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Archive for the ‘ infectious disease’ Category

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.


Measles

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.


Ebola preparations

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Christopher DunhamChristopher Dunham, the director of emergency management at Upstate University Hospital, discusses Ebola preparedness after the hospital was one of eight in New York State to be desginated to handle any patients in the state diagnosed with Ebola. To learn more about the Ebola virus, Timothy Endy, MD, provides an overview.

 


Dengue fever from a personal and professional perspective

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Timothy Endy, md, phdTimothy Endy, MD, MPH, shares his professional and personal experiences with Dengue fever, a growing global health problem. Endy is professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Public Health and Preventive Medicine and division chief of Infectious Disease at Upstate Medical University.
Read recent papers on Dengue: Dengue human infection model performance parameters and Human immune responses to dengue virus infection: lessons learned from prospective cohort studies.


The impact of the new HIV/AIDS drug,Truvada

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Elizabeth A Reddy, MDElizabeth Reddy, MD, new director of Upstate’s Designated AIDS Center (DAC), discusses the impact of the HIV/AIDS drug, Truvada, now approved for use in prevention. DAC provides outpatient and inpatient medical care for HIV infected people from the 15-county Central New York area.  Read the story: Truvada: 5 Things to Know About the First Drug to Prevent HIV

 


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.