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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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New era of precision treatments on horizon for cancer patients

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Advances in cancer research are ushering in precision treatments designed to be more effective and less toxic to the patient. These treatments aim to zero in on a tumor and are less concerned with where it originated, says Stephen Graziano, MD, Upstate’s division chief of hematology and oncology. This could mean, for example, that a patient takes an oral medicine at home, with less nausea and hair loss than in traditional chemotherapy. Graziano cautions, however, that these treatments tend to be for a small percentage of patients and usually for more advanced cases. The high cost of these precision treatments will also need to be addressed, probably by Congress, he said.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: Jan. 10, 2016

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

January 10, 2016

Upstate urologist Rakesh Khanna, MD, addresses prostate cancer. Upstate physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists Margaret Turk, MD, and Robert Weber, MD, tell what patients can expect from a rehabilitation team. Syracuse University earth sciences professor Donald Siegel, PhD, explores the scientific evidence on hydraulic fracturing.

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Upstate rehabilitation team provides individual support to patients of all ages

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Patients of all ages can benefit from rehabilitation after illness or injury. Upstate physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists Robert Weber, MD, and Margaret Turk, MD, explain how each patient has unique challenges, and the goal of the rehabilitation team is to help optimize patient mobility and the ability to care for oneself. “When we are growing up, we have many years to adjust to our skills and our capabilities,” explains Weber. “Someone with a sudden change because of illness or injury has to go through that process in a very truncated way. What comprehensive rehabilitation offers is the support to make that a success.”

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HealthLink on Air radio show: Jan. 3, 2016

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

January 3, 2016

Upstate cardiologist Harold Smulyan, MD, and infectious disease expert Donald Blair, MD, take a historical look at a deadly heart infection. Upstate assistant vice president Thomas Pelis shares how big institutions, such as Upstate Medical University, are going green. Bioethics and humanities assistant professor Thomas Curran, MD, and associate professor Robert Olick, JD, PhD, discuss the importance of the health care proxy.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: December 27, 2015

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

Professor of psychiatry Stephen Faraone, PhD, provides an update on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Concussion expert Brian Rieger, PhD, tells about winter head injuries. Pulmonologist Lawrence Kurlandsky, MD (retired), explains his research into Christmas tree syndrome. And pediatrician Steven Blatt, MD, discusses what to do about dry skin.

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Reasonable expectations a key to happier holidays

Friday, December 18th, 2015

One source of stress is believing you don’t have enough time, money or energy. Those feelings can hit as people deal with the “extra stuff” of the holiday season, such as socializing, decorating and gift giving, says Upstate psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD. To keep the holidays positive, he suggests that people set realistic expectations, do what worked well in the past, learn to say no and take time to regroup. Making simple, personal connections is a better idea than aiming for perfection, he adds.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: December 20, 2015

Friday, December 18th, 2015

December 20, 2015

Gynecologist Renee Mestad, MD, goes over the current contraceptive options. Psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, talks about how to survive holiday stress. Elizabeth Sapio from the  Safe Kids Upstate NY Coalition gives tips on keeping kids safe from accidents at this time of year.

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A visit from the healing muse: ‘Something Lovely as the Rain’

Friday, December 18th, 2015

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 “Something Lovely as the Rain” by Sean Thomas Dougherty and can be found in “The Healing Muse, Volume 15.” Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today.

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A visit from the healing muse: ‘The Breath Mirror’

Friday, December 18th, 2015

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 Breath MIrror” by Joanne Clarkson and can be found in “The Healing Muse, Volume 15.” Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today.

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A visit from the healing muse: ‘This Time I’m in the Hospital as a Volunteer’

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

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 “This Time I’m in the Hospital as a Volunteer” by Andrew Schep and can be found in “The Healing Muse, Volume 15.” Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today.

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A visit from the healing muse: ‘The First One Hundred Years’

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

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 First One Hundred Years” by Jack Hopper and can be found in “The Healing Muse, Volume 15.” Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today.

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