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HealthLink On Air radio show: August 23, 2015

August 21st, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Coming up on August 23:

Howard Simon, MD, goes over weight loss surgery options. George Starr, MD, talks about hysteria in children. Robert Olick, PhD and Thomas Curran, MD, explain the importance of health care proxies.


HealthLink On Air radio show: August 16, 2015

August 12th, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Cardiologist Robert Carhart, MD, tells about a new way of monitoring congestive heart failure. Researcher Christopher Morley, PhD, discusses the importance of mission statements at medical schools. Trauma nurses Kimberly Nasby and Jerome Morrison give advice on safe driving for teens.


HealthLink On Air radio show: August 9, 2015

August 12th, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Catherine James, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Association of CNY, gives an overview of the disease that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. Dermatologist Ramsay Farah, MD, tells how to treat sunburns. Osama Abdel-Razek, MD, PhD, discusses diagnosis and treatment of headaches and migraines.


A visit from the healing muse: ‘The Dancer’

August 12th, 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 Dancer’, by Carol Scott-Conner, and can be found in the The Healing Muse, Volume 14. Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today!


A visit from the healing muse: ‘Where Does It Hurt’

August 12th, 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 ’Where Does It Hurt’, by Pam Freeman, and can be found in the The Healing Muse, Volume 14. Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today!


A visit from the healing muse: ‘Tonette’s Casket’ and ‘Wildflowers’

August 12th, 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 selections are ’Tonette’s Casket’, by George Drew, and ‘Wildflowers’, by Nicholas Kriefall, and can be found in the The Healing Muse, Volume 14. Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today!


A visit from the healing muse: ‘Still’ and ‘Their Stone’

August 12th, 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 selections are ’Still’ and ‘Their Stone’, by Kathleen Kramer, and can be found in the The Healing Muse, Volume 14. Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today!


Experts urge all adults to make their final wishes known though health care proxies

August 12th, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Thomas Curran, MD & Robert Olick, JD, PhDDiscussing death can be uncomfortable, but if you don’t have a plan, your fate may be left up to others should you become incapacitated, advise two experts. Getting a health care proxy is free and easy, say Thomas Curran, MD, assistant professor of bioethics and humanities at Upstate and chair of the Ethics Consulting Service at Upstate and Crouse hospitals, and Robert Olick, JD, PhD, associate professor of bioethics and humanities at Upstate and chair of Upstate’s Ethics Committee. They explain terms such as living will, power of attorney and “do not resuscitate” and urge all adults to discuss their final wishes with loved ones.


Biologic anti-cholesterol drugs offer promise, pose questions

August 12th, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Robert Carhart, MDA new class of drugs is being hailed for its ability to lower LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, and because it can be used by people who cannot tolerate widely used statin drugs. Robert Carhart, MD, an associate professor of medicine and a specialist in cardiology at Upstate, describes how these new injectable drugs, known as PCSK9 inhibitors, help clear artery-clogging LDL. He also discusses their as-yet unknown factors, from high estimated prices to long-tem effects.


A new way to monitor congestive heart failure

August 12th, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Robert Carhart, MDA decades-old procedure is getting a new use to help patients with congestive heart failure. Bioimpedance, or the resistance of a substance to electrical current, helps doctors monitor the amount of fluid in a patient’s chest, according to Robert Carhart, MD, an associate professor of medicine at Upstate who specializes in cardiology. Using an exterior band or an implanted device, such as a pacemaker, bioimpedance helps determine how much of a diuretic medication the patient needs to maintain a healthy fluid level, with a goal of helping the patient avoid repeated hospitalizations, he said.


How latest techniques help surgeons fight cancer, other diseases of liver, pancreas, gallbladder

August 12th, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Ajay Jain, MDObesity and drug abuse can lead to fatty liver and hepatitis C, which are major factors for developing liver cancer, according to Ajay Jain, MD, associate chief of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery at Upstate. Jain, who specializes in cancer surgery, describes the latest procedures – often minimally invasive and robotically assisted — to treat cancers and other diseases of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts. He also reviews promising new research on early detection of pancreatic cancer.


Weight loss surgery treats patients with obesity

July 31st, 2015 by Jennifer Congel

Howard Simon, MDObesity is a commonly occurring but complicated disease, and a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve operation is one way to combat it, says Howard Simon, MD, division chief of bariatric surgery at Upstate. Bariatric surgery is usually done in a minimally invasive way, Simon explains, and is part of a comprehensive approach to weight loss that involves counselors, nutritionists and others to help the patient achieve and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.