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HealthLink on Air radio show: October 11, 2015

Friday, October 9th, 2015

October 11, 2015:

On this week’s edition of Upstate Medical University’s “HealthLink on Air”: Pediatric rheumatologist Caitlin Sgarlat Deluca, DO, tells of adding integrative medicine to rheumatology. Pediatric infectious disease expert Jana Shaw, MD, provides an update on vaccinations. Psychologist Kevin Antshel, PhD, explains the psychopathology of autism.


Help is available to recognize, report suspected child abuse

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Although it’s often difficult to detect, child abuse does leave signs – odd bruises, sudden emotional changes – and concerned adults have both a state hotline and local organizations that offer help, says pediatrician Ann Botash, MD of the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Pediatrician warns of dangers of not vaccinating children

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Illness and even death can result when children go unvaccinated, says Jana Shaw, MD, MPH, an associate professor of pediatrics and an infectious disease specialist at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Modern vaccines are extremely safe – they do not cause autism — and are designed to be given on a certain schedule, she says, explaining how unvaccinated children contributed to a measles outbreak in California. Shaw advises parents to follow reliable medical advice and to check with their doctor or school about children’s required vaccines.

Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital adds integrative medicine to pediatric rheumatology division

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Alternative or integrative therapies — from homeopathy and nutritional counseling to yoga and deep breathing — can enhance conventional Western medicine, explains Caitlin Sgarlat Deluca, DO, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Upstate who works in the recently created Division of Pediatric Rheumatology and Integrative Medicine in the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The marriage of the two approaches to medicine aims to treat the whole child, says Sgarlat Deluca, who tells how nutritional supplements or acupuncture, for example, helps the arthritis and lupus patients she often sees as a pediatric rheumatologist.

Pediatric expert tells how to detect child abuse, sexual abuse

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Child abuse can take many, often hidden, forms, and overcoming it requires victims to learn how to trust and not to blame themselves, according to Ann Botash, MD, professor of pediatrics at Upstate, co-director of the Child Abuse Referral and Evaluation Program and medical director of the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center. She describes the signs of neglect and physical, emotional and sexual abuse and shares a five-point guideline: learn the facts, minimize opportunities, talk about it, recognize the signs and react responsibly. She recently appeared in a TLC program about child sexual abuse called “Breaking the Silence.” 

Autism often occurs in tandem with ADHD, anxiety disorders

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Kevin AntshellAutism spectrum disorder often brings with it attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or anxiety disorders, says Kevin Antshel, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at Syracuse University and an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Upstate. He describes the concurrent conditions and ascribes at least part of the increase in autism cases in recent years to more awareness among the public and pediatricians, earlier screening and changes in educational laws to accommodate children with the disorder.

The one-room school inside Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Mary Ellen MichalenkoTeacher Mary Ellen Michalenko tells about the hospital school within the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, where hospitalized children of all ages are able to keep up with their schoolwork during medical treatment.

One mom’s appeal for flu vaccination: Influenza kills otherwise healthy children every year

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Jana Shaw, MDJoseph Marotta was a healthy kindergartner when he contracted — and died from — the H1N1 flu. Today his parents advocate for influenza vaccination through the organization, Families Fighting Flu. Hear their story, and hear from infectious disease expert, Dr. Jana Shaw in this heartbreaking interview.

Golisano Children’s Hospital celebrates 5th birthday

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Thomas R Welch, MDTo celebrate the 5th birthday of the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, medical director Thomas Welch, MD talks about what the hospital has meant to our community, the unique care and specialty services provided, plus a look ahead at the next 5+ years.  Welch is chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Upstate Medical University.

What it means for medical practice to be designated a medical home

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Pediatrician Steven Blatt, mdSteven Blatt, MD, explains what it means for a medical practice to be designated a medical home.  Blatt is pediatric director of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital Pediatric and Adolescent Center (UPAC), which has been designated as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.  Read the story: University Pediatric and Adolescent Center earns recognition for patient-centered care

Animal assisted activies program at Upstate

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Margaret Nellis, MS, CCLSCindy Griffith and SabastianMargaret Nellis, MS, CCLS, manager of the Child Life Program at Upstate, will explain how the animal assisted activities program at Upstate brings smiles and comfort to young patients at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Nellis is joined by animal assisted activities volunteer Cindy Griffith and her therapy dog Sabastian, an adorable 10 year old toy poodle.

To participate, dogs of varied breeds are screened by a veterinarian, and are Canine Citizenship Certified. All pet owners are processed through the Upstate Volunteer Department and the Child Life Program for an interview and orientation. PAWS of CNY.

What it takes to be a level 1 trauma center

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Tamer A Ahmed, MDSteve AdkissonTamer Ahmed, MD, medical director of Upstate’s pediatric trauma services, and Steve Adkisson, RN, pediatric trauma program manager, tells us what it takes for a hospital to receive Level 1 trauma designation in New York state. Upstate University Hospital and Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital were the first in the state to receive national verification as a Level 1 trauma center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in recognition of the optimal trauma care the center provides patients.