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Chaplain donates a kidney to a dying refugee

Chaplain donates a kidney to a dying refugee

March 5

  BY JIM HOWE It was a note in a church bulletin that led an Upstate chaplain to donate one of her kidneys to a Bhutanese refugee. The Rev. Susan Joy Huizenga, the palliative care chaplain at Upstate…


Firefighters share an extra bond: Kidney donor was glad to help his longtime friend

Firefighters share an extra bond: Kidney donor was glad to help his longtime friend

March 3

BY JIM HOWE It’s a dramatic story of sickness, friendship, sacrifice and the wonders of modern medicine. A retired firefighter with failing kidneys does not want to live on dialysis, so he goes on t…


1 weekend sees 4 organ donors improve lives of 12 people

1 weekend sees 4 organ donors improve lives of 12 people

July 30

BY AMBER SMITH One busy weekend in April saw the Upstate transplant team caring for four patients who made the decision to donate their organs upon death. In all, 12 people received lifesaving organ…


Riding again: He bicycles despite kidney transplant, cancer diagnosis

Riding again: He bicycles despite kidney transplant, cancer diagnosis

March 9

BY AMBER SMITH Chris Atwood of Moravia has quite a few medical issues for a man of 59, but they don’t rattle him. “I think that fixating and worrying about your health is bad for your health,” h…


Their team of doctors offered expertise — and hope

Their team of doctors offered expertise — and hope

November 27

BY AMBER SMITH Orlando Barrera worked his whole life in construction. He was strong and relatively healthy – until May 2015, when stomach pains forced him to seek medical care. The Syracuse man unde…


Upstate news you may have missed

Upstate news you may have missed

March 29

Researcher seeks drug to fight painful condition An Upstate researcher is testing drugs to treat shingles, a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus. Jennifer Moffat, PhD, is working wi…


Got a couple hours to help save lives? Donate platelets

Got a couple hours to help save lives? Donate platelets

January 6

BY SUSAN KEETER “What if you could do one thing on Monday that might save a cancer patient’s life on Wednesday?” That’s the message from a Red Cross video encouraging platelet donation. I’v…


Renewed lives: Pancreas transplants mean patients with diabetes can skip insulin injections

Renewed lives: Pancreas transplants mean patients with diabetes can skip insulin injections

October 20

BY AMBER SMITH Patrick Nolan, 52, remembers spending his 11th birthday at Upstate University Hospital with a new diagnosis of diabetes. The Syracuse native lived with the disease for 41 years, routine…


A kidney unites them: Facebook connects Upstate nurse with woman needing a kidney transplant

A kidney unites them: Facebook connects Upstate nurse with woman needing a kidney transplant

October 10

BY AMBER SMITH As Jody Adams scrolled through Facebook in January, one post stuck with her. It was written from the point of view of a baby boy named Carter, seeking someone to donate a kidney to his …


13 things I learned from the fall issue of Upstate Health

13 things I learned from the fall issue of Upstate Health

September 29

The pages of the fall 2016 Upstate Health magazine are loaded with important information and a few surprises. If you’re not on our mailing list, you should be. Send an email with your name and mail…


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