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A look at how big institutions are going green

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Thomas Pelis

Environmental concerns are now built into the way many big institutions work, and the results can also save money. Thomas Pelis, assistant vice president for facilities and planning sustainability at Upstate, decribes the medical university’s “holistic” process of constructing buildings to conserve water, recycling medical instruments to save money or food waste to cut trash disposal costs and looks at where this might lead in the future.

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New screenings for kids include cholesterol, depression, HIV

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

 

Beth Nelsen, MD

New guidelines suggesting that all children be screened for high cholesterol, depression and HIV are based on research showing rising numbers of kids with those problems, explains Upstate pediatrician Beth Nelsen, MD. Ages vary for the screenings — from 9 to 11 for cholesterol, and from 16 to 19 for HIV – which are updated  annually by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Many tests, including for anemia and heart failure, have already been added by pediatricians during checkups, Nelsen said.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: December 13, 2015

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

December 13, 2015

Upstate pediatrician Beth Nelsen, MD, discusses the new screening guidelines for children and adolescents. Health sciences librarian Cristina Pope tells about the Healthy Pets Project. Registered dietitian nutritionist Maureen Franklin gives advice on holiday eating.

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Urban gardening yields multifaceted harvest

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Urban gardening programs can yield more than just fresh produce — they can unite neighborhoods, teach life skills and promote healthy eating and social justice. Several organizations in Syracuse sponsor gardening projects and also work together to promote the idea. Upstate pediatricians Travis Hobart, MD (left), and Joseph Nimeh, MD, describe how their interests in gardening and promoting health led them to join the process.

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Pets offer a way to learn about healthy living

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Cristina PopePeople can feel so bombarded with messages about their health that they stop listening. But they might listen to a message about their pet’s health. That’s the “back door” to teaching people about their own health, says the director of Upstate’s Health Sciences Library, Cristina Pope, who has started The Healthy Pet Project with funding from the National Institutes of Health. Through seminars at local libraries, people learn how to care for their cats and dogs, but also how closely their pets’ needs and diseases parallel their own.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: December 6, 2015

Friday, December 4th, 2015

December 6, 2015

radio showPhysical therapist Patrick VanBeveren talks about lifelong brain health. Transplant surgeon Rainer Gruessner, MD, discusses kidney and pancreas transplant options. Pediatricians Travis Hobart, MD, and Joseph Nimeh, MD, explain how food relates to social justice and nutrition.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: November 22, 2015

Friday, November 20th, 2015

November 22, 2015

Gynecologist Renee Mestad, MD, tells about the new medication designed to boost a woman’s libido. Endovascular neurosurgeon Grahame Gould, MD, discusses advances in stroke treatment. Philip Rose, a program coordinator at the Prevention Network of Central New York, provides an update on underage drinking. Orthopedic surgeon William Lavelle, MD, tells how to deal with a muscle pull, or knot, in a shoulder.

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Best flu season advice: Get your flu shot

Monday, November 16th, 2015

The average person’s best protection against the flu is an annual shot, and everyone over the age of six months should get vaccinated, with few exceptions, says Bruce Simmons, MD, director of employee/student health at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

Except for people with bad reactions or egg allergies, a shot is the best prevention against this highly contagious influenza virus, which is spread by droplets from infected people and can cause severe fatigue and fever as well as complicate chronic illnesses, Simmons notes. He also advises washing one’s hands and avoiding contact with flu sufferers as addition preventive measures in the October-to-May flu season.

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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.”

 

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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.

 

 

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How to assess sugars, artificial sweeteners

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Choosing among natural sugars and artificial sweeteners can be daunting. Fortunately, much of the information you need about sweeteners is on the food’s label, allowing you to see the calories, carbohydrates and other nutritional information, says Maureen Franklin, a registered dietitian nutritionist at Upstate. Franklin also explains differences among the various sweeteners and how they can affect individuals differently, as well as the key factors in all dietary decisions.

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Dietary expert discusses nutrition trends, easy tips for better eating at home

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Registered dietitian nutritionist Maureen Franklin, who works at Upstate, explains some recent trends and offers practical tips for healthy, affordable eating, including homemade ways to satisfy a busy family with kids. For more information and recipes, she recommends the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “What’s Cooking?” site

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