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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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Less-invasive urinary tract surgery; treating rotator cuff, other shoulder injuries; researching diabetes remedies: Upstate Medical University’s HealthLink on Air for Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Urologists Dmitriy Nikolavsky, MD, and Jonathan Riddell, MD, talk about surgical innovations to correct problems with the urinary tract in men, women and children. Orthopedic surgeon L. Ryan Smart, MD, discusses common shoulder injuries and their treatment. Ruth Weinstock, MD, PhD, tells about research that is shaping the way diabetes is managed.

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Research offers glimpse into future of diabetes treatments

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Research taking place at Upstate’s Joslin Diabetes Center offers the potential for huge advances in diabetes treatment, says Ruth Weinstock, MD, PhD, Upstate’s chief of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. She describes the clinical trials, one of which would create an artificial pancreas by having a blood glucose sensor signal an insulin pump to maintain blood sugar levels automatically. Another looks at whether a gout drug could also protect the kidneys from diabetes damage. People with diabetes or their close relatives who wish to participate in research projects may call 315-464-9007 for more information.

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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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Transitional care, suicide prevention, lupus overview: Upstate Medical University’s HealthLink on Air for July 3, 2016

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

July 3, 2016

Geriatrician Sharon Brangman, MD, and nurse Amy Rottger explain the role of transitional care. Representatives from Contact Community Services Crisis Intervention Services discuss suicide prevention. Rheumatologist Hiroshi Kato, MD, provides an overview of lupus. Also, a Check Up From the Neck Up and a selection from The Healing Muse.

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Lupus: a complex disorder that requires close monitoring

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

The autoimmune diseases known as lupus are hard to diagnose, unpredictable and affect many more women than men, explains Upstate rheumatologist Hiroshi Kato, MD. Lupus causes the immune system to attack the body’s healthy tissues and organs, and while its cause is unknown, it appears to involve both genetic factors and environmental triggers, Kato says. Close monitoring by a rheumatologist is usually necessary to help control the disease, he notes.

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Breast-feeding, prostate cancer treatments and historical medical photographs: Upstate Medical University’s HealthLink on Air for June 26, 2016

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

June 26, 2016

Jayne Charlamb, MD, explains why more mothers are breast-feeding their babies. Bernard Poiesz, MD, discusses medications to treat advanced prostate cancer. Upstate graduate Stanley Burns, MD, tells about his historical collection of medical photographs and his work advising TV shows.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: March 13, 2016

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

March 13, 2016

Transfusion expert Matthew Elkins, MD, PhD, discusses bone marrow transplant. Neurosciences doctoral student Patrick Sweeney talks of the connection between emotion, genetics and eating patterns. Radiologist Ravi Adhikary, MD, and radiology director Jennifer Caldwell tell about the merits of 3-D mammography.

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What is eye inflammation and how is it treated?

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Ophthalmologist Robert Swan, MD, explains uveitis, or inflammation of the eye, and how it can result from infection, injury, or more commonly, autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Inflammation usually involves eye redness, discomfort and blurred vision and can often be treated with occasional drops, while chronic cases might require steroids. Swan, director of Upstate’s uveitis service, stresses the importance of finding and stopping the condition as soon as possible.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: February 21, 2016

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

February 21, 2016

Orthopedic surgeon Joshua Pletka, MD, discusses common problems with the upper extremities. Ophthalmologist Robert Swan, MD, talks about treatment options for eye inflammation. Neurologist Luis Mejico, MD, provides an overview of migraine headaches.

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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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Anti-HIV program focuses on high-risk individuals, infected patients

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Kelley Flood, LMSWTo lessen the impact of HIV and AIDS, Upstate’s Immune Health Services is implementing a program to identify people with undiagnosed HIV, connect HIV-positive patients with medical care and help prevent infection in high-risk individuals. Program Director Kelley Flood explains how a state grant will help provide primary care, community outreach and a prevention program to the estimated 2,100 Central New Yorkers infected with HIV as well as those at risk of developing the disease.

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