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A visit with Nobel laureate Aaron Ciechanover

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Robert J Corona Jr, DO,Aaron CiechanoverRobert Corona, DO, chair of Upstate Medical University’s pathology department, had the rare opportunity to sit down with Israeli biologist Aaron Ciechanover, who won the Nobel prize in chemistry for characterizing the method that cells use to degrade and recycle proteins using ubiquitin.


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and the benefit of support groups

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Joseph G Sorbello, MSEd, RRT, RTRoy VanOrderJoseph Sorbello, RT, chair of the Respiratory Therapy Program in Upstate’s College of Health Professions, talks about emphysema and chronic bronchitis, together referred to as Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, or COPD.  Sorbello is joined by Roy VanOrder, PhD, who started a COPD and Alpha-1 support group in Syracuse called ZephyrCuse, funded through the American Lung Association and the Alpha-1 Anti-trypsin Foundation. For more information on the support group call (315) 299-4367, or email


Vaginal births after caesarean

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Certified midwife Heather ShannonHeather Shannon, director of the Midwifery Program at Upstate, will talk about vaginal births after cesarean (VBAC) – whether they are safe, why some women want them and some don’t, why some providers are OK with them and some are not.   For more information, call (315) 492-5875.



‘Healthy Eats’ – Foods that help fight inflammation

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Upstate University Hospital dietitian Terry Podolak, RDTerry Podolak, RD, our ‘Healthy Eats’ expert, tells us how to protect our immune system by eating a variety of foods that help fight inflammation. 


‘Peds to Parents’ – Are recession babies prone to be delinquent teens?

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

ramanathan_seethalakshmiFourth year Upstate psychiatry resident Seetha Ramanathan is the co-author of a research study that analyzed data on U.S. teens born during the early 1980s. Her research found slightly higher rates of adolescent delinquent behaviors in this group, such as smoking, drinking, arrests and thefts, that might possibly be tied to macroeconomic conditions during the first year of life.

Read the stories:
Babies born during recessions grow up more likely to have drug problems and become involved in crime according to new study
Are recession babies prone to be delinquent teens?

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


The pros and cons of gastric band weight loss surgery

Thursday, June 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.


What you should know about genetic testing

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Bonnie BraddockUpstate certified genetic counselor Bonnie Braddock, MPH, CGC, explains genetic testing — what it is, when to consider getting tested, and the importance of seeking professional genetic counseling.  Learn more about: The Breast Cancer Program at Upstate Medical University.



A visit from the healing muse: ‘Etiquette for the Very Ill’

Wednesday, June 19th, 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!


Etiquette for the Very Ill, by Johanna Shapiro

Let’s say you get cancer
or have a heart attack
or get hit by a bus
You may think you need a doctor
or a hospital
But what you really need
is a lesson in etiquette
Otherwise you will end up
making a very bad impression
on friends, family,
doctors, nurses,
and complete strangers
so that
while struggling to live
or struggling to die
you will also be universally perceived
as completely lacking
in decorum

That’s right

By getting so sick
you’ve just committed
a serious social faux pas
That’s French for
a very bad mistake
from which you will probably
never recover
(Generally speaking,
as a very sick person,
you want to avoid mordant humor
But what’s a joke or two
among friends?)

Believe me,
when you are a very sick person
you need etiquette

Lesson #1
It is a good idea
when you are desperately ill
to know a little French
French is a classy language
and as a very ill person,
it will give you a certain
je ne sais quoi
(That’s French too
Look it up)
If you do not already
know French
you will have plenty of time
to learn it
in doctors’ waiting rooms

Lesson #2
When you become
a very ill person
it is most important
that you avoid self-pity
This is a very disagreeable emotion
to others
Also anger, despair, misery (especially
the wallowing kind) are bad
Bitter is very bad
When you show these emotions
you make healthy people
feel guilty and uncomfortable
Healthy people can be unkind
They have plenty of energy

Lesson #3
As you might imagine,
smiling is never out of place
If you aren’t very ill yet
try smiling as you stick a
needle (an ordinary sewing needle is fine)
under your fingernail
You can add “thank you” later

If you allow yourself to become
a very ill person who behaves badly
then it will end very badly for you
because everyone will despise you
for having atrocious manners
On the other hand,
it will probably end very badly for you


Dr. Richard O’Neill’s Check-Up From The Neck-Up: Stress management….or bubble lovely

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Richard O'Neill, PhDDr. Richard O’Neill shares a recent “stress-packed” day, and how he was able to turn it around using a soap bubble!

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A visit from the healing muse: ‘If I Could Help’, and ‘Kokua’

Sunday, June 16th, 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!


If I Could Help, by Rae Spencer

I would, if I could
Tuck a yellow rose root
Between fall and summer
And call it winter
            With the understanding
            That it is alive
            And needs only dirt
            Water and sun
                        To sprout full into spring

I would, if it might help
Bring you a click-beetle
To leap from your hand
With a hard shell snap

Or teach your thumb wisdom
With which to recognize
Opossum and raccoon
From only their tracks in the mud

I could find the robin’s cup-nest
Three blue eggs rocking
And make you watch
As the eggs turn into chicks

Or show you a forest
Where bark peeled trees
Carry bear messages
In a thin stream of sap

You might find a velvet cuff
From the stag’s new antler
Or last year’s gnawed discard
Marked by the fox, the sly bone-eater

Come with me
I’ll show you these things
And dig a yellow rose root
To tuck into your hand
            We will name it winter
            And you will stay until spring
            To see it sprout
            To understand that it is alive
                        And so are you


Kokua, by KH Solomon

One calls it the territory no one wants to enter;
another the roller coaster no one wants to ride;

you the membership no one wants to hold
in the society no one wants to join.

No one? I’m one.
Not to be exiled from you,

not to travel apart, not to be relegated
to a company not yours—for this I would enlist

in the fellowship of the unwilling,
ride its unsteady transport over hostile terrain

wherever it goes.
Of course it’s irrational,

foolhardy. But this isn’t my head talking
or even my heart hoping. I only know

when they scoped up my inside, when they
carved on my outside looking for telltale signs

and reported, we found nothing; my head answered,
good; my heart replied fine; but something in me

took the news badly, hearing: passport denied;
ticket refused; this club is closed to your kind.

Dearest explorer, rider, member perforce,
I can try to explain:

Kokua means helper.
But in a far away place, in a long ago time,

it meant so much more. And something in me
says, I would go kokua for you, journey with you,

ride waves with you up and down to Kalaupapa


Does your loved one need a feeding tube?

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Upstate geriatrician Sharon Brangman, MD, discusses issues surrounding the use of feeding tubes for the end stage of dementia, and ongoing research that shows it may do more harm than good.


Walking- the newest, simplest and valuable hospital prescription

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Ann Hendrickson, RN BSNUpstate clinical nurse specialist Ann Hendrickson, RN, BSN, cares for medical/surgical, geriatrics, and oncology patients at Upstate.  She shares the results of a study she conducted for her masters capstone project at Upstate’s College of Nursing (CON), concluding that patients who get up out of bed and walk daily improved their recovery and decreased their length of hospital stay.  Hendrickson won second prize for her poster titled, ‘Developing and Implementing an Evidenced Based Nurse-Driven Mobility Protocol’, at the national conference of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. She is the first student at the CON to win this national award, and the protocol she developed is being adopted throughout the hospital.