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Check Up from the Neck Up: Thankful for positivity

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, reminds us of the power of positive thinking as we prepare to gather for Thanksgiving.


Check Up from the Neck Up: How to be 10 times more likely to succeed

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, explains how among people who want to change their behavior, those who make resolutions to change are 10 times more successful. The best resolutions are “SMART” resolutions — specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic and timed.


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: November 1, 2015

Friday, October 30th, 2015

November 1, 2015:

On this week’s edition of Upstate Medical University‘s “HealthLink on Air”: Registered dietitian nutritionist Maureeen Franklin provides a nutrition update. Psychiatrist Thomas Schwartz, MD, gives an overview of bipolar disorder. And gynecologist Howard Weinstein, MD, explains the causes of and treatments for abnormal uterine bleeding.


HealthLink on Air radio show: October 25, 2015

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

October 25, 2015:

On this week’s edition of Upstate Medical University‘s “HealthLink on Air”: Pediatrician Ann Botash, MD, addresses child sexual abuse. Project manager Jeanette Zoeckler talks about occupational dangers that low-wage workers face. Psychiatrist Ronald Pies, MD, discusses whether mental illness is linked to violence.




Patients who don’t take medications as prescribed create ‘non-adherence’ problem that can be deadly

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Illness, death and annual health costs of billions of dollars result from people not taking their medicines as prescribed. This age-old problem, called non-adherence, happens all over the world, says Upstate psychiatry resident Swati Shivale, MD (right), who researched the issue with Mantosh Dewan, MD (left), distinguished service professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. The solution they suggest is for doctors to carefully explain the condition and treatment to their patients, who understand and accept responsibility for taking their medicines.


HealthLink on Air radio show: October 11, 2015

Friday, October 9th, 2015

October 11, 2015:

On this week’s edition of Upstate Medical University’s “HealthLink on Air”: Pediatric rheumatologist Caitlin Sgarlat Deluca, DO, tells of adding integrative medicine to rheumatology. Pediatric infectious disease expert Jana Shaw, MD, provides an update on vaccinations. Psychologist Kevin Antshel, PhD, explains the psychopathology of autism.


Check Up from the Neck Up: Keeping TV out of the background helps keep family in the foreground

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, talks about research from the University of Massachusetts that shows parents spend less time engaged with their children when a television is turned on in the same room.


HealthLink On Air radio show: October 4, 2015

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

October 4, 2015:

On this week’s edition of Upstate Medical University’s “HealthLink on Air”: Ramsay Farah, MD, discusses melanoma, the diagnosis former President Jimmy Carter recently disclosed. David Keith, MD, goes over theories of family therapy. Meghan Jacobs, MD, discusses the effects of corporal punishment.



Don’t try to connect mass killings to mental illness, psychiatrist advises

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Ronald Pies, MDThe link between mental illness and mass shootings is weak, and predicting who might become a mass killer is probably impossible, despite popular notions to the contrary. That’s the opinion of Upstate psychiatry professor Ronald Pies, MD, who notes that severely mentally ill people commit only 5 percent of violent crimes and 10 percent of homicides. Most mentally ill people are not violent, he said, noting that “we might better spend our time looking at people involved in barroom brawls or domestic violence, not people with schizophrenia.”


Treatments can tame, not cure, bipolar disorder

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Thomas Schwartz, MDBipolar disorder, which provokes dramatic mood swings and can wreck one’s life, is not curable but is treatable, said Thomas Schwartz, MD, vice chair of the Upstate Psychiatry Department. The hallmark of the disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a sustained period of elevated mood, energy and activity that can provoke impulsive and destructive behavior, followed by or mixed with a period of depression. Popular media often focus on the extreme aspects of bipolarity, Schwartz said, adding that maintaining a regular sleep schedule as well as medications and psychiatric treatment can help control the disorder.


Family is seen as key to individual’s therapy

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

David Keith, MDFamily therapy – having a whole family take part in an individual’s therapy – can shake up relationships and open up new possibilities. David Keith, MD, director of family therapy in the Upstate Psychiatry Department, traces this treatment from its revolutionary origins under psychiatrists such as his late mentor, Carl Whitaker, MD, whom he profiles in a new book, and explains how family therapy should be a human, not a mechanical, process of discovery.