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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.




How to safely dispose of needles, other sharp medical devices and expired or unused medications

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Nine law-enforcement offices throughout Onondaga County are now collection sites for needles, other sharp medical devices and expired or unused medications, thanks to a new effort to reduce availability and accessibility of drugs. Gail Banach, the director of public education and communication for the Upstate New York Poison Center, explains how the program works and points to guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration for the safe disposal of medications. 


Powdered caffeine comes with deadly risk

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

A concentrated form of powdered caffeine — 1 teaspoon equals 25 cups of coffee — is becoming popular among young people seeking an energy boost, but it can kill, according to William Eggleston, PharmD, a pharmacist at the Upstate New York Poison Center. Unregulated and sold cheaply over the Internet, the powder has been linked to two deaths and carries a high risk of accidental overdose, since 3 or 4 teaspoons is enough to kill an average adult.


Poison expert: Powdered alcohol would endanger children

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Michele CalivaExperts in substance abuse are warning parents about a product that may soon be for sale: powdered alcohol, says Michele Caliva, RN, administrative director of the Upstate New York Poison Center at Upstate Medical University. One packet of what is called “Palcohol,”mixed with 5 ounces of liquid, creates a drink as strong as a shot of vodka. The packets resemble Capri Sun drinks and come in flavors, which Caliva fears would be attractive to children and easy to carry, conceal and abuse. The federal government has approved its sale, but a bill in Congress would ban it because of its potential danger to children.


Learn the dangers of synthetic marijuana use

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Ross Sullivan, MDDoctors and nurses at Upstate University Hospital’s emergency department are seeing a sudden influx of patients with violent reactions to synthetic marijuana, says Ross Sullivan, MD, director of the medical toxicology consultation service and an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Upstate. Calling it an epidemic, Sullivan stresses the need to alert the public to the illegal drug’s dangers — including coma, extreme agitation and possible death — and the efforts to track down its shadowy ingredients and sources.


New dangers: e-cigarette cartridges, and heroin-laced oxycontin

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Michele CalivaMichele Caliva, RN, administrative director of the Upstate New York Poison Center at Upstate Medical University, shares the newest dangers related to e-cigarette cartridges, and heroin-laced oxycontin. Read more:


Heroin use on the rise in Central New York

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Michele CalivaNicholas E Nacca, MD Michele Caliva, RN, administrative director of the Upstate New York Poison Center at Upstate Medical University, is joined by medical toxicology fellow Nicholas Nacca, MD, to discuss the alarming increase in heroin use and heroin-related deaths. They also talk about the use of naloxone, a life-saving nasal spray that immediately reverses the effects of heroin.  Read the story: Heroin in CNY: Firefighters put out users’ high    


‘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


The dangers of opioids and the new flesh-eating drug ‘Krokodil’

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Jeanna M Marraffa, PHARMD, DABAT, FAACT

Jeanna Marraffa, clinical toxicologist in the Upstate New York Poison Center, talks about the dangers of opioids – medications that relieve pain, such as hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin), oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin, Percocet), morphine (e.g., Kadian, Avinza) and codeine. Marraffa describes an extremely addictive injectable opioid called krokodil (pronounced like crocodile), known as the “flesh-eating drug”, so named because users report black or green scaly skin as a side effect.  Read the story: Flesh-Eating Street Drug from Russia Hits the US.  For more information, call 11-800-222-1222.


3/25/12 Lead poisoning in children

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Pediatrician Howard L Weinberger, MDHoward Weinberger, Medical Director of the Central/Eastern NY State Regional Lead Poisoning Resource Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, discusses the problem of lead poisoning in children.

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The Central/Eastern New York Lead Poisoning Resource Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital


1/22/12 Environmental toxicants and children’s health

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Brooks Gump PhD MPHBrooks Gump, associate professor in Syracuse University’s Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition, speaks about what toxins from our environment are doing to our children’s health.