Archive Posts

Archive for the ‘ illness’ Category

HealthLink on Air radio show: May 1, 2016

Friday, April 29th, 2016

May 1, 2016

Jack Wohlers, PhD, of Centre Syracuse tells about detection and treatment of eating disorders. Rich O’Neill, PhD, talks about how to help a loved one struggling with addiction. Upstate graduate Michael Weiner, MD, discusses an Alzheimer’s disease research project that seeks participants.

Play

HealthLink on Air radio show: April 24, 2016

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

April 24, 2016

Pediatric urologist Matthew Mason, MD, explains diagnosis and treatment of undescended testicles and other urologic problems that affect babies. Urologist Natasha Ginzburg, MD, discusses pelvic floor disorders affecting women. Urologist JC Trussell, MD, tells about causes and treatments for erectile dysfunction.

Play

Early detection important for treating eating disorders

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating, can be viewed as a way to cope with life changes and stress, says psychologist Jack Wohlers, PhD. These complex disorders often occur during the transition from childhood to adolescence and from adolescence to early adulthood, says Wohlers, the clinical director of Centre Syracuse, a treatment program for adults and teens with eating disorders. He describes the secretive behaviors and shame that can be associated with these disorders and the importance of early detection and treatment.

Play

Erectile dysfunction is both common and treatable

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Erectile dysfunction is a common problem that is generally treated with a three-tiered approach, says Upstate urologist JC Trussell, MD. Erectile dysfunction is the persistent inability to achieve or maintain a penile erection for satisfactory sexual performance, Trussell says, and it’s an issue for more men as they get older. He describes the types of ED, contributing factors including stress, diabetes and heart disease, and the usual remedies, starting with medications, then moving to devices if needed, and, as a last option, an implanted prosthesis, all of which have had high rates of success.

Play

Range of options available to treat pelvic floor disorders in women

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

The pelvic floor is a complex structure that can be the source of disorders as women age and bear children, says Natasha Ginzburg, MD, urologist and director of female pelvic medicine and surgery at Upstate. She describes the pelvic floor as a hammock of muscle and tissue that, in women, includes the vagina, rectum and uterus. Problems with urination, defecation and protruding organs in the pelvic floor can be treated successfully through behavioral changes, physical therapy, medicines and biofeedback, with surgery (generally minimally invasive) as a last choice, she said.

Play

HealthLink on Air radio show: April 17, 2016

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

April 17, 2016

Urologist Oleg Shapiro, MD, discusses kidney cancer. Nurses Lorrie Langdon and Michelle Vallelunga tell about atrial fibrillation and its connection to stroke. Wikipedian Lane Rasberry talks about the medical information available at the online encyclopedia.

Play

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.

 

Play

Atrial fibrillation: A heart problem that can lead to stroke

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Atrial fibrillation, or “a-fib,” is a common heart problem that can greatly increase the risk of stroke, as two Upstate nurses explain. A heart that is in atrial fibrillation is beating too fast, too slow or irregularly, which might allow blood to pool and clot instead of being pumped normally, say Lorraine “Lorrie” Langdon (at right), coordinator of the Heart Failure Program, and Michelle Vallelunga (at left), data coordinator of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Upstate. Those clots can travel to the brain and cause a stroke. The nurses go over risk factors and how atrial fibrillation is diagnosed and treated, plus what to do if you think someone is experiencing atrial fibrillation or a stroke.

Play

What you need to know about kidney cancer

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Kidney cancer is often “silent” and discovered when a patient receives an imaging scan for something else, says Oleg Shapiro, MD, vice chair of urology at Upstate. Minimally invasive surgery can usually be done to remove tumors when they are caught early. Shapiro also explains how renal cell carcinoma is the most common type of kidney cancer, how it can be aggressive and what treatments are on the horizon.

Play

Neurosurgeon, patient’s family seek better solution to hydrocephalus

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Hydrocephalus is a fairly common but poorly understood condition with limited remedies, and an Upstate doctor and one of his patients’ families are seeking better treatments. Neurosurgeon Satish Krishnamurthy, MD (at right in photo), explains how the condition creates excess fluid and pressure on the brain, often resolved through surgical insertion of a shunt as a drain. That process can lead to infections and repeated surgeries. Tom Clough, (at left) whose daughter, now 6, has had six shunts inserted, explains how his family started a foundation to advocate and raise money for more research. One grant went to Krishnamurthy, who explains his research for a chemical, rather than a surgical, treatment. 

Play

Heroin epidemic: tangled roots, many challenges

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Finding a treatment program and overcoming an addition to heroin or another opioid is difficult but not impossible, says Ross Sullivan, MD, director of medical toxicology at Upstate Medical University.  Sullivan tells how the effort to control pain medically helped create the current addiction crisis in opioids — drugs derived from the opium poppy (heroin, morphine) or that mimic them synthetically (fentanyl, oxycodone). Recent restrictions on prescription drugs have led to a flood of cheap heroin to fill the gap, he says, and current treatment options are inadequate to fight the high addiction rates. He outlines how the Upstate New York Poison Center (hotline: 800-222-1222) is offering information and help to schools and the general public.

 

 

Play

Screening, surgery among tools to fight lung cancer

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Screening for lung cancer has greatly reduced the chances of dying from that disease among those most at risk, says Upstate thoracic surgeon Jason Wallen, MD, who also describes other advances in treatment. If lung cancer is caught early, surgery is generally the best option, and it can often be done with small incisions, he says, while chemotherapy might be the best choice for cancer that has spread. Wallen also describes the challenges of diagnosing and treating cancer of the esophagus, which is much less common than lung cancer.

Play