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Fulbright scholar discusses the role of immunotherapy in curing cancer

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Pediatric cancer researcher William Kerr, PhD, is heading to France on a Fulbright Scholarship to collaborate with other researchers about ways to prompt the body’s immune system to kill cancer cells. He explains the promising work that takes place in his Upstate laboratory and the accelerated efforts of American scientists to solve cancer by 2020.


HealthLink on Air radio show: May 1, 2016

Friday, April 29th, 2016

May 1, 2016

Jack Wohlers, PhD, of Centre Syracuse tells about detection and treatment of eating disorders. Rich O’Neill, PhD, talks about how to help a loved one struggling with addiction. Upstate graduate Michael Weiner, MD, discusses an Alzheimer’s disease research project that seeks participants.


HealthLink on Air radio show: April 17, 2016

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

April 17, 2016

Urologist Oleg Shapiro, MD, discusses kidney cancer. Nurses Lorrie Langdon and Michelle Vallelunga tell about atrial fibrillation and its connection to stroke. Wikipedian Lane Rasberry talks about the medical information available at the online encyclopedia.


Wikipedian offer insights into online medical information

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Lane Rasberry is confident that Wikipedia, the most consulted source of medical information, is of comparable value to online medical sources such as WebMD and the Mayo Clinic. As the Wikipedian in residence at Consumer Reports, specializing in health information, he visited Upstate to explain the free online encyclopedia and show how people can become involved. Rasberry notes his history with Wikipedia, how its medical and other information is edited and the importance of citing reliable sources.


HealthLink on Air radio show: April 10, 2016

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

April 10, 2016

Neurosurgeon Satish Krishnamurthy, MD, discusses hydrocephalus with the parent of a patient. Nurse and certified diabetes educator Kristi Shaver provides tips for living with diabetes. Registered dietitian nutritionist Maureen Franklin shares ideas for maintaining weight loss long term.



Neurosurgeon, patient’s family seek better solution to hydrocephalus

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Hydrocephalus is a fairly common but poorly understood condition with limited remedies, and an Upstate doctor and one of his patients’ families are seeking better treatments. Neurosurgeon Satish Krishnamurthy, MD (at right in photo), explains how the condition creates excess fluid and pressure on the brain, often resolved through surgical insertion of a shunt as a drain. That process can lead to infections and repeated surgeries. Tom Clough, (at left) whose daughter, now 6, has had six shunts inserted, explains how his family started a foundation to advocate and raise money for more research. One grant went to Krishnamurthy, who explains his research for a chemical, rather than a surgical, treatment. 


HealthLink on Air radio show: March 27, 2016

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

March 27, 2016

Joan Pellegrino, MD, discusses the role of genetics in rare diseases. Registered dietitian nutritionist Maria Erdman goes over the new food guidelines. John Epling, MD, explains who needs adult immunizations.


Genetic testing can offer promise as well as frustration to those with rare diseases

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Advances in genetic testing have provided new possibilities for diagnosing rare genetic diseases and also ushered in new dilemmas. Upstate geneticist Joan Pellegrino, MD, explains that while genetic sequencing can help identify a patient’s disease, that knowledge might offer little comfort if the disease has no known treatment or if the testing uncovers unrelated health problems. Pellegrino, director of Upstate’s Inherited Metabolic Diseases Specialty Center, discusses these complexities and reviews a local case that sheds light on the issues involved.


HealthLink on Air radio show: March 13, 2016

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

March 13, 2016

Transfusion expert Matthew Elkins, MD, PhD, discusses bone marrow transplant. Neurosciences doctoral student Patrick Sweeney talks of the connection between emotion, genetics and eating patterns. Radiologist Ravi Adhikary, MD, and radiology director Jennifer Caldwell tell about the merits of 3-D mammography.


Research examines how emotion, appetite influence eating behaviors

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Why does stress cause some people to lose their appetite and others to gorge? The complex relationships between emotion, genetics and eating patterns are explored by Patrick Sweeney, a neurosciences doctoral candidate in Upstate’s College of Graduate Studies, who recently published research showing that brain regions involved with emotion and stress are also involved in feeding behavior, something not previously reported. He hopes future research might lead to drugs for individual circuits of the brain, rather than the entire brain. 


Getting to know Upstate’s new president

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Being born in a poor country, training as a pediatrician, teaching medical students and working in impoverished areas have all contributed to the background of Upstate Medical University’s new president. Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, tells of her birth in Haiti, her upbringing from age 7 in New York City and her passion for the rigors of medical research as well as the need for doctors to get real-life experience and for medical care to reach the underprivileged. She also takes a look at the future of medical education and health care.


What you need to know about the Zika virus

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Most people infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus show no symptoms, and the disease is not a threat to human life, says Upstate infectious disease expert Timothy Endy, MD. Pregnant women exposed to Zika run the risk of their babies being born with abnormally small heads, which is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant to avoid the Olympic games in Brazil later this year. Endy says the virus has been transmitted sexually from men to women and appears to be able to live in urine and semen for a month. So far, mosquitoes carrying Zika have been found in 10 or 12 countries in South America, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Subtropical mosquitoes feed in the daytime and prefer shady environments, so Endy recommends protecting yourself with insect repellents if you are traveling to those areas.