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A visit from the healing muse: ‘Swindled’ and ‘Cancer Does Not Bring Out the Best in Us’

Thursday, June 4th, 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 selections are ’Swindled’ and ‘Cancer Does Not Bring Out the Best in Us’, by Rita Ciresi, and can be found in the The Healing Muse, Volume 14. Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today!


A visit from the healing muse: ‘Winter Drifting’

Thursday, June 4th, 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 ’Winter Drifting’, by Paula Schulz, and can be found in the The Healing Muse, Volume 14. Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today!


A visit from the healing muse: ‘Crazy Chick Waiting for a Collect Call from the Sundance Kid’ and ‘How to Endure the Beast Called Grief’

Thursday, June 4th, 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 selections are ’Crazy Chick Waiting for a Collect Call from the Sundance Kid’, by Jill Swenson, and ‘How to Endure the Beast Called Grief’, by Donna K. Pflueger, and can be found in the The Healing Muse, Volume 14. Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today!


HealthLink On Air radio show: May 31, 2015

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

HealthLink on Air radio showDr. Ramsay Farah provides an overview of acne. Pharmacist Andrew Burgdorf discusses medications for prostate cancer. Nurse Jennifer Curry tells about the comprehensive stroke program.


Variety of medicines offers hope to prostate cancer patients

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Andrew Burgdorf, PharmDThe array of medicines to treat prostate cancer offers more hope than ever before, says Andrew Burgdorf, a clinical pharmacist who works with adult hematology/oncology patients at the Upstate Cancer Center. The treatments include ways to block male hormones as well as attack the cancer cells, he said, and some newer drugs have been shown to help patients live longer. Biosimilar drugs on the horizon could help lower the cost of some therapies.


Powdered caffeine comes with deadly risk

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

A concentrated form of powdered caffeine — 1 teaspoon equals 25 cups of coffee — is becoming popular among young people seeking an energy boost, but it can kill, according to William Eggleston, PharmD, a pharmacist at the Upstate New York Poison Center. Unregulated and sold cheaply over the Internet, the powder has been linked to two deaths and carries a high risk of accidental overdose, since 3 or 4 teaspoons is enough to kill an average adult.


Outreach strengthens stroke care throughout region

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Jennifer Curry, BSN, RN, CCRNThe region’s emergency medical responders are well trained to deal with stroke, partly because of Jennifer Curry, RN. As outreach coordinator for Upstate’s Comprehensive Stroke Program, Curry helps keep EMS teams and outlying hospitals abreast of the latest information on stroke and whether a patient needs to be transferred to Upstate. She also has an easy-to-remember way for the general public to recognize and deal with a possible stroke in a loved one.


Group helps stroke patients avoid social isolation

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Carrie Garcia, MSA stroke can damage a person’s ability to perform many day-to-day functions, which can lead to social isolation, according to Carrie Garcia, MS, speech language pathologist with the Physical Rehabilitation and Medicine Department at Upstate Medical University. Partnering with a nearby hospital, she helped create a stroke support group that provides patients, loved ones and caregivers with a way to find information and emotional support as well as to socialize and express themselves.


Sexually transmitted diseases: Still here, still dangerous

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Heather M Shannon, MS, CNM, NP, MPHSyphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea and chlamydia are on the rise, according to Heather Shannon, a certified nurse midwife and director of midwifery and gynecology at Upstate. Regular screenings, watching for symptoms and seeking treatment if infected all help limit the spread of STDs and their often dangerous consequences, she said.


HealthLink On Air radio show: May 24, 2015

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

HealthLink on Air radio show

Neurologist Robert Beach talks about seizure disorders and epilepsy. MD/PhD student Nicole Cifra tells about her commitment to public health. And physical therapist Cassi Terpening explains the importance of exercise during cancer treatment.


Why exercise is important during cancer treatment

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Cassandra M Terpening, PT, DPT, CSCSExercise can improve cancer patients’ quality of life by helping to maintain strength and energy and feel better overall as they heal, said Cassi Terpening, DPT, a physical therapist at Upstate. Physical therapists help set up an exercise program tailored to the patients’ needs and guide them as they progress. It might involve simply walking and stretching or more vigorous activity. For more information on the rehabilitation program for patients with cancer, visit http://www.upstate.edu/pmr/healthcare/programs/cancer.php.


Understanding epilepsy and other seizure disorders

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Robert Beach, MD, PhDNot everyone who has a seizure has epilepsy, which involves recurrent, unprovoked seizures, including the convulsive kind many people think of and the nonconvulsive kind, which might involve staring off into space, said Robert Beach, MD, PhD, a professor of neurology at Upstate. Treatment of epilepsy, which affects more than 2 million Americans, can involve drugs, diet, laser-assisted surgery or a device that stimulates the vagus nerve, he explained.