In this special Thanksgiving show, two patients share their stories of survival with the surgeons who cared for them. Dr. Vaughn Whittaker talks about kidney transplants with his patient, Timothy Hudson. And Dr. Lawrence Chin recounts a spinal emergency with his patient, Edward St. George.
Actor and playwright Michael Milligan performed his play, “Mercy Killers” at Upstate, as a guest of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities. The one-character play follows the structure of a Greek tragedy, describing a man’s struggle to pay for the medical care needed by his wife when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. Ethicist Kathy Faber-Langendoen, MD, says the play raises a key question of whether health care is like primary education, where all of society has access, or like college education, where access is more privileged. For more information about the public hearing in Syracuse on the New York Health bill visit http://www.nyhcampaign.org/syracuse_hearing.
Michael Milligan & Kathy Faber-Langendoen, MD: Mercy Killers; the play that illustrates what's wrong with the American health care system[ 0.01 MB ]Play Now | Download
Scientists Andrea Viczian, PhD, and Michael E. Zuber, PhD, are searching for ways to replace cells that are lost during retinal degeneration. Their work centers on finding an efficient method of converting stem cells into retinal cells. It is paid for with a grant designed to stimulate collaboration among researchers at State University of New York campuses.
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Varicose veins, which develop when the walls of the veins dilate, can be unsightly and annoying; they can also create medical problems. Vascular surgeon, Lorena Gonzalez, MD, explains the risk factors for varicose veins, how they are treated and when sclerotherapy may be indicated.
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Maria Erdman, RDN, explains how a registered dietitian nutritionst who specializes in oncology can help cancer patients as they go through treatment. Appetite, eating habits and weight are all potentially affected by cancer treatment. “Some people sail right through, but for many people it’s very challenging,” she says. Some patients benefit from eating small meals throughout the day. It’s also important to know how to choose the most nutritious foods.
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Deirdre 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 ’The Home’, by Sharon Pretti, and can be found in the The Healing Muse, Volume 4. Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today!
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Advice for parents: Do you think your child may have ADHD?
If you believe your child may have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, “the most important thing is not to wait,” says scientist Stephen Faraone, PhD.
Faraone, a professor in Upstate’s departments of psychiatry and neurosciences and physiology, has authored more than 700 journal articles, editorials, chapters and books. In this 3 ½-minute segment, he explains what he would tell a parent who is concerned that his or her child may have ADHD.
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If you’re feeling anxious about an upcoming neurological exam, “take a deep breath, and try not to be scared,” says Dr. Larry Chin. Realize that a referral to a neurologist or neurosurgeon simply means that your doctor is seeking advice. Chin directs Upstate Medical University’s Department of Neurosurgery and also oversees the Gamma Knife Center and the Neuro Oncology Program at Upstate University Hospital. In this 3 ½-minute segment, he shares how to prepare for a neurological exam and what to expect during the office visit.
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