Syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea and chlamydia are on the rise, according to Heather Shannon, a certified nurse midwife and director of midwifery and gynecology at Upstate. Regular screenings, watching for symptoms and seeking treatment if infected all help limit the spread of STDs and their often dangerous consequences, she said.
Heather Shannon, MS, CNM, NP, MPH: Sexually transmitted diseases: Still here, still dangerousPlay Now | Download
Aliya Hafeez, MD, the chief psychiatric consultant at Upstate Cancer Center, tells about the emotional challenges of a prostate cancer diagnosis, and the importance of communication during trying times.
Aliya Hafeez, MD: Prostate cancer includes emotional challengesPlay Now | Download
Learn about Men to Men, a prostate cancer support group that has existed in the Syracuse area since the mid-90′s. Ray Straub, one of the group’s facilitators, talks about the meetings with Jason Warchal, from the American Cancer Society. The group meets at 5 p.m. the last Thursday of month at the HealthLink offices in East Syracuse. Spouses and partners are welcome. Please call Upstate Connect at 315 464-8668 for more information.
Jason Warchal & Ray Straub: Men to Men group (prostate cancer)Play Now | Download
Oncologist Srinivas Vourganti, MD tells what you need to know about bladder cancer, the 4th leading cancer diagnosed in men – how it’s diagnosed, how it’s treated and what preventives and screenings are recommended. Vourganti is assistant professor of Urology at Upstate Medical University.
Upstate family planning expert Renee Mestad, MD is joined by Kazim Chohan, PhD, director of Upstate’s Andrology Laboratory, to discuss the findings of Chohan’s recent study on common sexual lubricants and their impact on conception. They also talk about other things that may impede a couples’ chances of conceiving.
Upstate urologic oncologist Srinivas Vourganti, MD talks about prostate cancer, and shares a new diagnostic procedure at Upstate to pinpoint prostate cancer. The technique fuses pre-biopsy magnetic resonance images of the prostate with ultrasound-guided biopsy images to diagnose exactly where tumors are located within the prostate gland. For more information, call 315 464-6117.
Exercise physiologist Carol Sames, PhD discusses recent research that identifies numerous previously unknown ways in which regular exercise reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer, helps control diabetes and boosts brainpower. Sames is the Director of Upstate’s Vitality! program, which was conceived as a natural extension of the programs and activities offered through the traditional health care system. For more information or to enroll in the Vitality! program, call (315) 464-9992. Read the story: Researchers Explain Why Exercise Works Magic, The Scientific American.
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Upstate clinical social worker Kathleen Deters-Hayes gives an overview of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder – or compulsive overheating. She describes the various symptoms and treatments, and recommends talking to your primary care provider to discuss the best course of treatment for you.
Zafer 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
Zafer Soultan, MD and Dragos Manta, MD: Common sleep problems and treatmentsPlay Now | Download