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Kids With Pets Have Less Anxiety

Dr. Anne Gadomski, research scientist and pediatrician at Bassett Medical Center, authored a study on children, pets and anxiety that appears in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease. Read about the study’s findings in this NBC News story:

Dogs, which are already shown to reduce rates of allergies and asthma, may provide kids with yet another benefit: reducing anxiety. 

Researchers say a new study shows kids who live in a home with a pet dog score far lower on clinical measures of anxiety.  It's a small study, focusing on 643 kids between 6 and 7. But the team at Bassett Medical Center in New York found that just 12 percent of children with pet dogs tested positive for clinical anxiety, compared to 21 percent of children without a dog. "It may be that less anxious children have pet dogs or pet dogs make children less anxious," Dr. Anne Gadomski and colleagues wrote in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease. Read more...

Back on His Feet

Many diabetics suffer foot pain or neuropathy, not realizing they may be a candidate for a simple procedure that can provide enormous relief. Tarsal tunnel release eliminated Harley Edson’s diabetes-related foot pain. Watch the video and Read the Story

Neurosurgery Available Close to Home

Brain and spinal tumors are relatively rare. But if you or a loved one is ever diagnosed with a benign or malignant tumor, finding a skilled, experienced surgeon who can perform surgery with state-of-the-art technology is crucial. Equally essential—but often not thought of until after surgery—is the proximity of your surgeon and other rehabilitative services you may need. Read about neurosurgery at Bassett.  Read the story »

Baby Teeth Matter!

Bassett has integrated oral health education and the application of fluoride varnish into its pediatric clinics in Cooperstown and Oneonta. We know that oral health is critical to overall physical well-being and that dental caries can have a significant impact on long-term health. Many parents don't realize that problems that develop in baby teeth can have negative effects that last a lifetime. Watch the video »

Ask Bassett - Adult and Pediatric Immunizations 

There are a lot of misconceptions that exist today about vaccines and vaccine safety. Primary care provider Barbara Davies from Bassett's Andes Health Center recently addressed some questions from readers of The Daily Star. See what she had to say »

A Smoother Recovery

A Bassett program helps patients bounce back quickly and with less discomfort after colorectal surgery. Only 12 hours after having part of his colon removed at Bassett Medical Center, Martin Bosworth enjoyed a sandwich. The Norwich resident is among a number of patients who have benefited from Bassett’s postsurgical early recovery process, a state-of-the-art healing practice for colorectal surgery. It reduces the body’s response to surgical stress, leading to fewer complications and shorter hospital stays.  Read the story »

Pediatric Nutrition Q & A

Did you know environmental factors, such as maternal diet, could affect the behavior or expression of a developing baby’s genes? Did you know children should consume less than 6 teaspoons of added sugar daily (a soda contains 10 teaspoons of sugar)? Are you up on the latest research relating to the basic food groups, “My Plate”? And, what about recent studies showing processed meat can significantly increase the risk of colon cancer? Family nurse practitioner Phoebe Reese answers readers’ questions. Read more of The Daily Star’s Ask Bassett »

What You Need to Know About Lyme Disease

Joann Carey, a physician assistant in Bassett’s Convenient Care Center in Oneonta, says many people are coming in worried they may have been exposed to Lyme disease. In this video, she corrects some common misconceptions and provides some helpful tips. Check it out »

For additional information, on Lyme, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website 

A Dream Workshop with The New York City Ballet

If you are looking for an inspirational story, look no further than the NYC Ballet, Bassett's Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky, a pediatric orthopedist, and the young people they worked with recently. Together, they discovered a new sense of freedom and movement in dance. Take a look: »


Dental Care in the School Makes Sense

Bassett’s school-based health – oral  health program is the recipient of the 2015 Community Health Improvement Award from the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). Studies have proven oral health is critically important to a person’s overall health. It is especially important for children. That is why Bassett includes dental care as part of its school-based health program. Services include everything from cleanings and fluoride varnish to extractions and root canals and assistance finding a dentist and dental insurance. The services are provided in the school setting in partnership with primary medical and mental health staff at 19 school-based health centers, all at no out-of-pocket cost to patients. Watch the video »

Keep Kids Smiling & Healthy!

Research has proven that a healthy mouth is essential to a child’s overall well-being. In New York State and rural central New York, we know the incidence of dental pain and tooth decay is too high. A state survey of school children by the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy found approximately 44% had experienced tooth decay by the third grade and about 22% had untreated tooth decay. If untreated, the consequences can be a painful infection that can lead to life-threatening conditions. Dr. Leah Carpenter, a dentist with Bassett’s school-based health program, offers some great tips and corrects some misconceptions about children’s dental care: watch the video »

Learn Hands-Only CPR

When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. Knowing how to perform CPR and starting it immediately is the best way to help someone who goes into cardiac arrest. Just 2 steps could save a life: 1) Call 9-1-1 and 2) Push hard and fast on the center of the chest.  Download the CPR Week Fact Sheet and watch a quick video.

New Lease on Life through Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, isn’t for everyone. But for the individual who has struggled with obesity and the chronic conditions it can lead to, weight loss surgery can provide a new lease on life. That was the case for Julie Cring of Cooperstown, who opted for LAP-BAND surgery. Hear Julie’s story and then visit our weight loss surgery page.

Stereotactic Radiosurgery at Bassett

Bassett Medical Center offers stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) – a non-invasive form of radiation therapy used to treat tumors on the brain, spine and lungs. Despite its name, SRS is a non-surgical procedure that delivers precisely targeted radiation at higher doses than traditional radiation therapy. The result is fewer treatments, less damage to surrounding tissue and better outcomes. watch the video »

Thanks for Fixing my Grampa

When a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm threatened Nathanial Foster Greene’s life, the team in the Cobleskill Regional Hospital Emergency Department and vascular surgeon Dr. Vitaliy Ignatovskyy and his team at Bassett Medical Center came together to save him. Greene has recovered and back to enjoying time with his granddaughter Elena. read more »

An Amazing New Ankle

When ankle pain and stiffness are not resolved with pain medications, cortisone shots and physical therapy, surgery may be an option. Total ankle replacement helped get Elizabeth Cozzolino back on her feet and active again. Replacement surgery involves only a brief hospital stay and recovery is usually quicker. read more »

Making Veins Vanish

Are you bothered by spider and varicose veins? Sclerotherapy is a quick and painless procedure used to treat unsightly veins. It typically takes less than 30 minutes and patients can return to normal activity soon after the procedure. read more »

Soul Survivor - Singer Sharon Jones beat pancreatic cancer at Bassett

Soul singer Sharon Jones is back on stage performing for her fans after beating pancreatic cancer. Read about her cancer diagnosis and journey through treatment to healing. read more »


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