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Expert Advice: How to treat a sunburn

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Ramsay-Sami Farah, MDObviously 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!


A visit from the healing muse: ‘Only Kindness Makes Sense’

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 ’Only Kindness Makes Sense’, by Elaine Mansfield, and can be found in the The Healing Muse, Volume 14. Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today!


HealthLink On Air radio show: May 10, 2015

Friday, May 8th, 2015

HealthLink on Air radio show

Respiratory therapist Joseph Sorbello addresses tuberculosis. Michele Caliva from the Upstate New York Poison Center tells about the dangers of powdered alcohol. Pediatrician Melissa Schafer explains the importance of parents modeling healthy behavior.