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HealthLink on Air radio show: February 7, 2016

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

February 7, 2016

Upstate registered dietitian nutritionists Carrie Carlton and Cecilia Sansone talk about nutrition in older adults. Upstate pediatrician Travis Hobart, MD, discusses the new cholesterol screening guidelines for children. Syracuse University professor Amy Ellen Schwartz, PhD, addresses obesity and nutrition in schoolchildren.


HealthLink on Air radio show: January 24, 2016

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

January 24, 2016

Registered nurse Deb Polmanteer talks about treatment and options for someone with chronic kidney disease. Upstate urologist Dmitriy Nikolavsky, MD, shares his expertise in surgical repair after gender reassignment surgery, and author Terri Cook tells about the memoir she wrote with her husband about their child’s transition. Syracuse University registered dietitian Tanya Horacek, PhD, explores the factors that influence college student weight gain.


Varied menu, sufficient fluids important in senior citizen diets

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Ensuring proper nutrition for senior citizens involves looking at changes in both body and lifestyle, say two registered dietitian nutritionists at Upstate. Decreases in muscle mass, bone density and the sense of smell, coupled with physical illness or depression, contribute to diminished appetite and calories needed, say Carrie Carlton (at right in photo) and Cecilia Sansone. Among their prescriptions are a varied diet of nutrient-rich foods tailored to the individual, sufficient fluids and several small meals as an alternative to three main meals.


College students exercise but need to improve ‘eating competence,’ SU dietitian says

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Many students beginning college see a 5 percent increase in their body weight the first semester. And while 60 percent of students adopt an exercise routine, many also develop unhealthy habits, says registered dietitian nutritionist Tanya Horacek, PhD, of Syracuse University’s Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. She says many students don’t eat enough whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and many have trouble sleeping. During the transition phase that is college, Horacek says, it’s important for students to improve their “eating competence.” “This is a very formidable time. They are learning habits that they will carry into adulthood.”


Holiday eating tips include thinking first, choosing well

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Take a moment to think before overeating during the December holiday season and remember you can make healthy choices. That’s the advice of Maureen Franklin, a registered dietitian nutritionist at Upstate, who offers practical tips on how to avoid mindless eating and weight gain while still enjoying yourself.


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.