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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.  


Organ donation-the gift of life

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Rob KochikRob Kochik, executive director of the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, discusses the history and importance of organ donation, and how you can help. With hundreds on waiting lists locally for kidneys, livers and hearts, he shares ways to become an organ donor, how to make the decision and discuss with your family, and some of the myths about why people don’t sign up.  Register to become a donor now.
Watch the videos: Considering the Gift of LifeSix Myths about Organ Donation; Voices for Donation


‘Healthy Eats’ – Reducing pesticide exposure in foods

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Upstate University Hospital dietitian Terry Podolak, RDTerry Podolak, RD, our ‘Healthy Eats’ expert, explains the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure.   Read more about The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ , from the Environmental Working Group.


The growing incidence of HPV and its connection to oral sex

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Joseph B Domachowske, MDUpstate infectious disease specialist Joseph Domachowske, MD discusses the growing incidence of the human papilloma virus (HPV) and its connection to oral sex, an issue brought to light recently by actor Michael Douglas. Listen to a HealthLink on Air interview about HPV with Onondaga County Health Commissioner, Dr. Cynthia Morrow, MD and Dr. Donna Bacchi, MD.  Read/watch YNN coverage of HPV.