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‘Expert Advice’: What should you do if a tooth gets knocked out?

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Patrick B Smith, DDS,

What should you do if a tooth gets knocked out? Patrick Smith, DDS, explains that you have to work quickly. We may not realize it, but our teeth are alive….and salvaging them if they get knocked out requires swift action. Smith is the assistant professor and residency program director for the dental clinic at Upstate and he provides this installment of Expert Advice from the experts at Upstate.

‘Peds to Parents’: How to avoid lead poisoning in children

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Upstate Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics Howard L Weinberger, MD Howard Weinberger, MD, provides an overview of lead poisoning, which occurs when lead builds up in the body over a period of time and can cause serious health problems.  He shares some simple precautions that can help prevent it, and treatments that are available.  Weinberger is the Director of the Central/Eastern New York Lead Poisoning Resource Center, and an Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics at Upstate.

Information for Families: How Do Children Get Lead Poisoning?


‘Expert Advice’: What you need to know about frostbite

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

William Paolo, MDEmergency physician William Paolo, MD, tells us what we need to know about frostbite – how to recognize it and tips to prevent it, in this installment of Expert Advice from the experts at Upstate.


‘Peds to Parents’ – The importance of a safe sleeping environment for infants

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Amanda GriffinClemencia MolinaSafe Kids Upstate NY Coalition, which is led by Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, is launching a Safe Sleep Awareness Campaign to remind parents to keep their child’s sleeping environment free of clutter and encourage safe sleeping practices. Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Amanda Griffin, coordinator of the Safe Kids program, is joined by Clemencia Molina, regional coordinator of the Central New York Sudden Infant and Child Death Resource Center, REACH CNY, Inc., to share this important message and talk about the new sleep sacks they are making available to newborns and infant patients at Upstate. In conjunction with SIDS Awareness Month, Safe Kids Upstate NY Coalition, led by Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, recently launched a Safe Sleep Awareness Campaign.  For more information, call (315) 424-0009 x108

What Does Safe Sleep Look Like, from the National Institutes for Health
YNN coverage: Parents urged to practice crib safety 
CNY Central coverage: New warning about soft crib bumpers that could suffocate babies
WAER-FM88
coverage: Safe To Sleep Campaign Kicks Off at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers



The dangers of opioids and the new flesh-eating drug ‘Krokodil’

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Jeanna M Marraffa, PHARMD, DABAT, FAACT

Jeanna Marraffa, clinical toxicologist in the Upstate New York Poison Center, talks about the dangers of opioids – medications that relieve pain, such as hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin), oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin, Percocet), morphine (e.g., Kadian, Avinza) and codeine. Marraffa describes an extremely addictive injectable opioid called krokodil (pronounced like crocodile), known as the “flesh-eating drug”, so named because users report black or green scaly skin as a side effect.  Read the story: Flesh-Eating Street Drug from Russia Hits the US.  For more information, call 11-800-222-1222.


Burn prevention from a burn surgeon

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Mohamed Sa Elfar, MDBurn surgeon Mohamed Sa Elfar, MD, director of the Clark Burn Center at Upstate Medical University, talks about the importance of burn safety and prevention. Elfar explains how ordinary things in a home — from bath water and hot food to electrical outlets — can cause burn injuries. The Clark Burn Center is a four-bed intensive care unit providing state-of-the-art burn care and outpatient services seven days a week on a 24-hour basis.  Burn safety checklist


‘Peds to Parents’ – Improving immunization rates in low-income populations

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Joseph B Domachowske, MD

Manika D Suryadevara, MD,Infectious disease specialists Joseph Domachowske, MD and Manika Suryadevara, MD, will reveal the reason why immunization rates among our local low-income population are now way higher than other parts of the country.  The pair led an effort to provide free flu shots to parents and children who registered for the Salvation Army’s annual holiday toy distribution, as part of a program designed provide education to participating families about the flu vaccine. Read the story

Read the study abstract: Community-centered education improves vaccination rates in children from low-income households
Estimated human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine coverage among adolescent girls aged 13–17 years, by number of doses— National Immunization Survey–Teen, United States, 2007–2012

Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers


Understanding the clinical correlates of school violence

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Kevin Antschel, PhDClinical psychologist Kevin Antshel, PhD, helps us understand the clinical correlates, or relationship, between certain behavioral traits and school violence. Antshel is an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at Upstate, and director of the Clinical Psychology Program at Syracuse University.


Firearms safety

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

George Starr, MDRetired Upstate pediatrician George Starr, MD, fills us in on the current status of firearms safety efforts, including guidelines for responsible firearms ownership.
Firearm Safety — 10 Rules of Safe Gun Handling, from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)
www.safekids.org


‘Peds to Parents’ – What parents of young athletes need to know about concussions

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Brian Rieger, PhDPsychologist Brian Rieger, PhD, director of Upstate’s Concussion Management Program, tells parents of young athletes what they need to know about concussions  – including the symptoms, myths, recommendations, and what the concussion legislation has done (and not done) in the year since it passed. The Upstate Concussion Center, comprised of the Sports Concussion Center and Concussion Management Program, provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment services for concussion and sports concussion. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 315 464-8986.

Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers


‘Peds to Parents’ – How to keep kids safe this summer

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Richard M Cantor, MDRichard Cantor, MD, director of the Pediatric Emergency Department at Upstate Medical University, rolls out a new segment on HealthLink On Air called ‘Peds to Parents’. Pediatric professionals from the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital will share topics of interest to parents and caregivers. In this segment, Dr. Cantor focuses on how to keep children safe and out of the emergency department as the weather warms, including the usual hazards such as lawn mowers, chemicals and pesticides, bikes, skateboards, and pools. Read Peds to Parents, a blog from pediatricians at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital to parents. Safe Kids Upstate NY

Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers


‘Peds to Parents’ – Infant mortality in the black community

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Cynthia Morrow, MD MPHCynthia Morrow, MD, MPH, commissioner of health for Onondaga County, joins us to talk about infant mortality in the black community, and what Onondaga County is doing to address the needs of women and children. Onondaga County’s Syracuse Healthy Start Program offers services for infants, children, new moms and families.  For more resources and information visit onhealthyfamilies.com

Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers