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Check Up from the Neck Up: A reality check for would-be dieters

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

What’s realistic when it comes to weight loss? Psychologist Rich O’Neil, PhD, talks about the challenges of losing weight and keeping it off in this week’s “Check Up from the Neck Up” essay.


Classes help new, expectant parents learn the basics of baby care

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Where should a newborn sleep? How much weight should a pregnant woman gain? Is breastfeeding important? The answers to these questions – in its own crib in the parents’ room; probably about 25 pounds but check with your health care provider; and yes, very – are among the topics nurse Cathy Narcavage-Bradley fields as coordinator of Upstate’s Best Beginnings classes. The sessions help expectant and new parents learn about pregnancy, labor, delivery and newborn care.


College students exercise but need to improve ‘eating competence,’ SU dietitian says

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Many students beginning college see a 5 percent increase in their body weight the first semester. And while 60 percent of students adopt an exercise routine, many also develop unhealthy habits, says registered dietitian nutritionist Tanya Horacek, PhD, of Syracuse University’s Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. She says many students don’t eat enough whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and many have trouble sleeping. During the transition phase that is college, Horacek says, it’s important for students to improve their “eating competence.” “This is a very formidable time. They are learning habits that they will carry into adulthood.”


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.”



HealthLink on Air radio show: November 8, 2015

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

November 8, 2015:

On this week’s edition of Upstate Medical University‘s “HealthLink on Air”: Chief program officer Katrina Skeval of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Central New York chapter provides communication strategies for people with dementia. Researcher Anna Stewart-Ibarra, PhD, MPA, discusses how climate affects infectious diseases. Pediatric pulmonologist Zafer Soultan, MD, tells about obstructive sleep apnea in children.




Sleep problems among children are common, sometimes avoidable

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Zafer Soultan, MD

Up to half of children have poor sleeping habits and behaviors, with about 10 percent having an actual disorder, says Zafer Soultan, MD, director of pediatric pulmonary and sleep medicine at Upstate’s Golisano Children’s Hospital. Sometimes these issues stem from physical problems, but often they involve youngsters who never learn to sleep alone, says Soultan, who also describes how disorders such as apnea can be diagnosed in Upstate’s pediatric sleep lab and how teens can display sleep problems as their body’s rhythms clash with school schedules.


Neurologist tells how to get good sleep

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Lack of sleep can stem from many causes, and few people are taught good sleep habits, according to Upstate neurologist Antonio Culebras, MD, a consultant at the Upstate Sleep Center. People should follow a routine and limit alcohol, caffeine and screen time before bed to ensure sufficient, uninterrupted sleep, says Culebras, who recommends the “Ten Commandments” of good sleep from the World Association of Sleep Medicine; Culebras is co-chair of that organization’s annual World Sleep Day.


Understanding the beginning of menopause

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Heather ShannonCertified midwife Heather Shannon, CNM, NP, director of  Midwifery and Gynecology at Upstate, helps us understand the symptoms and treatments for menopause and its precursor peri-menopause.  Upstate University Hospital’s Midwifery Program offers personalized care options for women at all ages and stages of life.  Read the story: Tackling Menopause’s Side Effects

For more information, call (315) 492-5875.


‘Peds to Parents’ – The importance of a safe sleeping environment for infants

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Amanda GriffinClemencia MolinaSafe Kids Upstate NY Coalition, which is led by Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, is launching a Safe Sleep Awareness Campaign to remind parents to keep their child’s sleeping environment free of clutter and encourage safe sleeping practices. Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Amanda Griffin, coordinator of the Safe Kids program, is joined by Clemencia Molina, regional coordinator of the Central New York Sudden Infant and Child Death Resource Center, REACH CNY, Inc., to share this important message and talk about the new sleep sacks they are making available to newborns and infant patients at Upstate. In conjunction with SIDS Awareness Month, Safe Kids Upstate NY Coalition, led by Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, recently launched a Safe Sleep Awareness Campaign.  For more information, call (315) 424-0009 x108

What Does Safe Sleep Look Like, from the National Institutes for Health
YNN coverage: Parents urged to practice crib safety 
CNY Central coverage: New warning about soft crib bumpers that could suffocate babies
coverage: Safe To Sleep Campaign Kicks Off at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

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


Common sleep problems and treatments

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Zafer Soultan, MDDragos Manta, MDZafer Soultan, MD, director of pediatric sleep medicine at Upstate, is joined by pulmonologist Dragos Manta, MD, co-director of the The Upstate University Hospital Sleep Center, to talk about common sleep problems in children and adults. Upstate’s Sleep Center, a specialized facility providing accurate diagnosis and recommending treatment of sleep-related problems, will be relocating to a new state-of-the-art facility in November. The center, which will continue to see patients 7 days a week, will double in size, increasing from to 6 to 12 beds, and three of  those beds will be reserved for pediatric cases – a specialty of the sleep center. For more information, call (315) 464-8668


Sleep and aging

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

As World Sleep Day day approaches, Upstate neurologistAntonio Culebras, MD Antonio Culebras, consultant for The Sleep Center at Upstate University Hospital Community campus, discusses sleep-related problems as we age.  He also shares a recent study that links poor sleep to poor memory retention in older people. 

Read the study: Aging in Brain Found to Hurt Sleep Needed for Memory

To schedule an appointment at The Sleep Center at Upstate, call 315-492-5877.

World Sleep Day 2013-”Good Sleep, Healthy Aging” – YouTube


Understanding sleep disorders and sleeping problems

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Antonio Culebras, MDDr. Antonio Culebras, Upstate neurologist and consultant for The Sleep Center at Upstate University Hospital’s Community campus, responds to a listener’s question about sleep paralysis.  Dr. Culebras also describes a full range of sleep disorders and events that occur while asleep that may lead to injuries.

To schedule an appointment with the sleep center, call 315-492-5877.