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Donating one of her kidneys to a stranger; how living donors save lives; a whole-person approach to kicking opioid addiction: Upstate Medical University’s HealthLink on Air for Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Upstate University Hospital nurse Jody Adams tells why she donated one of her kidneys to a woman she had never met. Upstate transplant surgeon Vaughn Whittaker, MD, explains how such kidney donations are saving and improving lives. Upstate psychiatrist Brian Johnson, MD, discusses a holistic treatment for opioid addiction.

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Facebook plea inspires Upstate nurse to donate kidney to stranger

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Victoria Fitzpatrick holds her baby, Carter, as she talks about receiving a new kidney from Upstate nurse Jody Adams (right). (PHOTO BY WILLIAM MUELLER)

Upstate University Hospital nurse Jody Adams talks about her decision to donate one of her healthy kidneys to a woman she had never met in what transplant team members refer to as an altruistic kidney donation. Adams learned about Victoria Fitzpatrick’s need for a kidney through a Facebook post, written as if it came from Fitzpatrick’s new baby, Carter. Transplant surgeons Rainer Gruessner, MD, and Vaughn Whittaker, MD, explain how people need just one kidney to live, and how donating a healthy kidney can enhance the life of someone whose kidneys have stopped functioning properly. Dozens of people who saw the same Facebook post contacted the transplant team at Upstate to see if they were a match. At least one decided to donate one of her kidneys to another patient on the transplant waiting list.

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Living kidney donors greatly needed

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

The need for living kidney donors is growing, partly because people are living longer on dialysis, explains Vaughn Whittaker, MD, a transplant surgeon at Upstate. Everyone has two kidneys and can live with just one, and a kidney from a live donor tends to be of higher quality, he says. While some people fear live donation, Whittaker explains the safety factors and support system that let almost any healthy adult donate, as well as  breakthroughs like the ability to donate to someone with an incompatible blood type. Questions about kidney donation may be made to Upstate’s transplant clinic at 464-5413.

 

 

 

 

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Pancreas recipients overjoyed at prospect of life without diabetes

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

For the first time in their lives, Patrick Nolan, 52 (at left in photo), and Harry Tynan, 39 (at right), are doing what most people take for granted: living without having to constantly check their blood sugar or inject insulin. Each man was diagnosed as a child with Type 1 diabetes and has spent his life dealing with the disease and the kidney damage it can cause. Each man has also received a kidney transplant, and each recently received a transplanted pancreas at Upstate, in effect curing their diabetes. “I’m reliving my youth again. … I just wake up and go, ‘Wow!’“ says Nolan of Syracuse. “It’s a complete change just to look forward and not have to do injections,” notes Tynan of Oswego. “I’m ready to pick up the insulin pen, and I don’t have to.”

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New transplant surgeon performs kidney, pancreas surgeries

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Upstate‘s new transplant surgery chief, Rainer Gruessner, MD, talks about current kidney transplant options and the various types of pancreas transplants he plans to offer to adults and children. He says a good number of people who need a kidney would also benefit from a new pancreas.

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How to prevent kidney stones

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Stephen J Knohl, MDStephen Knohl, MD, explains what causes kidney stones, and tells us the single most important measure in preventing them is to drink lots of fluids. Upstate’s Metabolic Stone Clinic provides the region’s only nephrologist that is solely dedicated to kidney stone prevention. Knohl is associate professor of Medicine in the division of Nephrology; Residency program director and vice chair for Education in the Department of Medicine at Upstate Medical University. Read more: Summer Stones — Kidney Stones in August

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News from the transplant team

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Vaughn E Whittaker, MDKidney transplant surgeon Vaughn Whittaker, MD, talks about new breakthroughs that have increased the options for patients awaiting kidney transplants, including blood type compatibility and kidney exchanges. Whittaker is assistant professor of surgery, specializing in hepatobiliary, pancreatic and transplant surgery at Upstate Medical University. Upstate University Transplant Services

 

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New technique for kidney cancer surgery

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Gennady Bratslavsky, MDMichael Daugherty, MD, PGY1Gennady Bratslavsky, MD, chair of Urology at Upstate, is joined by urology resident Michael Daugherty, MD, to help us understand the diagnosis and treatment of kidney cancer. They explain the results of a study comparing surgical techniques to address this type of cancer, and the importance of protecting your kidneys as people age.  Read the story: “NIH urges older Americans to protect their kidneys”.  Read more about:  Upstate’s Prostate Cancer Program,

Read the study: “Compared with radical nephrectomy, nephron-sparing surgery offers a long-term survival advantage in patients between the ages of 20 and 44 years with renal cell carcinomas (≤4cm): An analysis of the SEER database”

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‘Peds to Parents’ – Pediatric dialysis center coming to Syracuse

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Upstate pediatric nephrologist Scott J Schurman, MDScott Schurman, MD, shares plans for a dedicated outpatient pediatric dialysis center that will be housed on the fifth floor of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. The new center will provide a pediatric-friendly environment for pediatric hemodialysis patients, including access to support services, a pediatric nurse case manager, and a home dialysis-training program. Read the story: Pediatric dialysis center to provide specialized care for young patients

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

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Adrenal insufficiency 101

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Pediatric endocrinologist Roberto E Izquierdo, MDRoberto Izquierdo presents ‘adrenal insufficiency 101′ — what are the adrenal glands, who does this condition affect, how do you know you have it, and what happens during emergencies of illness or injury. He will explain why corticosteroids are kept on hand for people who have this condition.

Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Joslin

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