Registered dietitian nutritionist Maureeen Franklin provides a nutrition update. Psychiatrist Thomas Schwartz, MD, gives an overview of bipolar disorder. And gynecologist Howard Weinstein, MD, explains the causes of and treatments for abnormal uterine bleeding.
Pediatrician Ann Botash, MD, talks about raising children who are resistant to bullying. Pediatrician Jaclyn Sisskind, MD, shares how to establish the habit of reading. Bruce Simmons, MD, and medical student James Osei-Sarpong tell about the historic Sarah Loguen Fraser scholarship.
Experts estimate that almost all children, at some point, will experience bullying behavior — either as a victim, as an observer, or as the bully. Some bullying takes place in real life, but much of it takes place in social media, says pediatrician Ann Botash, MD. She sees so-called cyberbullying as a growing problem and counsels parents to stay involved in their children’s lives. Botash talks about how to raise children who are resistant to bullying, things that might put a child at risk for being bullid, and the role of someone who is a witness to bullying. Click here for information and resources on bullying from Upstate’s Child Abuse Referral and Evaluation (CARE) Program; click here for more about bullying from Olweus, a national bullying prevention program that Botash also mentions.
Brian Kistler, MD, an Upstate orthopedic surgeon with trauma fellowship training, is one of the specialists likely to care for you if you break bones in a serious traumatic injury. Kistler has developed expertise in caring for patients with nonunions (bone fractures that have not healed properly) and malunions (bones that have improperly alligned), situations that may require additional surgery. He explains his role and why broken bones seem to grow back stronger.
Books are one tool parents can use for help broaching difficult subjects with their kids, says Upstate pediatrician Jaclyn Sisskind, MD. An enthusiastic reader herself, Sisskind talks about the ritual of reading and shares recommendations for books that are appropriate for different ages. She also recommends these sources for help finding books: www.kidsreads.com, www.spaghettibookclub.org, www.slimekids.com/book-reviews, www.dogobooks.com, www.teenreads.com, www.goodreads.com, www.onlib.org, aaps.npr.org/best-books-2016.
Luna Bhatta, MD, talks about stereotaxis to treat specific heart problems. Leslie Kohman, MD, provides an update on cigarette smoking and electronic cigarettes. Margaret Formica, PhD, explains how firearm violence is a public health issue.
Sarah Loguen Fraser earned her medical degree in 1876 from the Syracuse University College of Medicine, the predecessor to what is now the Upstate Medical University College of Medicine. She was the first African-American woman to become a doctor at this school, and one of the first in the nation. Bruce Simmons, MD (at left in photo), tells about the scholarship that bears her name, and this year’s recipient, medical student James Osei-Sarpong (at right), tells what it means to him.
Public health specialists, concerned about what they call an epidemic of firearm violence, have agreed on some tactics they hope will help reduce the number of people killed or injured by guns. Assistant professor Margaret Formica, PhD, from Upstate’s department of public health and preventive medicine, says some studies have tracked gun violence, revealing trends similar to those seen in the spread of infectious diseases such as influenza. She says efforts are underway to improve gun safety and that more academic research is needed. Click here for a look at the research and here for an analysis of that research.
Some rapid heart rhythms require treatment that involves snaking a tube into the heart. A remote navigational system called stereotaxis gives cardiologists more flexibility to maneuver the tube and exposes patients to less radiation than through traditional methods. Luna Bhatta, MD, director of the clinical cardiac electrophysiology lab and the arrhythmia service at Upstate University Hospital, explains how stereotaxis works.
Robert Fechtner, MD, tells about the causes of and treatments for glaucoma. Elizabeth Ferry, MD, addresses female urologic health from youth to old age. Nienke Dosa, MD, shares an inclusive outdoor project for people with disabilities.
In this “Check Up from the Neck Up” essay, psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, assumes the role of a “relationship repairman” as he talks through a strategy for getting past an argument with your significant other.
Deirdre 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 “Jigsaw,” by Ted McCarthy, and “Prognosis,” by Kathleen M. Kelley, and can be found in “The Healing Muse, Volume 16.” Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today.