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Simple steps can keep brain active well into old age

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

It’s never too late to maintain an active brain, says Patrick VanBeveren, DPT, the physical therapy supervisor at The Centers at St. Camillus rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility. VanBeveren, who formerly taught at Upstate, explains how physical activity, good nutrition and stress reduction are the “big three” for lifelong brain health. He describes simple ways to start — taking short walks, eliminating any unhealthy food from your diet and setting aside a few minutes to relax on a regular basis.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: November 29, 2015

Friday, November 27th, 2015

November 29, 2015

Nurse practitioner Katherine “Kitty” Leonard and professor of nursing Melanie Kalman, PhD, discuss research into the meaning of touch to patients undergoing chemotherapy. Registered dietitian nutritionist Maureen Franklin gives an overview of sugars and sweeteners. Pediatric anesthesiologist Joseph Resti, MD, tells about providing anesthesiology to children.

 

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HealthLink on Air radio show: November 22, 2015

Friday, November 20th, 2015

November 22, 2015

Gynecologist Renee Mestad, MD, tells about the new medication designed to boost a woman’s libido. Endovascular neurosurgeon Grahame Gould, MD, discusses advances in stroke treatment. Philip Rose, a program coordinator at the Prevention Network of Central New York, provides an update on underage drinking. Orthopedic surgeon William Lavelle, MD, tells how to deal with a muscle pull, or knot, in a shoulder.

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Check Up From the Neck Up: Erring on the side of kindness

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, talks about being approached by a homeless man who asked, “Spare change for a cup of coffee, Sir?” How to respond, without fostering dependency? How to respond, by erring on the side of kindness?

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HealthLink on Air radio show: October 25, 2015

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

October 25, 2015:

On this week’s edition of Upstate Medical University‘s “HealthLink on Air”: Pediatrician Ann Botash, MD, addresses child sexual abuse. Project manager Jeanette Zoeckler talks about occupational dangers that low-wage workers face. Psychiatrist Ronald Pies, MD, discusses whether mental illness is linked to violence.

 

 

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Check Up from the Neck Up: Halloween is a treat for families

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, shares one of his cherished family memories, celebrating Halloween when his sons were young, in this week’s Check Up from the Neck Up.

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How to safely dispose of needles, other sharp medical devices and expired or unused medications

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Nine law-enforcement offices throughout Onondaga County are now collection sites for needles, other sharp medical devices and expired or unused medications, thanks to a new effort to reduce availability and accessibility of drugs. Gail Banach, the director of public education and communication for the Upstate New York Poison Center, explains how the program works and points to guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration for the safe disposal of medications. 

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Most teens avoid alcohol, but a quarter of underage youth still drink, sometimes bingeing

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Host Linda Cohen with Philip Rose

Even though the message that alcohol can harm young people is getting through, a quarter of those under the legal age still drink alcohol. Among them, binge drinking and a rise in female drinking have been noted, according to Philip Rose, program coordinator for underage drinking for the Prevention Network of Central New York. Bad decisions, risky behaviors and harm to the still-developing adolescent brain are all consequences of alcohol use, and peer and other pressures glamorize alcohol, Rose says. Still, he says, parents, teachers and other adults can wield influence by modeling good behavior, developing a trusting relationship with their children and talking frankly about alcohol.

 

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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.

 

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HealthLink on Air radio show: October 11, 2015

Friday, October 9th, 2015

October 11, 2015:

On this week’s edition of Upstate Medical University’s “HealthLink on Air”: Pediatric rheumatologist Caitlin Sgarlat Deluca, DO, tells of adding integrative medicine to rheumatology. Pediatric infectious disease expert Jana Shaw, MD, provides an update on vaccinations. Psychologist Kevin Antshel, PhD, explains the psychopathology of autism.

 
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HealthLink On Air radio show: October 4, 2015

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

October 4, 2015:

On this week’s edition of Upstate Medical University’s “HealthLink on Air”: Ramsay Farah, MD, discusses melanoma, the diagnosis former President Jimmy Carter recently disclosed. David Keith, MD, goes over theories of family therapy. Meghan Jacobs, MD, discusses the effects of corporal punishment.

 

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Help is available to recognize, report suspected child abuse

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Although it’s often difficult to detect, child abuse does leave signs – odd bruises, sudden emotional changes – and concerned adults have both a state hotline and local organizations that offer help, says pediatrician Ann Botash, MD of the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

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