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Expert Advice: What you need to know about weight loss surgery

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Howard Simon, MDSurgery is a valuable weight loss option for people with obesity, says Howard Simon, MD, division chief of bariatric surgery at Upstate. He explains what people should think about if they’re considering weight loss surgery.


Expert Advice: How to help an older person who has fallen

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

William Paolo, MDIn this installment of Expert Advice from the experts at Upstate, William Paolo, MD, an associate professor of emergency medicine at Upstate, tells how to help an older person who has fallen.


Expert Advice: What to do for a cut

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

William Paolo, MDWilliam Paolo, MD, an associate professor of emergency medicine at Upstate, explains what to do for a cut and how to determine if medical care is necessary in this installment of Expert Advice from the experts at Upstate.


Expert Advice: How to prepare for anesthesia or sedation

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Colleen O'Leary, MDWhen you are facing an operation or other procedure that involves being sedated or undergoing anesthesia, be prepared for the following, said Colleen O’Leary, MD, a professor of anesthesiology at Upstate:

1. Having an interview, in person or by phone, with someone from the anesthesia team to check your medical and surgical history, what medications you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements, and any allergies you might have to medications, latex or foods.

2. Discussing the options available to you. A colonoscopy might involve mild or deep sedation, while some operations might call for a general anesthetic or the numbing of a body part to help avoid pain afterward.

3. Giving careful thought before the interview to your medications and history as well as to any questions you might have.

4. Receiving instructions, such as when to stop taking things by mouth and which medications, if any, to take on the day of the procedure. You might be allowed water or clear liquids up to a few hours beforehand.


Expert Advice: How to treat a sunburn

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Ramsay-Sami Farah, MDObviously it’s best to avoid getting a sunburn in the first place, said Ramsay Farah, MD. But if your skin ends up reddened after a day in the sun, here’s what Upstate’s division chief of dermatology advises:

1. Gauge the severity of the burn. If you have blisters, he said to make a trip to your health care provider, “just to make sure it’s examined and that no possibility of scarring arises.”

2. Take an aspirin. Its anti-inflammatory effects can help during the initial stage of a sunburn, if you take it promptly.

3. Apply cool compresses on the affected area.

4. Use a low-strength (1 percent) hydrocortisone cream, available over-the-counter, to help decrease inflammation but not affect wound healing. “You want to be careful not to put very strong steroids on the burn,” he said.

5. Head to your kitchen for a bottle of ketchup. Yes, you read that right. Farah explained that, “Ketchup has a lot of lycopenes and other anti-inflammatory factors, and it’s cold because it comes from the refrigerator. So if you put that on right away, along with your aspirin, you will decrease the inflammatory response.”

None of these measures will reverse the DNA damage, but they should help the burn heal better and feel better.


Expert Advice: The role of sonography in pregnancy

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Lisa AllenFrom the thrill of finding out the gender of your unborn child to the monitoring of fetal health, sonography plays a crucial role in prenatal care, says Lisa Allen, medical sonographer and ultrasound coordinator at Upstate Medical University’s Regional Perinatal Center. Allen tells what expectant parents can expect from an ultrasound procedure.


Expert Advice: how to help someone who has suffered a stroke and is hospitalized

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Bernadette Dunn, MDJust coming for a visit and showing support is one of the many ways to help a friend or relative who is hospitalized after a stroke, says Bernadette Dunn, MD. She is a clinical instructor in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Upstate Medical University who is board certified in the new subspecialty of brain injury medicine.


Expert Advice: What to expect when you go for a hearing assessment

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Brian Nicholas, MDIn this installment of Expert Advice, Brian Nicholas, MD, assistant professor or otolaryngology and communciation sciences at Upstate Medical University, outlines how to prepare for a hearing assessment, as well as how a child’s testing differs from an adult’s.


Expert Advice: What happens after you test positive for HIV?

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Elizabeth Reddy, MDIn this installment of Expert Advice, Elizabeth Reddy, MD, the medical director of the Designated AIDS Center Clinic at Upstate, explains what happens after a person tests positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.


Expert Advice: What to do if you think your child has ADHD

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Stephen Faraone, PhDAdvice for parents: Do you think your child may have ADHD?

If you believe your child may have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, “the most important thing is not to wait,” says scientist Stephen Faraone, PhD.

Faraone, a professor in Upstate’s departments of psychiatry and neurosciences and physiology, has authored more than 700 journal articles, editorials, chapters and books. In this 3 ½-minute segment, he explains what he would tell a parent who is concerned that his or her child may have ADHD.


Expert Advice: What to expect at a neurological exam

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Lawrence Chin, MDIf you’re feeling anxious about an upcoming neurological exam, “take a deep breath, and try not to be scared,” says Dr. Larry Chin. Realize that a referral to a neurologist or neurosurgeon simply means that your doctor is seeking advice.
Chin directs Upstate Medical University’s Department of Neurosurgery and also oversees the Gamma Knife Center and the Neuro Oncology Program at Upstate University Hospital.
In this 3 ½-minute segment, he shares how to prepare for a neurological exam and what to expect during the office visit.


Expert Advice: When to take an aging loved one’s car keys away

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Sharon Brangman, MD

Upstate geriatrician Sharon Brangman, MD, offers advice on how to determine when it’s time to take an aging loved one’s car keys away.