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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.


HealthLink on Air radio show: November 29, 2015

Friday, November 27th, 2015

November 29, 2015

Nurse practitioner Katherine “Kitty” Leonard and professor of nursing Melanie Kalman, PhD, discuss research into the meaning of touch to patients undergoing chemotherapy. Registered dietitian nutritionist Maureen Franklin gives an overview of sugars and sweeteners. Pediatric anesthesiologist Joseph Resti, MD, tells about providing anesthesiology to children.



How to assess sugars, artificial sweeteners

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Choosing among natural sugars and artificial sweeteners can be daunting. Fortunately, much of the information you need about sweeteners is on the food’s label, allowing you to see the calories, carbohydrates and other nutritional information, says Maureen Franklin, a registered dietitian nutritionist at Upstate. Franklin also explains differences among the various sweeteners and how they can affect individuals differently, as well as the key factors in all dietary decisions.


Dietary expert discusses nutrition trends, easy tips for better eating at home

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Registered dietitian nutritionist Maureen Franklin, who works at Upstate, explains some recent trends and offers practical tips for healthy, affordable eating, including homemade ways to satisfy a busy family with kids. For more information and recipes, she recommends the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “What’s Cooking?” site


Weight loss surgery treats patients with obesity

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Howard Simon, MDObesity is a commonly occurring but complicated disease, and a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve operation is one way to combat it, says Howard Simon, MD, division chief of bariatric surgery at Upstate. Bariatric surgery is usually done in a minimally invasive way, Simon explains, and is part of a comprehensive approach to weight loss that involves counselors, nutritionists and others to help the patient achieve and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.


What happens to the heart after weight loss surgery

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Rushikesh ShahPeople who are obese are likely to have fast heart rates. They have high levels of adipokines, cell signaling proteins released by fat cells that can have adverse effects on the cardiovascular system. Fat cells also produce hormones including leptin, which regulates the amount of fat stores in the body and also impacts the cardiovascular system. After weight loss surgery, leptin concentrations drop, and so does a person’s heart rate, says Rushikesh Shah, MD, who is completing his training in internal medicine at Upstate. He wrote a paper on this subject for the BMJ Case Report reminding doctors of this “physiological compensatory change” to help avoid unnecessary diagnostic tests and medical interventions.


Caring for overweight patients

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Casey Hammerle, RNCasey Hammerle, RN, a coordinator for Upstate’s Bariatric Surgery Program, talks about the challenges of caring for patients who are overweight or obese. Many of these patients have diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol that are made worse by obesity.


‘Healthy Eats’: What to eat after bariatric surgery

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

jessica planer, rdRegistered dietitian Jessica Planer, RD, who specializes in the care of bariatric patients, emphasizes the importance of following dietary guidelines after bariatric surgery.  She shares the types of foods and how much you can eat at each meal to provide balanced meals that help prevent nutrient deficiencies and preserve muscle tissue.  For more information about Upstate’s Bariatric Surgery Program, call (315) 492-5036.


100 pound weight loss journey

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Cristina PopeCristina Pope, director of the Health Sciences Library at Upstate, shares the inspiring story of how she lost more than 100 pounds and how she has kept it off for almost two years.  There are no secrets, she still tracks what she eats and spends many hours exercising, lifting weights, swimming and running.  Read the story: How Cristina Pope lost 110 pounds


‘Healthy Eats’: The benefits of eating breakfast

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Upstate University Hospital dietitian Terry Podolak, RDTerry Podolak, RD, our ‘Healthy Eats’ expert, helps us understand why the simple act of eating breakfast every day can be a big part of losing weight or maintaining a healthier weight.
Resources:,, NCES – Dietitian’s pick of the week
Read the story: Lose Weight: Eat Breakfast, from WebMD


Surviving the holidays after bariatric surgery

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Jessica PlanerRegistered dietitian Jessica Planer, RD, specializes in the care of surgical bariatric patients at Upstate’s Bariatric Surgery Program.  She shares strategies to help deal with holiday social situations and meal planning after bariatric surgery. For more information, call (315) 492-5036.


Boost your brainpower with regular exercise

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Carol SamesExercise physiologist Carol Sames, PhD discusses recent research that identifies numerous previously unknown ways in which regular exercise reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer, helps control diabetes and boosts brainpower. Sames is the Director of Upstate’s Vitality! program, which was conceived as a natural extension of the programs and activities offered through the traditional health care system. For more information or to enroll in the Vitality! program, call (315) 464-9992.
Read the story: Researchers Explain Why Exercise Works Magic, The Scientific American.