November 29, 2015
Nurse practitioner Katherine “Kitty” Leonard and professor of nursing Melanie Kalman, PhD, discuss research into the meaning of touch to patients undergoing chemotherapy. Registered dietitian nutritionist Maureen Franklin gives an overview of sugars and sweeteners. Pediatric anesthesiologist Joseph Resti, MD, tells about providing anesthesiology to children.
November 22, 2015
Gynecologist Renee Mestad, MD, tells about the new medication designed to boost a woman’s libido. Endovascular neurosurgeon Grahame Gould, MD, discusses advances in stroke treatment. Philip Rose, a program coordinator at the Prevention Network of Central New York, provides an update on underage drinking. Orthopedic surgeon William Lavelle, MD, tells how to deal with a muscle pull, or knot, in a shoulder.
Psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, reminds us of the power of positive thinking as we prepare to gather for Thanksgiving.
Psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, explains how among people who want to change their behavior, those who make resolutions to change are 10 times more successful. The best resolutions are “SMART” resolutions — specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic and timed.
Children are not just small adults, which explains the need for pediatric anesthesiologists like Upstate’s Joseph Resti, MD. Children – from newborns to teens — present special challenges when undergoing anesthesia, Resti says, explaining the additional training needed for his subspecialty. Resti also addresses parental concerns, safety improvements and a study underway to see whether anesthesia presents any long-term effects on children.
Psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, talks about being approached by a homeless man who asked, “Spare change for a cup of coffee, Sir?” How to respond, without fostering dependency? How to respond, by erring on the side of kindness?
“The female Viagra” is a misleading name for a new drug for women struggling with low or no sexual desire, and while it shows some promise, it comes with limitations, says Renee Mestad, MD, division chief of general obstetrics and gynecology at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. Flibanserin, marketed as Addyi, aims to treat the complex problem of female sexual dysfunction by stimulating brain chemicals to enhance desire, while Viagra treats men with sexual desire who are limited by erectile dysfunction.
Women who take Addyi must do so daily, cannot drink alcohol and may experience side effects such as fainting, while possibly gaining only limited results, Mestad says. Still, some experts hope that Addyi may lead to the development of better drugs with fewer side effects.
The average person’s best protection against the flu is an annual shot, and everyone over the age of six months should get vaccinated, with few exceptions, says Bruce Simmons, MD, director of employee/student health at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.
Except for people with bad reactions or egg allergies, a shot is the best prevention against this highly contagious influenza virus, which is spread by droplets from infected people and can cause severe fatigue and fever as well as complicate chronic illnesses, Simmons notes. He also advises washing one’s hands and avoiding contact with flu sufferers as addition preventive measures in the October-to-May flu season.
November 15, 2015
On this week’s edition of Upstate Medical University‘s “HealthLink on Air”: Bruce Simmons, MD, gives an update on preventing the flu this season. Neurologist Antonio Culebras, MD, talks about how to get enough sleep at all stages of life. Psychiatrists Mantosh Dewan, MD, and Swati Shivale, MD, discuss the art and science of prescribing. Psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, provides a Check Up from the Neck Up, and literary journal editor Deirdre Neilen, PhD, reads a selection from the “The Healing Muse.”
An Upstate nurse practitioner was surprised to learn through her own research that patients undergoing chemotherapy are not necessarily bothered by the constant touching they undergo in treatment. What matters more, according to a nursing journal article by nurse practitioner Katherine “Kitty” Leonard (left) and College of Nursing professor Melanie Kalman, PhD, is the quality of the caregiver/patient relationship. Whether a caregiver’s touch is painful or intrusive is less important than whether the caregiver shows respect and dignity, they conclude. READ THE JOURNAL ARTICLE.
The surgical option for patients suffering from stroke used to be limited to traditional open surgery. Advances in radiology have made it possible for specially trained neurosurgeons, called endovascular neurosurgeons, to make repairs from within blood vessels using catheters and guide wires. “With the advent of interventional radiology techniques, we’re finding more ways to get to places that were hard to get to with surgery, and we can get to them very quickly, which is critical for treating a patient who might be having a stroke,” says Grahame Gould, MD, one of the members of the stroke team at Upstate University Hospital. He goes on to say that he is glad to be able to offer both approaches, since minimally invasive procedures are not necessarily the best option for all patients with neurovascular diseases, including stroke.
November 8, 2015:
On this week’s edition of Upstate Medical University‘s “HealthLink on Air”: Chief program officer Katrina Skeval of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Central New York chapter provides communication strategies for people with dementia. Researcher Anna Stewart-Ibarra, PhD, MPA, discusses how climate affects infectious diseases. Pediatric pulmonologist Zafer Soultan, MD, tells about obstructive sleep apnea in children.