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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Outlook improves for lupus treatment

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Andras Perl, MD, PhDThe survival rate for lupus has improved significantly, although treatment of the chronic autoimmune disease remains difficult, says Andras Perl, MD, PhD, division chief of rheumatology at Upstate Medical University. Lupus can affect almost any organ of the body, and patients can suffer “flares” that last for days or months, but new drugs are on the horizon, and the outlook for lupus patients is brighter today than it was 20 years ago, says Perl, who speaks of the increasing use of indicators called biomarkers to measure a patient’s response to treatment.


Understanding sarcoidosis

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Upstate pulmonary disease expert Michael C Iannuzzi, MDMichael Iannuzzi, MD, gives an overview of sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease that affects multiple organs in the body, but mostly the lungs and lymph glands. Iannuzzi is the Edward C. Reifenstein Professor and chair of Upstate’s Department of Medicine, and has been ranked as one of the world’s leading experts on the disorder.  Read the story: Upstate physician-scientist ranked as one of the world’s leading experts on immune disorder.  Watch Dr. Iannuzzi’s video: Sarcoidosis-the definitive explanation.  For more information, call (315) 464-8668.


What you need to know about gluten sensitivity

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Diana StuberUpstate registered dietitian Diana Stuber, RD, CDE, talks about celiac disease and gluten sensitivity – the symptoms, causes and treatments – and how one can be tested for this.  Gluten is the protein found in wheat, spelt, kamut, rye, and barley. 99% of the people who have either gluten intolerance or celiac disease have not been diagnosed.  Is Gluten Making You Sad? Take This Quiz, Upstate’s Joslin Diabetes Center


‘Healthy Eats’ – Foods that help fight inflammation

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Upstate University Hospital dietitian Terry Podolak, RDTerry Podolak, RD, our ‘Healthy Eats’ expert, tells us how to protect our immune system by eating a variety of foods that help fight inflammation.