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Archive for the ‘ public health’ Category

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


How technology will change health care delivery

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Kent Bottles, MDDr. Kent Bottles is a physician executive who has held leadership positions in academia, biotechnology and community health systems, and shares some ideas about what the future holds for medicine.  Encore presentation from February 2011. 


Research findings will help in the fight against dengue fever

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Anna M Stewart, PhD, MPAAnna Stewart-Ibarra PhD, MPA will talk about a study by an international team of researchers she led, on dengue fever. The research provided public health officials with information that will help decrease the risk of dengue, a life-threatening mosquito-borne viral disease that is now one of the fastest spreading tropical diseases globally. Stewart-Ibarra team discovered that certain household risk factors, combined with changes in rainfall and minimum temperature, could be used to predict the presence and abundance of the mosquito that transmits dengue fever. Stewart-Ibarra works in the Center for Global Health and Translational Science (CGHATS) at Upstate Medical University.
Read the story: Research findings will help in the fight against dengue, one of the fastest spreading tropical diseases
Learn more: Dengue fever research at Upstate
Upstate Active Clinical Trials Seeking Participants – Dengue Fever vaccine
For more information, call (315) 459-303


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.


What you need to know the human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Heather Shannon, certified nurse midwife and director of Upstate Midwifery and Gynecology, talks about the human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer, including methods of transmission, prevention, and recommended Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines from the American Cancer Society (ACS), American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP), and American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). For more information or to schedule an appointment for screening, call (315) 492-5875.


Understanding marijuana

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Gene Tinelli, MD, PhDAddiction psychiatrist Gene Tinelli, MD, PhD, helps us understand the medicinal value and risks of marijuana.  Read more: Why I changed my mind on weed, by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent.


An overview of adaptive physical education

Friday, October 11th, 2013

James Rimmer, PhDJames Rimmer, PhD, the Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences, was the keynote speaker for a recent conference on adaptive physical education. He shares a broad overview of where we are nationally with adaptive physical education in terms of policy and practice. Dr. Rimmer also directs the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability. For more information, call 1-800-900-8086.


How health care provider’s cultural competency can influence their outcomes

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Luis Castro, MDLuis Castro, MD, medical director of the Westside Family Health Center in Syracuse, and clinical associate professor in the department of Family Medicine at Upstate Medical University, will share his perspective on how health care providers’ cultural competency can influence their outcomes. 


‘Peds to Parents’ – Improving immunization rates in low-income populations

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Joseph B Domachowske, MD

Manika D Suryadevara, MD,Infectious disease specialists Joseph Domachowske, MD and Manika Suryadevara, MD, will reveal the reason why immunization rates among our local low-income population are now way higher than other parts of the country.  The pair led an effort to provide free flu shots to parents and children who registered for the Salvation Army’s annual holiday toy distribution, as part of a program designed provide education to participating families about the flu vaccine. Read the story

Read the study abstract: Community-centered education improves vaccination rates in children from low-income households
Estimated human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine coverage among adolescent girls aged 13–17 years, by number of doses— National Immunization Survey–Teen, United States, 2007–2012

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


Firearms safety

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

George Starr, MDRetired Upstate pediatrician George Starr, MD, fills us in on the current status of firearms safety efforts, including guidelines for responsible firearms ownership.
Firearm Safety — 10 Rules of Safe Gun Handling, from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)
www.safekids.org


‘Peds to Parents’ – What parents of young athletes need to know about concussions

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Brian Rieger, PhDPsychologist Brian Rieger, PhD, director of Upstate’s Concussion Management Program, tells parents of young athletes what they need to know about concussions  – including the symptoms, myths, recommendations, and what the concussion legislation has done (and not done) in the year since it passed. The Upstate Concussion Center, comprised of the Sports Concussion Center and Concussion Management Program, provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment services for concussion and sports concussion. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 315 464-8986.

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


Stigma surrounding mental illness grows in wake of mass shootings

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Leonard NewmanAs the school year approaches, we are joined by Leonard Newman, PhD, area director of the Social Psychology program at Syracuse University, to discuss the growing stigma attached to mental illness in the wake of recent mass shootings, and why it is so difficult to undermine.