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This week: urgent house calls, head and neck cancers, diabetes

Emergency physicians and nurse practitioners from Upstate University Hospital offer a new service that is centuries old: house calls.

Dr. Christian Knutsen created the service, called “Upstate at Home,” after recognizing how many people become ill or injured, don’t require a trip to the hospital and don’t want to leave their home.

The service is ideal for those who cannot get an appointment with their regular doctor, especially evenings and weekends, and for visitors to the central New York area. A house call can eliminate taking the whole family to a clinic or hospital emergency room when one member is sick, driving in bad weather, sitting with other sick people in a waiting room, or having to leave a comfortable home when one is not feeling well.

“Upstate at Home” offers service from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the suburbs east of Syracuse. If it proves popular, Knutsen said it may be expanded into other areas.

Also on this week’s show: an overview of head and neck cancers, and diabetes in children.