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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.


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.”



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.




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.


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.


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.


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 as a source of reliable information on the illness and on tick removal.


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.


Helping to establish an Ebola treatment center in Liberia

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Margaret Tandoh, MDTrauma surgeon Margaret Tandoh, MD, tells about setting up and working in an Ebola treatment center in Buchanan, a couple of hours from Monrovia in her native Liberia. Tandoh, an assistant professor of surgery University of Vermont College of Medicine, spent November and December in the country that was ravaged by the deadly Ebola epidemic in 2014.



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.


One mom’s appeal for flu vaccination: Influenza kills otherwise healthy children every year

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Jana Shaw, MDJoseph Marotta was a healthy kindergartner when he contracted — and died from — the H1N1 flu. Today his parents advocate for influenza vaccination through the organization, Families Fighting Flu. Hear their story, and hear from infectious disease expert, Dr. Jana Shaw in this heartbreaking interview.


The importance of flu vaccinations

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Jana Shaw, MDJana Shaw, MD, goes over the reasons why almost everyone over the age of 6 months is recommended to get vaccinated against influenza.