Adolescent medicine specialist Karen Teelin, MD, responds to reports that teen pregnancy rates are significantly higher in the US than in any other industrialized country. Teelin describes many modern birth control options available for young women today, and the growing popularity and efficacy of the IUD and implants. Learn more about: University Pediatric and Adolescent Center
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Upstate pediatric nephrologist Scott Schurman, MD, shares plans for a dedicated outpatient pediatric dialysis center that will be housed on the fifth floor of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. The new center will provide a pediatric-friendly environment for pediatric hemodialysis patients, including access to support services, a pediatric nurse case manager, and a home dialysis-training program. Read the story: Pediatric dialysis center to provide specialized care for young patients
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Upstate developmental pediatrician Nienke Dosa, MD, MPH, talks about the main issues that remain regarding children with disabilities in terms of access to physical education and sports activities. She is joined by Peyton Sefick, a Syracuse University graduate assistant and power wheelchair soccer player who has been highly active in promoting adaptive sports. They are both involved in the Fitness Inclusion Network (Fit-IN), a collaborative initiative launched in 2013 with support from the Upstate Foundation/Golisano Children’s Hospital, SUNY Cortland Department of Physical Education, and the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. Dosa is a senior fellow at Syracuse University’s Burton Blatt Institute and the first professor of Child Health Policy at Upstate. Sefick was selected to play on Team USA, which won the 2012 FIPFA World Cup, and is the team captain for CNY United, which won the 2012 Champions Cup.
Upstate clinical social worker Kathleen Deters-Hayes gives an overview of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder – or compulsive overheating. She describes the various symptoms and treatments, and recommends talking to your primary care provider to discuss the best course of treatment for you.
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James Rimmer, PhD, the Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences, was the keynote speaker for a recent conference on adaptive physical education. He shares a broad overview of where we are nationally with adaptive physical education in terms of policy and practice. Dr. Rimmer also directs the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability. For more information, call 1-800-900-8086.
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Zafer Soultan, MD, director of pediatric sleep medicine at Upstate, is joined by pulmonologist Dragos Manta, MD, co-director of the The Upstate University Hospital Sleep Center, to talk about common sleep problems in children and adults. Upstate’s Sleep Center, a specialized facility providing accurate diagnosis and recommending treatment of sleep-related problems, will be relocating to a new state-of-the-art facility in November. The center, which will continue to see patients 7 days a week, will double in size, increasing from to 6 to 12 beds, and three of those beds will be reserved for pediatric cases – a specialty of the sleep center. For more information, call (315) 464-8668
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Infectious disease specialists Joseph Domachowske, MD and Manika Suryadevara, MD, will reveal the reason why immunization rates among our local low-income population are now way higher than other parts of the country. The pair led an effort to provide free flu shots to parents and children who registered for the Salvation Army’s annual holiday toy distribution, as part of a program designed provide education to participating families about the flu vaccine. Read the story
Clinical psychologist Kevin Antshel, PhD, helps us understand the clinical correlates, or relationship, between certain behavioral traits and school violence. Antshel is an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at Upstate, and director of the Clinical Psychology Program at Syracuse University.
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Dr. Zulma Tovar-Spinoza, MD, director of pediatric neurosurgery, discusses a minimally invasive treatment for children with brain tumors and epilepsy, using MRI-guided laser, now available at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Dr. Tovar Spinoza is a pioneer in this new technique and Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital is among the first in the country to offer this minimally invasive surgery that is producing encouraging results for patients and families.