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New dangers: e-cigarette cartridges, and heroin-laced oxycontin

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Michele CalivaMichele Caliva, RN, administrative director of the Upstate New York Poison Center at Upstate Medical University, shares the newest dangers related to e-cigarette cartridges, and heroin-laced oxycontin. Read more: combatheroin.ny.org


Epilepsy in older adults

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Rebecca O'Dwyer, MDNeurologist Rebecca O’Dwyer, MD, talks about the increase in prevalence of epilepsy among older adults, and how symptoms in the elderly are often not recognized as seizures and thus treated incorrectly. O’Dwyer is a clinical instructor and epilepsy fellow in the Department of Neurology at Upstate Medical University. For more information, call 315 464-4243 and ask for Dr. O’Dwyer.


Pediatric inflammatory bowel disease

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Prateek D Wali, MDPediatric gastroenterologist Prateek Wali, MD, explains the basics of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in children – who is affected, what are the causes, how it’s diagnosed and treated, and what Upstate has to offer. Wali is assistant professor of Pediatrics and interim division chief of Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Upstate Medical University.  Read more: GI Kids,and Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America


Check-Up From The Neck-Up: Making a plan for when the mad dog lunges

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Richard O'Neill, PhD Psychologist Richard O’Neill explains that even when you try to make a plan for stressful situations, it doesn’t always work!

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HealthLink On Air radio show: Oct. 12, 2014

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

HealthLink on Air radio show Drs. Jerrold Abraham and Michael Lax answer whether your job can give you cancer. Dr. Harold Smulyan shares his research into the death of President Warren Harding. Microbiologist Gary Chan, PhD discusses his research into the effects of human cytomegalovirus infection, also known as HCM.


Which drug will work best in each breast cancer patient?

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Steve K Landas, MDLeszek Kotula, MD/PhD

A family of molecules known as the Wave Complex interact within our cells. Which molecular family members are present at any given time in the life of a cell determines how that cell will behave: how it gets nutrition, whether and how it moves, whether it remains stationery.

 This complex appears to play a major role in the invasive types of breast cancer, says Leszek Kotula, PhD, associate professor of urology and biochemistry and molecular biology. Working on the theory that the Wave Complex could be a target for therapy are Kotula and two colleagues, Steve Landas, MD, professor of pathology and urology, and Mira Krendel, PhD, assistant professor of cell and developmental biology.

When they increase some specific molecules in the complex, the cancer spreads, Kotula says. He adds that by decreasing certain molecules, “we may actually stop metastasis, or greatly affect it.”

The next step will be to test the effects of existing cancer drugs on these molecules. Landas, a diagnostic pathologist for 35 years, sees the potential. “Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing if we find ourselves in a situation where we can look at certain members of this family of molecules and know with a high degree of certainty which drugs will work and which will not?”

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


Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV)

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Gary C Chan, PhDMicrobiologist Gary Chan, PhD discusses his research into the effects of human cytomegalovirus infection, also known as HCMV – a herpes virus, on monocyte cell survival. Chan is assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at Upstate Medical University, and recently received a $402,500 grant from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for the project.


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!