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HealthLink On Air radio show: October 4, 2015

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

October 4, 2015:

On this week’s edition of Upstate Medical University’s “HealthLink on Air”: Ramsay Farah, MD, discusses melanoma, the diagnosis former President Jimmy Carter recently disclosed. David Keith, MD, goes over theories of family therapy. Meghan Jacobs, MD, discusses the effects of corporal punishment.


Upstate at Home program offers urgent care house calls

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Christian Knutsen, MDAn old medical custom — the house call — is being revived. Upstate at Home will send a doctor to homes in Syracuse’s eastern suburbs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily to deal with minor maladies, such as sore throats or ear infections, thus avoiding a difficult trip to a hospital or a long wait at a doctor’s office, explained Christian Knutsen, MD, the Upstate emergency medicine physician who created the program. Patients call 315-464-4646 to speak to a nurse, who sends a doctor if the case is appropriate. The visit requires a co-payment, and many insurance companies will cover the visit. Learn more at


Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Jana Shaw, MDMeasles was said to have been eliminated from the United States in 2000. Continuous transmission of the contagious disease was halted, thanks to widespread vaccination, and for decades, measles was not an problem within our borders. Many of today’s doctors – themselves, vaccinated as children — have never cared for a patient sick with measles.

Now an outbreak that began at Disneyland has infected people in multiple states and underscored the importance of vaccinations in preventing the disease.

“Measles is not a disease that should be taken lightly,” says Jana Shaw, MD, an associate professor of pediatrics at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. From one to three people out of 1,000 who are infected with measles will die from the disease, she explains, and worldwide, thousands of children die from measles every year.

Shaw explains the signs and symptoms of measles and how to protect yourself and your loved ones from this highly contagious disease.

Dengue fever from a personal and professional perspective

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Timothy Endy, md, phdTimothy Endy, MD, MPH, shares his professional and personal experiences with Dengue fever, a growing global health problem. Endy is professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Public Health and Preventive Medicine and division chief of Infectious Disease at Upstate Medical University.
Read recent papers on Dengue: Dengue human infection model performance parameters and Human immune responses to dengue virus infection: lessons learned from prospective cohort studies.

Caring for the psychiatric needs of cancer patients

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Allya Hafeez, MDPsychiatrist Aliya Hafeez, MD, talks about the psychological impacts of a cancer diagnosis and a new service she will be offering to cancer patients at the Upstate Cancer Center.   

Getting through the holidays while you are grieving

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Pat MoriartyGrief counselor Pat Moriarty, manager of the Hospice of Central New York Grief Center, shares coping strategies for getting through the holidays while grieving. The Center provides bereavement support, counseling, and psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families who may be dealing with life-threatening illness, grief following a death, and sudden and traumatic grief. For more information, call (315) 634-1100.

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.

What hospice has to offer at the end of life

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Judith Setla, MDBill PfohlJudith Setla, MD, medical director for Hospice of Central New York, is joined by communications officer Bill Pfohl to explain hospice care – what it is, and how it can help you and your family deal with the difficult conversations about end-of-life care. Hospice of CNY provides comprehensive comfort care to patients and families through unique interdisciplinary services, bereavement counseling, education and collaboration. For more information, call (315) 634-1100.

Announcing the thirteenth edition of ‘The Healing Muse’

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Deirdre Neilen, PhDDeirdre Neilen, PhD, editor of  ‘The Healing Muse’, announces the upcoming publication launch of edition number thirteen! Neilen shares a selection from Upstate’s literary journal every Sunday on HealthLink on Air. She edits the annual publication featuring fiction, poetry, essays and visual art focused on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing.

Order copies of “The Healing Muse” through the Center for Bioethics & Humanities.

The challenges of living away from home with sickle cell anemia

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Richard H Sills, MD,Richard Sills, MD, division chief of the hemotology/oncology unit in the Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, talks about the chronic disease called sickle cell anemia, and how life expectancy has dramatically increased over the years due to advances in medical care. Sills offers guidance for parents and college students living with the disease while away from home. The Sickle Cell Treatment Program at Upstate Medical University.

Compassionate rounds for healthcare providers

Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Reverend Dr. Virginia Lawson

Rev. Virginia Lawson, PhD, will talk about a new program coming to Upstate called the Schwartz Compassionate Rounds, designed to promote the importance of healthcare professionals listening to one another to enhance patient care. Lawson is an ordained Rinzai Zen Buddhist who serves as an Interfaith Chaplain at Upstate, and specializes in organ donation support. 

‘What’s Your Emergency?’ – What does it mean when you have a fever?

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Derek R Cooney, MD, FF/NREMT-P, FACEPChristian C Knutsen, MDDr. Derek Cooney, director of emergency medical services and disaster medicine at Upstate, is joined by Christian Knutsen, MD, medical director for EMS Education Programs at Upstate, to present another edition of ‘What’s Your Emergency?’.  They will  will focusing on what it means when you have a fever.  A fever is usually a sign that something out of the ordinary is going on in your body