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    • Cardiac Rehabilitation

      March 14, 2018

      After cardiac rehab, Gary Tucker is back to the things he needs and likes to do, including home maintenance and caring for his garden, and he’s looking forward to camping next year with his wife, Kathy. Read his story:

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      Care from the Heart

      March 14, 2018

      Given a second chance thanks to cardiologists at Bassett, Helen is back to her busy life with her puppy, chickens, and being involved in her church. Read Helen's story about how Bassett cardiologists got her back to what's important.

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      Hands-only CPR

      March 14, 2018

      (CPR) not only increases the likelihood of surviving breathing and cardiac emergencies, but it’s simple to learn.

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    • The right help, at the right time

      March 14, 2018

      CPR helps save a student-athlete’s life

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      Weight Loss Surgery - Sarah

      January 17, 2018

      Sarah did her research and chose Bassett Healthcare's weight loss program to help her lose weight. A combination of coaching, diet and surgery has Sarah on-track to meet her weight loss goals. Listen to her story.

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      Research into Kidney Health

      December 27, 2017

      Bassett researchers have discovered a link between the frequent use of a certain type of popular heartburn medications and an increased likelihood of serious kidney issues. Watch Chief of Nephrology Dr. Raquel Rosen discuss this matter in this video.

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    • Jim's Story: Total Ankle Replacement

      October 6, 2017

      Having had is ankle replaced, Jim is back to walking with his wife and living a more pain-free life. Watch Jim tell his story in this video.

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      James' Story: Robotic-Assisted Partial Knee Replacement

      October 6, 2017

      James opted for robotic-assisted partial knee replacement surgery using A.O. Fox Hospital's state-of-the-art NAVIO system. Watch James tell his story in this video.

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      Fighting Cancer and Immunotherapy: New Treatment options

      October 1, 2017

      Jim Tyler's story of being one of the first patients at Bassett Cancer Institute to receive a new immunotherapy drug.

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    • New Hope for those with Melanoma

      October 1, 2017

      A new kind of treatment that’s injected directly into the tumor is giving patients with metastatic melanoma another option.

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      The Powers of Clinical Trials

      October 1, 2017

      Don Hromada was given the option of participating in a clinical trial for metastatic lung cancer using immunotherapy treatment.

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      da Vinci Surgery: Advanced Surgery Options

      October 1, 2017

      Bassett Healthcare Network offers the da Vinci surgical system, an innovative alternative to traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy.

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    • One Day at a Time: Staying Positive Through Treatment

      October 1, 2017

      Chuck Hand has been getting infusions of immunotherapy at Bassett’s cancer center in Herkimer. Hand takes his cancer journey one day at a time.

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      Immunotherapy: Using your own immune system to help fight cancer

      August 30, 2017

      Jim Tyler, featured in this video, participated in a clinical trial of a new immunotherapy drug while at Bassett. He shares his thoughts on what this treatment means to him, and to future cancer patients.

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      10 ways to add more joy to your life

      August 11, 2017

      If you sometimes feel like your life is one downpour after another, it's time to find some joy. And it's easier than you might think. Being joyful has the power to help you bounce back from stressful events, solve problems, think flexibly and even fend off diseases.

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    • Mosquito management 101: 4 tips for stopping those risky bites

      July 11, 2017

      We've all had those itchy red welts that tell us one pesky mosquito and they usually go away, but mosquitoes can carry germs, like the West Nile virus, that may make us sick. Learn the risks here:

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      da Vinci Robotic Surgery: The Benefits

      June 22, 2017

      In this video, Dr. Hellenthal describes the benefits of da Vinci robotic surgery, including quicker recovery time for patients. Take a look.

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      Keep pets cool in the heat

      June 13, 2017

      Summer's heat can be dangerous for people and pets. Help keep your furry friends safe and cool with these five tips:

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    • What you need to know about opioids

      April 7, 2017

      It's tough to live with chronic pain, but millions of Americans do. That's one reason why prescription opioids are so popular.

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      Is Bariatric Surgery Right for you?

      April 1, 2017

      Bassett Healthcare Network’s surgeons, dietitians, counselors and other experts work together to help patients through their weight-loss journeys.

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      Fantastic Results from Gastric Bypass Surgery

      April 1, 2017

      In January 2014, Steven Heneghan, MD, performed gastric bypass surgery on Stephanie Paradiso, and she has gone from a high of 287 pounds down to 133 pounds.

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    • It's a Whole New Life

      April 1, 2017

      Through Bassett Healthcare Network’s weight-loss program, Cheryl Irvin had gastric sleeve surgery that has help her turn a new leaf in her life.

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      Feel the Difference: Life-improving Surgery

      April 1, 2017

      Kari Hackett had gastric bypass surgery at Bassett Medical Center in 2015, at the age of 33, she lost 130 pounds.

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      MyBassett Health Connection | Judy

      March 29, 2017

      Have you signed up for MyBassett Health Connection? If you haven't, listen to Judy Marvin’s experience with MyBassett.

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    • Check it out: Some must-do screenings and self-exams

      February 26, 2017

      There's no denying how popular DIY projects are today. We love to roll up our sleeves and get it done. But what about health screenings that can alert us to possible health problems? Can we tackle some of those ourselves too?

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      Test your cholesterol smarts

      February 16, 2017

      It's National Cholesterol Education Month. Do you know what you should about cholesterol—how to keep it at a healthy level to help prevent heart disease? These 5 must-know facts about cholesterol can help you get started.

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      Guillain-Barre syndrome

      February 16, 2017

      If this year is typical, as many as 6,000 people nationwide will develop Guillain-Barre syndrome—a serious disorder that occurs when the body's immune system attacks nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis.

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    • Save those seeds

      February 16, 2017

      You may be tempted to toss the seeds when carving a pumpkin. But consider toasting them instead—toasted pumpkin seeds can be a healthy snack. Here's how to make them:

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      Bye, bye bedwetting

      February 16, 2017

      If you recently got up in the middle of the night to change some soggy sheets because your child wet the bed, it may help to know that plenty of other moms and dads are doing the same thing. Most children are toilet trained between 2 and 4 years old. But some don't stay dry at night until they get older. For instance, about 20 percent of 5-year-olds wet their beds, reports the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). And some kids still have accidents at age 7 or older.

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      Breast cancer: 5 facts you may not know

      February 16, 2017

      Of all the diseases we face as women, few may concern us more than breast cancer. Almost certainly, you know someone—a loved one, a friend, a neighbor—whose life has been touched by the disease. Even though breast cancer is far too common, some facts about it may still surprise you. Here's a look at five of them:

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    • Start your kids on a heart-healthy path

      February 16, 2017

      You're there to help your children with their homework, and you remind them to brush their teeth. But have you helped them do something good for their hearts lately?

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      Should they stay, or should they go?

      February 16, 2017

      Your mom still lives in the house where you grew up. It's filled with memories of family and friends. You know your mom loves that house. But today she said something you've never heard her say before: "Sometimes I feel like this house is too much for me." Maybe it's time to talk to your mom about moving to an assisted living facility.

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      Zika and pregnancy: What you should know

      February 16, 2017

      For women who are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, there may be no such thing as a simple mosquito bite anymore. At least, not since the Zika outbreak began. Read more here:

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    • How to help quiet a child's fears

      February 16, 2017

      One of the greatest fears children have after a natural disaster is being left alone or separated from their family. You can help calm their fears by:

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      Seasonal affective disorder: Less light can mean darker moods

      February 11, 2017

      Does your mood seem to mirror the seasons-maybe growing darker as the fall and winter days get shorter and lifting as the brighter days of summer approach? You could have a condition known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD)-a type of depression that's related to seasonal changes in light. SAD can make you feel tired, crave carbohydrates, gain weight, avoid things you normally enjoy or withdraw socially during the fall and winter months.

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      On Guard - How to defend against hospital infection

      February 11, 2017

      Hospitals are places of healing—we go there to get well when we're injured or ill. And while hospitals are very safe, there is some risk of getting an infection while you're receiving medical treatment. We want you to know that we take hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) seriously—and we do everything possible to prevent them.

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    • A Family Guide to Sunscreens

      February 11, 2017

      Does your idea of family fun include spending time together outdoors? Then it's important to protect the whole gang from the sun's damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. There's nothing cool about painful sunburns, early wrinkles or a raised risk of skin cancer. And yet that's just what too much UV exposure can bring. One way to help keep your family safe: Make sure everyone gets their sunscreen on.

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      We're in This Together

      February 11, 2017

      Board games, movie nights and vacations—lots of things are better as a family. And that includes getting and staying healthy. So, moms and dads, get the whole family involved in moving more and eating right. If that sounds great in theory, but you're not sure how to make better health a family affair, here's a five-step plan

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      Please Pass the Potassium

      February 11, 2017

      It's hard to overstate all the good things potassium does for you. This mineral helps your nerves work, your muscles contract and your heartbeat stay regular. It moves nutrients into cells and waste products out of them. And potassium helps keep your blood pressure in a healthy range by blunting the effects of sodium.

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    • Should You Be Pro Probiotics?

      February 10, 2017

      You've probably heard of probiotics, especially if you spend any time in the yogurt aisles of supermarkets. But what are they exactly? Are they good for your heath? And should you join the millions of Americans who already take them?

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      MyHealthy Decisions | Weight Loss Surgery - Cheryl

      January 20, 2017

      Cheryl loved to garden, but found it increasingly difficult given her health. Watch Cheryl discuss her decision to undertake weight loss surgery, and how it got her back to doing the things she loves to do.

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      Stay safe and healthy at work

      January 16, 2017

      You go to work to bring home a paycheck—not the flu, carpal tunnel syndrome or some other health problem. So how do you stay safe and healthy on the job? Here are five key safeguards.

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    • A group approach to patient care

      January 14, 2017

      It's often said that there's strength in numbers. And that notion may well apply to an alternate approach to the regular doctor's visit—one known as a shared medical appointment or group visit. During group visits, several people with a similar illness share a doctor's appointment. Many group visits are designed for people with a chronic condition, such as diabetes. Part support group, part motivational meeting and part traditional doctor's appointment, this format empowers many participants to better manage their health.

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      Weight Loss Surgery - Stephanie

      January 6, 2017

      Stephanie Paradiso of Fort Plain says weight loss surgery gave her a whole new life. She’s now able to enjoy activities with her family that she couldn’t accomplish before. Take a look.

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      Check Your Heart Before You Start

      January 2, 2017

      Bassett Heart Care Institute’s Pre-Exercise Heart Screening Program is ready to help you reduce the risk for cardiovascular problems associated with participation in routine exercise as well as competitive and recreational sports.

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    • Prevention is the Best Medicine

      January 2, 2017

      For Donna Thomson, 69, grandmother of five, the program provides peace of mind following an onset of symptoms that led her to the emergency room.

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      Listen to Your Heart

      January 1, 2017

      Marge Miller underwent heart surgery for blocked arteries and a life-threatening aneurysm.

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      Get tested for hepatitis C

      December 7, 2016

      People born between 1945 and 1965 should be tested for hepatitis C, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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    • MyHealthy Decisions | Weight Loss Surgery

      November 22, 2016

      Kari Hackett is enjoying a better quality of life following weight loss surgery. Watch her inspiring story.

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      The Great American Smokeout

      November 19, 2016

      If you smoke, find your calendar and draw a big red circle around Nov. 17. That's the date for this year's Great American Smokeout—a day that everyone who smokes is encouraged to quit. The Smokeout has fallen on the third Thursday in November since 1976, when the California division of the American Cancer Society (ACS) convinced nearly 1 million smokers to quit for the day. The ACS took the event nationwide in 1977.

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      Hepatitis C: Get the facts

      November 10, 2016

      Hepatitis C is a virus that can damage the liver. Here's what you need to know about this infection, and how new treatments may hold a cure.

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    • Heart Disease in Women

      October 22, 2016

      Heart disease affects men and women equally, yet the early warning signs can be different for women. Dr. Merle Myerson, of the Bassett Heart Care Institute, explains how heart disease can manifest itself in women and some ways your care team can help you avoid falling prey to this ailment.

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      A New Tool for Back and Spine Surgery

      October 2, 2016

      Surgeons at Bassett are using a GPS-like device to perform extremely precise procedures for patients undergoing back and spine operations.

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      Keep Kids Safe in the Backseat

      October 2, 2016

      Having your child’s car seat correctly installed is a great start to ensure your child’s safety.

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    • Get Ahead of Flu Season

      October 2, 2016

      Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine each year

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      Want to Lose Weight? Don’t Diet!

      October 1, 2016

      I suggest that people invest time for three or four days to jot down what they are eating and take the time to write down the calories.

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      Don’t Wait for a Wake-Up Call to Make Healthy Changes

      October 1, 2016

      Ken Brinck’s diagnosis was a catalyst for personal health transformation.

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    • Concussion Management 101

      October 1, 2016

      Aliya Sider, 18, of Oneonta, experienced a series of accidents between 2012 and 2016, including a fall during a jolting stop on a subway.

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      What's New in Primary Care?

      October 1, 2016

      Bassett's primary care office is now using innovative ways to keep your health on track.

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      Clinical Trials at Bassett - A Patient's Journey Part IV

      September 27, 2016

      Christopher Kuhn of Oneonta entered a clinical trial for melanoma in 2014, beginning a difficult but ultimately successful journey. He and his wife LeeAnn graciously shared their story in this 4-part video series.

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    • Clinical Trials at Bassett - A Patient's Journey Part III

      September 27, 2016

      Christopher Kuhn of Oneonta entered a clinical trial for melanoma in 2014, beginning a difficult but ultimately successful journey. He and his wife LeeAnn graciously shared their story in this 4-part video series.

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      Clinical Trials at Bassett - A Patient's Journey Part II

      September 27, 2016

      Christopher Kuhn of Oneonta entered a clinical trial for melanoma in 2014, beginning a difficult but ultimately successful journey. He and his wife LeeAnn graciously shared their story in this 4-part video series.

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      Oneonta Practitioners Selected for New National Leadership Program by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

      September 22, 2016

      Five practitioners from A.O. Fox Hospital’s Gender Wellness Center in Oneonta have been awarded $500,000 over three years as participants in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholars Program, a new national leadership program that aims to improve health and reduce disparities in wellness and longevity across the United States.

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    • Telehealth Grant for School-Based Health

      September 7, 2016

      Cooperstown, NY – Bassett Healthcare Network has been awarded a $297,419 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for up to four years to bring telehealth services to the school-based health care setting.

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      Clinical Trials at Bassett - A Patient's Journey Part I

      August 31, 2016

      Christopher Kuhn of Oneonta entered a clinical trial for melanoma in 2014, beginning a difficult but ultimately successful journey. He and his wife LeeAnn graciously shared their story in this 4-part video series.

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      Clinical Trials Available at Bassett

      August 16, 2016

      Christopher Kuhn of Oneonta entered a clinical trial for melanoma in 2014. Learn more in a 4-part series during which he and his wife LeeAnn share their story.

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    • Look before you lease: Make safety a priority when selecting off-campus housing

      August 12, 2016

      Your college kid sounds very excited over the phone. She and her friends have found a great old apartment building with a three-room unit they can afford. Can she sign the lease? "The apartments were built in 1911," your daughter says. "You should see the old ironing board that springs out from a kitchen cabinet! It's so cool."

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      What You Need to Know About Meningitis

      July 16, 2016

      Are your adolescent children vaccinated against meningitis? If not, speak with your provider about getting your child immunized; it can be lifesaving. Pediatrician Chris Kjolhede explains:

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      Superior Capsular Reconstruction

      June 29, 2016

      Learn about a new less invasive surgical technique for repairing a torn rotator cuff from Dr. Tal Lassiter

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    • Lyme Disease

      June 27, 2016

      There is an uptick in the number of patients coming in with symptoms of Lyme disease or a known tick bite; clinicians say the mild winter is partly to blame and it is cause for concern given the potential seriousness of this illness. Here’s emergency services physician assistant Joann Carey.

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      Better Sleep For Optimal Health

      June 26, 2016

      Not getting a good night's rest? These better sleep tips from Bassett primary care provider Dr. Aimee Pearce could be just the ticket.

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      An Amazing New Ankle

      June 26, 2016

      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.

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    • Zika Virus

      May 25, 2016

      Facts about Zika virus. Watch this video, then visit cdc.gov & health.ny.gov

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      Sleep Disruption and Increased Risk of Coronary Heart Disease

      May 6, 2016

      Lifestyle, sleep disturbance and heart disease. Dr. Patrick McNulty, Chief of Cardiology, discusses recent research into cardiovascular disease.

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      Chief of Surgery Dr. Nicholas Hellenthal on Bladder Cancer

      April 20, 2016

      People’s risk for bladder cancer rises with age, particularly among men and among smokers. Listen to Chief of Surgery Dr. Nicholas Hellenthal discuss who is at risk, diagnosis and prognosis

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    • A Medical Practitioner's Weight Loss Journey

      March 29, 2016

      Bassett - Herkimer primary care provider Tim Cristman counsels patients fighting obesity from a position of experience. He underwent weight loss surgery in 2006, lost 120 pounds and gained his health and quality of life back.

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      Boost Your Immune System With Natural Remedies

      March 23, 2016

      Not all illness requires a prescription or even over the counter medication. Dr. Margaret Scandura specializes in integrative therapies and suggests some natural remedies for what ails us.

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      Helping Women through Their Breast Cancer Journeys

      February 27, 2016

      Lisa Stahl met Dara Hotaling, RN, about three years ago when she had her first breast biopsy. Stahl reconnected with Hotaling in 2014 when another biopsy showed cancer. Through the nurse navigator program in the Women’s Imaging Center, Hotaling helped Stahl navigate through all the information, specialists and appointments that come with a diagnosis of breast cancer.

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    • Fighting Heart Disease in Central New York

      February 19, 2016

      We can beat heart disease, but our best chance for success means an early start on healthy habits. Bassett’s Chief of Cardiology and president of the Greater Utica area board of the American Heart Association Dr. Patrick McNulty explains.

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      Savor Some Sorghum

      February 10, 2016

      Sorghum. Say it out loud, and it sounds like a complaint about dental pain. But it's actually a healthy whole grain that fits nicely into a gluten-free diet, spurring new popularity for the grain in this country.

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      Bassett Honored for Supporting Those Who Serve

      January 30, 2016

      Bassett was honored recently for supporting those who serve. NYS Adjutant General presented Bassett with the Above and Beyond Award.

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    • Bacterial vs. Viral & Antibiotics

      January 27, 2016

      It’s hard to see your child suffer through an illness; many parents ask their doctor to prescribe an antibiotic. But that’s not always the answer. Pediatrician Margaret Scandura, MD, explains.

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      Pain Free & Active Again

      January 27, 2016

      Patsy Soule of Cooperstown suffered excruciating hip pain that kept her from doing the things she loved. Anterior hip replacement gave Patsy her life back. Watch Patsy’s story.

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      Kids With Pets Have Less Anxiety

      December 3, 2015

      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:

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    • Baby Teeth Matter

      November 18, 2015

      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.

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      Back On His Feet

      November 17, 2015

      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.

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      Neurosurgery Available Close to Home

      November 15, 2015

      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.

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    • Keep Kids Smiling & Healthy!

      October 13, 2015

      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.

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      Dental Care in the School Makes Sense

      October 13, 2015

      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.

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      What You Need to Know About Lyme Disease

      October 13, 2015

      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. For additional information, on Lyme, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/faq/index.html

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    • Pediatric Nutrition Q & A

      October 13, 2015

      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.

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      A Smoother Recovery

      October 13, 2015

      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.

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      Ask Bassett - Adult and Pediatric Immunizations

      October 13, 2015

      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.

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    • A Dream Workshop with The New York City Ballet

      October 12, 2015

      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.

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      Learn Hands-Only CPR

      October 11, 2015

      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.

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      New Lease on Life through Weight Loss Surgery

      October 10, 2015

      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.

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    • Stereotactic Radiosurgery at Bassett

      October 9, 2015

      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.

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      Thanks for Fixing my Grampa

      October 8, 2015

      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.

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      Making Veins Vanish

      October 6, 2015

      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.

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    • Soul Survivor - Singer Sharon Jones beat pancreatic cancer at Bassett

      October 5, 2015

      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.

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    Network News

    • A.O. Fox Hospital Earns “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” Designation in HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index

      April 9, 2018

      A.O. Fox Hospital has been designated an “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC).

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      Dr. Sellers MSSNY Treasurer

      March 29, 2018

      ​Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP, took office as Treasurer at MSSNY’s 212th annual House of Delegates meeting in Buffalo on March 24, 2018. In this position, he will oversee the finances of the state’s primary professional organization for physicians. Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Dr. Sellers sees patients in Bassett's Cobleskill primary care center and serves as Eastern Region Medical Director for  Bassett Healthcare Network.

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      Bassett Healthcare Network Offers Free Workshops on Living Well with Diabetes to its Patients

      March 26, 2018

      Living Well with Diabetes is a free interactive seven-week workshop series for Bassett Healthcare Network patients living with diabetes. The program is free, although registration is required.

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    • Bassett's Weight-Loss Surgery Program Receives Blue Distinction Center Designation from Excellus BCBS

      March 21, 2018

      Bassett Medical Center’s surgical weight-loss program was recently designated a Blue Distinction Center+ for Bariatric Surgery by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.

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      Bassett Healthcare Network Announces Transition in Network Leadership

      March 19, 2018

      Ralph H. Meyer, chairman of the Bassett Healthcare Network Board of Directors, announced today that William F. Streck, MD, will return to the organization to assume the role of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bassett Healthcare Network. The announcement follows the decision by current Bassett Healthcare Network CEO Vance M. Brown, MD, to step down effective April 20, 2018, in order to pursue opportunities outside of Bassett.

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      A Snowstorm, Appendicitis and the Team at Cobleskill Regional Hospital’s Emergency Department

      March 19, 2018

      With snowfall rates of up to and inch per hour, Kara Foster of Delanson, NY, and her husband, Mike, had just a bit of trepidation as they climbed in their truck during an early March snowstorm and headed for the emergency department (ED) at Cobleskill Regional Hospital.

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    • Bassett Heart Care Institute Welcomes New Chief of Cardiovascular Services

      March 5, 2018

      Mun K. Hong, MD, FACC, a nationally recognized interventional cardiologist, has joined Bassett Healthcare Network as Chief of Cardiovascular Services. Hong comes to Bassett after three years as chairman of the Department of Cardiology at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center and prior to that, he was director of the cardiac catheterization lab and interventional cardiology at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in Manhattan. Hong also spent seven years as director of cardiovascular intervention and research at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Cornell Campus in New York City.

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      Sports Medicine Specialist Joins Bassett Medical Group

      March 1, 2018

      Kristen Herbst, DO, who is board-certified in orthopedic surgery, has joined Bassett Healthcare Network. She specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopy and shoulder surgery, including total shoulder replacement.

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      Robotic Surgery – New, Advanced Treatment for Colon Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Colitis and More

      February 26, 2018

      Millions of people in this country suffer from inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s or colitis, both of which may increase a person’s risk of colon cancer. Bassett Healthcare Network colorectal surgeons are now performing one of the most advanced treatments for these conditions – robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery – at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

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    • Bassett Valentine's Soiree Raises $160,000 to Support New Operating Room

      February 14, 2018

      More than 400 guests joined the Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network at the second Valentine’s Soiree. The event raised $160,000 in support of the addition of a new state-of-the-art operating room at Bassett Medical Center that will enable talented surgical teams to accommodate more complex cases, perform new, minimally invasive procedures and give patients quicker recovery times. The live auction and raffles contributed more than $20,000 of the total proceeds. The Otesaga Hotel hosted the event, while DJ Sound FX provided entertainment throughout the night. New England Dueling Pianos took song requests from guests, sang, and played on their two grand pianos while audience members clapped and participated from the floor.

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      Bassett Medical Center Receives $8 Million Grant from Scriven Foundation

      February 9, 2018

      Dr. William LeCates, acting president of Bassett Medical Center, announced today that Bassett has received an $8 million dollar grant from the Scriven Foundation. The funds will be used to support upgrades to patient care equipment on the Cooperstown campus and throughout Bassett Medical Center’s service area.

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      Bassett Healthcare Network Participates in Drug Take-Back Program Among Five Hospitals in NYS Participating in Pilot

      February 7, 2018

      New York — Today, five hospitals serving rural New York State began collecting leftover pharmaceuticals from the public free of charge through July 2018. Locally, Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown and O’ Connor Hospital in Delhi are participating in this pilot program developed by the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) and the New York Product Stewardship Council (NYPSC). In addition, FoxCare Pharmacy in Oneonta will also begin collecting unused medications free of charge.

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    • Bassett Medical Center Recognized for Higher Quality in Maternity Care

      February 6, 2018

      Bassett Medical Center's maternity program recently received Excellus' Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated hospitals that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.

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      Bassett’s Save a Life Campaign

      February 5, 2018

      Cooperstown, NY – Bassett Healthcare Network’s nearly 4,000 employees had the opportunity Friday, Feb. 5, to hear the impactful story of a doctor who two years ago found himself in the position of performing CPR on his own daughter. That doctor, Derek Ratliff, an ophthalmologist at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, and his daughter Kristin, shared their story in the hopes of saving more lives. Their powerful experience played out in a video (watch the video) during Bassett’s annual Go Red for Women program and was followed by demonstrations of hands-only CPR and the proper use of an AED (automated external defibrillator).

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      FoxCare Center Experiencing Phone & Internet Outage

      February 2, 2018

      FoxCare Center on Route 7 in Oneonta is experiencing phone and internet outage issues. All patients who have scheduled appointments at health clinics at FoxCare are encouraged to call their provider’s office. If you are unable to reach your provider’s office, please call 607-432-2000. FoxNow, Laboratory, and Medical Imaging are unable to accept walk-ins at this time. We will continue to update you as we work to resolve the issue. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

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    • O’Connor Hospital Awarded Hospital Accreditation from the Joint Commission

      January 25, 2018

      O’Connor Hospital (OCH), part of the Bassett Healthcare Network, recently announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

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      Friends of Bassett Hosting Valentine's Soiree to Support New Operating Room

      January 15, 2018

      The Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network will hold its second annual Valentine’s Soirée, in celebration of love and friendship, Saturday evening, Feb. 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown. Proceeds from this year’s Soirée will support the addition of a new state-of-the-art operating room (OR) at Bassett Medical Center. The new OR will enable Bassett’s surgical teams to accommodate more complex cases, perform new, minimally-invasive procedures and give patients quicker recovery times. This festive event will feature great food, wonderful beverages, music, dancing, a dueling piano show and our famous live auction. Help us to honor special guests Gerry and Regina Miller.

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      Bassett Pediatrician Creates State’s First Rural Pediatric Registry to Study Health Outcomes among Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth

      January 2, 2018

      “There is not a lot of evidence to help inform clinical care of transgender and gender nonconforming youth, particularly for rural areas,” explains Anne Gadomski, MD, pediatrician and director of the Bassett Research Institute in Cooperstown, NY. Gadomski was recently recognized by the NYS Department of Health for her work in support of gender wellness; she received the Worlds AIDS Day NY Commissioner’s Special Recognition award for establishing New York State’s first rural pediatric registry for transgender and gender nonconforming youth. It is also believed to be the country’s first rural-based registry for transgender youth.

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    • First baby of New Year born at the Bassett Birthing Center continues to capture the attention of central New York

      January 2, 2018

      The Bassett Birthing Center in Cooperstown welcomed its first baby of 2018 shortly after the ball dropped in Time Square to ring in the New Year. Baby Isabella Marjorie made her debut at 1:21 a.m. on Jan. 1, and arrived at a healthy 8lbs 3oz, 19 inches long.

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