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A visit from the healing muse: ‘The Race’

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

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 ’The Race, by Kathleen Grieger, and can be found in the The Healing Muse, Volume 9. Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today!


What will stop the spread of breast cancer?

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Christopher E Turner, PhDNicholas Deakin

The protein, paxillin plays an important role in cell movement. What scientists are trying to determine is exactly how paxillin affects the movement of cancer cells away from a primary tumor, into the blood stream and on to colonize distant organs. It’s important to know because “If we can develop ways in which we can limit paxillin’s function, we may be able to block the process of metastasis,” says Christopher Turner, PhD, professor of cell and developmental biology.

 Many of the drugs used to fight breast cancer tumors target microtubules, the proteins that makes up the cytoskeleton that helps cells maintain their shape and internal organization. These drugs create toxic side effects for patients.

“We found that the level of expression of paxillin in tumor cells may actually influence the microtubule cytoskeleton and, therefore, may influence how those drugs actually work in individual patients,” Turner says.

Nicholas Deakin, PhD, research assistant professor of cell and developmental biology, points out that the deaths of 95 percent of the 40,000 American women who die from breast cancer each year are linked to metastasis. “It’s not the tumor in the breast that really is the problem. It’s the ability of the cells to move away from there,” he explains. “If we can detect the tumors early, and if we can then treat them with a drug or know what drug to go with to stop their spread, then that’s going to greatly influence the survival of these patients.”

Turner and Deakin are among dozens of researchers who have received grants from the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY since 2002.


HealthLink On Air radio show: Oct. 5, 2014

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

HealthLink on Air radio show Urologist Srinivas Vourganti, MD, provides an overview of bladder cancer. Urologist Gennady Bratslavsky and his patient, Allan Sustare share details of complex surgery in which a replacement bladder was crafted from intestine. Neuropathologist Robert Corona, DO, explains advancements that will allow for better study of brain tissue and its function. Gail Banach, MS, from the Upstate Poison Center tells about new regulations that allow people to return unused medications to pharmacies.


Check-Up From The Neck-Up: Putting your life in context

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Richard O'Neill, PhD Psychologist Richard O’Neill tells us how he’s putting his life in context this summer.

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A visit from the healing muse: ‘First Words’

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

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 ’First Words’, by Jennifer Richter, and can be found in the The Healing Muse, Volume 7. Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today!


HealthLink On Air radio show: Sept 28, 2014

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

HealthLink on Air radio showExercise physiologist Carol Sames explains the value of the 7-minute workout. Dr. Robert Silverman tells about a partnership designed to improve women’s health in Sierra Leone. Poison Center spokeswoman Gail Banach and Dr. Roberto Martinez talk about efforts to stop women from taking drugs during pregnancy.


Advances in brain science

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Robert J Corona Jr, DO,MBA,FCAP,FASCPNeuropathologist Robert Corona, DO, helps us understand a new study from the National Institutes for Health (NIH), and what the new three-dimensional tissue model could mean for scientists studying the human brain. Corona is professor and chair of the Pathology, and vice president for Innovation and Business Development at Upstate Medical University. Read the story: Bioengineers create functional 3D brain-like tissue


The death of President Warren G. Harding

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Harold Smulyan, MDCardiologist Harold Smulyan, MD explains his analysis of the unexpected and ambiguous circumstances surrounding the death of President Warren G. Harding. Read the article: The death of President Warren G. Harding. Smulyan is Emeritus Professor of Medicine and professor of curriculum development at Upstate Medical University.


Can your job give you cancer?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Jerrold L Abraham, MDMichael B Lax, MDJerrold Abraham, MD and Michael Lax, MD, talk about occupationally related cancers, and describe the potential risks and strategies for minimizing those risks in the work place. Abraham is professor of Pathology and medical director of Environmental and Occupational Pathology at Upstate Medical University. Lax is professor of Family Medicine at Upstate Medical University and medical director of the Occupational Health Clinical Center (CNY). Dr. Abraham’s lab: Welcome to Particle Analysis in Environmental and Biomedical Samples


‘Expert Advice’ – Returning unused medications to pharmacies

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Gail Banach MS, IDDE, MS,Ed, BA

Gail Banach, MS, director of Public Education & Communications for the Upstate New York Poison Center, talks about new regulations from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that would allow pharmacies to accept unused prescription medications in an effort to keep them out of the hands of teenagers. Read the story: D.E.A. to Allow Return of Unused Pills to Pharmacies.


A unique surgery built a new bladder to replace one damaged by cancer

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Gennady Bratslavsky, MDAl SustareUrologist Gennady Bratslavsky, MD is joined by patient Allan Sustare to share the aggressive and dramatic approach used to treat Sustare’s advanced bladder cancer. Bratslavsky is chair of Urology and director of the Prostate Cancer Program at Upstate Medical University.
Watch Sustare’s video: Cancer Survivor Allen Sustare delivers remarks at the Upstate Cancer Center ribbon cutting ceremony on the campus of Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. July 18, 2014.  Upstate Cancer Center 


Neonatal abstinence program

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Gail Banach and Roberto Martinez, MDGail Banach, MS is joined by Roberto Martinez, MD, to explain neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), and a community initiative  to reduce NAS in Onondaga County. Banach is director of Public Education & Communications for the Upstate New York Poison Center, and Martinez is a second-year student in the CNY Master of Public Health program at Upstate Medical University, and the NAS program coordinator.  For more information, call 464-5423.