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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.

Social media’s power can overwhelm at-risk individuals, especially teens

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Mirabelle Mattar, MDTheresa Blatchford, MDAlthough social media offers unprecedented opportunities for positive communication, it can also be associated with bullying, depression and even suicide. Upstate’s Mirabelle Mattar, MD, a fellow in child and adolescent psychiatry, and Theresa Blatchford, MD, a fourth-year psychiatry resident, found in their research that teens are especially at risk for these negative effects.

Prostate cancer includes emotional challenges

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Aliya M Hafeez, MD ABIHMAliya Hafeez, MD, the chief psychiatric consultant at Upstate Cancer Center, tells about the emotional challenges of a prostate cancer diagnosis, and the importance of communication during trying times.

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. 

The life’s work of Thomas Szasz

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Drs. Haldipur and Daly with Linda CohenUpstate psychiatrists Chaitanya Haldipur, MD and Robert Daly, MD, talk about the life’s work and legacy of psychiatrist and academic Thomas Szasz, MD. Szasz was Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Upstate Medical University and Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and Humanist of the Year (1973).
Haldipur and Daly are Emeritus Professors of Psychiatry at Upstate Medical University.


Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Ronald Pies, MDPsychiatrist Ronald Pies, MD, gives an overview of depression–who is most affected, how is it treated most successfully, and how to help a friend who says they are depressed. Pies is professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Upstate Medical University and Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston; and editor-in-chief emeritus of the Psychiatric Times.

Understanding the difference between grief and depression

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Ronald Pies, MDPsychiatrist Ronald Pies, MD, helps us understand the difference between grief and depression, and discusses his two newly released books, one a collection of essays on psychiatry and the other, a novel. Pies is a professor of psychiatry at Upstate Medical University and Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston; and editor-in-chief emeritus, Psychiatric Times. New books by Dr. Pies: Psychiatry on the Edge (Nova Publishing); and The Director of Minor Tragedies (iUniverse)