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Upstate trains advocates to spread healthy messages through neighborhoods

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Through a partnership with the Syracuse Housing Authority, Upstate is helping to reduce health disparities in public housing neighborhoods. Connie Gregory (at right) and Aldrine Ashong-Katai explain how resident health advocates are trained in important chronic health and social conditions and asked to share the information with their neighbors. “People are more apt to listen to people they can relate to,” explains Ashong-Katai. He and Gregory work in Upstate’s office of diversity and inclusion.


HealthLink on Air radio show: January 31, 2016

Friday, January 29th, 2016

January 31, 2016

Upstate urologist Gennady Bratslavsky, MD, joins his patient Erica Searles in telling about a delicate operation to remove a tumor while preserving her adrenal gland. Upstate pediatric rheumatologist Caitlin Sgarlat, DO, and pediatric infectious disease expert Jana Shaw, MD, discuss the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.


Here’s how Lyme disease is diagnosed and treated

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Lyme disease is treated successfully with a short course of antibiotics in most cases, but prevention is the key to controlling the disease, say two experts from Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Since the bacterial infection is transmitted to humans by deer ticks, people should wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors even in warm weather, as well as check their skin afterward, say Caitlin Sgarlat, DO (at left in photo, with program host Linda Cohen at center, and Jana Shaw, MD), who specializes in rheumatology and integrative medicine, and Jana Shaw, MD, who specializes in infectious diseases. They explain how quick and careful removal of ticks prevents transmission of the disease and why they advise against the long-term use of antibiotics for Lyme disease patients with lingering problems after treatment. They also explain how the disease is diagnosed and its typical symptoms.


HealthLink on Air radio show: Jan. 10, 2016

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

January 10, 2016

Upstate urologist Rakesh Khanna, MD, addresses prostate cancer. Upstate physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists Margaret Turk, MD, and Robert Weber, MD, tell what patients can expect from a rehabilitation team. Syracuse University earth sciences professor Donald Siegel, PhD, explores the scientific evidence on hydraulic fracturing.


HealthLink on Air radio show: Jan. 3, 2016

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

January 3, 2016

Upstate cardiologist Harold Smulyan, MD, and infectious disease expert Donald Blair, MD, take a historical look at a deadly heart infection. Upstate assistant vice president Thomas Pelis shares how big institutions, such as Upstate Medical University, are going green. Bioethics and humanities assistant professor Thomas Curran, MD, and associate professor Robert Olick, JD, PhD, discuss the importance of the health care proxy.


HealthLink on Air radio show: December 27, 2015

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

Professor of psychiatry Stephen Faraone, PhD, provides an update on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Concussion expert Brian Rieger, PhD, tells about winter head injuries. Pulmonologist Lawrence Kurlandsky, MD (retired), explains his research into Christmas tree syndrome. And pediatrician Steven Blatt, MD, discusses what to do about dry skin.


Reasonable expectations a key to happier holidays

Friday, December 18th, 2015

One source of stress is believing you don’t have enough time, money or energy. Those feelings can hit as people deal with the “extra stuff” of the holiday season, such as socializing, decorating and gift giving, says Upstate psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD. To keep the holidays positive, he suggests that people set realistic expectations, do what worked well in the past, learn to say no and take time to regroup. Making simple, personal connections is a better idea than aiming for perfection, he adds.


HealthLink on Air radio show: December 20, 2015

Friday, December 18th, 2015

December 20, 2015

Gynecologist Renee Mestad, MD, goes over the current contraceptive options. Psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, talks about how to survive holiday stress. Elizabeth Sapio from the  Safe Kids Upstate NY Coalition gives tips on keeping kids safe from accidents at this time of year.


Preventing accidental harm to kids a challenge during holidays

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Securing a baby in a car seat or preventing a toddler from choking require added vigilance during the holiday season, as new foods, toys and brightly colored objects appear and the weather turns cold, says Elizabeth Sapio, coordinator of the Safe Kids Upstate NY Coalition at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The program’s website provides information on many ways to keep children safe from accidental injuries and offers links to further resources, says Sapio, who is also the pediatric injury prevention coordinator at Golisano.


A look at how big institutions are going green

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Thomas Pelis

Environmental concerns are now built into the way many big institutions work, and the results can also save money. Thomas Pelis, assistant vice president for facilities and planning sustainability at Upstate, decribes the medical university’s “holistic” process of constructing buildings to conserve water, recycling medical instruments to save money or food waste to cut trash disposal costs and looks at where this might lead in the future.


Urban gardening yields multifaceted harvest

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Urban gardening programs can yield more than just fresh produce — they can unite neighborhoods, teach life skills and promote healthy eating and social justice. Several organizations in Syracuse sponsor gardening projects and also work together to promote the idea. Upstate pediatricians Travis Hobart, MD (left), and Joseph Nimeh, MD, describe how their interests in gardening and promoting health led them to join the process.


HealthLink on Air radio show: December 6, 2015

Friday, December 4th, 2015

December 6, 2015

radio showPhysical therapist Patrick VanBeveren talks about lifelong brain health. Transplant surgeon Rainer Gruessner, MD, discusses kidney and pancreas transplant options. Pediatricians Travis Hobart, MD, and Joseph Nimeh, MD, explain how food relates to social justice and nutrition.