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E-cigarette dangers; how mother’s opiate use affects her baby; doctor, patient views on digestive disorder: Upstate Medical University’s HealthLink on Air for Sunday, July 24, 2016

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

July 24, 2016

Respiratory therapist Theresa Hankin goes over the dangers and new regulations of e-cigarettes. Neonatologist Michelle Bode, MD, explains the effect of a mother’s opiate use on her baby. Gastroenterologist Divey Manocha, MD, talks about digestive diseases with one of his patients.




E-cigarettes, now under FDA regulation, carry potential dangers

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Electronic cigarettes, promoted as producing water vapor instead of smoke, actually produce an aerosol with tiny particles that could cause lung problems, says Theresa Hankin, a respiratory therapist at the Upstate Cancer Center. The tobacco-derived liquid in e-cigarettes and related devices contains highly addictive nicotine and traces of elements including heavy metals, Hankin notes. Although some tout the devices as a way to quit smoking, many people end up using both kinds of cigarettes. She notes that much research needs to be done and that the Food and Drug Administration has just begun to regulate the e-cigarette or “vaping” industry, which has been marketing its products to young consumers.


How vascular disease can lead to muscle problems, heart attacks, strokes

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Vascular disease, or diseases of the blood vessels, can lead to difficulty walking, heart attacks, strokes and gangrene, explains Upstate vascular surgeon Michael Costanza, MD. Changes in lifestyle habits often help: Don’t smoke, get reasonable exercise, follow a healthy diet, and control any problems with diabetes, cholesterol or blood pressure. Costanza also addressed how vascular disease is diagnosed, who is likely to get it and the importance of screening.


Health insurers now pay for lung cancer screening for smokers, former smokers

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Low-dose computerized tomography scans can help locate lung cancers at the earliest, most treatable stages, says Upstate radiologist Santiago Miro, MD. He tells about the lung cancer screening program at Upstate (call 1-315-464-7064 or 1-800-464-8668 for an appointment) which is now covered by most health insurance plans. It’s designed for people between the ages of 55 and 77 who have smoked what is known as “30 pack years.” That’s a pack a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years, or other variations. The testing is also for people who quit smoking within the last 15 years. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States.


Check Up From the Neck Up: Encouraging loved ones to quit smoking

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Upstate psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, tells about research showing that what doctors say or don’t say has a big impact on whether someone stops smoking. He says the single best thing you can do for your health is to stop smoking, which likely will add six or seven years to your life. Upstate offers free smoking cessation classes.


HealthLink On Air radio show: August 30, 2015

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

HealthLink on Air radio showSurgeon Ajay Jain, MD, provides an update on liver, pancreas and gallbladder surgeries. Cardiologist Robert Carhart, MD, talks about the new drugs for treating high cholesterol. Smoking cessation counselors Cynthia Cary Woods and Theresa Hankin discuss how to kick the habit permanently.


Support, education are keys to quitting smoking permanently, experts say

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Theresa Hankin & Cynthia Cary WoodsGetting smokers to quit tobacco through an organized program, where they receive information, counseling and support, can be more effective than trying to quit alone, say two people who conduct anti-tobacco efforts at Upstate Medical University. Program Coordinator Cynthia Cary Woods and Theresa Hankin, both respiratory therapists and smoking cessation counselors, illustrate how education — including workplace efforts and school programs – and family support are keys to quitting permanently.


New dangers: e-cigarette cartridges, and heroin-laced oxycontin

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Michele CalivaMichele Caliva, RN, administrative director of the Upstate New York Poison Center at Upstate Medical University, shares the newest dangers related to e-cigarette cartridges, and heroin-laced oxycontin. Read more:


The dangers of e-cigarettes

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Leslie J Kohman, MDLeslie Kohman, MD, medical director of the Upstate Cancer Center and the Lung Cancer Screening Program at Upstate, warns of the dangers of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes. Read the story: E-cigarettes under the microscope: Consumer Reports. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 315-464-8668.


Update on the lung cancer screening program at Upstate

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Linda Veit Leslie Kohman, MD, medical director of the Upstate Cancer Center and Lung Cancer Screening Program at Upstate, is joined by Linda Veit, MPH, screening program coordinator and special projects manager of the new Cancer Center, to talk about the success of Upstate’s lung cancer screening program launched in fall 2012. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call Upstate Connect at 315-464-8668, or toll-free at 800-464-8668.
Read the story: Upstate earns listing with Lung Cancer Alliance for experience in lung cancer screening.  


Upstate’s Lung Cancer Screening Program embraces new ACS lung cancer screening recommendations

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Leslie J Kohman, MD, FACSErnest M Scalzetti, MD Linda VeitDr. Leslie Kohman is joined by Dr. Ernest Scalzetti and Linda Veit to discuss Upstate’s Lung Cancer Screening Program, which has been designated as an ‘Experienced Screening Center of Excellence’ by the Lung Cancer Alliance.  They will address new guidelines from the American Cancer Society recommending that those who are high risk for lung cancer (people ages 55 to 74 who have smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or the equivalent, such as two packs a day for 15 years) get an annual low dose chest CT to screen for lung cancer.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call Upstate Connect at 315-464-8668, or toll-free at 800-464-8668.

How Upstate’s smoking cessation program works

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Theresa HankinCynthia Cary, Upstate HealthLink and smoking cessation director, and Theresa Hankin, a respiratory therapist and smoking cessation counselor, describe Upstate’s smoking cessation program, now available for free to the public. During the six-week program, participants receive a personalized quit plan, learn about medication options, New York State Smoker’s Quitline resources, stress management, maintenance and relapse prevention techniques.
Class sizes are limited; registration is required by calling 464-8668.