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What you need to know about acne

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Ramsay-Sami Farah, MDAcne is the most common skin condition in the United States and the result of factors that may include hormone levels, genetics, medications and one’s environment, said Ramsay Farah, MD, division chief of dermatology at Upstate Medical University. Medications to fight acne have improved, he said, and early treatment helps avoid scarring.


Expert Advice: How to prepare for anesthesia or sedation

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

When you are facing an operation or other procedure that involves being sedated or undergoing anesthesia, be prepared for the following, said Colleen O’Leary, MD, a professor of anesthesiology at Upstate:

1. Having an interview, in person or by phone, with someone from the anesthesia team to check your medical and surgical history, what medications you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements, and any allergies you might have to medications, latex or foods.

2. Discussing the options available to you. A colonoscopy might involve mild or deep sedation, while some operations might call for a general anesthetic or the numbing of a body part to help avoid pain afterward.

3. Giving careful thought before the interview to your medications and history as well as to any questions you might have.

4. Receiving instructions, such as when to stop taking things by mouth and which medications, if any, to take on the day of the procedure. You might be allowed water or clear liquids up to a few hours beforehand.


Expert Advice: How to treat a sunburn

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Obviously it’s best to avoid getting a sunburn in the first place, said Ramsay Farah, MD. But if your skin ends up reddened after a day in the sun, here’s what Upstate’s division chief of dermatology advises:

1. Gauge the severity of the burn. If you have blisters, he said to make a trip to your health care provider, “just to make sure it’s examined and that no possibility of scarring arises.”

2. Take an aspirin. Its anti-inflammatory effects can help during the initial stage of a sunburn, if you take it promptly.

3. Apply cool compresses on the affected area.

4. Use a low-strength (1 percent) hydrocortisone cream, available over-the-counter, to help decrease inflammation but not affect wound healing. “You want to be careful not to put very strong steroids on the burn,” he said.

5. Head to your kitchen for a bottle of ketchup. Yes, you read that right. Farah explained that, “Ketchup has a lot of lycopenes and other anti-inflammatory factors, and it’s cold because it comes from the refrigerator. So if you put that on right away, along with your aspirin, you will decrease the inflammatory response.”

None of these measures will reverse the DNA damage, but they should help the burn heal better and feel better.


Check-Up From The Neck-Up: Mother’s Day

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Richard O'Neill, PhD Psychologist Richard O’Neill talks about children having to mother their mother or their father.


HealthLink On Air radio show: May 17, 2015

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

HealthLink on Air radio show

Dr. Anne Calkins tells about providing medical care behind bars for the Onondaga County Department of Corrections. Karen Doherty, who leads the department of communications sciences and disorders at Syracuse University, talks about advances in hearing aid technology. And Dr. Gustavo de la Roza explains prostate cancer grading and staging, of importance to any man facing a prostate cancer diagnosis.


Providing medical care behind bars

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Anne Caulkins, MDMedical problems that afflict inmates are not much different than the ailments that are common in the Central New York community, said Dr. Anne Calkins. She leads the medical team providing care for adults incarcerated at the Justice Center jail in downtown Syracuse and the Jamesville Correctional Facility, and for youths at the Hillbrook Juvenile Detention Center in Syracuse.

Calkins, who trained at Upstate Medical University, treats high blood pressure, diabetes and sexually-transmitted diseases much as any primary care doctor would. She and her team provide minor surgery and emergency care, plus mental health care behind bars, and they arrange for hospital transport when necessary.

She tells what it’s like to provide care to a vulnerable population in this week’s show.


New advances help fight hearing loss

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Karen Doherty, PhDPeople’s hearing starts to decline in their 30s and continues as they age, in ways both subtle and frustrating, says Karen Doherty, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Syracuse University. Advances in hearing aid technology, however, offer hope to the 17% of American adults with a hearing loss.


Check-Up From The Neck-Up: The natural human retaliatory impulse

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Richard O'Neill, PhD Psychologist Richard O’Neill talks about the natural human impulse to retaliate and the effects of choosing not to.


Making sense of lab reports for prostate cancer

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Gustavo de la Roza, MDDoctors predict the course of a man’s prostate cancer and select appropriate treatment based on the staging and grading of the tumor, information provided largely by laboratory pathologists, Gustavo de la Roza, MD, explains in this HealthLink on Air interview. The cellular anatomy and structure in a tissue sample reveal a histologic grade, which tells the aggressiveness of the cancer. Staging is a number that reveals whether the cancer has spread, and how far. Clinical staging accomplishes this through use of imaging studies. Pathological staging relies on the examination of tissue.


A visit from the healing muse: ‘Suddenly I Love My Hair’

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Deirdre Neilen, PhDDeirdre Neilen, PhD shares a selection from Upstate’s literary journal, “The Healing Muse” every Sunday on HealthLink on Air. Neilen is the editor of the annual publication featuring fiction, poetry, essays and visual art focused on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing. Read The Healing Muse Cafe Blog.

Today’s selection is ’Suddenly I Love My Hair’, by Katy Giebenhain, and can be found in the The Healing Muse, Volume 14. Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today!


A visit from the healing muse: ‘That’s When I Left the Circus’ and ‘The Carnival Mirror’

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Deirdre Neilen, PhDDeirdre Neilen, PhD shares a selection from Upstate’s literary journal, “The Healing Muse” every Sunday on HealthLink on Air. Neilen is the editor of the annual publication featuring fiction, poetry, essays and visual art focused on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing. Read The Healing Muse Cafe Blog.

Today’s selections are ’That’s When I Left the Circus’, by Heather Palmer, and ‘The Carnival Mirror’, by Sara Quayle, and can be found in the The Healing Muse, Volume 14. Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today!


A visit from the healing muse: ‘Widow’s Weeds’

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Deirdre Neilen, PhDDeirdre Neilen, PhD shares a selection from Upstate’s literary journal, “The Healing Muse” every Sunday on HealthLink on Air. Neilen is the editor of the annual publication featuring fiction, poetry, essays and visual art focused on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing. Read The Healing Muse Cafe Blog.

Today’s selection is ’Widow’s Weeds’, by Janee J. Baugher, and can be found in the The Healing Muse, Volume 14. Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today!