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HealthLink on Air radio show: November 1, 2015

Friday, October 30th, 2015

November 1, 2015:

On this week’s edition of Upstate Medical University‘s “HealthLink on Air”: Registered dietitian nutritionist Maureeen Franklin provides a nutrition update. Psychiatrist Thomas Schwartz, MD, gives an overview of bipolar disorder. And gynecologist Howard Weinstein, MD, explains the causes of and treatments for abnormal uterine bleeding.


Today’s stroke care is rapid, precise and minimally invasive

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Some patients who suffer strokes have a clot blocking the blood flow in a vessel in their brains. Quickly getting into the vessel, securing the clot and removing it can be life-saving, says a neurologist at Upstate Medical University. Hesham Masoud, MBBCh, said he has been fortunate to see patients go home from the hospital two days after such clot-retrieving procedures — with no deficits. Masoud is a new member of the team of health professionals at Upstate’s Comprehensive Stroke Center, the first in Central New York.  


The impact of the new HIV/AIDS drug,Truvada

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Elizabeth A Reddy, MDElizabeth Reddy, MD, new director of Upstate’s Designated AIDS Center (DAC), discusses the impact of the HIV/AIDS drug, Truvada, now approved for use in prevention. DAC provides outpatient and inpatient medical care for HIV infected people from the 15-county Central New York area.  Read the story: Truvada: 5 Things to Know About the First Drug to Prevent HIV



News from the transplant team

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Vaughn E Whittaker, MDKidney transplant surgeon Vaughn Whittaker, MD, talks about new breakthroughs that have increased the options for patients awaiting kidney transplants, including blood type compatibility and kidney exchanges. Whittaker is assistant professor of surgery, specializing in hepatobiliary, pancreatic and transplant surgery at Upstate Medical University. Upstate University Transplant Services



What you need to know about deep vein thrombosis

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Vascular surgeon Palma Shaw, MD helps us understand a potentially life-threatening condition called deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, which is caused by a blood clot in a deep vein. Shaw is an associate professor of surgery and a member of the Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Services at Upstate Medical University


The rise in chronic hepatitis

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Ajay Jain, MDAjay Jain, MD, associate director of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery at Upstate, explains the reasons for the rise in chronic hepatitis and helps us understand the connection between hepatitis B, the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and liver cancer.  


What you need to know about atrial fibrillation

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Luna Bhatta MD, talks about the causes and treatments of atrial fibrillation, an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow to the body and can put you at higher risk for a stroke. Symptoms can include heart palpitations, shortness of breath and weakness. Luna is the director of the Heart Rhythm Center and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Lab at Upstate. For more information, call 315 464-5973.  Read the “What’s Up at Upstate” blog: Reducing stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation


New cancer center from the pediatric perspective

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Sharon BauerSharon Bauer, RN, nurse manager in the pediatric hematology/oncology department at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, talks about what the new Upstate Cancer Center will mean for children in our community who are fighting cancer and blood disorders. Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers.


What you need to know about women and stroke

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Rochele Clark Rochele (Shelly) Clark, RN, Upstate stroke program coordinator, explains the unique characteristics and risk factors about women and stroke.  The Upstate Stroke Center is the first designated stroke center in Central New York, offering the region’s most comprehensive services and treatments. For more information, call 315 464-8668 or toll free 800 464-8668. Read about the program in “What’s up at Upstate” blog.


Welcome to the new Upstate Cancer Center

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Leslie J Kohman, MDRichard KilburgLeslie Kohman, MD, medical director of the new Upstate Cancer Center, is joined by administrator Dick Kilburg, MBA, to share exciting details about the center, which is set to open this summer. Kilburg will talk about what it took to bring this building to fruition – the biggest challenges, the unique building features, where we are today, and how much money was raised for construction. Kohman will describe the new services and technologies that will be available, how the building will facilitate multidisciplinary care, and what it will mean for patients who have cancer and their loved ones. The Upstate Cancer Center will be the only facility in the region to offer outpatient care and treatment for cancer and blood disorders in all ages – child through adult.


What Upstate’s new cord blood center means to Central New York

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Nicholas Greco, PhDNicholas Greco, PhD, executive director and Tissue Bank director for the Upstate Cord Blood Bank, describes the process of building a new cord blood center, which is currently under construction at Upstate’s Community campus. Greco talks about what the new center will bring to the community, the current uses of cord blood in treatments and cures approved by the FDA, and what is on the horizon for its use in regenerative medicine.  Read the story: Nicholas Greco, PhD, to lead the Upstate Cord Blood Bank
Listen to an interview with Dr. Robert Silverman: Upstate breaks ground for umbilical cord blood bank


Understanding varicose veins

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Palma M Shaw, MD,Vascular surgeon Palma Shaw, MD, helps us understand chronic venous insufficiency, a condition that occurs when the leg veins do not allow blood to travel back to the heart. She describes the symptoms – including swelling in legs or ankles, pain, varicose veins – and reviews the causes, diagnosis and treatment options available.  Shaw is an associate professor of surgery in the department of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Services at Upstate Medical University.