Health News

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
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation

    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

    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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