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HealthLink On Air radio show: Jan. 25, 2015

January 22nd, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

HealthLink on Air radio show

Sunday’s program is about medical providers who volunteer their knowledge and skills to help others. Drs. Richard Kelley and Sam Woods tell of their medical mission trips to Ethiopia, offering ear, nose and throat surgeries. Nurse Laurie Rupracht and nurse practitioner Sue Converse share their plans to return to remote villages in Ghana to provide basic medical care. And Maxine Thompson and Linda Veit explain how “She Matters” is improving mammograpjy rates in underserved populations in Syracuse.


Check-Up From The Neck-Up: When life knocks us down

January 22nd, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Richard O'Neill, PhD Psychologist Richard O’Neill talks about choosing better when life knocks us down.


Removing the stigma of mental illness in the schools

January 22nd, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Stephen J Glatt, PhDAndy BeltranThe goal is to have a community of empathetic adults and no shame regarding mental illness. The Syracuse chpater of the National Alliance for Mental Illness is patiently working toward that by providing curriculum materials for teachers from 4th grade through high school. The materials are called “Breaking the Silence.” Stephen Glatt, PhD, says the curriculum is in about 30 schools in Onondaga County. He is an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and of neuroscience and physiology at Upstate. Learn more about “Breaking the Silence” at the Alliance’s website at http://namisyracuse.org/


Understanding high blood pressure

January 22nd, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Apurv Khanna, MDMore than 75 million Americans have high blood pressure, and many do not have it under control, says Apurv Khanna, MD, an associate professor of medicine at Upstate. High blood pressure can be a dangerous condition, leading to heart problems, stroke or kidney failure. Khanna says it’s important to know your blood pressure. If the top number is higher than 140 or the bottom number is higher than 90, you are considered to have high blood pressure. Medications can be prescribed to help lower your blood pressure. Upstate staffs a clinic for people who have what is called “resistant” hypertension, or high blood pressure that does not respond to medication.


Seeking medical volunteers for a mission trip to Ghana

January 22nd, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Sue Converse & Laurie RuprachtNurse Laurie Rupracht is recruiting medical professionals to accompany her on her fifth trip to Ghana through the Americans Serving Abroad Project. As in previous years, her group will staff a mobile medical clinic in villages at least 100 miles from a hospital in the west African nation of Ghana. “People are afraid to go anywhere in Africa, thinking Ebola is everywhere. Ghana has not had one case of Ebola,” she says. Volunteers can learn more at the ASAP website: http://www.americansservingabroad.com/


“She Matters” breast education program

January 16th, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Maxine Thompson & Linda VeitThe death rate from breast cancer is 41 percent higher for black women compared to white women. To help improve that rate, Upstate sponsors a breast education program called She Matters. The goal is to get more women in for mammography screening, to find and treat any breast cancers early. She Matters is made possible through a grant from the Susan G. Komen Central New York Affiliate. For information on obtaining a mammogram, call: 315-217-5825. Hear about the program in this segment from organizers Linda Veit, a special projects manager in the Upstate Cancer Center, and Maxine Thompson, assistant vice president in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.


Check-Up From The Neck-Up: Mom’s life lessons

January 16th, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Richard O'Neill, PhD Psychologist Richard O’Neill talks about life lessons learned from his mom.


HealthLink On Air radio show: Jan. 18, 2015

January 15th, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

HealthLink on Air radio show

Drs. Larry Chin and Zulma Tovar-Spinoza tell about Upstate’s new neurosurgical capabilities. Syracuse University professor R. David Lankes shares the book he wrote about his experience with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and Shelly Straub shares the book she wrote about her experience with breast cancer. And, psychologist Rich O’Neill provides a “Check Up From the Neck Up.”


lntraoperative Suite

January 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Lawrence S Chin, MDZulma Tovar-Spinoza, MDNeurosurgeons Lawrence Chin, MD, and Zulma Tovar-Spinoza, MD, introduce the expansive new operating suite which includes a powerful 3 tesla magnetic resonance imaging scanner. This new suite is an ideal choice for patients who require surgery of the brain or spine, because the operating room opens directly into the room with the MRI scanner. Surgeons can arrange for certain patients to undergo imaging during their operation. Though it is located within the Upstate Cancer Center, the operating suite is also used for patients who have noncancerous tumors.


A visit from the healing muse: ‘Valerie’s Secrets’

January 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Deirdre Neilen, PhDDeirdre Neilen, PhD shares a selection from Upstate’s literary journal, “The Healing Muse” every Sunday on HealthLink on Air. Neilen is the editor of the annual publication featuring fiction, poetry, essays and visual art focused on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing. Read The Healing Muse Cafe Blog.

Today’s selection is ’Valerie’s Secrets’, by Julienne Grace Abad , and can be found in the The Healing Muse, Volume 14. Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today!


HealthLink On Air radio show: Jan. 11, 2015

January 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

HealthLink on Air radio show

Exercise physiologist Carol Sames explains why running is more beneficial than walking. Dr. Thomas Schwartz discusses depression. Registered dietitian nutritionist Maureen Franklin talks about vegetables. And William Brunken talks about the scientific projects he will oversee as the new chair of research in ophthalmology.


A visit from the healing muse: ‘The Little Hippocrates Knew’

January 8th, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Deirdre Neilen, PhDDeirdre Neilen, PhD shares a selection from Upstate’s literary journal, “The Healing Muse” every Sunday on HealthLink on Air. Neilen is the editor of the annual publication featuring fiction, poetry, essays and visual art focused on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing. Read The Healing Muse Cafe Blog.

Today’s selection is ’The Little Hippocrates Knew’, by Michael Salcman, and can be found in the The Healing Muse, Volume 14. Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today!