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Update on e-cigarettes, explaining hemorrhoids, treatments for blood cancers: Upstate Medical University’s HealthLink on Air for Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

February 15th, 2018 by James Howe

WRVO Public Media and NPR logosLee Livermore and Michele Caliva from the Upstate New York Poison Center provide an update on e-cigarette use. Jeffrey Albright, MD, discusses hemorrhoids. Jeffrey Pu, MD, PhD, and Meghan Lewis, RN, talk about forthcoming  treatments for patients with blood cancers.

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Simple practices help keep babies safe while sleeping

February 15th, 2018 by James Howe

nurse Michelle JeskiTeaching parents the safest ways for their infants to sleep is a mission at Upstate, through its Family Birth Center, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and its outpatient clinics. The goal is to prevent sleep-related injuries and deaths, explains Michelle Jeski, left, a nurse at the children’s hospital. Among things to avoid: sleeping in the same bed as the infant, falling asleep on a couch with the infant or having objects in the crib, she says. The children’s hospital was recently honored for its commitment to safe infant sleep practices and provides an online sleep safety tip sheet.

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What you need to know about colorectal cancer, its prevention

February 15th, 2018 by James Howe

Jiri Bem, MDColorectal cancer incidence would drop by 90 percent if everyone followed recommendations and underwent a screening colonoscopy starting at age 50, colorectal surgeon Jiri Bem, MD, left, says in this interview. Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. But the disease is highly preventable. Bem goes over the risk factors and symptoms of colorectal cancer, as well as the common treatments.

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New treatment options for people with blood cancers

February 15th, 2018 by James Howe

Jeffrey Pu, MD, PhD, left, and nurse Meghan Lewis

Jeffrey Pu, MD, PhD, left, and nurse Meghan Lewis

Patients with blood cancers will have new treatment options in addition to stem cell transplants now available at the Upstate Cancer Center. Jeffrey Pu, MD, PhD, and clinical leader Meghan Lewis, RN,  tell about the addition of allogeneic stem cell transplants and CAR T-cell therapy. Allogeneic stem cell transplants use stem cells from donors. T-cells are a type of white blood cells, and chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy is a process in which the patient’s own T-cells are engineered to better attack cancer cells.

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An anti-stroke device for some heart patients; a plan to reduce violence; more space for teen psychiatric patients: Upstate Medical University’s HealthLink on Air for Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018

February 9th, 2018 by James Howe

WRVO Public Media and NPR logosJamal Ahmed, MD, and nurse Scott Davis discuss a new way to decrease stroke risk in some heart patients with atrial fibrillation. Nurse Kim Nasby and social worker Chanel Beard talk about reducing violence. Wanda Fremont, MD, tells of a forthcoming hospital unit for adolescent psychiatry patients.

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A pediatrics leader reflects on successes and ongoing challenges in child health care

February 8th, 2018 by James Howe

Thomas Welch, MD

Tom Welch, MD (left), is retiring this year after 17 years at Upstate. He’s the chair of the department of pediatrics at Upstate Medical University and the medical director of the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. He oversaw the creation of the children’s hospital, which enabled Upstate to attract a variety of pediatric specialists. In this interview, Welch talks about national, regional and local challenges in child health care, as well as successes that have taken place during his 45-year career.

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What you need to know about hemorrhoids

February 8th, 2018 by James Howe

Jeffrey Albright, MDMany adults have hemorrhoids, which are usually only a problem if they cause bothersome symptoms, such as pain, itching and/or bleeding. Upstate colon and rectal surgeon Jeffrey Albright, MD, advises some ways to minimize discomfort. He recommends making sure your diet includes adequate amounts of fiber and limiting the amount of time spent straining on the toilet. Topical hemorrhoid creams and/or laxatives may be useful, too. Albright also explains methods for removing hemorrhoids.

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Focus on cancer: Prevention advice, lung cancer treatment options, a proposed diet for brain tumor cases: Upstate Medical University’s HealthLink on Air for Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018

February 1st, 2018 by James Howe

WRVO Public Media and NPR logosTo mark World Cancer Day, Jason Wallen, MD, discusses treatment options for lung cancer. Lawrence Chin, MD, and medical student Hans Kim outline a low-carbohydrate diet that might improve the prognosis of some brain tumor patients. Leslie Kohman, MD, explains the top lifestyle practices anyone can do to lessen the chances of getting cancer.

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The 6 most important principles of cancer prevention

January 31st, 2018 by James Howe

Leslie Kohman, MDLifestyle modification can prevent almost half of all cancers, says Leslie Kohman, MD, left, the Upstate Cancer Center‘s associate director for community outreach. In this interview, she goes over the things people can do — or avoid — to help prevent cancer. The first is not to use tobacco, followed closely by maintaining a healthy weight. Kohman discusses diet, sun protection, immunizations and environmental factors and explains the difference between early detection of cancer and the ability for some screenings to catch cancers before they even develop.

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Update on electronic cigarettes — they aren’t harmless

January 31st, 2018 by James Howe

 

Michele Caliva, left, and Lee Livermore

Michele Caliva, left, and Lee Livermore

A new report on the health effects of electronic cigarettes says that while e-cigarettes may be less harmful than conventional cigarettes, they’re not harmless — and vaping among youth increases the risk that they will transition to smoking traditional cigarettes. Providing an update on e-cigarette trends are administrative director Michele Caliva and public education coordinator Lee Livermore from the Upstate New York Poison Center. They caution that some vapers are filling their electronic nicotine delivery systems with illegal drugs or alcohol. Also, the flavored nicotine liquid that is used for vaping can be toxic or even deadly to young children. 

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Update on the flu and flu shots; palliative care’s unique role; robotically assisted surgery: Upstate Medical University’s HealthLink on Air for Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018

January 26th, 2018 by James Howe

WRVO Public Media and NPR logosInfectious disease expert Jana Shaw, MD, gives an update on the current influenza season. Palliative care specialist Silviu Pasniciuc, MD, explains what that type of care involves. Chest surgeon Mark Crye, MD, describes surgery done with tiny incisions and robotic assistance.

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Can a low-carb diet during radiation treatment help fight brain cancer?

January 24th, 2018 by James Howe

Larry Chin, MD, left, and Hans Kim

Larry Chin, MD, left, and Hans Kim

The chief of neurosurgery at Upstate and an aspiring oncologist will examine whether a low-carbohydrate diet during radiation therapy can improve the prognosis for someone with glioblastoma, the aggressive brain tumor that U.S. Sen. John McCain has. Larry Chin, MD, who leads Upstate’s neuro-oncology program, says patients will be able to choose whether to follow a ketogenic diet while they are receiving treatment for their brain tumor. Treatment may include surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy. A ketogenic diet is low in carbohydrates and high in fats, meaning patients would not eat bread and pasta. Fourth-year medical student Hans Kim says a ketogenic diet is designed to prompt the body to burn fat as its primary fuel instead of sugar. Their study will look at whether such a diet can enhance the effectiveness of radiation therapy.

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