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A visit from the healing muse: ‘Still’ and ‘Their Stone’

Wednesday, August 12th, 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 ’Still’ and ‘Their Stone’, by Kathleen Kramer, and can be found in the The Healing Muse, Volume 14. Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today!

Experts urge all adults to make their final wishes known though health care proxies

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Thomas Curran, MD & Robert Olick, JD, PhDDiscussing death can be uncomfortable, but if you don’t have a plan, your fate may be left up to others should you become incapacitated, advise two experts. Getting a health care proxy is free and easy, say Thomas Curran, MD, assistant professor of bioethics and humanities at Upstate and chair of the Ethics Consulting Service at Upstate and Crouse hospitals, and Robert Olick, JD, PhD, associate professor of bioethics and humanities at Upstate and chair of Upstate’s Ethics Committee. They explain terms such as living will, power of attorney and “do not resuscitate” and urge all adults to discuss their final wishes with loved ones.

Biologic anti-cholesterol drugs offer promise, pose questions

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Robert Carhart, MDA new class of drugs is being hailed for its ability to lower LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, and because it can be used by people who cannot tolerate widely used statin drugs. Robert Carhart, MD, an associate professor of medicine and a specialist in cardiology at Upstate, describes how these new injectable drugs, known as PCSK9 inhibitors, help clear artery-clogging LDL. He also discusses their as-yet unknown factors, from high estimated prices to long-tem effects.

A new way to monitor congestive heart failure

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Robert Carhart, MDA decades-old procedure is getting a new use to help patients with congestive heart failure. Bioimpedance, or the resistance of a substance to electrical current, helps doctors monitor the amount of fluid in a patient’s chest, according to Robert Carhart, MD, an associate professor of medicine at Upstate who specializes in cardiology. Using an exterior band or an implanted device, such as a pacemaker, bioimpedance helps determine how much of a diuretic medication the patient needs to maintain a healthy fluid level, with a goal of helping the patient avoid repeated hospitalizations, he said.

How latest techniques help surgeons fight cancer, other diseases of liver, pancreas, gallbladder

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Ajay Jain, MDObesity and drug abuse can lead to fatty liver and hepatitis C, which are major factors for developing liver cancer, according to Ajay Jain, MD, associate chief of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery at Upstate. Jain, who specializes in cancer surgery, describes the latest procedures – often minimally invasive and robotically assisted — to treat cancers and other diseases of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts. He also reviews promising new research on early detection of pancreatic cancer.

Weight loss surgery treats patients with obesity

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Howard Simon, MDObesity is a commonly occurring but complicated disease, and a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve operation is one way to combat it, says Howard Simon, MD, division chief of bariatric surgery at Upstate. Bariatric surgery is usually done in a minimally invasive way, Simon explains, and is part of a comprehensive approach to weight loss that involves counselors, nutritionists and others to help the patient achieve and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.

HealthLink On Air radio show: August 2, 2015

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Upstate graduate Andrew Gurman, MD, talks about health care issues he faces as the president elect of the American Medical Association. Anesthesiologist Brendan McGinn, MD, explains modern options for pain relief. College of Health Professions Dean Hugh Bonner, PhD, discusses how health care jobs have evolved.

Trauma nurses caution teens about safe driving

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Trauma Team Nursing Staff

Nursing staff from Upstate's Trauma Team.

Teen drivers are nearly twice as likely as other motorists to be involved in a fatal car wreck. Even though they have quicker reflexes than older drivers, teens are inexperienced behind the wheel. In addition, they may be driving distracted, said Kimberly Nasby, RN, trauma injury prevention coordinator, and Jerome Morrison, RN, trauma outreach and education coordinator. They said 60 percent of teens involved in driving accidents are found to be distracted, often by music playlists or texting features on cell phones. Nasby, Morrison and their colleagues team up for a 1½-hour program called “Let’s Not Meet by Accident” offered to high school students throughout the Central New York region. The program illustrates the role of distractions, alcohol and seat belts in auto accidents. 

Expert Advice: What you need to know about weight loss surgery

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Howard Simon, MDSurgery is a valuable weight loss option for people with obesity, says Howard Simon, MD, division chief of bariatric surgery at Upstate. He explains what people should think about if they’re considering weight loss surgery.

Check-Up From The Neck-Up: Think seriously about what prevents you from regular exercise

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Richard O'Neill, PhDPsychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, extolls the virtues of exercise — and addresses many of the common excuses people use for not exercising regularly.

HealthLink On Air radio show: July 26, 2015

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

HealthLink on Air radio show

Infectious disease expert, Waleed Javaid, MD, addresses the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. Surgeon Moustafa Hassan, MD, talks about abdominal surgeries including hernia repair. Syracuse University’s Meril Silverstein, PhD, explains how the sense of coherence changes as people age.

What is known about Alzheimer’s disease, what’s on the horizon and tips that might lessen one’s risk of getting it

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Cathy JamesSome forgetfulness is part of normal aging, but memory loss severe enough to interfere with your daily life could be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, says Cathy James, chief executive officer of the Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York. James describes what this incurable disease does to patients and their families, gives an update on research and offers some healthy living tips that might lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.