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HealthLink on Air radio show: April 3, 2016

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

April 3, 2016

Director of medical toxicology Ross Sullivan, MD, provides an update on the heroin epidemic. Registered dietitian nutritionist Kristen Davis explains the value of eating organic foods. Thoracic surgeon Jason Wallen, MD, discusses lung and esophageal cancer.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: March 6, 2016

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

March 6, 2016

Infectious disease expert Timothy Endy, MD, discusses the Zika virus. Upstate Medical University’s new president, Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, introduces herself to the community. Colorectal surgeon David Halleran, MD, tells about colorectal cancer prevention. Leslie Kohman, MD, explains a program that offers free kits to test for colorectal cancer.

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Surgeon prescribes screening to detect, defeat colorectal cancer

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Screening and early detection are the keys to fighting colorectal cancer, says colorectal surgeon David Halleran, MD, section chief of surgery at Upstate’s community campus. “As with all cancers, and particularly colorectal cancers, the earlier you find the cancers, the better your  survival rates,” he said, noting that the biggest risk factor is age, which is why a screening is recommended at age 50. Other risk factors include family history, smoking and obesity. Halleran describes the various tests for colorectal cancer, how often they are recommended and how the disease has changed from a killer to one that can often be cured if detected early.

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Common injuries and treatments of the upper extremities explained

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Orthopedic surgeon Joshua Pletka, MD, explains common arm, shoulder and hand problems like fractures, rotator cuff injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger. Pletka, chief of orthopedics at Upstate’s community campus, also explains when surgery is more appropriate than a conservative remedy, such as rest or a brace. Many minor hand and arm or sports-related problems can be treated at walk-in clinics at the Upstate Bone & Joint Center. Details are available at upstateorthopedics.com.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: February 21, 2016

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

February 21, 2016

Orthopedic surgeon Joshua Pletka, MD, discusses common problems with the upper extremities. Ophthalmologist Robert Swan, MD, talks about treatment options for eye inflammation. Neurologist Luis Mejico, MD, provides an overview of migraine headaches.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: February 14, 2016

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

February 14, 2016

Upstate radiologist Santiago Miro, MD, tells what’s new in lung cancer screening on this week’s show. Then, Connie Gregory and Aldrine Ashong-Katai tell about a partnership that aims to improve health disparities in public housing neighborhoods, and Upstate pediatric anesthesiologist Joseph Resti, MD, goes over what to expect when a baby or older child faces surgery.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: January 31, 2016

Friday, January 29th, 2016

January 31, 2016

Upstate urologist Gennady Bratslavsky, MD, joins his patient Erica Searles in telling about a delicate operation to remove a tumor while preserving her adrenal gland. Upstate pediatric rheumatologist Caitlin Sgarlat, DO, and pediatric infectious disease expert Jana Shaw, MD, discuss the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: January 24, 2016

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

January 24, 2016

Registered nurse Deb Polmanteer talks about treatment and options for someone with chronic kidney disease. Upstate urologist Dmitriy Nikolavsky, MD, shares his expertise in surgical repair after gender reassignment surgery, and author Terri Cook tells about the memoir she wrote with her husband about their child’s transition. Syracuse University registered dietitian Tanya Horacek, PhD, explores the factors that influence college student weight gain.

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Patient story: Surgery removes tumor while preserving adrenal gland

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

On top of each kidney sits an adrenal gland, which produces hormones a person cannot live without. When a tumor develops in an adrenal gland, the patient may face the removal of the entire gland and, if tumors were to also develop in the remaining gland, the reliance on medications for the rest of his or her life. So Erica Searles (at right in photo, with Gennady Bratslavsky, MD) appreciated the option presented by Gennady Bratslavsky, MD, who leads the department of urology at Upstate. He removed a tumor but preserved Searles’ adrenal gland in a minimally invasive operation. In this interview, the patient describes how she learned she had a tumor, and Bratslavsky tells about the surgery, called a partial adrenalectomy.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: January 17, 2016

Friday, January 15th, 2016

January 17, 2016

Stephen Graziano, MD, Upstate’s division chief of hematology and oncology, shares what’s new in precision medicine. Upstate’s transplant division chief, Rainer Gruessner, MD, explains how pancreas transplants may help some diabetics. And Upstate’s chief nursing officer, Nancy Page, and nurse practitioner Archie McEvers talk about the pursuit of higher levels of training.

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Reconstructive urologist provides surgery, ongoing medical care to patients who have had gender reassignment operations

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Complications often develop after a person undergoes gender reassignment surgery, and a urologist at Upstate has developed expertise in providing surgical repair and ongoing urologic care to these patients. Dmitriy Nikolavsky, MD, director of reconstructive urology at Upstate, says a variety of complications may develop after an operation to alter the genitalia. He welcomes patients from throughout the United States because he is one of few urologists specializing in repair work after gender reassignment surgery. “Even if they do not have complications, they still need to have continuing urologic care,” Nikolavsky says. Also in the interview, Terri Cook (not shown) talks about her experience as a parent of a child who she says was assigned female at birth and transitioned to male. Cook and her husband, Vince, are the authors of “Allies & Angels: A Memoir of Our Family’s Transition.” 

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Pancreas transplants could help diabetics

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Upstate‘s new transplant division chief discusses how pancreas transplants would benefit some people with diabetes. Rainer Gruessner, MD, explains that a new pancreas can provide a person with a normal blood sugar level and halt the development of diabetic complications, such as kidney failure. “It’s life saving, but it’s also life enhancing,” he says of the operation. And, improvements in immunosuppressant medications make pancreas transplants an option for more people.

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