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Mild cognitive impairment, Zika virus, pancreas transplant recipients: Upstate Medical University’s HealthLink on Air for July 17, 2016

Friday, July 15th, 2016

July 17, 2016

Neurologist Amy Sanders, MD, explains mild cognitive impairment. Infectious disease specialist Timothy Endy, MD, tells about the Zika virus. Two pancreas transplant recipients share their experiences with diabetes and kidney disease.


Pancreas recipients overjoyed at prospect of life without diabetes

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

For the first time in their lives, Patrick Nolan, 52 (at left in photo), and Harry Tynan, 39 (at right), are doing what most people take for granted: living without having to constantly check their blood sugar or inject insulin. Each man was diagnosed as a child with Type 1 diabetes and has spent his life dealing with the disease and the kidney damage it can cause. Each man has also received a kidney transplant, and each recently received a transplanted pancreas at Upstate, in effect curing their diabetes. “I’m reliving my youth again. … I just wake up and go, ‘Wow!’“ says Nolan of Syracuse. “It’s a complete change just to look forward and not have to do injections,” notes Tynan of Oswego. “I’m ready to pick up the insulin pen, and I don’t have to.”


Pancreas transplant an option for people with severe diabetes

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Upstate doctors are now offering a pancreas transplant option for some patients with diabetes, the most common cause of kidney failure. A pancreas transplant may be a proactive way for many with diabetes, especially the more severe cases, to avoid kidney failure, says Rainer Gruessner, MD (at right in photo), Upstate’s transplant chief and professor of surgery. His colleague, surgeon Mark Reza Laftavi, MD (at left), director of Upstate’s Pancreas Transplant Program, describes the dangers diabetes poses to the kidneys and other organs. Gruessner and his team offer pancreas transplants — separately or combined with kidney transplants — and says a pancreas transplant can improve the lives of some patients with diabetes and also halt or reverse some complications. For pancreas transplants, a deceased donor’s organ is implanted in the recipient, who retains his or her original pancreas, which continues to produce digestive enzymes. The new pancreas immediately begins producing insulin.


Pancreas transplants, preventing drowning, breast cancer/prostate cancer link: Upstate Medical University’s HealthLink on Air for July 10, 2016

Friday, July 8th, 2016

July 10, 2016

Transplant surgeons Rainer Gruessner, MD, and Mark Laftavi, MD, discuss the pancreas transplant program. Pediatrician Robert Newmyer, MD, talks about drowning and water safety. Urologist Srinivas Vourganti, MD, tells how the “breast cancer gene” increases a man’s risk of prostate cancer.


HealthLink on Air radio show/podcast: May 22, 2016

Friday, May 20th, 2016

May 22, 2016

Stephen Glatt, PhD, and Seetha Ramanathan, MD, talk about Mental Health First Aid. Nurse Cathy Narcavage-Bradley tells what new and expectant parents need to know. Jennifer Kelly, DO, explains the role of the endocrine system in osteoporosis. Psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, provides a “Check Up from the Neck Up.”


Bone expert offers overview of osteoporosis, its treatment

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Many factors can put someone at risk for the bone-weakening conditions of osteopenia and the more serious osteoporosis, says endocrinologist Jennifer Kelly, DO. Among them are a woman’s postmenopausal drop in estrogen, a sedentary lifestyle, smoking and endocrine diseases such as hyperthyroidism, says Kelly, clinical director of the bone density unit at Upstate’s Joslin Diabetes Center. She also describes the lifestyle changes and drugs recommended to treat osteoporosis.


HealthLink on Air radio show: April 10, 2016

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

April 10, 2016

Neurosurgeon Satish Krishnamurthy, MD, discusses hydrocephalus with the parent of a patient. Nurse and certified diabetes educator Kristi Shaver provides tips for living with diabetes. Registered dietitian nutritionist Maureen Franklin shares ideas for maintaining weight loss long term.



Tips for managing diabetes

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Diabetes requires knowledge and discipline to manage, as well as emotional support from friends and relatives, says nurse Kristi Shaver, a certified diabetes educator and the education team leader at Upstate’s Joslin Diabetes Center. Shaver outlines the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and discusses how they relate to alcohol, stress, obesity and other illnesses. She also outlines resources for those who wish to learn more about managing diabetes.


HealthLink On Air radio show: March 15, 2015

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

HealthLink on Air radio show

Dr. Ruth Weinstock tells about an experimental bionic pancreas that could revolutionize treatment for Type 1 diabetes. Dr. Amy Sanders seeks participants for a national study of a new Alzheimer’s medication. And, Drs. Thomas Bersani and Robert Weisenthal share their efforts to provide eye care in Honduras.


How the artificial pancreas could improve the lives of people with diabetes

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Ruth S Weinstock, MD, PhDPeople with Type 1 diabetes would not have to check their blood sugar levels 12 times a day or worry about wild fluctuations while they slept if an experimental bionic pancreas works as designed, according to Ruth Weinstock, MD, medical director of Upstate’s Joslin Diabetes Center. She describes how the pancreas works in this interview. “It’s not a cure, but it’s definitely a step forward.” For details on participating in research at Joslin, please call 315-464-9007.


‘Expert Advice’: What to do when you’re first diagnosed with diabetes

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Ruth S Weinstock, MD, PhDRuth Weinstock, MD, PhD, medical director of the Joslin Diabetes Center at Upstate, describes what you should do when first diagnosed with diabetes to help you live a normal, healthy life.


Study shows diabetes related complications are improving

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Ruth S Weinstock, MD, PhDRuth Weinstock, MD, PhD, medical director of the Joslin Diabetes Center at Upstate, shares an encouraging report from federal researchers that indicates efforts at reducing the complications related to diabetes are paying off.  Read the study: Changes in Diabetes-Related Complications in the United States, 1990–2010  Read the article: For Diabetics, Health Risks Fall Sharply
Call 315-464-9007 for information about getting involved in research, both type 1 and type 2 diabetes…..children or adults.