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Screening, surgery among tools to fight lung cancer

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Screening for lung cancer has greatly reduced the chances of dying from that disease among those most at risk, says Upstate thoracic surgeon Jason Wallen, MD, who also describes other advances in treatment. If lung cancer is caught early, surgery is generally the best option, and it can often be done with small incisions, he says, while chemotherapy might be the best choice for cancer that has spread. Wallen also describes the challenges of diagnosing and treating cancer of the esophagus, which is much less common than lung cancer.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: April 3, 2016

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

April 3, 2016

Director of medical toxicology Ross Sullivan, MD, provides an update on the heroin epidemic. Registered dietitian nutritionist Kristen Davis explains the value of eating organic foods. Thoracic surgeon Jason Wallen, MD, discusses lung and esophageal cancer.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: February 14, 2016

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

February 14, 2016

Upstate radiologist Santiago Miro, MD, tells what’s new in lung cancer screening on this week’s show. Then, Connie Gregory and Aldrine Ashong-Katai tell about a partnership that aims to improve health disparities in public housing neighborhoods, and Upstate pediatric anesthesiologist Joseph Resti, MD, goes over what to expect when a baby or older child faces surgery.

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Health insurers now pay for lung cancer screening for smokers, former smokers

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Low-dose computerized tomography scans can help locate lung cancers at the earliest, most treatable stages, says Upstate radiologist Santiago Miro, MD. He tells about the lung cancer screening program at Upstate (call 1-800-464-8668 for an appointment) which is now covered by most health insurance plans. It’s designed for people between the ages of 55 and 77 who have smoked what is known as “30 pack years.” That’s a pack a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years, or other variations. The testing is also for people who quit smoking within the last 15 years. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: December 27, 2015

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

Professor of psychiatry Stephen Faraone, PhD, provides an update on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Concussion expert Brian Rieger, PhD, tells about winter head injuries. Pulmonologist Lawrence Kurlandsky, MD (retired), explains his research into Christmas tree syndrome. And pediatrician Steven Blatt, MD, discusses what to do about dry skin.

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Check Up From the Neck Up: Encouraging loved ones to quit smoking

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Upstate psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, tells about research showing that what doctors say or don’t say has a big impact on whether someone stops smoking. He says the single best thing you can do for your health is to stop smoking, which likely will add six or seven years to your life. Upstate offers free smoking cessation classes.

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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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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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Legionnaires

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

 

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