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Dyslexia: Learning disability or learning difference?

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

George Starr, MDDyslexia, which involves difficulty in reading, writing and spelling, can be overcome using different teaching methods, according to George Starr, MD, emeritus clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Upstate. Starr examines dyslexia’s historical and genetic factors, notes the large number of dyslexics who lead successful lives and says it can be seen as a different way of learning rather than a disability.

Gifted children’s behaviors can lead to mislabeling, misdiagnoses

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

George Starr, MDThe stereotype of the gifted child is one who does well in school but in reality can have a hard time and be mislabeled or misdiagnosed because their behaviors unsettle adults, says George Starr, MD, emeritus clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Upstate. A gifted child might be socially awkward, intense and sensitive, and Starr advises doctors, parents and teachers to view the whole child, not just the unsettling behaviors, to avoid marginalization.

Concussion researchers look beyond the injury

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Brian Rieger, PhDPublic awareness of concussion, especially in sports, has increased in recent years, mirrored by an “explosion” of concussion-related research, says Brian Rieger, PhD, director of the Upstate Concussion Center. Upstate researchers are tracking how students with concussions struggle in the classroom, and seeking better ways to diagnose concussions and manage the resulting stress, Rieger says.

Check-Up From The Neck-Up: Building that bridge for troubled waters

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Richard O'Neill, PhD Psychologist Richard O’Neill talks about building a relationship that will survive the tough times.

HealthLink On Air radio show: August 30, 2015

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

HealthLink on Air radio showSurgeon Ajay Jain, MD, provides an update on liver, pancreas and gallbladder surgeries. Cardiologist Robert Carhart, MD, talks about the new drugs for treating high cholesterol. Smoking cessation counselors Cynthia Cary Woods and Theresa Hankin discuss how to kick the habit permanently.

Teens who exercise gain lifetime benefits, new study concludes

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Carol Sames, PhDRegular exercise in one’s teen years lays the foundation for a longer, healthier life, says a newly released long-term study. Exercise physiologist Carol Sames, PhD, director of Upstate’s Vitality Fitness Program, helps explain the massive study of Chinese women, cites its drawbacks and agrees with the idea that people should be encouraged to establish healthy exercise and other habits when young.

Support, education are keys to quitting smoking permanently, experts say

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Theresa Hankin & Cynthia Cary WoodsGetting smokers to quit tobacco through an organized program, where they receive information, counseling and support, can be more effective than trying to quit alone, say two people who conduct anti-tobacco efforts at Upstate Medical University. Program Coordinator Cynthia Cary Woods and Theresa Hankin, both respiratory therapists and smoking cessation counselors, illustrate how education — including workplace efforts and school programs – and family support are keys to quitting permanently.

Check-Up From The Neck-Up: Helping a son climb a ladder of Ivy

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Richard O'Neill, PhDPsychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, talks about the effort parents can put toward helping their children succeed, as he helps settle his own son into Harvard Law School.

Anti-HIV program focuses on high-risk individuals, infected patients

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Kelley Flood, LMSWTo lessen the impact of HIV and AIDS, Upstate’s Immune Health Services is implementing a program to identify people with undiagnosed HIV, connect HIV-positive patients with medical care and help prevent infection in high-risk individuals. Program Director Kelley Flood explains how a state grant will help provide primary care, community outreach and a prevention program to the estimated 2,100 Central New Yorkers infected with HIV as well as those at risk of developing the disease.

Smoking slips, sexually transmitted virus rises as cause of head and neck cancers

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Robert Kellman, MDSeung Shin Hahn, MDSmoking has declined as a cause of head and neck cancers, while those caused by the human papillomavirus have increased, say Upstate’s Robert Kellman, MD, and Seung Shin Hahn, MD. The two physicians describe the symptoms, diagnoses and treatments for cancers of the mouth, throat, lips and larynx in this segment. Kellman is a professor and chair of otolaryngology and communication sciences, and Hahn is a professor of radiation oncology.

HealthLink On Air radio show: August 23, 2015

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Howard Simon, MD, goes over weight loss surgery options. George Starr, MD, talks about hysteria in children. Robert Olick, PhD and Thomas Curran, MD, explain the importance of health care proxies.

HealthLink On Air radio show: August 16, 2015

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Cardiologist Robert Carhart, MD, tells about a new way of monitoring congestive heart failure. Researcher Christopher Morley, PhD, discusses the importance of mission statements at medical schools. Trauma nurses Kimberly Nasby and Jerome Morrison give advice on safe driving for teens.