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New, kid-friendly emergency department; preventing elder abuse; PTSD research benefits students, veterans: Upstate Medical University’s HealthLink on Air for Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Medical director Richard Cantor, MD, welcomes patients and families to Upstate’s new pediatric emergency department. Jenny Hicks, project coordinator at the nonprofit social service agency Vera House, discusses elder abuse and its prevention. Upstate neuroscientist Stephen Glatt, PhD, talks about the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, and its focus on trauma and veterans, with student and project manager Ivan Castro.


Mild cognitive impairment, Zika virus, pancreas transplant recipients: Upstate Medical University’s HealthLink on Air for July 17, 2016

Friday, July 15th, 2016

July 17, 2016

Neurologist Amy Sanders, MD, explains mild cognitive impairment. Infectious disease specialist Timothy Endy, MD, tells about the Zika virus. Two pancreas transplant recipients share their experiences with diabetes and kidney disease.


Mild cognitive impairment: when brain function is not quite normal, but not quite demented

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Mild cognitive impairment is when some brain processes are not functioning the way they should at one’s age. This state, short of full-on dementia and not serious enough to interfere with daily life, might involve problems with memory, language use, reasoning, or visual and spatial abilities, says Upstate neurologist Amy Sanders, MD, who runs a clinic that tests for the condition (call 315-464-4243 for information). Sanders touches on screening methods, the role of memory, the relationship to dementia and tips to keep the aging brain healthy.


Keep loved one with Alzheimer’s involved, active, nurses advise

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Communication and patience are the keys to caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, say Linh Nguyen (right) and Kaylin Brainerd (left), geriatric resource nurses at Upstate University Hospital. Start communicating with the loved one when Alzheimer’s is first diagnosed and try to keep him or her involved even as memory fades, they advise. They also offer tips for caregivers, such as trying to live in the loved one’s world – don’t correct their errors or finish their sentences, and try to keep up a routine that includes familiar faces and places and avoids isolation. 


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.


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.


Strategies for living with, caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Upstate geriatrician Andrea Berg, MD, tells what to expect from loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia who are likely to struggle with short-term memory, language, reasoning and judgment. She discusses communication techniques, when and how to take the car keys away and the potential perils of wandering, as well as medical issues including depression and incontinence.


HealthLink on Air radio show: March 20, 2016

Friday, March 18th, 2016

March 20, 2016

Upstate geriatrician Andrea Berg, MD, talks about strategies for living with and caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Adam Rufa, a doctor of physical therapy at Upstate, discusses back pain.


HealthLink on Air radio show: November 8, 2015

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

November 8, 2015:

On this week’s edition of Upstate Medical University‘s “HealthLink on Air”: Chief program officer Katrina Skeval of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Central New York chapter provides communication strategies for people with dementia. Researcher Anna Stewart-Ibarra, PhD, MPA, discusses how climate affects infectious diseases. Pediatric pulmonologist Zafer Soultan, MD, tells about obstructive sleep apnea in children.




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.




Effective strategies for communicating with an Alzheimer’s patient combine patience, respect

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Communication can frustrate both a person with Alzheimer’s disease and his or her family and caregivers, but there are ways to help, says Katrina Skeval, chief program officer for the Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York. Patience and respect are the keys to strategies like speaking clearly to the patient, waiting for an answer, asking questions one at a time and not correcting the patient’s faulty memory or speech. Skeval also recomends remaining aware of the patient’s changing abilities and seeking out the free resources offered by groups such as the Alzheimer’s Association. The 24-hour hotline phone number is 800-272-3900.



Upstate alum enlists website in massive project to fight Alzheimer’s disease

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Michael Weiner, MDA leading researcher hopes to monitor millions of people online in a long-term study to find out who is at risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Michael Weiner, MD, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, has created the website, which encourages people to take free brain function tests twice a year and hopes to find candidates for Alzheimer treatment trials. Weiner, who earned his MD degree at Upstate in 1965, explains how Alzheimer’s differs from normal memory loss and how he helped create the world’s largest Alzheimer’s research project.