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Upstate expands pediatric diabetes care as rates among youth increase

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Roberto Izquierdo, MDTwenty years ago, Roberto Izquierdo, MD, might have seen one pediatric case of Type 2 diabetes a year; now he sees 20 or 30. The increase is related to rising obesity in children, said Izquierdo, a professor of medicine and pediatrics and associate director of Upstate’s Joslin Diabetes Center. Type 2 diabetes, much more common than Type 1, usually requires changes in the young patient’s dietary, exercise and video-screen habits to avoid problems with kidneys, eyes, nerves and blood vessels that can result from diabetes, he said.


Gifted children’s behaviors can lead to mislabeling, misdiagnoses

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

George Starr, MDThe stereotype of the gifted child is one who does well in school but in reality can have a hard time and be mislabeled or misdiagnosed because their behaviors unsettle adults, says George Starr, MD, emeritus clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Upstate. A gifted child might be socially awkward, intense and sensitive, and Starr advises doctors, parents and teachers to view the whole child, not just the unsettling behaviors, to avoid marginalization.


Hysteria, or conversion reaction, in children is dramatic but not as exotic as it seems

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

George Starr, MDConversion disorder, or hysteria, in children can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms — pains, tics, numbness — appear real, according to George Starr, MD, an emeritus clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Upstate. This disorder is not all that exotic among kids, however, and can be considered as a reaction to stress or anxiety, like an adult’s migraine headache, says Starr, who describes noted mass hysteria outbreaks in Upstate New York and in Atlanta


Croup is a childhood disease that often sounds scarier than it is

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Jennifer Nead, MDCroup is a common childhood illness, but it produces a barking cough and a high-pitched inhalation noise that can unnerve parents. Usually, croup will resolve itself with time, but more severe cases might need treatment by a medical care provider, said Jennifer Nead, MD, a pediatric hospitalist at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Nead, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Upstate Medical University, also describes the current evidence about humid air treatments for croup.


Parents’ behavior key to long life for kids

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Melissa Schafer, MDAs a parent and a pediatrician, Melissa Schafer, MD, was alarmed a few years ago to learn the life expectancy of American children was shorter than that of their parents — because of childhood obesity. Schafer, an assistant professor of pediatrics who practices at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, is also concerned about adult obesity. That’s why she stresses the need for parents to model healthy eating and exercise habits to their children.


Will early exposure to peanut products reduce allergies later in life?

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Deborah A Goldman, MDDeborah Goldman, MD, talks about the recently published study suggesting that peanut allergies can be curbed if parents expose infants to peanut products. This suggestion is the opposite of what has been standard practice, she explains. Goldman is an assistant professor of pediatrics and the division chief of gastroenterology and nutrition at Upstate.


Positive Parenting, part two: Discipline without mistreatment

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Alicia Pekarsky, MDAssistant professor Alicia Pekarsky, MD, talks about guiding children to socially appropriate and positive behaviors, and what constitutes child maltreatment, in this segment about positive parenting.


The one-room school inside Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Mary Ellen MichalenkoTeacher Mary Ellen Michalenko tells about the hospital school within the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, where hospitalized children of all ages are able to keep up with their schoolwork during medical treatment.


Parenting in a positive way

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Alicia R Pekarsky, MDPediatrician Alicia Pekarsky, MD, explains the principles of discipline and why spanking — though legal in New York — is never a good idea. Recent studies have shown that corporal punishment is ineffective and linked to aggression, poor mental health and antisocial behavior.


One mom’s appeal for flu vaccination: Influenza kills otherwise healthy children every year

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Jana Shaw, MDJoseph Marotta was a healthy kindergartner when he contracted — and died from — the H1N1 flu. Today his parents advocate for influenza vaccination through the organization, Families Fighting Flu. Hear their story, and hear from infectious disease expert, Dr. Jana Shaw in this heartbreaking interview.


Upstate pediatric mental health researchers receive $2.8 million federal grant

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Stephen Glatt, PhDStephen Glatt, PhD, explains a pediatric mental health project that recently received a $2.8 million federal grant. He and colleagues are looking for 700 families to participate in the project, which explores the genetic similarities among children with a variety of behavioral, emotional or psychiatric disorders. Glatt is the director of the Psychiatric Genetic Epidemiology and Neurobiology Laboratory at Upstate Medical University. 


Pediatric inflammatory bowel disease

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Prateek D Wali, MDPediatric gastroenterologist Prateek Wali, MD, explains the basics of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in children – who is affected, what are the causes, how it’s diagnosed and treated, and what Upstate has to offer. Wali is assistant professor of Pediatrics and interim division chief of Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Upstate Medical University.  Read more: GI Kids,and Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America