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Archive for the ‘ drugs/medications/pharmacy’ Category

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.


New guideline for stroke prevention

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Antonio Culebras, MDUpstate neurologist Antonio Culebras, MD served as the lead author of an updated guideline from the American Academy of Neurology that recommends that people with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat, take oral anticoagulants, a type of blood thinner pill, to prevent stroke.  The World Stroke Organization has endorsed the updated guideline.  Read more: Guideline: People with Irregular Heartbeat Should Take Blood Thinners to Prevent Stroke


Heroin use on the rise in Central New York

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Michele CalivaNicholas E Nacca, MD Michele Caliva, RN, administrative director of the Upstate New York Poison Center at Upstate Medical University, is joined by medical toxicology fellow Nicholas Nacca, MD, to discuss the alarming increase in heroin use and heroin-related deaths. They also talk about the use of naloxone, a life-saving nasal spray that immediately reverses the effects of heroin.  Read the story: Heroin in CNY: Firefighters put out users’ high    


Developing a career in cancer research

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Chris LucchesiChris Lucchesi, a pharmacology graduate student at Upstate, shares his personal experience with cancer, and what led him into his particular field of cancer research. Read more: Upstate’s College of Graduate Studies Pharmacology Program.


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.


Understanding marijuana

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Gene Tinelli, MD, PhDAddiction psychiatrist Gene Tinelli, MD, PhD, helps us understand the medicinal value and risks of marijuana.  Read more: Why I changed my mind on weed, by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent.