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Kids with cancer: Part I: Families facing devastating diagnosis need support

At first, Melissa Lowell thought her son Nate was just tired. “This time last year [he started getting sick],” Melissa said. “It started off, he just had a cough. It was the end of the school year and he seemed fatigued. It was nothing out of the ordinary. I just figured it was because school was over. He was leaving a teacher he loved. He gets emotional with change, as any kid does.” But the cough didn’t go away. Nate, then 10, was complaining that he couldn’t breathe, couldn’t swallow. After a couple of weeks, Melissa and her husband Jimmy took him to an urgent care facility near their home in Herkimer County. He was diagnosed with asthma and given prednisone and an inhaler, which helped at first, but soon proved ineffective. A visit to Nate’s pediatrician July 3, 2012, suggested pneumonia.

St. Joseph’s launches health blog

St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center today launched a brand-new health blog, “St. Joseph’s Health Connections,” at its website, sjhsyr.org. Created to provide useful health information – from prevention tips to first-hand accounts from patients – visitors to the blog can learn more about healthful lifestyles and the wide array of services St. Joseph’s offers.

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B’ville practice earns national distinction

Family Practice Associates (FPA) has made a loud statement in the medical world.

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Boivin Family Chiropractic opens in B’ville

Randy Boivin’s life changed after receiving his first chiropractic adjustment at 22 years old.

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CNY SPD Parent-Connections offers support for parents of children with sensory processing disorders

When Caryn Daher’s son, Jon, was little, he was into everything — even more than the average toddler. “He was… constantly bumping and crashing into things and people and seeking-jumping type activities,” said Daher, a Cicero resident. “He had difficulty in regulating and responding to movement activities appropriately. It went far beyond a ‘busy’ toddler.” In addition, Jon struggled with a variety of sounds, often withdrawing or avoiding certain situations because of the noise level. He had higher-than-average sensitivities to food, temperature and touch. In addition, his speech was delayed. It was that delay that led to help for his other issues. Through his speech therapist, Jon was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder.

Aspen has a ‘Change of Heart’

Aspen Athletic Clubs has partnered with Conde Nast to raise awareness on heart disease through an experimental program called "Change of Heart."

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Tobacco-Free Onondaga County aims to make residents healthier

As we enter the New Year, many of us are pledging to get healthier — to lose weight, exercise more, eat more fruits and vegetables. But possibly the healthiest resolution, and one of the most enduring, is to quit smoking. But given that tobacco kills more people every year than alcohol, car accidents, cocaine, heroin, homicide, suicide, fire and AIDS combined, wouldn’t it be better never to start?

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Ronald McDonald House celebrates expanded home

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York has officially opened the doors to its new Central New York Ronald McDonald House and guest families are expected to stay at the house starting in December.

CNY Ronald McDonald House celebrates expansion Nov. 20

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York will officially open the doors to its new Ronald McDonald House this month.

Thirteen Central New Yorkers deployed to assist in Red Cross' Sandy relief efforts

In Central New York, 13 volunteers from the Red Cross CNY Chapter left Syracuse Wednesday afternoon for the Red Cross operational headquarters in White Plains, N.Y., where they will receive their deployment assignments

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Red Cross of CNY offers volunteer training for Sandy relief effort Saturday

The class will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Red Cross Central New York Chapter, 220 Herald Place, Syracuse.

EDITORIAL: Breast cancer screenings available to uninsured

“When you take care of yourself, you are taking care of your family.” This motto, promoted by Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program, goes hand-in-hand with Breast Cancer Awareness Month observed in October.

Upcoming workshop teaches how to map and track invasive species

On Oct. 18, Cornell Cooperative extension will hold a training session to teach anyone with basic computer skills how to use iMapInvasives New York, the complete invasive species database for the state. iMap reports new finds of invasive species and offers downloadable public maps which serve as an important tool for land managers, conservation agencies and municipalities.

COLUMN: Heart disease still leading cause of death

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, and stroke is the number fourth cause of death and a leading cause of disability.

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Upstate Chiropractic Beaver Lake Run returns Aug. 19

On Sunday, Aug. 19, Beaver Lake Nature Center invites walkers and runners to the 9th Annual Upstate Chiropractic Beaver Lake Run.