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HealthLink on Air radio show: February 14, 2016

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

February 14, 2016

Upstate radiologist Santiago Miro, MD, tells what’s new in lung cancer screening on this week’s show. Then, Connie Gregory and Aldrine Ashong-Katai tell about a partnership that aims to improve health disparities in public housing neighborhoods, and Upstate pediatric anesthesiologist Joseph Resti, MD, goes over what to expect when a baby or older child faces surgery.

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Upstate trains advocates to spread healthy messages through neighborhoods

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Through a partnership with the Syracuse Housing Authority, Upstate is helping to reduce health disparities in public housing neighborhoods. Connie Gregory (at right) and Aldrine Ashong-Katai explain how resident health advocates are trained in important chronic health and social conditions and asked to share the information with their neighbors. “People are more apt to listen to people they can relate to,” explains Ashong-Katai. He and Gregory work in Upstate’s office of diversity and inclusion.

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Health insurers now pay for lung cancer screening for smokers, former smokers

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Low-dose computerized tomography scans can help locate lung cancers at the earliest, most treatable stages, says Upstate radiologist Santiago Miro, MD. He tells about the lung cancer screening program at Upstate (call 1-800-464-8668 for an appointment) which is now covered by most health insurance plans. It’s designed for people between the ages of 55 and 77 who have smoked what is known as “30 pack years.” That’s a pack a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years, or other variations. The testing is also for people who quit smoking within the last 15 years. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: January 31, 2016

Friday, January 29th, 2016

January 31, 2016

Upstate urologist Gennady Bratslavsky, MD, joins his patient Erica Searles in telling about a delicate operation to remove a tumor while preserving her adrenal gland. Upstate pediatric rheumatologist Caitlin Sgarlat, DO, and pediatric infectious disease expert Jana Shaw, MD, discuss the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.

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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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‘Reach’ program assists those with chronic kidney disease

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Treating chronic kidney disease, which can result from diabetes, high blood pressure and other causes, can involve dialysis and take over the life of a patient and his or her family. That is why at-risk people should be screened, says registered nurse Deb Polmanteer, chronic kidney disease coordinator for the Reach Kidney Care program in Central New York. She describes how this free program — “Reach” stands for Real Engagement Achieving Complete Health — helps patients get support and education to cope with the disease and avoid dialysis if possible. 

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Patient story: Surgery removes tumor while preserving adrenal gland

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

On top of each kidney sits an adrenal gland, which produces hormones a person cannot live without. When a tumor develops in an adrenal gland, the patient may face the removal of the entire gland and, if tumors were to also develop in the remaining gland, the reliance on medications for the rest of his or her life. So Erica Searles (at right in photo, with Gennady Bratslavsky, MD) appreciated the option presented by Gennady Bratslavsky, MD, who leads the department of urology at Upstate. He removed a tumor but preserved Searles’ adrenal gland in a minimally invasive operation. In this interview, the patient describes how she learned she had a tumor, and Bratslavsky tells about the surgery, called a partial adrenalectomy.

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Here’s how Lyme disease is diagnosed and treated

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Lyme disease is treated successfully with a short course of antibiotics in most cases, but prevention is the key to controlling the disease, say two experts from Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Since the bacterial infection is transmitted to humans by deer ticks, people should wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors even in warm weather, as well as check their skin afterward, say Caitlin Sgarlat, DO (at left in photo, with program host Linda Cohen at center, and Jana Shaw, MD), who specializes in rheumatology and integrative medicine, and Jana Shaw, MD, who specializes in infectious diseases. They explain how quick and careful removal of ticks prevents transmission of the disease and why they advise against the long-term use of antibiotics for Lyme disease patients with lingering problems after treatment. They also explain how the disease is diagnosed and its typical symptoms.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: Jan. 10, 2016

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

January 10, 2016

Upstate urologist Rakesh Khanna, MD, addresses prostate cancer. Upstate physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists Margaret Turk, MD, and Robert Weber, MD, tell what patients can expect from a rehabilitation team. Syracuse University earth sciences professor Donald Siegel, PhD, explores the scientific evidence on hydraulic fracturing.

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Upstate rehabilitation team provides individual support to patients of all ages

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Patients of all ages can benefit from rehabilitation after illness or injury. Upstate physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists Robert Weber, MD, and Margaret Turk, MD, explain how each patient has unique challenges, and the goal of the rehabilitation team is to help optimize patient mobility and the ability to care for oneself. “When we are growing up, we have many years to adjust to our skills and our capabilities,” explains Weber. “Someone with a sudden change because of illness or injury has to go through that process in a very truncated way. What comprehensive rehabilitation offers is the support to make that a success.”

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HealthLink on Air radio show: Jan. 3, 2016

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

January 3, 2016

Upstate cardiologist Harold Smulyan, MD, and infectious disease expert Donald Blair, MD, take a historical look at a deadly heart infection. Upstate assistant vice president Thomas Pelis shares how big institutions, such as Upstate Medical University, are going green. Bioethics and humanities assistant professor Thomas Curran, MD, and associate professor Robert Olick, JD, PhD, discuss the importance of the health care proxy.

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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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