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Zika virus update; integrative treatment for diabetes; ear infections explained: Upstate Medical University’s HealthLink on Air for Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Aug. 28, 2016

Infectious disease expert Mark Polhemus, MD, provides an update on the Zika virus threat. Haidy Marzouk, MD, goes over pediatric ear infections. Barbara Feuerstein, MD, talks about an integrative approach to diabetes and wellness.

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Contentment, inner peace seen as integral to one’s health

Friday, August 19th, 2016

A person’s wellness depends not just on managing his or her diseases, but in getting into a routine that brings contentment and peace, says Kaushal Nanavati, MD, a family practitioner and medical director of integrative therapy at Upstate. He explains his “Core Four” concepts of wellness: nutrition, physical exercise, stress management and spiritual wellness, which he outlines in a recent book. Among topics he touches on are the importance of relationships, how deep breathing can cut stress, and why people should take time to think, reflect and set priorities in a hectic world. He has a book out on the subject.

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Integrative diabetes treatment deals with whole person, not just disease

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Treating diabetes works best with an integrative approach that deals not just with insulin and blood sugar levels, but lifestyle factors like stress, exercise and eating habits, says Barbara Feuerstein, MD, an endocrinologist at Upstate’s Joslin Diabetes Center. She explains how conventional medicine can be combined with a variety of other treatments, such as acupuncture for stress reduction or yoga for exercise, to help the patient manage the disease and be healthier overall.

 

 

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Unique approach to opioid addiction treats the whole person

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Opioid addiction presents many challenges for the medical world, including how to get people off the drug successfully. Habitual use of these painkilling drugs can make people more sensitive to pain, notes Brian Johnson, MD, director of pain medicine and addiction medicine at Upstate. Johnson, who is also a professor of psychiatry and anesthesiology, explains how opioid use got out of control and how Upstate uses a unique, holistic system to detoxify addicts while dealing with their other medical and psychiatric problems as well.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: February 28, 2016

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

February 28, 2016

Geriatrics specialist Joseph Barry, MD, shares his experience with concierge medicine. Upstate urologist Srinivas Vourganti, MD, tells about diagnosing prostate cancer. Upstate psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, talks about getting the life you want in “Check Up from the Neck Up.”

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Here’s how Lyme disease is diagnosed and treated

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Lyme disease is treated successfully with a short course of antibiotics in most cases, but prevention is the key to controlling the disease, say two experts from Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Since the bacterial infection is transmitted to humans by deer ticks, people should wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors even in warm weather, as well as check their skin afterward, say Caitlin Sgarlat, DO (at left in photo, with program host Linda Cohen at center, and Jana Shaw, MD), who specializes in rheumatology and integrative medicine, and Jana Shaw, MD, who specializes in infectious diseases. They explain how quick and careful removal of ticks prevents transmission of the disease and why they advise against the long-term use of antibiotics for Lyme disease patients with lingering problems after treatment. They also explain how the disease is diagnosed and its typical symptoms.

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Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital adds integrative medicine to pediatric rheumatology division

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Alternative or integrative therapies — from homeopathy and nutritional counseling to yoga and deep breathing — can enhance conventional Western medicine, explains Caitlin Sgarlat Deluca, DO, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Upstate who works in the recently created Division of Pediatric Rheumatology and Integrative Medicine in the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The marriage of the two approaches to medicine aims to treat the whole child, says Sgarlat Deluca, who tells how nutritional supplements or acupuncture, for example, helps the arthritis and lupus patients she often sees as a pediatric rheumatologist.

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Integrative nutrition: eating for your health

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Kaushal B Nanavati, MD

Kaushal Nanavati, MD, assistant professor in the department of Family Medicine and director of Integrative Medicine at the Upstate Cancer Center, talks about integrative medicine, a more in-depth approach to nutrition as a way to improve your overall health. Learn how integrating small lifestyle changes can make a big difference in your health and wellness.

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Understanding marijuana

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Gene Tinelli, MD, PhDAddiction psychiatrist Gene Tinelli, MD, PhD, helps us understand the medicinal value and risks of marijuana.  Read more: Why I changed my mind on weed, by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent.

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Living well with Diabetes and Celiac disease

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Beth HillsonBeth Hillson, gluten-free chef and founder of the Gluten-Free Pantry, talks about living well with Diabetes and Celiac Disease. Hillson, diagnosed with celiac disease in 1976, is president of the American Celiac Disease Alliance and a food editor of Living Without magazine.  Read Beth’s blog at GlutenFreeMakeovers.com.  Original air date 11/27/11

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How sacral stimulators treat bowel incontinence

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Margaret Plocek MDColorectal surgeon Margaret Plocek, MD, will explain bowel incontinence – what it is, who develops it and how it’s treated, including a new technique using sacral nerve stimulation implants. Dr. Plocek is a colon and rectal surgeon at Colon Rectal Associates of CNY at Upstate’s Community campus.  For more information, call (315) 492-5860.

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What is hormone replacement therapy?

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Certified nurse midwife Heather Shannon, director of Upstate University Hospital’s Midwifery Program, explains hormone replacement therapy (HRT) – what are they, what are bioidentical hormones, who are the candidates, what are the precautions and side effects.  In addition to addressing the primary care needs of a woman, the Upstate midwifery program team offers gynecological care, family planning, perimenopause and menopause management, among its services.  For more information, call 315 492-5875.

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