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An overview of autism

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Psychologist Henry S Roane, PhDHenry Roane, PhD gives an overview of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – the possible causes, diagnosis, and treatment protocols – and a new study from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that shows a significant increase in autism rates.  Roane is the G. S. Liptak Professor of Child Development in the Department of Pediatrics at Upstate Medical University. Read the story: Autism rates now 1 in 68 U.S. children: CDCFamily Behavior Analysis Clinic at Upstate.  For more information, call 464-3950.


Mysterious polio-like illness affecting children in California

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Leonard B Weiner, MDLeonard Weiner, MD, division chief of infectious disease at Upstate, discusses the report of a new syndrome that is being closely watched in California that is causing polio-like symptoms in children. To date, about 20 cases have been identified in the U.S. in the past 18 months, all in California. Read the story: ‘About 20′ cases of polio-like illness found in California


Exploring why the urge to smoke begins in utero

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Steven L Youngentob, PhDSteven Youngentob, PhD, professor in Upstate’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, explains the fascinating results of his recently published study on the effects of nicotine exposure in utero.  Read the study: Fetal Nicotine Exposure Increases Preference for Nicotine Odor in Early Postnatal and Adolescent, but Not Adult, Rats

Developmental Exposure Alcohol Research Center 


‘Peds to Parents’: How to avoid lead poisoning in children

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Upstate Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics Howard L Weinberger, MD Howard Weinberger, MD, provides an overview of lead poisoning, which occurs when lead builds up in the body over a period of time and can cause serious health problems.  He shares some simple precautions that can help prevent it, and treatments that are available.  Weinberger is the Director of the Central/Eastern New York Lead Poisoning Resource Center, and an Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics at Upstate.

Information for Families: How Do Children Get Lead Poisoning?


‘Peds to Parents’: Preventing poisonings in children

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

richard cantor, mdJeanna M Marraffa, PHARMD, DABAT, FAACTRichard Cantor, MD, director of the Pediatric Emergency Department and medical director of the Upstate New York Poison Center at Upstate Medical University, and Jeanna Marraffa, PharmD, clinical toxicologist at the Upstate New York Poison Center, talk about how to poison-proof your home and protect the children you love.  

Upstate New York Poison Center: 1-800-222-1222 – remember to program this number to your phone!

Safe Kids Upstate NY Coalition
Safe Kids Worldwide

Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers


Music therapy at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Clare ArezinaMusic therapist Clare Arezina talks about the role of music therapy in the Child Life Program at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Music therapists assess a patient’s needs, develop a treatment plan using music, and provide music interventions according to the treatment plan.  View the video


‘Peds to Parents’: Adding dental care to well-child appointments

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Steven D Blatt, MDUpstate pediatrician Patrick B Smith, DDS,Steven Blatt MD is joined by Patrick Smith DDS, program director of the residency dental service at Upstate, to talk about the importance of dental care for children.  They discuss a new $65,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital that will integrate preventive dental and oral health screenings into routine well-child exams. 
Read the story: Golisano Children’s Hospital receives grant for dental care.

Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers


‘Peds to Parents’ – Pediatric dialysis center coming to Syracuse

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Upstate pediatric nephrologist Scott J Schurman, MDScott Schurman, MD, shares plans for a dedicated outpatient pediatric dialysis center that will be housed on the fifth floor of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. The new center will provide a pediatric-friendly environment for pediatric hemodialysis patients, including access to support services, a pediatric nurse case manager, and a home dialysis-training program. Read the story: Pediatric dialysis center to provide specialized care for young patients

Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers


‘Peds to Parents’ – The importance of a safe sleeping environment for infants

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Amanda GriffinClemencia MolinaSafe Kids Upstate NY Coalition, which is led by Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, is launching a Safe Sleep Awareness Campaign to remind parents to keep their child’s sleeping environment free of clutter and encourage safe sleeping practices. Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Amanda Griffin, coordinator of the Safe Kids program, is joined by Clemencia Molina, regional coordinator of the Central New York Sudden Infant and Child Death Resource Center, REACH CNY, Inc., to share this important message and talk about the new sleep sacks they are making available to newborns and infant patients at Upstate. In conjunction with SIDS Awareness Month, Safe Kids Upstate NY Coalition, led by Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, recently launched a Safe Sleep Awareness Campaign.  For more information, call (315) 424-0009 x108

What Does Safe Sleep Look Like, from the National Institutes for Health
YNN coverage: Parents urged to practice crib safety 
CNY Central coverage: New warning about soft crib bumpers that could suffocate babies
WAER-FM88
coverage: Safe To Sleep Campaign Kicks Off at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers



The benefits of pre-kindergarten education

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Retired Syracuse University psychology professor Peter Knoblock, PhDPeter Knoblock, PhD, is a leading authority on autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Forty years ago, he founded the Jowonio School to serve students with special needs and advocate for inclusive classrooms. Knoblock shares his perspective on the value of a pre-kindergarten education, and his views on full-day versus half-day kindergarten.  Read the story.


Adapting physical education to include those with disabilities

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Nienka Dosa, MDPeyton SefickUpstate developmental pediatrician Nienke Dosa, MD, MPH, talks about the main issues that remain regarding children with disabilities in terms of access to physical education and sports activities. She is joined by Peyton Sefick, a Syracuse University graduate assistant and power wheelchair soccer player who has been highly active in promoting adaptive sports. They are both involved in the Fitness Inclusion Network (Fit-IN), a collaborative initiative launched in 2013 with support from the Upstate Foundation/Golisano Children’s Hospital, SUNY Cortland Department of Physical Education, and the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. Dosa is a senior fellow at Syracuse University’s Burton Blatt Institute and the first professor of Child Health Policy at Upstate.  Sefick was selected to play on Team USA, which won the 2012 FIPFA World Cup, and is the team captain for CNY United, which won the 2012 Champions Cup.

For more information about power soccer, call (315) 345-1941 or (315) 546-3706, or email seffam@yahoo.com or peytonsefick@gmail.com.
Resources: PEcentral.org - The premier site for health & physical education teachers, parents and students. The Adapted Physical Education National Standards (APENS)

Exploring doctor-patient electronic communications

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Jennifer G Christner, MD Pediatrician Jennifer Christner, MD, associate dean for curriculum at Upstate Medical University, discusses her research showing that parents want to have email communications with their child’s pediatrician. She is joined by Neal Seidberg, MD, Upstate University Hospital chief medical information officer, will talk about Upstate’s MyChart program.  The program was implemented in January 2012, beginning with Upstate’s Family Medicine practice, and will expand incrementally to cover all Upstate ambulatory patients. 
Read the article: What parents want from emails with their pediatrician: implications for teaching communication skills