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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.

 

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What you need to know about kidney cancer

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Kidney cancer is often “silent” and discovered when a patient receives an imaging scan for something else, says Oleg Shapiro, MD, vice chair of urology at Upstate. Minimally invasive surgery can usually be done to remove tumors when they are caught early. Shapiro also explains how renal cell carcinoma is the most common type of kidney cancer, how it can be aggressive and what treatments are on the horizon.

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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. 

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Screening, surgery among tools to fight lung cancer

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Screening for lung cancer has greatly reduced the chances of dying from that disease among those most at risk, says Upstate thoracic surgeon Jason Wallen, MD, who also describes other advances in treatment. If lung cancer is caught early, surgery is generally the best option, and it can often be done with small incisions, he says, while chemotherapy might be the best choice for cancer that has spread. Wallen also describes the challenges of diagnosing and treating cancer of the esophagus, which is much less common than lung cancer.

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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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