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Archive for the ‘ neurology’ Category

Epilepsy in older adults

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Rebecca O'Dwyer, MDNeurologist Rebecca O’Dwyer, MD, talks about the increase in prevalence of epilepsy among older adults, and how symptoms in the elderly are often not recognized as seizures and thus treated incorrectly. O’Dwyer is a clinical instructor and epilepsy fellow in the Department of Neurology at Upstate Medical University. For more information, call 315 464-4243 and ask for Dr. O’Dwyer.


Headaches and vision problems

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Melissa W Ko, MDUpstate neuro-ophthalmologist Melissa Ko, MD talks about headaches, and how vision problems that accompany headaches might be brain related. Ko is an associate professor in Neurology and Ophthalmology at Upstate Medical University.


Hemorrhagic stroke — one patient’s experience and recovery

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Julius Gene S Latorre, MD, MPHWarren DarbyUpstate neurologist Gene Latorre, MD, is joined by his patient Warren Darby, who shares his personal experience and recovery from an hemorrhagic stroke. Latorre, director of neurocritical care at the Upstate Stroke Center, stresses the importance of receiving urgent evaluation at a specialized stroke center to decrease mortality and improve outcomes for stroke. Darby is Undersheriff for the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office. 

The Upstate Stroke Center is the first designated stroke center in Central New York, offering the region’s most comprehensive services and treatments.  Read the story in “What’s up at Upstate” blog. Listen to the interview: When you suspect a stroke, timing is everything.  For more information, or to make an appointment, call 315 464-8668 or toll free 800 464-8668.


New guideline for stroke prevention

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Antonio Culebras, MDUpstate neurologist Antonio Culebras, MD served as the lead author of an updated guideline from the American Academy of Neurology that recommends that people with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat, take oral anticoagulants, a type of blood thinner pill, to prevent stroke.  The World Stroke Organization has endorsed the updated guideline.  Read more: Guideline: People with Irregular Heartbeat Should Take Blood Thinners to Prevent Stroke


What’s going on with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) research?

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Jeremy M Shefner, MD, PhDJeremy Shefner, MD, PhD, professor and chair of Neurology at Upstate Medical University, talks about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Upstate’s Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Research and Treatment Center, which works closely with the Association’s Upstate New York Chapter, provides multidisciplinary care for people with ALS and conducts clinical trials on experimental therapies for ALS.  Upstate Medical University is one of the country’s leading clinical research sites for ALS, and is currently participating in several national and international trials.


Caring for someone with Parkinson’s disease

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Dragos L Mihaila, MDCarol Sames, PhDDragos Mihaila, MD, director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program at Upstate Medical University is joined by Carol Sames, PhD, director of Upstate’s Vitality Fitness Program, to help us understand Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. They stress the importance of exercise and nutritional balance as strategies for living well, and encourage their caregivers to follow that same advice. For more information about the Vitality program, call 315-464-9992.

The Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth sponsors two groups that meet monthly to provide education and support to patients and families dealing with this disease: On the first Monday of each month, 12:30 – 2 pm, at The Hearth at Greenpoint, 150 Old Liverpool Road, Liverpool; and on the second Tuesday of each month, 6 – 7:30 pm, at The Villas of Summerfield, 100 Summerfield Village Lane, Onondaga Hill off Velasko Road. For information, call 315-435-2362 x140 or email cstevenson@ongov.net.

Listen to the interview: “Living an active life with Parkinson’s disease


Living an active life with Parkinson’s disease

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Dragos L Mihaila, MDCarol Sames, PhDDragos Mihaila, MD, director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program at Upstate Medical University will talk about Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement  He is joined by Carol Sames, PhD, director of Upstate’s Vitality Fitness Program to describe how people can live an active life with the disease.

The Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth sponsors two groups that meet monthly to provide education and support to patients and families dealing with this disease: On the first Monday of each month, 12:30 – 2 pm, at The Hearth at Greenpoint, 150 Old Liverpool Road, Liverpool; and on the second Tuesday of each month, 6 – 7:30 pm, at The Villas of Summerfield, 100 Summerfield Village Lane, Onondaga Hill off Velasko Road.  For information, call 315-435-2362 x140 or email cstevenson@ongov.net.


Understanding sleep disorders and sleeping problems

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Antonio Culebras, MDDr. Antonio Culebras, Upstate neurologist and consultant for The Sleep Center at Upstate University Hospital’s Community campus, responds to a listener’s question about sleep paralysis.  Dr. Culebras also describes a full range of sleep disorders and events that occur while asleep that may lead to injuries.

To schedule an appointment with the sleep center, call 315-492-5877.


Research study to develop a new medical treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS)

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Burk Jubelt, MDDr. Burk Jubelt, professor of Neurology, Microbiology/Immunology and Neuroscience, and director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program at Upstate, will discuss multiple sclerosis (MS) — the chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves.  Dr. Jubelt is the principal investigator in a collaborative research study to develop a new medical treatment for the disease.  

Upstate is part of research collaborative recommended for $12M for study on stem cell treatment for multiple sclerosis stem cell treatment study for Multiple Sclerosis

 Multiple Sclerosis Clinic