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‘Peds to Parents’ – The ABC’s of teen sexuality

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Karen Teelin, MDKaren Teelin, MD, an Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital pediatrician who specializes in adolescent medicine, talks about the ABCs of sexuality. According to a National Youth Risk Behavior Survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, efforts to combat the spread of teen pregnancy, HIV and other STDs among teenagers have stalled.  Read more about Upstate’s Pediatric and Adolescent Center
Watch Dr. Teelin’s interview with YNN.

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


A visit from the healing muse: ‘Excavating Grief’

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Deirdre Neilen, PhDDeirdre Neilen, PhD shares a selection from Upstate’s literary journal, ‘The Healing Muse‘ every Sunday on HealthLink on Air. She edits the annual publication featuring fiction, poetry, essays and visual art focused on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing.

Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today!


Excavating Grief, by Pamela Mitchell


one long road
stopping here and here and here
pulling into driveways

little pockets of dementia
and Kaposi’s
and cyto megolo virus


where no one knew
except nurses
shoving Subarus into
four-wheel drive
plowing driveways
with prayer

flipping open hatchbacks
revealing baskets
gauze absorbing dreaded
body fluids      
tape of paper   silk   plastic

securing gauze laying flat
or stretched round skinney
limbs   torso   head

we brought our children
and I know why

we said   daycare problems
we knew   babies’ laughter warmed
your hearts


we knew you mothers
would not come

we came
dressed your wounds
listened to stories
held you
rocked you

while our babies
toddled ‘round
chasing your puppy

we knew you
loved our babies
Truth be known

we brought them
as angels we held
with one hand

while, you, angel
right out of the other


What killed Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum?

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Harold Smulyan, MDUpstate cardiologist Harold Smulyan, MD collaborated with a retired former colleague to investigate what killed Wizard of Oz author and Chittenango native L. Frank Baum in 1919. It was congestive heart failure. Their paper, which was recently published, explores what tools physicians had at their disposal to treat heart problems in the early 1900s, and what the thinking and beliefs were regarding heart disease at that time. Dr. Smulyan shares how he got involved in such a project, how he conducted research by sifting through Baum’s papers at Syracuse University’s Bird library, and what he discovered about medicine 100 years ago.


Upstate MD graduate performs high profile double arm transplant

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Patrick Basile, MD2003 Upstate College of Medicine graduate Patrick Basile, MD, describes a remarkable 13-hour double arm transplant he performed, as part of a large team, on an infantryman who lost all four limbs in Iraq. Dr. Basile is the assistant chief of plastic surgery and director of microsurgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  Read more about Dr. Basile at What’s Up At Upstate blog, read the story: Staten Island soldier and double-arm transplant recipient Brendan Marrocco prepares to leave hospital


Dr. Richard O’Neill’s Check-Up From The Neck-Up: Who, What, Where, When, How, or… what I learned on my vacation to China.

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Richard O'Neill, PhDDr. Richard O’Neill shares about some lessons he learned while on a trip to China.

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Check-up from the Neck Up Podcast Archives

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A visit from the healing muse: ‘Snow’, and ‘Things My Daughter Lost in Hospitals’

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Deirdre Neilen, PhDDeirdre Neilen, PhD shares a selection from Upstate’s literary journal, ‘The Healing Muse‘ every Sunday on HealthLink on Air. She edits the annual publication featuring fiction, poetry, essays and visual art focused on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing.

Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today!


Snow, by Katharyn Howd Machan

falls outside my safe brown home
and I am weeping, I am crying:
this house holds two black-striped cats
but God is a distant palace of whim

allowing my daughter to long for a drug
that turns her into thin gray smoke,
vague lips that lie for survival.
Crystals? They’re blowing now

swift and silver and silent as hope
only a mother can ask to find
when the body she’s birthed and loves
finds heroin is more important

than giving to the wider world
calling out her name. Snow
beautiful and bright and pure
pours down from a streetlit night

here where I dare write a poem
praying that the girl I bore
is able to look out through a window
and wonder at winter sky.

Things My Daughter Lost in Hospitals, by Toni L. Wilkes

One million twenty-seven strands of hair.
A smooth scalp. Several inches of frontal bone.

A Tiffany bracelet. Thirty-nine liters of urine.
The call button. Her patience. A pear-shaped

Gallbladder. Her husband’s patience. Eight pints
of blood. Numerous stainless steel staples.

Her job. One decaliter of cerebral spinal fluid.
Two blue and white hospital gowns. Her pink

sweater. The ability to have more children.
Twenty-two pieces of Big Red chewing gum.

Forty-one days of consciousness. Names
of night nurses. Names of day nurses. Six

Actiq lollypops. Seven neurosurgeons.
Two hundred eighteen sutures. Her daughter’s

sixth birthday. The desire for sex. Three yellow
bedpans. Her blood-brain barrier. Five years.


‘What’s Your Emergency?’ – Seasonal changes bring increase in difficulty breathing calls

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Derek R Cooney, MD, FF/NREMT-P, FACEPUpstate’s Director of Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Medicine  Derek Cooney, MD explains why difficulty breathing calls increase as the seasons change, when to seek medical help, and what to expect from the paramedics en route to the hospital and when you reach the hospital.


Reflections on a 50 year career in maternal and child health

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Richard H Aubry, MD, MPH

An encore presentation of Dr. Richard Aubry’s May 2013 interview, in memory of his recent passing.

Retiring obstetrician Richard Aubry, MD, MPH reflects on his 50 year career in maternal and child health, where he estimates he has presided over 8,000 births, taught OB care to over 8,000 medical students, and published 50 scientific publications. Read more about The Center for Maternal & Child Health and The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Upstate Medical University.

Upstate Medical University released this statement on his passing:

“The Upstate Medical University community is deeply saddened at the loss of a true pioneer in field of women’s health.  Dr. Richard Aubry has been a mentor to multiple generations of physicians interested in public health, baby’s well-being and safe motherhood.  He has been a leader in public health for more than half a century. He has trained hundreds of residents and medical students always with passion and conviction. He was a pioneer in the field of maternal fetal medicine and helped to shape the direction of medical care in obstetrics and Gynecology. He was a skilled diagnostician who developed an amazing bond with patients and a genuine interest in their lives. As a medical community, we have lost one of the best.”

Read the story: Aubry Motherhood Fund established at Foundation for Upstate Medical University


‘What’s Your Emergency?’ – Upstate’s Community campus to open new emergency unit for seniors

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Upstate’s Director of Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Medicine Derek R Cooney, MD, FF/NREMT-P, FACEP A James Ciaccio, MD, FACEPDerek Cooney, MD is joined by James Ciaccio, MD to talk about a new geriatric emergency medicine unit called “GEM Care – senior emergency department”.  The unit, led by Ciaccio, is housed in a dedicated section of the emergency department at Upstate University Hospital, Community campus, and will provide a calm, measured approach to care in a quiet environment specifically designed for seniors who may agitate or confuse easily, and may have trouble expressing themselves. 


Medical residents learn to be more effective communicators

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Stephen J Knohl, MDChristine GranatoLuke YuhicoStephen Knohl, MD, vice chair for education and program director for Upstate’s Department of Medicine, developed a program called ‘Learning to T.A.L.K.’ (Treat All Like Kin) to teach medical residents to be more effective communicators.  He is joined by Upstate chief medical residents Christine Granato, MD, and Luke Yuhico, MD, who will share their experiences using this innovative program.


How will the NIH grant funding sequester affect local research?

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Rosemary Rochford, PhDDebashis Ghosh MSc, PhD

Rosemary Rochford, PhD, recently appointed vice president for research at Upstate, is joined by researchers Barry Knox, PhD, and Debashis Ghosh, MSc, PhD, to discuss how the National Institutes for Health’s (NIH) grant funding sequester will impact current and future research.


Eye specialist at Upstate hopes to offer artificial retina surgery

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Anthony Andrews, MD

Upstate ophthalmologist Anthony Andrews, MD, describes a newly-approved retinal implant for adults with rare genetic eye disease, including retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration.  
Read What’s Up At Upstate blog: Eye specialist at Upstate hopes to offer artificial retina surgery
Read: FDA news release about retinal implant
Read: FDA overview of Argus II retinal prosthesis system 
Read/watch: YNN coverage of Argus II