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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. 

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.


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.


Variety of medicines offers hope to prostate cancer patients

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Andrew Burgdorf, PharmDThe array of medicines to treat prostate cancer offers more hope than ever before, says Andrew Burgdorf, a clinical pharmacist who works with adult hematology/oncology patients at the Upstate Cancer Center. The treatments include ways to block male hormones as well as attack the cancer cells, he said, and some newer drugs have been shown to help patients live longer. Biosimilar drugs on the horizon could help lower the cost of some therapies.

How to obtain the drug that prevents the spread of HIV

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Elizabeth Reddy, MDA prescription drug that can prevent the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is available in Central New York. Elizabeth Reddy, MD, urges people at high risk for transmission to talk to their primary care doctors about Truvada. Reddy is the medical director of the Designated AIDS Center Clinic at Upstate. She says Truvada is up to 90 percent effective at preventing the spread of HIV in people who take the the medication daily, as instructed. Reach the clinic by calling 315-464-5533.

New dangers: e-cigarette cartridges, and heroin-laced oxycontin

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Michele CalivaMichele Caliva, RN, administrative director of the Upstate New York Poison Center at Upstate Medical University, shares the newest dangers related to e-cigarette cartridges, and heroin-laced oxycontin. Read more:

‘Expert Advice’ – Returning unused medications to pharmacies

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Gail Banach MS, IDDE, MS,Ed, BA

Gail Banach, MS, director of Public Education & Communications for the Upstate New York Poison Center, talks about new regulations from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that would allow pharmacies to accept unused prescription medications in an effort to keep them out of the hands of teenagers. Read the story: D.E.A. to Allow Return of Unused Pills to Pharmacies.

Neonatal abstinence program

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Gail Banach and Roberto Martinez, MDGail Banach, MS is joined by Roberto Martinez, MD, to explain neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), and a community initiative  to reduce NAS in Onondaga County. Banach is director of Public Education & Communications for the Upstate New York Poison Center, and Martinez is a second-year student in the CNY Master of Public Health program at Upstate Medical University, and the NAS program coordinator.  For more information, call 464-5423.

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


‘Expert Advice’: New immunization guidelines

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Pediatrician Steven Blatt, mdSteven Blatt, MD, explains what the new immunization guidelines mean.

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.  

How close are we to a cure for HIV?

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Bernard J Poiesz, MDUpstate professor of medicine and researcher Bernard Poiesz, MD, shares his perspective on how close we are to a cure for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS. Poiesz is the division chief of Hematology and Oncology, Oncology, and the Regional Oncology Center at Upstate Medical University.
Read the story: Early Treatment Is Found to Clear H.I.V. in a 2nd Baby.