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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: combatheroin.ny.org


‘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.

 


Update on new cystic fibrosis drug

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Ran D Anbar, MDUpstate pulmonologist Ran Anbar, MD, gives us an update on the promising new drug Kalydeco™ that treats the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis, and an ongoing clinical trial at Upstate. Anbar is the director of the pediatric pulmonary and cystic fibrosis center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, and author of a new book about the impact of psychological factors in the treatment of disease titled “Functional Symptoms in Pediatric Disease: A Clinical Guide.” 


Local efforts to reduce number of babies born to drug-dependent moms

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Cynthia Morrow, MDOnondaga County Health Commissioner Gail BanachCynthia Morrow, MD, MPH is joined by Gail Banach, director of Public Education & Communications for the Upstate New York Poison Center, to talk about local efforts to reduce the number of babies born to drug-dependent moms in Onondaga County.  For free and confidential support call the Hopeline at (315) 218-1965. 


Ethics of contraception legislation

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Susan WoodSusan Wood, PhD, former Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health at the Food and Drug Administration, reviews the history of the approval of Plan B emergency contraception as an over-the-counter product for all women in need of it. Wood resigned her position when the Bush administration chose to delay indefinitely a decision on whether emergency contraceptives should be sold over the counter. She is now Executive Director of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health at George Washington University’s School of Public Health.