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HealthLink on Air radio show: November 22, 2015

Friday, November 20th, 2015

November 22, 2015

Gynecologist Renee Mestad, MD, tells about the new medication designed to boost a woman’s libido. Endovascular neurosurgeon Grahame Gould, MD, discusses advances in stroke treatment. Philip Rose, a program coordinator at the Prevention Network of Central New York, provides an update on underage drinking. Orthopedic surgeon William Lavelle, MD, tells how to deal with a muscle pull, or knot, in a shoulder.


HealthLink on Air radio show: November 15, 2015

Monday, November 16th, 2015

November 15, 2015

On this week’s edition of Upstate Medical University‘s “HealthLink on Air”: Bruce Simmons, MD, gives an update on preventing the flu this season. Neurologist Antonio Culebras, MD, talks about how to get enough sleep at all stages of life. Psychiatrists Mantosh Dewan, MD, and Swati Shivale, MD, discuss the art and science of prescribing. Psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, provides a Check Up from the Neck Up, and literary journal editor Deirdre Neilen, PhD, reads a selection from the “The Healing Muse.”



HealthLink on Air radio show: October 18, 2015

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

October 18, 2015:

On this week’s edition of Upstate Medical University’s “HealthLink on Air”: Michael Weiner, MD, explains his research on Alzheimer’s disease and the Brain Health Registry. Neurologist Hesham Masoud, MBBCh, tells about interventional neuroradiology and its role in stroke care. Gail Banach from the Upstate New York Poison Center unveils a new program in Onondaga County for disposing of medical needles and medications.




Neurologist tells how to get good sleep

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Lack of sleep can stem from many causes, and few people are taught good sleep habits, according to Upstate neurologist Antonio Culebras, MD, a consultant at the Upstate Sleep Center. People should follow a routine and limit alcohol, caffeine and screen time before bed to ensure sufficient, uninterrupted sleep, says Culebras, who recommends the “Ten Commandments” of good sleep from the World Association of Sleep Medicine; Culebras is co-chair of that organization’s annual World Sleep Day.


Today’s stroke care is rapid, precise and minimally invasive

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Some patients who suffer strokes have a clot blocking the blood flow in a vessel in their brains. Quickly getting into the vessel, securing the clot and removing it can be life-saving, says a neurologist at Upstate Medical University. Hesham Masoud, MBBCh, said he has been fortunate to see patients go home from the hospital two days after such clot-retrieving procedures — with no deficits. Masoud is a new member of the team of health professionals at Upstate’s Comprehensive Stroke Center, the first in Central New York.  


Understanding epilepsy and other seizure disorders

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Robert Beach, MD, PhDNot everyone who has a seizure has epilepsy, which involves recurrent, unprovoked seizures, including the convulsive kind many people think of and the nonconvulsive kind, which might involve staring off into space, said Robert Beach, MD, PhD, a professor of neurology at Upstate. Treatment of epilepsy, which affects more than 2 million Americans, can involve drugs, diet, laser-assisted surgery or a device that stimulates the vagus nerve, he explained.


How to recognize a stroke, and why getting to a comprehensive stroke center promptly is crucial

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Carmen M Martinez, MDCatherine Stephens, RNNeurologist Carmen Martinez, MD, and Catherine Stephens, RN, explain why time is critical for someone suffering a stroke. Learn the symptoms, and what happens at Upstate University Hospital even before a stroke patient arrives to the emergency department. They also talk about the value of getting care at a comprehensive stroke center.


All about migraine headaches

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Luis J Mejico, MDLuis Mejico, MD, provides an overview of migraine headaches, starting with how they are diagnosed, and their symptoms, which can be debilitating for some sufferers. Mejico, a professor of neurology and ophthalmology at Upstate, also goes over the common triggers as well as the three types of treatment. He says some behavioral modifications prove helpful. Also, some medications are used as preventives, to lessen the frequency or severity of migraines, while other medications (as well as some vitamins and minerals) are prescribed for use during a migraine headache.


Upstate seeks participants for national Alzheimer’s study

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Amy E Sanders, MD, MSResearchers at Upstate are seeking patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s diseases for a national study of a promising new medication. “It may have the potential to modify the pace of the disease,” neurologist Amy Sanders, MD, said of the drug, called T-817MA. Participants must be between the ages of 55 and 85 with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and currently taking donepezil, or Aricept. Also in this interview, Sanders discusses what to expect as a normal part of cognitive aging.


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.