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HealthLink On Air radio show: June 28, 2015

June 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

HealthLink on Air radio show Coming up on June 28:

Dr. Dinesh Subedi shares highlights from his relief trip to Nepal. Pediatrician Jennifer Nead provides information about croup. Dr. Judith Setla discusses the evolution of hospice and palliative care.

What’s behind the demand for more types of health care providers

June 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Hugh Bonner, PhDThe demand for health care providers like physician assistants and physical therapists has grown at a brisk pace in the past 20 years, says Hugh Bonner, PhD. Bonner, who is retiring as dean of Upstate’s College of Health Professions, explains how an aging population, expanded health insurance and cost concerns will continue to drive a demand for PAs, PTs and other providers.

A new option for salivary gland surgery

June 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Mark Marzouk, MDA minimally invasive procedure called salivary endoscopy, or sialendoscopy, allows a surgeon such as Mark Marzouk, MD, division chief of head and neck oncologic surgery at Upstate, to find and remove a stone while leaving the gland intact. This procedure, which can be done in a doctor’s office, offers an alternative to open surgery, says Marzouk, who also describes the problems that can affect salivary glands.

Eye pain, vision loss may be early signs of multiple sclerosis

June 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Luis Mejico, MDInflammation of the optic nerve, called optic neuritis, can cause pain and temporary vision loss. It can also be an early warning of multiple sclerosis (MS) in a quarter or more patients, says Luis Mejico, MD, chair of neurology at Upstate. An MRI scan of optic neuritis patients can help detect MS early on, Mejico explains, and the outlook for MS patients continues to improve.

Surgeon offers alternative treatment for enlarged prostates

June 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Jessica Paonessa, MDA minimally invasive treatment offers long-lasting relief for benign prostate hyperplasia, or enlarged prostate, the most common prostate problem facing men over 50. Jessica Paonessa, MD, an assistant professor of urology at Upstate, describes the promise of holmium laser enucleation — the HoLEP procedure — which uses a laser to remove the problematic tissue and compares it to transurethral resection, the traditional procedure.

Checking future doctors for signs of depression, anxiety

June 23rd, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Omar Mousa, MDOmar Mousa, MD, a third-year resident at Upstate, describes his research on a rarely studied topic: depression and anxiety among medical students and medical residents, who are used to checking for such conditions in their patients, not themselves. He explores social stigmas related to depression and stresses the need for those affected to seek help.

Protecting children from the dangers of lead

June 19th, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Howard Weinberger, MD

The dangers of lead paint being ingested by children are well known, but a lesser-known problem stems from lead in the soil. Through various avenues, lead finds its way into the ground, where it poses a danger to young children. Howard Weinberger, MD, emeritus professor of pediatrics at Upstate, talks about how parents can safeguard their children. (The problem is also explored in the New York Times article, “The Toxic Legacy of Lead Paint” by Thomas Beller.) 



Hospice and palliative care offer comfort, sometimes face resistance

June 19th, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Judy Setla, MDJudy Setla, MD, medical director of Hospice of Central New York, traces the evolution of end-of-life care, which can include hospice care at home or palliative care in a hospital. She noted that today’s multifaceted hospice care, which aims to comfort patients as well as loved ones, can face resistance in a culture that doesn’t like to deal with death.

Upstate hospitalist provides relief after earthquake devastates his native Nepal

June 19th, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Dinesh Subedi, MDAmong the volunteers in Nepal after the April earthquake was Nepali native Dinesh Subedi, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at Upstate. Subedi, a hospitalist, joined doctors who had attended his medical school in Nepal and provided care and supplies to several villages, often hiking from one to the next amid the devastation. He described a nonprofit campaign (missionrebuildnepal.com) he supports that aims to provide shelter as well as care.

HealthLink On Air radio show: June 21, 2015

June 18th, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

HealthLink on Air radio show

Dr. Anna Shapiro explains how multidiscplinary care helps breast cancer patients. Dr. Vaughn Whittaker and nurse Ellen Havens talk about kidney transplants. Nurse practitioner Anthony Cerminaro tells about the mystery books he writes when he’s not caring for patients who have cancer or blood disorders.

Check-Up From The Neck-Up: The joy of healing

June 18th, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Richard O'Neill, PhD Psychologist Richard O’Neill talks about the joy of healing.

Check-Up From The Neck-Up: Goal Conflict

June 11th, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Richard O'Neill, PhD Psychologist Richard O’Neill talks about Goal conflict, or Happier AND healthier AND successier..