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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.




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.



Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Robert Lenox, MDRobert Lenox, MD, was a medical intern in 1976 when he took care of a man with fever, muscle and body aches and a cough who had attended the American Legion convention in Philadelphia. The man — who rapidly deteriorated and died — became what epidemiologists refer to as “the index case,” the first person with a particular disease to come to the attention of health authorities. His family members approved of an autopsy, and officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eventually discovered a bacterial infection in the man’s lungs. The disease became known as Legionnaire’s disease, and this particular outbreak sickened 182, killing 29, of those who attended the convention. Lenox explains the signs and symptoms of Legionnaire’s disease and how it is treated today.


Human Enterovirus 68 is a growing problem in U.S.

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Jana Shaw, MD MPHPediatrician Jana Shaw, MD, MPH, explains human enterovirus 68 (HEV68), a virus that is becoming a growing problem across the country, as well as here in central New York.  It presents like the common cold, and those children with asthma are impacted because of the respiratory complications. Read the story: Human enterovirus 68: Severe respiratory illness expected to hit kids across the U.S.


What you need to know about deep vein thrombosis

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Vascular surgeon Palma Shaw, MD helps us understand a potentially life-threatening condition called deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, which is caused by a blood clot in a deep vein. Shaw is an associate professor of surgery and a member of the Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Services at Upstate Medical University


Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy (ENB)

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Birendra P Sah, MDBirendra P. Sah, MD talks about a new procedure that uses global positioning system (GPS) to target lesions called electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy (ENB). Sah is assistant professor of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care division at Upstate Medical University.



Update on new cystic fibrosis drug

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Ran D Anbar, MDUpstate pulmonologist Ran Anbar, MD, gives us an update on the promising new drug Kalydeco™ that treats the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis, and an ongoing clinical trial at Upstate. Anbar is the director of the pediatric pulmonary and cystic fibrosis center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, and author of a new book about the impact of psychological factors in the treatment of disease titled “Functional Symptoms in Pediatric Disease: A Clinical Guide.” 


Understanding sarcoidosis

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Upstate pulmonary disease expert Michael C Iannuzzi, MDMichael Iannuzzi, MD, gives an overview of sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease that affects multiple organs in the body, but mostly the lungs and lymph glands. Iannuzzi is the Edward C. Reifenstein Professor and chair of Upstate’s Department of Medicine, and has been ranked as one of the world’s leading experts on the disorder.  Read the story: Upstate physician-scientist ranked as one of the world’s leading experts on immune disorder.  Watch Dr. Iannuzzi’s video: Sarcoidosis-the definitive explanation.  For more information, call (315) 464-8668.


Update on the lung cancer screening program at Upstate

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Linda Veit Leslie Kohman, MD, medical director of the Upstate Cancer Center and Lung Cancer Screening Program at Upstate, is joined by Linda Veit, MPH, screening program coordinator and special projects manager of the new Cancer Center, to talk about the success of Upstate’s lung cancer screening program launched in fall 2012. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call Upstate Connect at 315-464-8668, or toll-free at 800-464-8668.
Read the story: Upstate earns listing with Lung Cancer Alliance for experience in lung cancer screening.  


Common sleep problems and treatments

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Zafer Soultan, MDDragos Manta, MDZafer Soultan, MD, director of pediatric sleep medicine at Upstate, is joined by pulmonologist Dragos Manta, MD, co-director of the The Upstate University Hospital Sleep Center, to talk about common sleep problems in children and adults. Upstate’s Sleep Center, a specialized facility providing accurate diagnosis and recommending treatment of sleep-related problems, will be relocating to a new state-of-the-art facility in November. The center, which will continue to see patients 7 days a week, will double in size, increasing from to 6 to 12 beds, and three of  those beds will be reserved for pediatric cases – a specialty of the sleep center. For more information, call (315) 464-8668


‘What’s Your Emergency?’ – Chest pain

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Derek R Cooney, MD, FF/NREMT-P, FACEPChristian C Knutsen, MDDr. Derek Cooney, director of emergency medical services and disaster medicine at Upstate, is joined by Christian Knutsen, MD, medical director for EMS Education Programs at Upstate, to explain how patients with chest pains are diagnosed and treated in the emergency department.


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and the benefit of support groups

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Joseph G Sorbello, MSEd, RRT, RTRoy VanOrderJoseph Sorbello, RT, chair of the Respiratory Therapy Program in Upstate’s College of Health Professions, talks about emphysema and chronic bronchitis, together referred to as Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, or COPD.  Sorbello is joined by Roy VanOrder, PhD, who started a COPD and Alpha-1 support group in Syracuse called ZephyrCuse, funded through the American Lung Association and the Alpha-1 Anti-trypsin Foundation. For more information on the support group call (315) 299-4367, or email