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Thomas Bersani, MD, took his first medical mission trip to Honduras 28 years ago. Robert Weisenthal, MD, joined him the following year, and the two ophthalmologists have been back nearly every year since. They travel to LaCeiba, Honduras with teams of volunteers to provide a variety of surgeries and medical care. Most of the expenses are paid for by the doctors, who established a nonprofit called Honduras Eye & Life Program, or HELP.
Hormone replacement therapy can be an appropriate choice for some women who struggle with the symptoms of menopause, says Shawky Badawy, MD, Upstate’s division chief of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Many patients ask Badawy about the risk of heart disease and breast cancer, which are important concerns. He says the decision of whether to seek relief from hormones must be made on an individual basis.
Though invisible to many people, miscarriages are important losses to the mothers who experience them. Certified nurse midwife Kathleen Dermady explains the symptoms of miscarriage, and Shawky Badawy, MD, goes over the causes. “Sometimes they have the feeling of blaming themselves,” he says of the mothers, “but they are not to blame.”
Leslie Kohman, MD, explains advances in cancer prevention that have taken place over the years, plus how surgery, radiation and chemotherapy treatments have changed and improved. Kohman is medical director of the Upstate Cancer Center, which teams with WCNY on March 25 to offer previews of the upcoming cancer documentary that is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Emperor of All Maladies.”
Mark Polhemus, MD, tells what volunteers can expect if they participate in a trial designed to help find a vaccine for dengue fever. The study will take place in Syracuse, lasting about 20 months and requiring 23 or 24 medical visits. Adults from 18 to 45 are invited to participate. Learn more at http://www.upstate.edu/cghats/.
Nurse Lorraine Langdon discusses high blood pressure and heart disease in women. Certified nurse midwife Heather Shannon explains polycystic ovarian syndrome. Registered dietitian nutritionist Roseanne Jones tells what to do about a picky eater.
Aliya Hafeez, MD, the chief psychiatric consultant at Upstate Cancer Center, tells about the emotional challenges of a prostate cancer diagnosis, and the importance of communication during trying times.
Nurse Lorraine Langdon, heart failure program coordinator at Upstate University Hospital, points out that more women than men have died from heart disease in the past three decades in the United States. She also says that more women die from heart disease than die from breast cancer and lung cancer combined. In this interview, she explains the dangers of high blood pressure and heart disease in women. Langdon goes over the common symptoms and encourages women to “know what is normal to you. Listen to your body. If it feels like something you’ve never really had before, you really need to get that checked out.”
Orthopedic surgeon Scott Van Valkenburg, MD, talks about the most common foot and ankle injuries — including stress fractures, Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis — and explains how our bones are constantly regenerating, with each cell turning over every seven years.