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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.


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, 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