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A visit from the healing muse: ‘Rainfall and a Darkening Sky,’ ‘Sunflower, An Ode’

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 selections are “Rainfall and a Darkening Sky” and “Sunflower, An Ode” by Mary Jo Balestreri and can be found in “The Healing Muse, Volume 15.” Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today.

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Check Up From the Neck Up: A honk from above

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Upstate psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, finds inspiration for a nostalgic and poignant recollection that takes him and his listeners from long ago encounter with his father to the present day, evoking the power of memory and the personal associations we all make.

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Check Up From the Neck Up: Encouraging loved ones to quit smoking

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Upstate psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, tells about research showing that what doctors say or don’t say has a big impact on whether someone stops smoking. He says the single best thing you can do for your health is to stop smoking, which likely will add six or seven years to your life. Upstate offers free smoking cessation classes.

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A historical look at a heart condition caused by infection

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

A cardiologist (Harold Smulyan, MD, left) and an infectious disease expert (Donald Blair, MD) from Upstate look at the history of infective endocarditis — an inflammation of the inner lining of the heart and its tissues, usually caused by a bacterial infection — in a paper published in the American Journal of the Medical Sciences. The disease was first reported in the early 1800s, and Smulyan explains that “before the development of antibiotics, this disease was uniformly fatal.” His research identifies a number of famous patients who died from infective endocarditis, including Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1796; composer Gustay Mahler in 1907; German physician Alois Alzheimer, the founding father of neuropathology, in 1915; and silent-screen star Rudolph Valentino in 1926.

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Preventing accidental harm to kids a challenge during holidays

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Securing a baby in a car seat or preventing a toddler from choking require added vigilance during the holiday season, as new foods, toys and brightly colored objects appear and the weather turns cold, says Elizabeth Sapio, coordinator of the Safe Kids Upstate NY Coalition at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The program’s website provides information on many ways to keep children safe from accidental injuries and offers links to further resources, says Sapio, who is also the pediatric injury prevention coordinator at Golisano.

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Holiday eating tips include thinking first, choosing well

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Take a moment to think before overeating during the December holiday season and remember you can make healthy choices. That’s the advice of Maureen Franklin, a registered dietitian nutritionist at Upstate, who offers practical tips on how to avoid mindless eating and weight gain while still enjoying yourself.

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A look at how big institutions are going green

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Thomas Pelis

Environmental concerns are now built into the way many big institutions work, and the results can also save money. Thomas Pelis, assistant vice president for facilities and planning sustainability at Upstate, decribes the medical university’s “holistic” process of constructing buildings to conserve water, recycling medical instruments to save money or food waste to cut trash disposal costs and looks at where this might lead in the future.

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New screenings for kids include cholesterol, depression, HIV

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

 

Beth Nelsen, MD

New guidelines suggesting that all children be screened for high cholesterol, depression and HIV are based on research showing rising numbers of kids with those problems, explains Upstate pediatrician Beth Nelsen, MD. Ages vary for the screenings — from 9 to 11 for cholesterol, and from 16 to 19 for HIV – which are updated  annually by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Many tests, including for anemia and heart failure, have already been added by pediatricians during checkups, Nelsen said.

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Early medication seen as key to ADHD treatment

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Stephen Faraone, PhD

If your child has ADHD, it’s better to start medical treatment early, so the child keeps up with his or her peers, says Stephen Faraone, PhD, a distinguished professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Upstate. Faraone, an expert in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, explains its many facets, including its tendency to run in families, the reluctance of some people toward medication, and the hopes for genetic research.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: December 13, 2015

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

December 13, 2015

Upstate pediatrician Beth Nelsen, MD, discusses the new screening guidelines for children and adolescents. Health sciences librarian Cristina Pope tells about the Healthy Pets Project. Registered dietitian nutritionist Maureen Franklin gives advice on holiday eating.

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IUD, implant among top birth control options for cost, convenience

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Renee Mestad, MD

For cost-effective birth control that does not require a daily dose, a woman’s best bet is an IUD or an implant, recommends Renee Mestad, MD, division chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Upstate. Mestad offers an overview of currently available contraceptive options, often known as “the pill,” “the patch” or “the ring,” including their drawbacks and benefits
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Urban gardening yields multifaceted harvest

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Urban gardening programs can yield more than just fresh produce — they can unite neighborhoods, teach life skills and promote healthy eating and social justice. Several organizations in Syracuse sponsor gardening projects and also work together to promote the idea. Upstate pediatricians Travis Hobart, MD (left), and Joseph Nimeh, MD, describe how their interests in gardening and promoting health led them to join the process.

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