Health & Medicine

PEDIATRIC MEDICINE
11:41 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital Makes Breakthrough in Treating Brain Tumors

Dr. Zulma Tovar-Spinoza, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital.
Credit Giulia Vasconcelos / WAER News

Neurosurgeons at Upstate’s Golisano Children’s Hospital say they’re the first in the world to use a minimally invasive laser therapy to treat a rare disease that causes tumors to grow on the brain. 

Doctor Zulma Tovar-Spinoza says the M-R-I technology uses lasers to eradicate the non-cancerous tumors, which cause seizures.  She says the difference between open surgery and the new procedure is night and day...

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Affordable Health Care Act
6:05 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Health Care Act Enrollment Begins for Central New Yorkers

Credit Wolfman-K / Flickr

Central New Yorkers will be among 2.4 million residents statewide who can start enrolling for some form of financial help as parts of the Affordable Healthcare Act kick in. Beginning October 1, 2013 individuals are able to enroll and secure financial benefits, which begin at the start of 2014.


Ron Pollack, with Families USA, says most will be eligible for financial help:
 

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Suicide Prevention Week
6:40 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Shedding Light on Suicide

Suicide Prevention Day

Suicide often lives in the shadows, even though it’s affected many Central New Yorkers.  But the issue is getting more attention today during International Suicide Awareness Week. 

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CANCER RESEARCH AND TREATMENT
6:45 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Congressman Dan Maffei Visits Upstate Cancer Center Construction Site

WAER’s John Smith speaks with Medical Director Leslie Kohman and Congressman Dan Maffei
Credit Darryl Geddes / Upstate University Medical Center

Construction on the Upstate Cancer Research Center at University Hospital in Syracuse is rapidly taking shape. 

The center will have a variety of medical services in a centralized location.  Many services are already being offered, like a specialized psychologist, who works to help the emotional and psychological needs that cancer patients and families deal with, and an integrated medicine specialist, who advises patients on non-traditional therapies they may wish to add to their traditional treatment methods. 

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Medicare Open Enrollment
9:41 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Seniors get a jump on Medicare Open Enrollment at State Fair

Fidelis Care had a booth at the State Fair during Senior Day to help with Medicare decisions.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

Choosing a Medicare plan is probably not on the minds of seniors attending the state fair during Tuesday's senior day. 

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