Health News

May 21, 2018
With warm, sunny weekends approaching, you can bet a lot of us are planning a menu that includes an outdoor BBQ. But did you know that grill brush you use to clean your barbecue grill could pose a real risk? In fact, they've caused over 1,700 emergency room visits.
May 18, 2018
For the practitioners and nurses who work at Bassett Healthcare, patient care is not a job, it’s their passion. Take a minute to listen to what they have to say…
May 18, 2018
For the practitioners and nurses who work at Bassett Healthcare, patient care is not a job, it’s their passion. Take a minute to listen to what they have to say…
May 18, 2018
For the practitioners and nurses who work at Bassett Healthcare, patient care is not a job, it’s their passion. Take a minute to listen to what they have to say…
May 16, 2018
Bassett Healthcare's Dr. Michael Hodgman of the Emergency Department shares his thoughts. In an emergency, always call 911 immediately.
May 16, 2018
Children are curious, and that can lead them to get into an adult's medicine. But, when the medicine that the child gets a hold of is a prescription opioid, this situation can get serious very quickly. Bassett Healthcare's Dr. Michael Hodgman of the Emergency Department shares his thoughts. In an emergency, always call 911 immediately.
May 16, 2018
Unable to race or keep up with his business, David knew something had to give. That is when he found the weight loss program at Bassett Healthcare.
May 10, 2018
Robotic-assisted partial knee replacement
May 9, 2018
Did you know exercise truly is medicine? Research shows that physical activity promotes optimal health and done correctly and regularly, is integral in the prevention and treatment of many medical conditions. Here’s more from Bassett’s Chief of Orthopedics, F. Todd Wetzel, MD
May 2, 2018
Utilizing robotic-assisted navigation, Dr. Scott is able to tailor a patient's surgery to the conditions of the patient's knee at the time of the surgery.
May 2, 2018
Minimally invasive spine surgery had Jack back to work in less time than traditional surgery, and that made him a happy man.
May 2, 2018
Experiencing extreme hip pain, Rahlene Welch went to see Dr. Lebudde. After a total hip replacement, and a quick recovery, Rehlene is back to golfing and walking every morning.
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:
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.
March 14, 2018
(CPR) not only increases the likelihood of surviving breathing and cardiac emergencies, but it’s simple to learn.
March 14, 2018
CPR helps save a student-athlete’s life
February 2, 2018
We're surrounded by hearts this month. Along with the paper and chocolate versions, there are the human ones: the beating hearts of more than 300 million Americans. Unfortunately, we're also surrounded by heart disease. In the U.S., it's the leading cause of death for both men and women. But it can be prevented and controlled. Even in a short month's time, you can do a lot to take better care of your heart.
January 25, 2018
Since early December, flu activity in New York State has been categorized as “widespread”1, and we are certainly seeing an increased number of patients with influenza-like illnesses in our clinics, urgent cares and ERs. Influenza is not just a common cold – it’s an acute upper and lower respiratory tract infection that is characterized by severe cough and congestion, sore throat, fevers, headaches, muscles aches, and can have associated gastrointestinal symptoms. The normal time course is 1…
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.
January 11, 2018
Make your New Year's Resolution last by setting goals that are attainable. clinical nutrition manager at Bassett Medical Center, Andrea Johnson, gives us an educated tip to making a better you
January 8, 2018
A New Year's Resolution tip from Doctor Wetzel, Chief of the Department of Orthopedics & Orthopedic Services
January 3, 2018
Take this New Years tip from Bassett Cardiologist, Merle Myerson about to make your New Year's Resolution a new way of life
January 2, 2018
Does that pretty much sum up your past history with New Year's resolutions? You're jazzed in January to get in shape, stop smoking, eat better—to achieve your goal, whatever it is. But by February, your resolution is kaput.
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.
December 20, 2017
When it comes to the safety of your most special house guests—your grandchildren—you can't be too cautious. So before their next visit, check out these tips for childproofing your home and ridding it of hidden hazards that might seriously injure babies or young kids.
December 15, 2017
Chances are, you plan to deck the halls for a very merry holiday season. And what better way to evoke the spirit of Christmas past, present, and future than with a traditional red and green color scheme? Bring those holiday hues into your festive feasts, and you're sure to keep good health on the menu—even as you sample the occasional treat.
December 15, 2017
It's magical when a child holds a treasured toy for the first time. That precious look in the child's eyes says it all. For grownups, that's the joy of giving toys for birthdays, holidays--or just because.
December 14, 2017
This year, give yourself the best holiday gift ever: more merry, magical moments and fewer frazzled ones. Here are five ways to make this year's celebrations high on joy and low on stress—and help you keep the happy in the holidays.
December 13, 2017
If you pay attention to dietary headlines, you've probably heard the fuss over foods with added sugars. And you might wonder: How could something so deliciously sweet be so potentially bad for your health?
December 11, 2017
When inclement weather hits, it's important to be prepared to avoid disaster. The pre in prepared is important to stress—that is, gather emergency items in advance, putting them all in one place and letting everyone in the family know where they are. If an emergency occurs, you'll be ready to provide for yourselves for a few days, if needed.
December 6, 2017
As you make your holiday to-do list, be sure it includes this important task: Take steps to stay safe. Celebrations that make this time of year so festive also bring hazards, from dangerous decorations to poisonous plants. Here's how to keep you and your family—pets included—out of harm's way
November 22, 2017
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to connect with family, eat great food and give thanks. It's also a good time to listen closely to your relatives' stories about their health--Uncle Joe's blood sugar woes are more important than you may think.
October 12, 2017
As of yet, there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in this country. Even so, there are clear steps women can take to reduce their risk. And October, which is nationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is the ideal time to take them.
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.
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.
October 5, 2017
But pumpkins don't shine only as jack-o'-lanterns. These nutritious golden stars of the harvest season—packed with fiber, potassium and vitamin A—have a long history of lighting up many a delish dish. In times past, pumpkin was a Native American staple that was roasted over an open fire. And when colonists filled the plump orange gourds with milk, spices, and honey and baked them in hot ashes, it was the precursor of our classic Thanksgiving dessert.
October 1, 2017
Jim Tyler's story of being one of the first patients at Bassett Cancer Institute to receive a new immunotherapy drug.
October 1, 2017
A new kind of treatment that’s injected directly into the tumor is giving patients with metastatic melanoma another option.
October 1, 2017
Don Hromada was given the option of participating in a clinical trial for metastatic lung cancer using immunotherapy treatment.
October 1, 2017
Bassett Healthcare Network offers the da Vinci surgical system, an innovative alternative to traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy.
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.
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.
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.
July 14, 2017
Getting plenty of fluids every day is essential for good health. Water is in every cell in the body. It helps regulate body temperature, cushions and lubricates joints, protects sensitive tissues, and assists the digestive system.
July 13, 2017
Although it's easy to be casual about many things in the summer, it's not good to be casual about safety. With warm weather comes the risk for certain injuries and health problems—some serious enough to be life-threatening.
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:
June 21, 2017
In this video, Dr. Hellenthal describes the benefits of da Vinci robotic surgery, including quicker recovery time for patients. Take a look.
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:
April 19, 2017
Ahhh, spring! It's the perfect time for planting. But gardens aren't the only thing to grow now. You can also sow the seeds of happiness—which is easier than you might suspect. Studies show that some fairly simple habits can help you be more upbeat and happier overall. Here are three key ones
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.
April 1, 2017
Bassett Healthcare Network’s surgeons, dietitians, counselors and other experts work together to help patients through their weight-loss journeys.
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.
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.
April 1, 2017
Kari Hackett had gastric bypass surgery at Bassett Medical Center in 2015, at the age of 33, she lost 130 pounds.
March 28, 2017
Have you signed up for MyBassett Health Connection? If you haven't, listen to Judy Marvin’s experience with MyBassett.
March 22, 2017
A diseased gallbladder. A breast tumor. An obstructed bowel. All of these diverse conditions often require surgery to treat them, and chances are the doctor who is going to perform those operations is a general surgeon.
March 20, 2017
Removing snow can be especially hard on back, shoulder and arm muscles because it involves a lot of bending and heavy lifting. It can also be hard on the heart: Older adults face an increased risk for having heart problems while shoveling. And it's not unusual for people to slip or fall—or get hit by the shovel—when shoveling snow.
March 3, 2017
When was the last time you got up close and personal with your moles? If it's been awhile, it's time to check them out. The more familiar you are with your moles, the more likely you'll notice if they start to look different—or if any new ones crop up. That's important because a change in a mole's size, shape or color is one of the main signs of melanoma—an aggressive type of skin cancer that, if not treated, can spread to other parts of the body and be deadly.
March 2, 2017
Having to stay in the hospital is probably not your idea of a good time. And when you're discharged, chances are you don't want to return. It's nice to have skilled, compassionate care you can depend on when you need it. But staying healthy—and avoiding a return trip to the hospital—is everyone's preference, and it's what we want for you too.
March 2, 2017
Asthma has a variety of symptoms: coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath. But there's one thing it shouldn't make you feel: powerless. In fact, there's a lot you can do to keep asthma symptoms from flaring up in the first place. Your doctor can show you how.
March 2, 2017
That's why it's crucial to make good decisions about diet, exercise, health care and lifestyle habits during this important time. The best way to take care of your baby is to take care of yourself.
March 2, 2017
You have a chronic cough. But you don't have other symptoms that would suggest asthma—such as wheezing, shortness of breath or tightness in the chest.
March 2, 2017
Chances are you know someone with type 2 diabetes. It's the most common form of diabetes—millions of Americans have it. But have you heard of something called prediabetes? It's a condition that also affects millions of Americans—and one that everyone should learn about.
March 2, 2017
Even though this year’s flu season is in full swing, you can still help protect yourself from the flu if you get the vaccine now. As always, your best defense against the flu is to get a flu shot.
March 2, 2017
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a condition that makes it hard to breathe. Although there is no cure, treatment can improve quality of life.
March 2, 2017
For people who have coronary artery disease, doctors may use a procedure called angioplasty to open arteries narrowed or blocked by plaque—a waxy substance that can build up in artery walls and reduce blood flow to the heart. Angioplasty can restore blood flow, which can relieve a type of chest pain called angina and also help prevent a heart attack.
March 2, 2017
You want to exercise. You know it's good for both your mind and body. And you actually feel better iStock-518185878.jpgwhen you do it.
March 2, 2017
The answer to those questions can be important—especially if you're trying to lose or maintain weight. One way to find out is to keep a food journal for a few days. By jotting down what, when and where you eat and how you're feeling at the time, you might spot what drives you to overeat or to choose less-than-healthy foods.
March 2, 2017
Sometimes, health insurance policies feel like they're written in a foreign language. You read them and wonder, "What in the world does that mean?" Understanding basic medical insurance terms is important—especially if you're shopping for a new policy. That knowledge can help you pick the plan that best fits your needs and may save you money.
March 2, 2017
What do splinters, animal scratches and burns that break the skin have in common? Besides causing pain, they put people at risk of being infected with tetanus.
March 2, 2017
Before you head out, however, it's important not to forget that these machines are powerful, fast, heavy and can easily tip over. In short, they deserve some serious respect. So along with making sure you know and follow state and local laws, check out these six tips for a safe ride
March 2, 2017
Are sand and surf your favorite turf? If so, you're probably planning your next trip to the shore. To help keep the beach bunnies and surfer dudes in your circle safe
March 2, 2017
You probably already know this equation: Too much LDL (the bad cholesterol) + not enough HDL (the good cholesterol) + high triglycerides (another blood fat) = potential trouble for your heart.
March 2, 2017
Doctors have suspected for centuries that there is a powerful tie between mind and body, and modern medical studies prove them right. Researchers now know that unhealthy levels of stress, depression, and anxiety can wreak havoc with your hormones, immune system, heart health and blood pressure.
March 2, 2017
These doctors are called oncologists. They help people with cancer understand the disease and their treatment options. They also lead the patient's health care team in delivering high-quality, individualized cancer therapy.
March 2, 2017
For many of us, cancer is a frightening disease, and something frightening can make us feel uneasy. So if you feel uncomfortable reaching out, it might help to know that one of the most meaningful ways to offer support is to simply be available to listen. In fact, it's even OK to say: "I don't know what to say. But I care, and I'm sorry you're going through this."
March 2, 2017
As a mom-to-be, you know a healthy diet is a must for both you and your growing baby. But an extra safe diet is also essential—one that protects the two of you from food poisoning. Food poisoning is never a good thing. But it's especially risky now that you're expecting. Pregnancy alters your immune system, making it harder to fight off harmful bacteria and other microorganisms that can multiply in food and make you seriously ill.
March 1, 2017
Sports injuries are a common safety concern for school-age athletes. And concussions, which affect tens of thousands of kids in the U.S. each year, are among the most serious. These brain injuries can be especially dangerous, even deadly, if a second concussion occurs before the first has enough time to heal.
March 1, 2017
Few things are worth the wait as much as tomatoes in season. Who can resist their juicy, sweet taste, especially after eating often tasteless ones the rest of the year? If you care about healthy foods, you have another reason---besides their flavor---to eat fresh tomatoes. A medium one packs 1½ grams of fiber and nearly 20 percent of the recommend daily amount of vitamin C. That fiber helps you feel full and avoid overeating, while vitamin C helps boost immunity and heal cuts.
March 1, 2017
You may have heard of something called dry drowning or delayed drowning. While those aren't actual medical terms, they do describe an event that can be both unexpected and deadly, especially to kids, who are at high risk of drowning. Here are five things you need to know about dry drowning
March 1, 2017
That bacteria, Clostridium botulinum, is found in the soil. And it can multiply and produce a dangerous toxin in a sealed jar of food. This toxin affects the nerves and can cause paralysis and even death. Eating just a small amount of contaminated food can be life-threatening.
March 1, 2017
It's that time of year, kids are heading off to college. Even before they hit the books, though, there are lessons to be learned. Here are five things to teach your college student before he or she leaves home
March 1, 2017
When you make an effort to see the good in life, it feels good. You'll likely notice that you are happier, more content, and less stressed. You'll also enjoy some nice health benefits. Some studies show that practicing gratitude may help
March 1, 2017
If you cut just 100 calories from your daily diet, you'll lose roughly 10 pounds in a year--without a big effort on your part. An added bonus: The small changes you make will likely be easy to stick with over time, which will help you lose even more weight.
March 1, 2017
Doctors often prescribe pills when patients get sick. Oral medications work well for a lot of diseases and conditions. But sometimes an illness can't be treated with a pill--it requires something called infusion therapy.
March 1, 2017
Ladies, are you up-to-date on your Pap test screenings for cervical cancer? If you aren't sure, consider these facts
March 1, 2017
What's the must-have piece of gear for every exerciser? A water bottle. Your body needs plenty of fluid to get the most out of a workout. Water helps to cool you down—from the inside out. It also transports nutrients, eliminates waste, and maintains blood pressure and circulation.
March 1, 2017
Measles is making a comeback—even though there's a vaccine that can help prevent it. Doctors thought they'd mostly wiped out measles in this country in 2000. But there have been outbreaks here since then.
March 1, 2017
That's something you can easily do by signing up to become an organ donor. Your generosity, in fact, could save as many as eight lives. It might also help many others who need donated tissue to recover from burns and other injuries or to regain lost vision or hearing.
March 1, 2017
A gastroenterologist is a doctor who specializes in preventing, diagnosing and treating disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. That includes the esophagus, stomach, intestines, pancreas, and liver. All of these organs have roles in aiding digestion.
March 1, 2017
As a caregiver, you have a lot of responsibilities—one of which may be helping your loved one manage medications. This can be a complex task, particularly if he or she takes multiple meds. Here are six ways to help you keep things safe and simple
March 1, 2017
Which medical professionals offer top-quality care for women? If you thought of primary care physicians, internists, OB-GYNs, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, you're right. But that list isn't quite complete. There's another group of professionals caring for women of all ages, through every stage of life. They are certified nurse-midwives (CNMs).
March 1, 2017
Is a worn-out hip or knee keeping you from moving freely? Are you wincing because of chronic back pain that just keeps getting worse? Did you slip and shatter a bone? These are all health problems that might send you to an orthopedic surgeon. These highly trained medical specialists focus on diagnosing and treating injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves.
March 1, 2017
ENT stands for ear, nose, and throat. It refers to the doctors who specialize in treating people with a range of diseases and disorders that involve those three specific body parts. Formally, ENTs are known as otolaryngologists. Theirs is the oldest medical specialty in the U.S.
March 1, 2017
Obstetrician-gynecologists (OB-GYNs) care for women throughout their lives. That care starts in early adolescence and continues through menopause and beyond. And they provide this care in two very important ways: They help women have healthy babies and safe deliveries, and they diagnose and treat health issues that are particular to women.
March 1, 2017
Like any mom-to-be, you want to welcome your baby into this world in the safest way possible. But you might not know about a special kind of doctor who can help ensure that the newest member of your family does indeed arrive safely. And that doctor—an OB-GYN hospitalist—is a valuable member of our hospital team. Perhaps you're aware of hospitalists in general. They're physicians, typically internal medicine or family doctors, who care exclusively for hospitalized patients. You might say the…
March 1, 2017
Parents love—make that, adore—watching their little ones grow. Yet these early observations can sometimes spark concerns when moms and dads notice something unusual in the way a child interacts or communicates. Worried parents may even wonder, "Is it autism?" You may know it as simply autism, but the medical term for this developmental disorder is autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
March 1, 2017
You probably think of it as gross gunk. But earwax—what doctors call cerumen—actually deserves your respect. That's because it protects your ears. It helps keep dust and bacteria and other germs from entering and damaging them. It also keeps the delicate skin in your ear canal from getting irritated if water gets into it—say, while you shower or swim.
March 1, 2017
When your little one is sick, you naturally want to help him or her feel better—which may mean dispensing a dose of medicine (along with some hugs). Before you give a child medicine, however, it's important to remember this: Kids aren't miniature adults. What works for you, may not be right for a child.
March 1, 2017
After your last child left home, you thought your child-rearing days were over. But now you're raising a grandchild—and are back on the job again. As much as you love your grandson or granddaughter, watching over a child late in life can be challenging—physically, emotionally and financially. Still, there are ways to lighten your load. First, ask for help. If you're hesitant, be aware that turning to others for support is a sign of strength, not weakness. It shows that you want to do the best…
March 1, 2017
The stalks we spurn are as flavorful as the florets we routinely eat. Broccoli stalks are also an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps fight infections, and folate, which may protect against both cancer and heart disease. Plus broccoli stalks are packed with fiber, which can help you feel full.
March 1, 2017
When it's your patient-centered medical home (PCMH). Although it includes a doctor's office, a PCMH is much more than a place. It's a way of providing primary health care. It helps you and your primary care doctor work together to bring you.
February 25, 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?
February 16, 2017
It's not a cancer that typically makes headlines. But it's important to learn the facts about thyroid cancer because more and more people are being diagnosed with the disease. In fact, it's the most rapidly increasing cancer in the U.S. Here are five things to know about it.
February 16, 2017
Whether they're still young enough for the swing set or old enough for social media, kids need love and support to help them stand up to bullying.
February 16, 2017
You live many miles away from an increasingly frail or ill loved one. And you wonder: How can I help from such a distance?
February 16, 2017
Just about an hour of your day. That's how little time it takes to help change someone's life with a heroic and generous act--donating blood.
February 16, 2017
Becoming an organ donor is one of the most generous things you could ever do. But you might wonder what's involved and why you should consider it. If so, here's the information you need.
February 16, 2017
On Feb. 14, hearts are the star of the show. Of course, they don't look anything like the real deal--the hardworking muscle that sets the beat for life every day, all year long.
February 16, 2017
With spring's arrival, your to-do list is likely full of chores, from giving your home a top-to-bottom buffing to decluttering closets and sprucing up your yard. But before you spring into action, take a few moments to check out the safety tips below. Thousands of people in the U.S. get injured every year—sometimes seriously—tackling cleaning projects and yardwork.
February 16, 2017
If you're tempted to try a tanning bed to get a golden glow, know this: Tanning indoors isn't any safer than tanning in the sun
February 16, 2017
Now that the weather is nice, you might be tempted to take a hike. But before you set off to explore the great outdoors, keep these five safety tips in mind
February 16, 2017
Let's give a hand to fruits and vegetables! They're the nutritional stars of your diet. But how can you make sure they are giving their best performance at every meal? Try these four tips for coaxing the most out of produce.
February 16, 2017
Ah, summer! It's time to kick back and get together at backyard bashes, picnics in the park and parades on the Fourth of July. Here are some tips on how to keep those celebrations as healthy as they are fun.
February 16, 2017
Are you doing the right things to make your medicines work for you? The medicines your doctor prescribes are meant to improve your health. But you could be making risky mistakes without even realizing it.
February 16, 2017
If an arthritic ankle has you wincing and limping, even during a short stroll to the mailbox, you might wish you could just trade in your old joint for a new one. Well, maybe you can. Just like worn-out hips and knees, damaged ankles can often be replaced with artificial ones.
February 15, 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.
February 15, 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.
February 15, 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:
February 15, 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.
February 15, 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:
February 15, 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?
February 15, 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.
February 15, 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:
February 15, 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:
February 10, 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.
February 10, 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.
February 10, 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.
February 10, 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
February 10, 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.
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?
January 19, 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.
January 15, 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.
January 13, 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…
January 5, 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.
January 1, 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.
January 1, 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.
January 1, 2017
Marge Miller underwent heart surgery for blocked arteries and a life-threatening aneurysm.
December 6, 2016
People born between 1945 and 1965 should be tested for hepatitis C, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
November 21, 2016
Kari Hackett is enjoying a better quality of life following weight loss surgery. Watch her inspiring story.
November 18, 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.
November 9, 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.
October 21, 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.
October 1, 2016
Surgeons at Bassett are using a GPS-like device to perform extremely precise procedures for patients undergoing back and spine operations.
October 1, 2016
Having your child’s car seat correctly installed is a great start to ensure your child’s safety.
October 1, 2016
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine each year
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.
October 1, 2016
Ken Brinck’s diagnosis was a catalyst for personal health transformation.
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.
October 1, 2016
Bassett's primary care office is now using innovative ways to keep your health on track.
September 26, 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.
September 26, 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.
September 26, 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.
September 21, 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.
September 6, 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.
August 30, 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.
August 15, 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.
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."
July 15, 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:
June 29, 2016
Learn about a new less invasive surgical technique for repairing a torn rotator cuff from Dr. Tal Lassiter
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.
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.
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.
May 25, 2016
Facts about Zika virus. Watch this video, then visit cdc.gov & health.ny.gov
May 5, 2016
Lifestyle, sleep disturbance and heart disease. Dr. Patrick McNulty, Chief of Cardiology, discusses recent research into cardiovascular disease.
April 19, 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
March 28, 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.
March 22, 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.
February 26, 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.
February 18, 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.
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.
January 29, 2016
Bassett was honored recently for supporting those who serve. NYS Adjutant General presented Bassett with the Above and Beyond Award.
January 26, 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.
January 26, 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.
December 2, 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:
November 17, 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.
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.
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.
October 12, 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.…
October 12, 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…
October 12, 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
October 12, 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’…
October 12, 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…
October 12, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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