treatment. Rescuers from the Syracuse City Police and Fire Department and paramedics from Rural/Metro Medical Services also participated in the drill.
Emergency medical personnel are being trained how to safely enter the scene of an active shooting, rather than waiting on the sidelines, said Christian Knutsen, MD, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Upstate. This program, still in the planning stage, is part of a nationwide change that encourages police to confront shooters, Knutsen said, and will create “rescue task forces” that include tactical medical responders who can reach and treat the wounded faster.
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Psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, in this week’s Check Up from the Neck Up, talks about the challenges of balancing life’s demands. He describes his conscious effort to make magical moments — and the payoff.
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Preserving the doctor-patient relationship amid a tidal wave of technological changes and economic pressures is a top concern of the new president-elect of the American Medical Association. Andrew Gurman, MD, a graduate of Upstate Medical University who is now a hand surgeon in Pennsylvania, also talks about ways to keep costs and fees reasonable for patients, doctors and medical students and examines trends toward team-based medical care.
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The book, “Peace in the Midst of the Storm” offers an opportunity for reflection and hope during hospitalization, as its title suggests. The paperback includes poems, letters and thoughts from psychiatric patients at Upstate, as well as exercises and blank spaces to write one’s own thoughts, according to the Rev. Terry Culbertson of Upstate’s Spiritual Care Department, which conceived the book project to help troubled patients tap into their creativity and find a measure of self-worth as well as excitement. The book will be available through the Spiritual Care Department.
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Urologist Jessica Paonessa explains a new procedure that treats enlarged prostates. Pediatrician Howard Weinberger tells of the dangers of lead in the soil. Dr. Omar Mousa talks about his research into depression among medical trainees.
Bone marrow transplants allow certain patients to undergo very high levels of chemotherapy, according to Upstate’s Charlene Hubbell, BS, stem cell program laboratory supervisor, and Susan Byrns, RN, BSN, bone marrow transplant coordinator. They explain the process of harvesting the cells from the patient or a donor, then transplanting them, and how this procedure has lengthened lives of people suffering from various diseases.
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Merril Silverstein, PhD, a professor of sociology and social work at Syracuse University, describes the decline in people’s “sense of coherence,” or how to find life meaningful and manageable, as they age. His research showed a predictable decline after midlife, but he also found a surprising result that suggests the positive effect of wisdom.
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Sally Hartwick and Rebekah Steinke are second-year medical students at Upstate taking part in the Rural Medical Education program, which encourages doctors to settle in underserved areas. Both students, natives of small towns themselves, renewed their dedication to becoming rural doctors after taking part in a weeklong pilot project in Oswego and Cayuga counties that allowed them to observe the area, its people and its impressive medical practitioners firsthand.
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Although social media offers unprecedented opportunities for positive communication, it can also be associated with bullying, depression and even suicide. Upstate’s Mirabelle Mattar, MD, a fellow in child and adolescent psychiatry, and Theresa Blatchford, MD, a fourth-year psychiatry resident, found in their research that teens are especially at risk for these negative effects.
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