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Trauma nurses caution teens about safe driving

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Trauma Team Nursing Staff

Nursing staff from Upstate's Trauma Team.

Teen drivers are nearly twice as likely as other motorists to be involved in a fatal car wreck. Even though they have quicker reflexes than older drivers, teens are inexperienced behind the wheel. In addition, they may be driving distracted, said Kimberly Nasby, RN, trauma injury prevention coordinator, and Jerome Morrison, RN, trauma outreach and education coordinator. They said 60 percent of teens involved in driving accidents are found to be distracted, often by music playlists or texting features on cell phones. Nasby, Morrison and their colleagues team up for a 1½-hour program called “Let’s Not Meet by Accident” offered to high school students throughout the Central New York region. The program illustrates the role of distractions, alcohol and seat belts in auto accidents. 


Hysteria, or conversion reaction, in children is dramatic but not as exotic as it seems

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

George Starr, MDConversion disorder, or hysteria, in children can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms — pains, tics, numbness — appear real, according to George Starr, MD, an emeritus clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Upstate. This disorder is not all that exotic among kids, however, and can be considered as a reaction to stress or anxiety, like an adult’s migraine headache, says Starr, who describes noted mass hysteria outbreaks in Upstate New York and in Atlanta


Social media’s power can overwhelm at-risk individuals, especially teens

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Mirabelle Mattar, MDTheresa Blatchford, MDAlthough social media offers unprecedented opportunities for positive communication, it can also be associated with bullying, depression and even suicide. Upstate’s Mirabelle Mattar, MD, a fellow in child and adolescent psychiatry, and Theresa Blatchford, MD, a fourth-year psychiatry resident, found in their research that teens are especially at risk for these negative effects.


A student committed to public health and adolescent medicine

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Nicole CifraAdolescents can fall into a medical “no man’s land” between pediatrics and adult medicine, said Upstate student Nicole Cifra, whose interest and work in the treatment of teens helped win her a U.S. Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Award. Cifra, who will receive an MD/MPH degree in 2016, talks about the public health aspects of adolescence, especially eating disorders, and sees hope for the future.


Positive Parenting, part two: Discipline without mistreatment

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Alicia Pekarsky, MDAssistant professor Alicia Pekarsky, MD, talks about guiding children to socially appropriate and positive behaviors, and what constitutes child maltreatment, in this segment about positive parenting.


Expert Advice: What coaches need to know about concussion

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Brian P Rieger, PhD

Psychologist Brian Rieger, PhD, director of Upstate’s Concussion Management Program, tells us what coaches need to know about sports-related concussions. The Upstate Concussion Center, comprised of the Sports Concussion Center and Concussion Management Program, provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment services for concussion and sports concussion. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 315 464-8986.


New dangers: e-cigarette cartridges, and heroin-laced oxycontin

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Michele CalivaMichele Caliva, RN, administrative director of the Upstate New York Poison Center at Upstate Medical University, shares the newest dangers related to e-cigarette cartridges, and heroin-laced oxycontin. Read more: combatheroin.ny.org


Pediatric inflammatory bowel disease

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Prateek D Wali, MDPediatric gastroenterologist Prateek Wali, MD, explains the basics of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in children – who is affected, what are the causes, how it’s diagnosed and treated, and what Upstate has to offer. Wali is assistant professor of Pediatrics and interim division chief of Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Upstate Medical University.  Read more: GI Kids,and Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America


‘Expert Advice’ – Returning unused medications to pharmacies

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Gail Banach MS, IDDE, MS,Ed, BA

Gail Banach, MS, director of Public Education & Communications for the Upstate New York Poison Center, talks about new regulations from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that would allow pharmacies to accept unused prescription medications in an effort to keep them out of the hands of teenagers. Read the story: D.E.A. to Allow Return of Unused Pills to Pharmacies.


Golisano Children’s Hospital celebrates 5th birthday

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Thomas R Welch, MDTo celebrate the 5th birthday of the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, medical director Thomas Welch, MD talks about what the hospital has meant to our community, the unique care and specialty services provided, plus a look ahead at the next 5+ years.  Welch is chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Upstate Medical University.


Sports-related concussion awareness

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Brian P Rieger, PhD

Psychologist Brian Rieger, PhD, director of Upstate’s Concussion Management Program, talks about sports-related concussions – what are the symptoms, the myths, and recommendations. The Upstate Concussion Center, comprised of the Sports Concussion Center and Concussion Management Program, provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment services for concussion and sports concussion. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 315 464-8986.


Bullying

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Joseph W Nimeh, MDPediatrician Joseph Nimeh, MD talks about bullying – what it is and what the different types are – as the children return to school. Nimeh is assistant professor of pediatrics at Upstate Medical University.  University Pediatric and Adolescent Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.  StopBullying.gov