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Archive for the ‘ infectious disease’ Category

Understanding the Ebola virus

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Timothy P Endy, MD, MPHTimothy Endy, MD, MPH, helps us understand the Ebola virus, a severe, often fatal illness in humans, and discusses the international outbreak. Endy is professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Public Health and Preventive Medicine and division chief of Infectious Disease at Upstate Medical University.


The rise in chronic hepatitis

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Ajay Jain, MDAjay Jain, MD, associate director of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery at Upstate, explains the reasons for the rise in chronic hepatitis and helps us understand the connection between hepatitis B, the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and liver cancer.  


Mysterious polio-like illness affecting children in California

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Leonard B Weiner, MDLeonard Weiner, MD, division chief of infectious disease at Upstate, discusses the report of a new syndrome that is being closely watched in California that is causing polio-like symptoms in children. To date, about 20 cases have been identified in the U.S. in the past 18 months, all in California. Read the story: ‘About 20′ cases of polio-like illness found in California


‘What’s Your Emergency?’: Common types of skin infections

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Derek R Cooney, MD, FF/NREMT-P, FACEPWilliam Paolo, MDDerek Cooney, MD, director of emergency medical services and disaster medicine at Upstate, is joined by emergency physician William Paolo, MD, to describe the common types of skin infections – bacterial, fungal, and viral – that can result in skin inflammation, or infective dermatitis.


Research findings will help in the fight against dengue fever

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Anna M Stewart, PhD, MPAAnna Stewart-Ibarra PhD, MPA will talk about a study by an international team of researchers she led, on dengue fever. The research provided public health officials with information that will help decrease the risk of dengue, a life-threatening mosquito-borne viral disease that is now one of the fastest spreading tropical diseases globally. Stewart-Ibarra team discovered that certain household risk factors, combined with changes in rainfall and minimum temperature, could be used to predict the presence and abundance of the mosquito that transmits dengue fever. Stewart-Ibarra works in the Center for Global Health and Translational Science (CGHATS) at Upstate Medical University.
Read the story: Research findings will help in the fight against dengue, one of the fastest spreading tropical diseases
Learn more: Dengue fever research at Upstate
Upstate Active Clinical Trials Seeking Participants – Dengue Fever vaccine
For more information, call (315) 459-303


What you need to know the human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Heather Shannon, certified nurse midwife and director of Upstate Midwifery and Gynecology, talks about the human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer, including methods of transmission, prevention, and recommended Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines from the American Cancer Society (ACS), American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP), and American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). For more information or to schedule an appointment for screening, call (315) 492-5875.


The growing incidence of HPV and its connection to oral sex

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Joseph B Domachowske, MDUpstate infectious disease specialist Joseph Domachowske, MD discusses the growing incidence of the human papilloma virus (HPV) and its connection to oral sex, an issue brought to light recently by actor Michael Douglas. Listen to a HealthLink on Air interview about HPV with Onondaga County Health Commissioner, Dr. Cynthia Morrow, MD and Dr. Donna Bacchi, MD.  Read/watch YNN coverage of HPV.


Challenges in Cancer Research in Africa

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Rosemary RochfordRosemary Rochford PhD is widely known for her research on Burkitt’s Lymphoma, the most common childhood cancer in sub-Saharan Africa.  She will talk about the cancer challenges in developing countries, how the cancer registry programs work, the main types of cancers that exist in Africa and how they differ from those in the United States.  Rochford is professor & chair of Microbiology & Immunology and recently appointed vice president for research at Upstate.   


Dengue fever vaccine trials at Upstate

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Mark E Polhemus, MD Mark Polhemus, director of the Center for Global Health and Translational Science at Upstate Medical University, talks about the development of vaccines, drugs and diagnostics in developing countries for diseases such as malaria, dengue and tuberculosis, and the education of researchers in those areas.  Dr. Polhemus also introduces a new dengue fever clinical trial at Upstate that is currently seeking participants.

For more information about clinical trials at Upstate, call 315-464-9689
Upstate Active Clinical Trials Seeking Participants – Dengue Fever vaccine


8/19/12 Whooping cough cases are on the rise

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Pediatric infectious disease specialist Joseph Domachowske responds to reports that the numbers of whooping cough have quadrupled this year, and it’s only going to get worse. He will talk about the risks, why the numbers are up, and what we can do about it.

Read more about The Pediatric and Adolescent Immunology and Infectious Disease Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.


7/29/12 Hepatitis C testing for all baby-boomers

Friday, July 27th, 2012

David P Paar, MD Kelly Flood Dr. David Paar, medical director of Upstate’s Designated AIDS Center, and Kelley Flood, assistant program director and social worker, talk about Hepatitis C, and the recommendation that all baby-boomers get tested for the virus.

Grant Funded Services at the Designated AIDS Center.


4/29/12 Bird flu virus controversy

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Gregory Eastwood, MDRosemary RochfordGregory Eastwood MD and Rosemary Rochford PhD discuss the recent controversy about researchers turning the bird flu virus into a form that is easily transmissible among humans.