This week: Pancreatitis, bone health and literature

Jun 2, 2016

Diseases of the pancreas, such as pancreatitis, can bring debilitating pain and sometimes lead to cancer. Dr. Nuri Ozden, an interventional gastroenterologist, discusses the function of the pancreas, diseases that affect it, and he previews Upstate University Hospital's planned pancreatic islet transplant program.

One of his patients, Jane Cross, offers a personal view of pancreas disease. She chairs the New York State Chapter of the National Pancreas Foundation.

Tom Crist / WRVO

The shade of a palm tree is an unusual place for students from Utica College to take a class, but that’s where Tom Crist teaches his summer course in osteology -- the  study of bones.  

Standing at the head of a concrete picnic table recently, Crist carefully lifted a cranium—a human skull—from a plastic Ziploc bag.

“So you are meeting your first Butrint individual,” Crist told the students.  “This is from burial 1250 from area 19. You can see some of the orbital bone is broken away here. That is post-mortem loss."