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Archive for the ‘ Upstate Medical University/University Hospital’ Category

Retinal repair research

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Michael Zuber, PhDAndrea Viczian, PhDScientists Andrea Viczian, PhD, and Michael E. Zuber, PhD, are searching for ways to replace cells that are lost during retinal degeneration. Their work centers on finding an efficient method of converting stem cells into retinal cells. It is paid for with a grant designed to stimulate collaboration among researchers at State University of New York campuses.


Varicose veins and sclerotherapy

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Lorena Gonzalez, MDVaricose veins, which develop when the walls of the veins dilate, can be unsightly and annoying; they can also create medical problems. Vascular surgeon, Lorena Gonzalez, MD, explains the risk factors for varicose veins, how they are treated and when sclerotherapy may be indicated.


The role of a dietitian during cancer treatment

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Maria Erdman, RDMaria Erdman, RDN, explains how a registered dietitian nutritionst who specializes in oncology can help cancer patients as they go through treatment. Appetite, eating habits and weight are all potentially affected by cancer treatment. “Some people sail right through, but for many people it’s very challenging,” she says. Some patients benefit from eating small meals throughout the day. It’s also important to know how to choose the most nutritious foods.


Check-Up From The Neck-Up: De-cluttering the mind and then the stuff

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Richard O'Neill, PhDPsychologist Richard O’Neill reminds us that it’s easier to de-clutter our life if we are clear about our life goals.

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A visit from the healing muse: ‘The Home’

Thursday, November 20th, 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 Home’, by Sharon Pretti, and can be found in the The Healing Muse, Volume 4. Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today!


Check-Up From The Neck-Up: Vexing

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Richard O'Neill, PhD Psychologist Richard O’Neill provides his Check-up from the neck up.

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Expert Advice: What to do if you think your child has ADHD

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Stephen Faraone, PhDAdvice for parents: Do you think your child may have ADHD?

If you believe your child may have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, “the most important thing is not to wait,” says scientist Stephen Faraone, PhD.

Faraone, a professor in Upstate’s departments of psychiatry and neurosciences and physiology, has authored more than 700 journal articles, editorials, chapters and books. In this 3 ½-minute segment, he explains what he would tell a parent who is concerned that his or her child may have ADHD.


Expert Advice: What to expect at a neurological exam

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Lawrence Chin, MDIf you’re feeling anxious about an upcoming neurological exam, “take a deep breath, and try not to be scared,” says Dr. Larry Chin. Realize that a referral to a neurologist or neurosurgeon simply means that your doctor is seeking advice.
Chin directs Upstate Medical University’s Department of Neurosurgery and also oversees the Gamma Knife Center and the Neuro Oncology Program at Upstate University Hospital.
In this 3 ½-minute segment, he shares how to prepare for a neurological exam and what to expect during the office visit.


HealthLink On Air radio show: Nov. 16, 2014

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

HealthLink on Air radio show

In this show devoted to nursing, nurse Casey Hammerle talks about caring for overweight patients, and nurse Kelly Dolan discusses providing care for older patients. Author Carolyn Jones, a recent guest in Syracuse, presents “The American Nurse Project.” And concussion expert Brian Rieger has some advice for coaches.


Doctor and patient recount spinal emergency

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Larry Chin, MD & Edward St. GeorgeOne minute, Edward St. George was on the deck of his family cottage on the St. Lawrence River in Cape Vincent, taking measurements for vinyl siding work he was doing that day.

The next, he was falling from the granite ledge the deck overlooked. His neck and upper back struck the edge of the rock about five feet down. He fell over the cliff, slamming against rock abutments for 15 or 20 feet on his way to the ground. Two or three barrel rolls later, his body came to rest against the back of a neighbor’s cottage.

“All I could do was breathe and blink my eyes. I couldn’t even make a sound. I remember looking out of the corner of my eye and seeing what I thought was my hand, and I couldn’t move it. I couldn’t move anything,” St. George recalls.

The drama that unfolded among the boulders in Cape Vincent stretched into the emergency department and operating rooms at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse and into the physical and occupational therapy unit at Strong Memorial Hospital, near St. George’s home in suburban Rochester.

St. George is joined in this interview by Dr. Larry Chin, chief of neurosurgery at Upstate University Hospital.


One mom’s appeal for flu vaccination: Influenza kills otherwise healthy children every year

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Jana Shaw, MDJoseph Marotta was a healthy kindergartner when he contracted — and died from — the H1N1 flu. Today his parents advocate for influenza vaccination through the organization, Families Fighting Flu. Hear their story, and hear from infectious disease expert, Dr. Jana Shaw in this heartbreaking interview.


ADHD research

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Stephen Faraone, PhDAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is not the result of modern society. The first evidence of the disorder dates back to the early 19th century, when doctors described signs and symptoms of what we now know as ADHD, says Stephen Faraone, PhD, an Upstate scientist who specializes in ADHD research. In this segment, he discusses possible causes of ADHD, its relation to autism and the likelihood that children could “outgrow” ADHD by the time they reach adulthood.