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From the thrill of finding out the gender of your unborn child to the monitoring of fetal health, sonography plays a crucial role in prenatal care, says Lisa Allen, medical sonographer and ultrasound coordinator at Upstate Medical University’s Regional Perinatal Center. Allen tells what expectant parents can expect from an ultrasound procedure.
Just coming for a visit and showing support is one of the many ways to help a friend or relative who is hospitalized after a stroke, says Bernadette Dunn, MD. She is a clinical instructor in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Upstate Medical University who is board certified in the new subspecialty of brain injury medicine.
In this installment of Expert Advice, Brian Nicholas, MD, assistant professor or otolaryngology and communciation sciences at Upstate Medical University, outlines how to prepare for a hearing assessment, as well as how a child’s testing differs from an adult’s.
Psychologist Richard O’Neill talks about speaking to someone you usually wouldn’t, perhaps about something you usually don’t, always positive, with a dash of humor or appreciation, about the real and now.
Dr. Ross Sullivan talks about the dangers of synthetic marijuana, a public health crisis in Syracuse and Central New York. Dr. Colleen O’Leary removes some of the mystery of anesthesia. And Dr. Brian Nicholas tells how headphones and earbuds can lead to hearing loss.
Anesthesia is a crucial aspect of surgery, providing a way for patients to remain still during surgery, to be pain-free and not remember the operation, and to awaken safely afterward. This requires a cocktail of medications. “No one drug can provide all the things we need,” says Colleen O’Leary, MD, a professor of anesthesiology at Upstate Medical University. She goes over the various types of anesthesia in this interview and explains that doctors don’t fully understand how anesthesia medications work.
The reasons behind the rising numbers of autism spectrum cases are explained in this interview with Carroll Grant, PhD, director of the Margaret L. Williams Developmental Evaluation Center at Upstate Medical University. She and Erin Kish, who advocates for autism awareness (www.featofcny.org) and has an autistic son, explore the denial and ignorance that parents of autistic children sometimes still experience and explore the many treatment options now available.
Upstate University Hospital’s Lisa M. Allen, who has been a high-risk obstetrical sonographer at Upstate’s Regional Perinatal Center for more than two decades, has been recognized as the Distinguished Sonographer of the Year by the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine. She tells about her career and the field of sonography in this interview.
Bernadette Dunn, MD, and Claudine Ward, MD, are board certified in the new subspecialty of brain injury medicine. They explain the types of patients they care for and the types of changes a patient may experience after a traumatic brain injury.
A significant increase in hearing loss among adolescents from age 12 to 19 has otolaryngologists concerned about the use of headphones and earbuds, says Brian Nicholas, MD, assistant professor of otolaryngology and communications sciences at Upstate Medical University. The type of hearing loss doctors are seeing is the type usually associated with aging. It is permanent, non-reversible hearing loss — but it can be prevented. Nicholas says the volume and the duration of sound contribute to hearing loss. So if you are going to listen to music with earbuds or headphones, play it at no more than 60 or 70 percent and for no longer than an hour between breaks.
Doctors and nurses at Upstate University Hospital’s emergency department are seeing a sudden influx of patients with violent reactions to synthetic marijuana, says Ross Sullivan, MD, director of the medical toxicology consultation service and an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Upstate. Calling it an epidemic, Sullivan stresses the need to alert the public to the illegal drug’s dangers — including coma, extreme agitation and possible death — and the efforts to track down its shadowy ingredients and sources.