Coming up on August 2:
Upstate graduate Andrew Gurman, MD, talks about health care issues he faces as the president elect of the American Medical Association. Anesthesiologist Brendan McGinn, MD, explains modern options for pain relief. College of Health Professions Dean Hugh Bonner, PhD, discusses how health care jobs have evolved.
Obesity 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.
Teen drivers are nearly twice as likely as other motorists to be involved in a fatal car wreck. Even though they have quicker reflexes than older drivers, teens are inexperienced behind the wheel. In addition, they may be driving distracted, said Kimberly Nasby, RN, trauma injury prevention coordinator, and Jerome Morrison, RN, trauma outreach and education coordinator. They said 60 percent of teens involved in driving accidents are found to be distracted, often by music playlists or texting features on cell phones. Nasby, Morrison and their colleagues team up for a 1½-hour program called “Let’s Not Meet by Accident” offered to high school students throughout the Central New York region. The program illustrates the role of distractions, alcohol and seat belts in auto accidents.
Surgery is a valuable weight loss option for people with obesity, says Howard Simon, MD, division chief of bariatric surgery at Upstate. He explains what people should think about if they’re considering weight loss surgery.
Infectious disease expert, Waleed Javaid, MD, addresses the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. Surgeon Moustafa Hassan, MD, talks about abdominal surgeries including hernia repair. Syracuse University’s Meril Silverstein, PhD, explains how the sense of coherence changes as people age.
Some forgetfulness is part of normal aging, but memory loss severe enough to interfere with your daily life could be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, says Cathy James, chief executive officer of the Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York. James describes what this incurable disease does to patients and their families, gives an update on research and offers some healthy living tips that might lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
Although some medical schools emphasize the training of primary care providers, the United States is not producing enough of these general medical doctors to replace those who will retire in the near future, says Christopher Morley, PhD, a professor in Upstate’s Department of Family Medicine. Often, he said, students who initially want to become primary doctors for underserved communites change their minds during medical school: “It trails off as they become more worried about debt and lifestyle and the prestige of their career.” In a recent study, Morley analyzed the mission statements of U.S. medical schools and found that those whose mission statements included something about caring for the underserved produced graduates who went on to do just that.
Cancer patients must deal with pain – from tumors pressing against body parts or from their treatments, such as surgery, chemotherapy or radiation. Brendan McGinn, MD, assistant professor of anesthesiology at Upstate, outlines how various types of pain are treated for cancer patients and others and tells how stress and anxiety can worsen pain.
Diagnosing a headache — the key to its proper treatment — can be tricky and time-consuming, according to Osama Abdel-Razek, MD, PhD, an assitant professor of otolaryngology from Suez Canal University in Egypt who is doing research at Upstate Medical University. He describes the differences among tension, migraine and cluster headaches and treatment options that range from over-the-counter drugs to nerve blocks and yoga.
Ear, nose and throat surgeon Mark Marzouk tells about a surgery that preserves the salivary gland. Emergency medicine physician Christian Knutsen explains how medical care is provided at crime scenes when someone is still shooting. Rev. Terry Culbertson shares a book created by psychiatric patients.