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Positive Parenting, part two: Discipline without mistreatment

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Alicia Pekarsky, MDAssistant professor Alicia Pekarsky, MD, talks about guiding children to socially appropriate and positive behaviors, and what constitutes child maltreatment, in this segment about positive parenting.


How to find reliable health information on line

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Cristina PopeUpstate’s Health Sciences Library director, Cristina Pope explains how to locate credible information on the Internet and shares some of her favorite websites, including http://kidshealth.org and http://healthfinder.gov The library is open to the public; learn more at http://upstate.libguides.com/searchhealth or by calling 1-315-464-7091


Check-Up From The Neck-Up: Compassion – the healing feeling

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Richard O'Neill, PhD Psychologist Richard O’Neill talks about the healing effects of compassion.


HealthLink On Air radio show: March 15, 2015

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

HealthLink on Air radio show

Dr. Ruth Weinstock tells about an experimental bionic pancreas that could revolutionize treatment for Type 1 diabetes. Dr. Amy Sanders seeks participants for a national study of a new Alzheimer’s medication. And, Drs. Thomas Bersani and Robert Weisenthal share their efforts to provide eye care in Honduras.


Central New York sees rise in syphilis rates

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Indu Gupta, MD, MPHPregnant women, sex workers and men having sex with men are recommended to be tested for exposure to syphilis since health officials have noticed an increase in cases of the sexually-transmitted disease. “We started to see these rates spike the last couple of years, quite significantly,” said Indu Gupta, MD, health commissioner for Onondaga County.

Penicillin is credited with virtually eliminating syphilis. The recent rise may be tied to mobile phone applications that help strangers connect for anonymous sex. In 2008, three cases of syphilis were reported in Onondaga County, compared with 56 reporded in all of 2014.

Gupta says primary syphilis infections usually include ulcers, which will heal on their own. If the disease is not treated, however, infected people continue to carry and transmit syphilis.


Treatment trials may lead to modification of muscular dystrophy diseases

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Deborah Y Bradshaw, MDNeurologist Deborah Bradshaw, MD, shares her excitement about two types of disease-modifying treatments that are in clinical trial and could have a profound effect on people who have muscular dystrophy.

“Because we know finally what’s wrong in the gene, how that translates to an abnormal protein and how the protein may be processed abnormally in the cell, we’re actually designing drugs that interrupt that pathway and may, literally, change the course of a genetic disease,” said Bradshaw. “It is amazing.”


Upstate seeks participants for national Alzheimer’s study

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Amy E Sanders, MD, MSResearchers at Upstate are seeking patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s diseases for a national study of a promising new medication. “It may have the potential to modify the pace of the disease,” neurologist Amy Sanders, MD, said of the drug, called T-817MA. Participants must be between the ages of 55 and 85 with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and currently taking donepezil, or Aricept. Also in this interview, Sanders discusses what to expect as a normal part of cognitive aging.


HealthLink On Air radio show: March 8, 2015

Monday, March 9th, 2015

HealthLink on Air radio showDr. Elizabeth Reddy tells how and where to obtain the drug that reduces transmission of the AIDS virus. Dr. Shawky Badawy and certified nurse midwife Kathleen Dermady discuss miscarriage. Registered dietitian nutritionist Kristy Trumbo talks about nutrition and healthy weight.


How to establish a healthy weight

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Kristy Trumbo, RDRegistered dietitian nutritionist Kristy Trumbo explains how to determine your ideal body weight in this segment about nutrition and healthy weight.


HealthLink On Air radio show: March 1, 2015

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

HealthLink on Air radio showDr. Mark Polhemus seeks volunteers for a Dengue fever vaccine trail. Dr. Scott Van Valkenburg discusses common foot problems. Dr. Shawky Badawy talks about hot flashes and heart disease in women.


Bringing eye care to Hondurans

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Thomas A Bersani, MDRobert W Weisenthal, MDThomas Bersani, MD, took his first medical mission trip to Honduras 28 years ago. Robert Weisenthal, MD, joined him the following year, and the two ophthalmologists have been back nearly every year since. They travel to LaCeiba, Honduras with teams of volunteers to provide a variety of surgeries and medical care. Most of the expenses are paid for by the doctors, who established a nonprofit called Honduras Eye & Life Program, or HELP.


Should menopausal women treat hot flashes with hormones?

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

http://www.upstate.edu/hospital/providers/doctors/?docID=badawysHormone replacement therapy can be an appropriate choice for some women who struggle with the symptoms of menopause, says Shawky Badawy, MD, Upstate’s division chief of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Many patients ask Badawy about the risk of heart disease and breast cancer, which are important concerns. He says the decision of whether to seek relief from hormones must be made on an individual basis.