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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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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. 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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A historical look at a heart condition caused by infection

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

A cardiologist (Harold Smulyan, MD, left) and an infectious disease expert (Donald Blair, MD) from Upstate look at the history of infective endocarditis — an inflammation of the inner lining of the heart and its tissues, usually caused by a bacterial infection — in a paper published in the American Journal of the Medical Sciences. The disease was first reported in the early 1800s, and Smulyan explains that “before the development of antibiotics, this disease was uniformly fatal.” His research identifies a number of famous patients who died from infective endocarditis, including Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1796; composer Gustay Mahler in 1907; German physician Alois Alzheimer, the founding father of neuropathology, in 1915; and silent-screen star Rudolph Valentino in 1926.

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Best flu season advice: Get your flu shot

Monday, November 16th, 2015

The average person’s best protection against the flu is an annual shot, and everyone over the age of six months should get vaccinated, with few exceptions, says Bruce Simmons, MD, director of employee/student health at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

Except for people with bad reactions or egg allergies, a shot is the best prevention against this highly contagious influenza virus, which is spread by droplets from infected people and can cause severe fatigue and fever as well as complicate chronic illnesses, Simmons notes. He also advises washing one’s hands and avoiding contact with flu sufferers as addition preventive measures in the October-to-May flu season.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: November 15, 2015

Monday, November 16th, 2015

November 15, 2015

On this week’s edition of Upstate Medical University‘s “HealthLink on Air”: Bruce Simmons, MD, gives an update on preventing the flu this season. Neurologist Antonio Culebras, MD, talks about how to get enough sleep at all stages of life. Psychiatrists Mantosh Dewan, MD, and Swati Shivale, MD, discuss the art and science of prescribing. Psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, provides a Check Up from the Neck Up, and literary journal editor Deirdre Neilen, PhD, reads a selection from the “The Healing Muse.”

 

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HealthLink on Air radio show: November 8, 2015

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

November 8, 2015:

On this week’s edition of Upstate Medical University‘s “HealthLink on Air”: Chief program officer Katrina Skeval of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Central New York chapter provides communication strategies for people with dementia. Researcher Anna Stewart-Ibarra, PhD, MPA, discusses how climate affects infectious diseases. Pediatric pulmonologist Zafer Soultan, MD, tells about obstructive sleep apnea in children.

 

 

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Upstate researcher explains efforts to control mosquito-borne dengue fever

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Dengue fever, a tropical disease present in subtropical areas of the United States, must be fought on several fronts, such as research, public education and government policy, says Upstate researcher Anna Stewart-Ibarra, PhD, MPA. She is working to find the solution to this mosquito-borne virus through research both in Syracuse and in Ecuador and outlines the effect of climate change and El Niño as well as attempts to control mosquitoes and find a vaccine for this incurable disease.

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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.

 
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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.

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Prevention, antibiotics are keys to fighting Lyme disease

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Waleed Javaid, MDPrevent Lyme disease by protecting your skin outdoors, then checking later for ticks, says Waleed Javaid, MD, director of infection control at Upstate. Bites from the tiny insects spread the disease, which can usually be treated with short-term antibiotics but can lead to long-term problems if untreated, says Javaid, who recommends the federal website www.cdc.gov/lyme as a source of reliable information on the illness and on tick removal.

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Incidence of HIV behind recent rise in tuberculosis

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Joseph SorbelloOnce known as consumption for the way it seemed to consume its sufferers, tuberculosis cases have been increasing in the United States recently, according to Joseph Sorbello, who leads the Department of Respiratory Therapy Education at Upstate Medical University. The increase is linked to the incidence of HIV, which leaves the body vulnerable to attack by TB. Sorbello outlines successful public health efforts and treatments to combat TB, which often affects the lungs, and the need for public education.

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