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Surgery for weight loss; health impact of poverty, violence; caring for those with dementia: Upstate Medical University’s HealthLink on Air for June 19, 2016

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

June 19, 2016

Surgeon Howard Simon, MD, discusses the connection between weight loss and metabolism, and the effect surgery can have for people with morbid obesity. Researchers Sandra Lane, PhD, and Arnett Haygood-El talk about the impact of poverty and violence on health. Geriatric resource nurses Kaylin Brainerd and Linh Nguyen provide guidance to caregivers of people with dementia.

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Researchers seek answers to how poverty, violence affect health

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Is street violence an addictive behavior? How does a violence or poverty affect how a child learns, how police deal with crime and how landlords treat tenants? These and other social determinants of health are being studied by Sandra Lane, PhD (at left), a professor of public health at Syracuse University, and Arnett Haygood-El (at right), associate director of the Street Addiction institute Inc. in Syracuse. Health does not exist in a vacuum but as part of a person’s environment, they explain, and they are seeking solutions to the trauma inflicted by violence and poverty. 

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Dangerous highs: Teens are abusing sprays, cold remedies, antidiarrheals

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Teenagers looking to get high are abusing easily available household products, says Upstate toxicologist William Eggleston. Hydrocarbons, found in aerosol sprays, are being inhaled and can lead to irregular heart rhythms and “sudden sniffing death syndrome.” Loperamide (brand name: Imodium), an over-the-counter anti-diarrhea drug, is being taken in megadoses for a heroinlike effect. Dextromethorphan, found in cough and cold remedies, acts like the drug PCP in high doses and causes agitation and combativeness. Eggleston, who sees drug overdose cases through the Upstate New York Poison Center, recommends keeping track of drugs around the house and disposing of old ones to help limit access and prevent abuse.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: May 15, 2016

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

May 15, 2016

Upstate surgeon Scott Albert, MD, explains the new way of thinking about thyroid cancer. Upstate toxicologist William Eggleston tells of the dangers of hydrocarbons and commonly abused medications. Support group facilitator Christine Kowaleski discusses postpartum depression and psychosis with Central New York mother Heather Sherman.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: May 1, 2016

Friday, April 29th, 2016

May 1, 2016

Jack Wohlers, PhD, of Centre Syracuse tells about detection and treatment of eating disorders. Rich O’Neill, PhD, talks about how to help a loved one struggling with addiction. Upstate graduate Michael Weiner, MD, discusses an Alzheimer’s disease research project that seeks participants.

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Advice for coping with a loved one’s addiction

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Handling an alcoholic or drug-addicted loved one is a particularly thorny issue because people worry that frank talk about the problem might endanger their relationship, says psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD. O’Neill touches on the related issues of enabling, tough love, blame and interventions and advises that people who keep silent about the love one’s addiction will likely lose the relationship anyway.

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Heroin epidemic: tangled roots, many challenges

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Finding a treatment program and overcoming an addition to heroin or another opioid is difficult but not impossible, says Ross Sullivan, MD, director of medical toxicology at Upstate Medical University.  Sullivan tells how the effort to control pain medically helped create the current addiction crisis in opioids — drugs derived from the opium poppy (heroin, morphine) or that mimic them synthetically (fentanyl, oxycodone). Recent restrictions on prescription drugs have led to a flood of cheap heroin to fill the gap, he says, and current treatment options are inadequate to fight the high addiction rates. He outlines how the Upstate New York Poison Center (hotline: 800-222-1222) is offering information and help to schools and the general public.

 

 

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HealthLink on Air radio show: April 3, 2016

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

April 3, 2016

Director of medical toxicology Ross Sullivan, MD, provides an update on the heroin epidemic. Registered dietitian nutritionist Kristen Davis explains the value of eating organic foods. Thoracic surgeon Jason Wallen, MD, discusses lung and esophageal cancer.

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Check Up from the Neck Up: Talking with someone who may have a drug or alcohol problem

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, shares a personal story about how to talk with a friend or loved one who may have a problem with alcohol or drugs. He mentions resources that are available through the National Institute of Drug Abuse at www.drugabuse.gov and the Syracuse Al-Anon Information Service.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: November 22, 2015

Friday, November 20th, 2015

November 22, 2015

Gynecologist Renee Mestad, MD, tells about the new medication designed to boost a woman’s libido. Endovascular neurosurgeon Grahame Gould, MD, discusses advances in stroke treatment. Philip Rose, a program coordinator at the Prevention Network of Central New York, provides an update on underage drinking. Orthopedic surgeon William Lavelle, MD, tells how to deal with a muscle pull, or knot, in a shoulder.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: October 18, 2015

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

October 18, 2015:

On this week’s edition of Upstate Medical University’s “HealthLink on Air”: Michael Weiner, MD, explains his research on Alzheimer’s disease and the Brain Health Registry. Neurologist Hesham Masoud, MBBCh, tells about interventional neuroradiology and its role in stroke care. Gail Banach from the Upstate New York Poison Center unveils a new program in Onondaga County for disposing of medical needles and medications.

 

 

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Most teens avoid alcohol, but a quarter of underage youth still drink, sometimes bingeing

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Host Linda Cohen with Philip Rose

Even though the message that alcohol can harm young people is getting through, a quarter of those under the legal age still drink alcohol. Among them, binge drinking and a rise in female drinking have been noted, according to Philip Rose, program coordinator for underage drinking for the Prevention Network of Central New York. Bad decisions, risky behaviors and harm to the still-developing adolescent brain are all consequences of alcohol use, and peer and other pressures glamorize alcohol, Rose says. Still, he says, parents, teachers and other adults can wield influence by modeling good behavior, developing a trusting relationship with their children and talking frankly about alcohol.

 

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