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Ordinary people can help deter suicide, experts say

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Asking whether someone is contemplating suicide can be a way to let that person talk about his or her troubles and perhaps find some relief or hope, crisis intervention experts say. Cheryl Giarrusso (at left in photo) and Stephanie Lewis (at right), who both work for the Contact Community Services Crisis Intervention Services program, say a common misconception about suicide is that people should avoid mentioning the word to someone who is suspected of being suicidal. They describe warning signs, the role of social media and how ordinary people can help. Contact runs a 24-hour hotline (315-251-0600) to help prevent suicides as well as community training. 


Check Up from the Neck Up: A reality check for would-be dieters

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

What’s realistic when it comes to weight loss? Psychologist Rich O’Neil, PhD, talks about the challenges of losing weight and keeping it off in this week’s “Check Up from the Neck Up” essay.


HealthLink on Air radio show/podcast: May 29, 2016

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

May 29, 2016

Vascular surgeon Michael Costanza, MD, goes over the importance of screening for vascular diseases. Research scientist Stephen Glatt, PhD, discusses the genetic epidemiology of neuropsychiatric disorders. Meaghan Greeley and Tiffany Brec from Vera House talk about strategies for stopping sexual violence.


HealthLink on Air radio show/podcast: May 22, 2016

Friday, May 20th, 2016

May 22, 2016

Stephen Glatt, PhD, and Seetha Ramanathan, MD, talk about Mental Health First Aid. Nurse Cathy Narcavage-Bradley tells what new and expectant parents need to know. Jennifer Kelly, DO, explains the role of the endocrine system in osteoporosis. Psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, provides a “Check Up from the Neck Up.”


Mental health researchers focus on interplay of nature, nurture

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

The debate over whether nature (genes) or nurture (environment) contributes more to mental and other disorders is moving toward how nature and nurture interact. A genetically predisposed person might be “resilient” and never develop a mental disorder, perhaps because of environmental factors, says Stephen Glatt, PhD, an associate professor of neuroscience and physiology at Upstate. Fast-moving research in this area is also examining whether environmentally acquired traits could then be passed on to one’s children. Glatt is recruiting families with children ages 6 to 12 (both with and without mental health issues) for a large genetic study he is conducting. 


Mental Health First Aid trains lay people to deal with mentally ill youth

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

The earlier a mental health problem can be identified and dealt with, the better. That is part of the reasoning behind increased funding to expand Mental Health First Aid, a longstanding program in Central New York, say Seetha Ramanathan, MD, (at left in photo) a psychiatrist with the state Office of Mental Health, and Stephen Glatt, PhD, an Upstate associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences (at right). The program, used worldwide, trains lay people to recognize mental problems in young people and direct them to services, while fostering empathy and lessening the stigma of mental illness.


Awareness, courage recommended to overcome sexual violence

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Countering sexual violence can start with a conversation to raise awareness and encourage people to speak out and intervene If necessary. This applies to college campuses as well as the larger society, say Meaghan Greeley (at left in photo)  and Tiffany Brec (at right in photo) of Vera House, a Central New York agency that deals with domestic and sexual violence. In community sessions about sexual violence, Brec and Greeley encourage people to think about the culture’s and their own attitudes, the role of bystanders and how violent acts eventually affect society as a whole.


HealthLink on Air radio show: May 15, 2016

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

May 15, 2016

Upstate surgeon Scott Albert, MD, explains the new way of thinking about thyroid cancer. Upstate toxicologist William Eggleston tells of the dangers of hydrocarbons and commonly abused medications. Support group facilitator Christine Kowaleski discusses postpartum depression and psychosis with Central New York mother Heather Sherman.


Help is available for new or expectant mothers with depression, anxiety

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Postpartum depression and anxiety are fairly common, says Christine Kowaleski (at right in photo), a nurse practitioner who facilitates a support group for new mothers and expectant mothers. Taking part in that group is Heather Sherman (at left in photo) of Baldwinsville, who shares her personal postpartum story of suicidal thoughts and her struggles to find treatment and help others with similar problems. Kowaleski, an associate professor at Crouse Hospital’s Pomeroy College of Nursing, also explains the differences between “baby blues” and postpartum depression and tells how to get help (call 315-470-7940 to register for the free, weekly support group).


HealthLink on Air radio show: May 1, 2016

Friday, April 29th, 2016

May 1, 2016

Jack Wohlers, PhD, of Centre Syracuse tells about detection and treatment of eating disorders. Rich O’Neill, PhD, talks about how to help a loved one struggling with addiction. Upstate graduate Michael Weiner, MD, discusses an Alzheimer’s disease research project that seeks participants.


Early detection important for treating eating disorders

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating, can be viewed as a way to cope with life changes and stress, says psychologist Jack Wohlers, PhD. These complex disorders often occur during the transition from childhood to adolescence and from adolescence to early adulthood, says Wohlers, the clinical director of Centre Syracuse, a treatment program for adults and teens with eating disorders. He describes the secretive behaviors and shame that can be associated with these disorders and the importance of early detection and treatment.


Advice for coping with a loved one’s addiction

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Handling an alcoholic or drug-addicted loved one is a particularly thorny issue because people worry that frank talk about the problem might endanger their relationship, says psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD. O’Neill touches on the related issues of enabling, tough love, blame and interventions and advises that people who keep silent about the love one’s addiction will likely lose the relationship anyway.