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A visit from the healing muse: ‘Consent’

Thursday, February 5th, 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 ’Consent’, by Mark Bauer, and can be found in the The Healing Muse, Volume 14. Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today!

How can eating patterns help us lose weight?

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Maureen Franklin, RDDoes midnight snacking derail weight loss efforts? A recent study in mice showed that restrictions on eating times may have something to do with avoiding obesity and metabolic problems. Registered dietitian nutritionist Maureen Franklin found the research intriguing and discusses the benefits of eating within a specific window of time in this HealthLink on Air interview. Read about the study, done at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego in the New York Times’ “Well” blog.


Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Robert Lenox, MDRobert Lenox, MD, was a medical intern in 1976 when he took care of a man with fever, muscle and body aches and a cough who had attended the American Legion convention in Philadelphia. The man — who rapidly deteriorated and died — became what epidemiologists refer to as “the index case,” the first person with a particular disease to come to the attention of health authorities. His family members approved of an autopsy, and officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eventually discovered a bacterial infection in the man’s lungs. The disease became known as Legionnaire’s disease, and this particular outbreak sickened 182, killing 29, of those who attended the convention. Lenox explains the signs and symptoms of Legionnaire’s disease and how it is treated today.


Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Jana Shaw, MDMeasles was said to have been eliminated from the United States in 2000. Continuous transmission of the contagious disease was halted, thanks to widespread vaccination, and for decades, measles was not an problem within our borders. Many of today’s doctors – themselves, vaccinated as children — have never cared for a patient sick with measles.

Now an outbreak that began at Disneyland has infected people in multiple states and underscored the importance of vaccinations in preventing the disease.

“Measles is not a disease that should be taken lightly,” says Jana Shaw, MD, an associate professor of pediatrics at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. From one to three people out of 1,000 who are infected with measles will die from the disease, she explains, and worldwide, thousands of children die from measles every year.

Shaw explains the signs and symptoms of measles and how to protect yourself and your loved ones from this highly contagious disease.

HealthLink On Air radio show: Feb. 1, 2015

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

HealthLink on Air radio show

Dr. Michael Iannuzzi discusses sarcoidosis. Dr. Stephen Knohl tells how to prevent kidney stones. Concussion expert Brian Rieger talks about sports-related head injuries.

Check-Up From The Neck-Up: When life knocks us down

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Richard O'Neill, PhD Psychologist Richard O’Neill talks about choosing better when life knocks us down.

HealthLink On Air radio show: Jan. 25, 2015

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

HealthLink on Air radio show

Sunday’s program is about medical providers who volunteer their knowledge and skills to help others. Drs. Richard Kelley and Sam Woods tell of their medical mission trips to Ethiopia, offering ear, nose and throat surgeries. Nurse Laurie Rupracht and nurse practitioner Sue Converse share their plans to return to remote villages in Ghana to provide basic medical care. And Maxine Thompson and Linda Veit explain how “She Matters” is improving mammograpjy rates in underserved populations in Syracuse.

Removing the stigma of mental illness in the schools

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Stephen J Glatt, PhDAndy BeltranThe goal is to have a community of empathetic adults and no shame regarding mental illness. The Syracuse chpater of the National Alliance for Mental Illness is patiently working toward that by providing curriculum materials for teachers from 4th grade through high school. The materials are called “Breaking the Silence.” Stephen Glatt, PhD, says the curriculum is in about 30 schools in Onondaga County. He is an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and of neuroscience and physiology at Upstate. Learn more about “Breaking the Silence” at the Alliance’s website at http://namisyracuse.org/

Understanding high blood pressure

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Apurv Khanna, MDMore than 75 million Americans have high blood pressure, and many do not have it under control, says Apurv Khanna, MD, an associate professor of medicine at Upstate. High blood pressure can be a dangerous condition, leading to heart problems, stroke or kidney failure. Khanna says it’s important to know your blood pressure. If the top number is higher than 140 or the bottom number is higher than 90, you are considered to have high blood pressure. Medications can be prescribed to help lower your blood pressure. Upstate staffs a clinic for people who have what is called “resistant” hypertension, or high blood pressure that does not respond to medication.

Seeking medical volunteers for a mission trip to Ghana

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Sue Converse & Laurie RuprachtNurse Laurie Rupracht is recruiting medical professionals to accompany her on her fifth trip to Ghana through the Americans Serving Abroad Project. As in previous years, her group will staff a mobile medical clinic in villages at least 100 miles from a hospital in the west African nation of Ghana. “People are afraid to go anywhere in Africa, thinking Ebola is everywhere. Ghana has not had one case of Ebola,” she says. Volunteers can learn more at the ASAP website: http://www.americansservingabroad.com/

“She Matters” breast education program

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Maxine Thompson & Linda VeitThe death rate from breast cancer is 41 percent higher for black women compared to white women. To help improve that rate, Upstate sponsors a breast education program called She Matters. The goal is to get more women in for mammography screening, to find and treat any breast cancers early. She Matters is made possible through a grant from the Susan G. Komen Central New York Affiliate. For information on obtaining a mammogram, call: 315-217-5825. Hear about the program in this segment from organizers Linda Veit, a special projects manager in the Upstate Cancer Center, and Maxine Thompson, assistant vice president in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Check-Up From The Neck-Up: Mom’s life lessons

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Richard O'Neill, PhD Psychologist Richard O’Neill talks about life lessons learned from his mom.