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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.


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.




Treatments can tame, not cure, bipolar disorder

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Thomas Schwartz, MDBipolar disorder, which provokes dramatic mood swings and can wreck one’s life, is not curable but is treatable, said Thomas Schwartz, MD, vice chair of the Upstate Psychiatry Department. The hallmark of the disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a sustained period of elevated mood, energy and activity that can provoke impulsive and destructive behavior, followed by or mixed with a period of depression. Popular media often focus on the extreme aspects of bipolarity, Schwartz said, adding that maintaining a regular sleep schedule as well as medications and psychiatric treatment can help control the disorder.


Hospital patients create book to ease troubled minds

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Rev. Terry Ruth Culbertson The book, “Peace in the Midst of the Storm” offers an opportunity for reflection and hope during hospitalization, as its title suggests. The paperback includes poems, letters and thoughts from psychiatric patients at Upstate, as well as exercises and blank spaces to write one’s own thoughts, according to the Rev. Terry Culbertson of Upstate’s Spiritual Care Department, which conceived the book project to help troubled patients tap into their creativity and find a measure of self-worth as well as excitement. The book will be available through the Spiritual Care Department.


Social media’s power can overwhelm at-risk individuals, especially teens

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Mirabelle Mattar, MDTheresa Blatchford, MDAlthough social media offers unprecedented opportunities for positive communication, it can also be associated with bullying, depression and even suicide. Upstate’s Mirabelle Mattar, MD, a fellow in child and adolescent psychiatry, and Theresa Blatchford, MD, a fourth-year psychiatry resident, found in their research that teens are especially at risk for these negative effects.


Checking future doctors for signs of depression, anxiety

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Omar Mousa, MDOmar Mousa, MD, a third-year resident at Upstate, describes his research on a rarely studied topic: depression and anxiety among medical students and medical residents, who are used to checking for such conditions in their patients, not themselves. He explores social stigmas related to depression and stresses the need for those affected to seek help.


Prostate cancer includes emotional challenges

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Aliya M Hafeez, MD ABIHMAliya Hafeez, MD, the chief psychiatric consultant at Upstate Cancer Center, tells about the emotional challenges of a prostate cancer diagnosis, and the importance of communication during trying times.



Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Thomas Schwartz, MDThomas Schwartz, MD, explains how depression is diagnosed, how psychotherapy and medications work and what to do for a friend who is in crisis in this interview about this common but serious illness.



Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Ronald Pies, MDPsychiatrist Ronald Pies, MD, gives an overview of depression–who is most affected, how is it treated most successfully, and how to help a friend who says they are depressed. Pies is professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Upstate Medical University and Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston; and editor-in-chief emeritus of the Psychiatric Times.


Understanding the difference between grief and depression

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Ronald Pies, MDPsychiatrist Ronald Pies, MD, helps us understand the difference between grief and depression, and discusses his two newly released books, one a collection of essays on psychiatry and the other, a novel. Pies is a professor of psychiatry at Upstate Medical University and Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston; and editor-in-chief emeritus, Psychiatric Times. New books by Dr. Pies: Psychiatry on the Edge (Nova Publishing); and The Director of Minor Tragedies (iUniverse) 


New integrated care program at Upstate

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Steven Blatt, MD and Erica RikerSteven Blatt MD, director of general pediatrics at Upstate, is joined by Erica Riker, MHC, integrated care therapist at ARISE, to talk about a new collaboration to provide children with comprehensive care that focuses on both physical and emotional wellness. The Integrated Care Program is a partnership between Upstate Medical University’s Pediatric and Adolescent Center and ARISE Child & Family Service, available to children who receive services at the Center. For more information, call (315) 464-2046.


Caring for the psychiatric needs of cancer patients

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Allya Hafeez, MDPsychiatrist Aliya Hafeez, MD, talks about the psychological impacts of a cancer diagnosis and a new service she will be offering to cancer patients at the Upstate Cancer Center.