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Archive for March, 2013

Dr. Richard O’Neill’s Check-Up From The Neck-Up: As long as I’m breathing, I’m OK!

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Richard O'Neill, PhDDr. Richard O’Neill shares strategies to help overcome the inevitable “blue periods” in our lives.

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How to prepare for hiking and mountain climbing

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Thomas R Welch, MDThomas Welch, MD, chair of Upstate’s Department of Pediatrics, and medical director, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, shares a recent journey with his daughter to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, and offers advice on preparing for a safe and enjoyable hiking experience. Welch is a licensed New York State guide and a certifying instructor for the Wilderness Education Association who regularly teaches field courses and guide groups in Alaska, Montana and New York. He’s known as The Adirondoc.  Read more: Dr. Thomas Welch prescribes 3 great Adirondack hikes


You are what you drink

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Donna Bacchi, MD MPHIn our ‘Public Health Today’ segment, Donna Bacchi, MD, MPH, chair of Upstate’s Public Health and Preventive Medicine Department, asks us to consider the health benefits — or lack of –  in a variety of available beverages, and helps us consider which are the healthiest choices.


Celebrating National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Susan S Graham, MS, MT(ASCP), SHCharlene HubbellNational Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is an annual celebration of laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in every aspect of health care.  Susan Graham, MS, associate dean of Upstate’s College of Health Professions, and chair of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program, and Charlene Hubbell, BS, Stem Cell Laboratory supervisor in Clinical Pathology, will describe the work done by technologists and technicians to determine the presence, extent, or absence of disease and provide data needed to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment.


Genetic study of schizophrenia

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
Mantosh J Dewan, MDChristopher P Morley, PhDMantosh Dewan, MD, distinguished service professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Upstate, is joined by Christopher Morley, PhD, associate professor of family medicine, public health, and psychiatry, and vice-chair for research in the Department of Family Medicine, will help us understand the genetics of psychiatric illnesses like schizophrenia.  Upstate is involved in the largest-ever case-control study of schizophrenia, and is actively seeking to recruit about 200 more healthy/unaffected subjects in the next few months.  For more information, call 315-464-6943 or email gpc@upstate.edu.
Read the study: Genomic Psychiatry Cohort

The benefits of a Mediterranean diet

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Donna Bacchi, MD MPH

Donna Bacchi, MD, MPH, chair of Upstate’s Public Health and Preventive Medicine Department, joins us for another edition of ‘Public Health Today’.  Dr. Bacchi discusses findings from a recent study of the Mediterranean diet, which shows that eating a well rounded diet and staying away from sweets, lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke.  Read the study: Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet


Dr. Richard O’Neill’s Check-Up From The Neck-Up: Honesty is the best policy…under what circumstance?

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Richard O'Neill, PhDDr. Richard O’Neill wrestles with a listener question about past indiscretions and whether to share them with others.

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Upstate study examines cost of preauthorizations to physician practices

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Christopher P Morley, PhDA more precise technique to determine non-reimbursed costs of preauthorizations  – also referred to as prior authorizations – to physician practices has been used in a study by researchers from the Department of Family Medicine at Upstate Medical University.  Christopher Morley, PhD, vice-chair for research in Family Medicine, will join us to talk about their findings.

Read the study: The impact of prior authorization requirements on primary care physicians’ offices: report of two parallel network studies


‘Peds to Parents’ – New ‘virtual indoor playground’ for hospitalized children

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Margaret NellisIn celebration of Child Life Awareness Month, we are joined by Margaret Nellis, manager of the Child Life Program at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.  She reveals an exciting new ‘virtual indoor playground’ that allows children a distraction from being in the hospital, called ‘Eye Play’ – a floor projection system with motion-activated games like hockey, soccer, ball pit, bubbles and playing the piano for single or multiple players.  The Child Life Programhelps young patients cope with their fears and anxieties by offering pre-operative sessions and therapeutic activities that are tailored to meet their social, emotional, and developmental needs.

Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers


The pros and cons of gastric band weight loss surgery

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Weight loss surgeon Howard Simon, MD, gives us an update on Upstate’s bariatric surgery program, and looks closely at how effective a popular weight loss procedure really is.  Simon is the director of The Central New York Bariatric Surgery Center (CNYBSC). who looks closely at how effective a popular weight loss procedure really is.


‘Learning to T.A.L.K.’ program teaches medical residents to be more effective communicators

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Stephen J Knohl, MDStephen Knohl, MD, vice chair for education and program director for Upstate’s Department of Medicine, describes the ‘Learning to T.A.L.K.’ (Treat All Like Kin) program that he developed to teach medical residents to be more effective communicators.


Dr. Richard O’Neill’s Check-Up From The Neck-Up: Study shows sugar causes diabetes independent of obesity

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Richard O'Neill, PhDIn response to a recent study that links increased consumption of sugar with higher diabetes rates independent of rates of obesity, Dr. Richard O’Neill delves into the psychology behind the problem – how to go about changing what you eat, changing your kids’ diet, school lunch offerings and more. 
Read the study: The Relationship of Sugar to Population-Level Diabetes Prevalence: An Econometric Analysis of Repeated Cross-Sectional Data
Read the New York Times summary article: It’s the Sugar, Folks

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