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Making workplaces safer

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Upstate family medicine physician Michael Lax, MDMichael Lax, MD, talks about worker health and safety — why it is under-reported, and what can be done to make the state’s workplaces safer.  Lax is the medical director of the Occupational Health Clinical Center (CNY), which is staffed by a team of health professionals actively working to support worker health and safety in 26 counties in New York. For more information, call 315-432-8899.


A visit with Nobel laureate Aaron Ciechanover

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Robert J Corona Jr, DO,Aaron CiechanoverRobert Corona, DO, chair of Upstate Medical University’s pathology department, had the rare opportunity to sit down with Israeli biologist Aaron Ciechanover, who won the Nobel prize in chemistry for characterizing the method that cells use to degrade and recycle proteins using ubiquitin.


‘Peds to Parents’ – Are recession babies prone to be delinquent teens?

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

ramanathan_seethalakshmiFourth year Upstate psychiatry resident Seetha Ramanathan is the co-author of a research study that analyzed data on U.S. teens born during the early 1980s. Her research found slightly higher rates of adolescent delinquent behaviors in this group, such as smoking, drinking, arrests and thefts, that might possibly be tied to macroeconomic conditions during the first year of life.

Read the stories:
Babies born during recessions grow up more likely to have drug problems and become involved in crime according to new study
Are recession babies prone to be delinquent teens?

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


Ongoing challenges of families touched by mental illness

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

LLoyd Sederer, MDSpecial guest Lloyd Sederer, MD, medical director of the NY State Office of Mental Health, talks about the ongoing challenges of families touched by mental illness, and his new book The Family Guide to Mental Health Care.   What’s Up At Upstate: How to recognize mental illness in a loved one

 

 


How will the NIH grant funding sequester affect local research?

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Rosemary Rochford, PhDBarry Knox PhDDebashis Ghosh MSc, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosemary Rochford, PhD, recently appointed vice president for research at Upstate, is joined by researchers Barry Knox, PhD, and Debashis Ghosh, MSc, PhD, to discuss how the National Institutes for Health’s (NIH) grant funding sequester will impact current and future research.


Understanding the importance of advance directives

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Upstate nurse practitioner and palliative care specialist Patricia Lippincott Knox, MSN, FNP, helps us understand the importance of advance directives – the planning and documents that instruct others about your medical care should you be unable to make decisions on your own – including a living will, health care proxy, and do not resuscitate order (DNR). 

Resources: Caring Connections – provides free advance directives and instructions; Advance care planning, from the NYS Department of Health; Respecting Choices


‘Healthy Eats’ – “The Jungle Effect” shows how eating right improves health and mood

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Terry Podolak, RDUpstate dietitian Terry Podolak, RD, introduces ‘Healthy Eats’, a new segment focusing on nutrition and ‘mindful eating’.  In this edition, Podolak shares one of her favorite books, “The Jungle Effect” by Daphne Miller, MD, and explains how it can help you eat right and improve your health and mood. The book suggests moving away from the standard American diet, and to look at ancestral recipes and traditions.  Read more: The Center for Mindful Eating (TCME).

 


‘Age-ing’ is a spiritual adventure – are you ready for the journey?

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

joel potash mdJoel Potash, MD, retired Upstate family physician and medical ethicist, explores the possibility of adventure as people age without denying that aging can be challenging as well.  Dr. Potash is sponsoring an upcoming seminar on end-of-life issues titled ‘Age-ing is an Adventure in Spiritual Growth  – Are You Ready for the Journey?‘.  For more information, call 315-413-3272.


Upstate study examines cost of preauthorizations to physician practices

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Christopher P Morley, PhDA more precise technique to determine non-reimbursed costs of preauthorizations  – also referred to as prior authorizations – to physician practices has been used in a study by researchers from the Department of Family Medicine at Upstate Medical University.  Christopher Morley, PhD, vice-chair for research in Family Medicine, will join us to talk about their findings.

Read the study: The impact of prior authorization requirements on primary care physicians’ offices: report of two parallel network studies


Challenges in Cancer Research in Africa

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Rosemary RochfordRosemary Rochford PhD is widely known for her research on Burkitt’s Lymphoma, the most common childhood cancer in sub-Saharan Africa.  She will talk about the cancer challenges in developing countries, how the cancer registry programs work, the main types of cancers that exist in Africa and how they differ from those in the United States.  Rochford is professor & chair of Microbiology & Immunology and recently appointed vice president for research at Upstate.   


‘Peds to Parents’ – Infant mortality in the black community

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Cynthia Morrow, MD MPHCynthia Morrow, MD, MPH, commissioner of health for Onondaga County, joins us to talk about infant mortality in the black community, and what Onondaga County is doing to address the needs of women and children. Onondaga County’s Syracuse Healthy Start Program offers services for infants, children, new moms and families.  For more resources and information visit onhealthyfamilies.com

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


Excellus grant to pay for EKG machines for Central New York rescue squads

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Jay ScottArthur Vercillo MDJay Scott, director of education programs for Upstate’s Emergency Medicine Department, is joined by Dr. Arthur Vercillo, local surgeon and regional president of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, to discuss a $30,000 grant from Excellus that will pay for EKG machines for volunteer rescue squads across Central New York.  The grant will provide life-saving cardiac care equipment for ambulance and rescue squads across five counties.

Read the story: Ambulances get new life-saving equipment