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Undescended testicle more common in premature baby boys

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

An undescended testicle occurs in about 3 percent of full-term baby boys but in as many as 45 percent of boys born prematurely, explains Matthew Mason, MD, a pediatric urologist at Upstate. The reasons why one testicle (or occasionally both) does not find its way to the scrotum are unclear, he says, noting that pediatricians check for this problem in well-child visits. Mason also describes aspects of the condition and possible complications, such as reduced fertility and testicular cancer, as well as treatment options.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: April 10, 2016

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

April 10, 2016

Neurosurgeon Satish Krishnamurthy, MD, discusses hydrocephalus with the parent of a patient. Nurse and certified diabetes educator Kristi Shaver provides tips for living with diabetes. Registered dietitian nutritionist Maureen Franklin shares ideas for maintaining weight loss long term.

 

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HealthLink on Air radio show: March 27, 2016

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

March 27, 2016

Joan Pellegrino, MD, discusses the role of genetics in rare diseases. Registered dietitian nutritionist Maria Erdman goes over the new food guidelines. John Epling, MD, explains who needs adult immunizations.

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Genetic testing can offer promise as well as frustration to those with rare diseases

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Advances in genetic testing have provided new possibilities for diagnosing rare genetic diseases and also ushered in new dilemmas. Upstate geneticist Joan Pellegrino, MD, explains that while genetic sequencing can help identify a patient’s disease, that knowledge might offer little comfort if the disease has no known treatment or if the testing uncovers unrelated health problems. Pellegrino, director of Upstate’s Inherited Metabolic Diseases Specialty Center, discusses these complexities and reviews a local case that sheds light on the issues involved.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: March 13, 2016

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

March 13, 2016

Transfusion expert Matthew Elkins, MD, PhD, discusses bone marrow transplant. Neurosciences doctoral student Patrick Sweeney talks of the connection between emotion, genetics and eating patterns. Radiologist Ravi Adhikary, MD, and radiology director Jennifer Caldwell tell about the merits of 3-D mammography.

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Research examines how emotion, appetite influence eating behaviors

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Why does stress cause some people to lose their appetite and others to gorge? The complex relationships between emotion, genetics and eating patterns are explored by Patrick Sweeney, a neurosciences doctoral candidate in Upstate’s College of Graduate Studies, who recently published research showing that brain regions involved with emotion and stress are also involved in feeding behavior, something not previously reported. He hopes future research might lead to drugs for individual circuits of the brain, rather than the entire brain. 

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HealthLink on Air radio show: January 24, 2016

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

January 24, 2016

Registered nurse Deb Polmanteer talks about treatment and options for someone with chronic kidney disease. Upstate urologist Dmitriy Nikolavsky, MD, shares his expertise in surgical repair after gender reassignment surgery, and author Terri Cook tells about the memoir she wrote with her husband about their child’s transition. Syracuse University registered dietitian Tanya Horacek, PhD, explores the factors that influence college student weight gain.

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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.

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Early medication seen as key to ADHD treatment

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Stephen Faraone, PhD

If your child has ADHD, it’s better to start medical treatment early, so the child keeps up with his or her peers, says Stephen Faraone, PhD, a distinguished professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Upstate. Faraone, an expert in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, explains its many facets, including its tendency to run in families, the reluctance of some people toward medication, and the hopes for genetic research.

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Upstate pediatric mental health researchers receive $2.8 million federal grant

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Stephen Glatt, PhDStephen Glatt, PhD, explains a pediatric mental health project that recently received a $2.8 million federal grant. He and colleagues are looking for 700 families to participate in the project, which explores the genetic similarities among children with a variety of behavioral, emotional or psychiatric disorders. Glatt is the director of the Psychiatric Genetic Epidemiology and Neurobiology Laboratory at Upstate Medical University. 

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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.” 

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Understanding varicose veins

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Palma M Shaw, MD,Vascular surgeon Palma Shaw, MD, helps us understand chronic venous insufficiency, a condition that occurs when the leg veins do not allow blood to travel back to the heart. She describes the symptoms – including swelling in legs or ankles, pain, varicose veins – and reviews the causes, diagnosis and treatment options available.  Shaw is an associate professor of surgery in the department of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Services at Upstate Medical University.

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