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Archive for the ‘ women’s health’ Category

Neonatal abstinence program

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Gail Banach and Roberto Martinez, MDGail Banach, MS is joined by Roberto Martinez, MD, to explain neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), and a community initiative  to reduce NAS in Onondaga County. Banach is director of Public Education & Communications for the Upstate New York Poison Center, and Martinez is a second-year student in the CNY Master of Public Health program at Upstate Medical University, and the NAS program coordinator.  For more information, call 464-5423.


Exploring how to better protect bone from radiation therapy during cancer treatment

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

megan oest phd

Targeted radiation therapy can be effective in reducing the size of a tumor, but it can leave bones more susceptible to fractures in the years after cancer.

Studying stem cells for possible solutions are Megan Oest, PhD, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery, and Timothy Damron, MD, professor of orthopedic surgery, cell and developmental biology and neuroscience and physiology. Stem cells have the ability to develop into many different cell types, depending on the body’s needs.

Of the bone cells that are alive at the time of radiation, Oest and Damron have noticed that some die and are never replenished. They are experimenting with chemical or biological methods to prevent damage to these particular cells. Perhaps in the future, patients could receive an injection of a protective substance before undergoing radiotherapy.

 It’s also possible, Oest theorizes, that patients could undergo something like a stem cell transplant after their therapy. Healthy cells could come from a donor, or from elsewhere in the patient’s body. She and Damron have learned that when radiation is applied to one leg, cells from the opposite leg remain undamaged. “In theory, if it worked, you could actually take cells from the healthy side of the patient and put them into the unhealthy side,” she says.

Oest and Damron are among dozens of researchers who have received grants from the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNYsince 2002.


Exciting new partnership to benefit women’s health and education in Sierra Leone

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Robert K Silverman, MDUpstate pediatrician Robert Silverman, MD, reveals an exciting new partnership between the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Upstate Medical University and Worldwide Healing Hands, that will benefit women’s health and education in Sierra Leone. Silverman is professor and chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Division Chief of Maternal and Fetal Medicine at Upstate Medical University. Read the story: Exciting New Partnership with SUNY Upstate Medical University.


Are pelvic exams necessary? New guidelines say no.

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Renee E Mestad, MD, MSCIObstetrician gynecologist Renee Mestad, MD, helps us understand new guidelines published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians, that recommend against pelvic screening exams in asymptomatic, non-pregnant, adult women who have no elevated risk of cancer or other disease. Read the story: Healthy women do not need routine pelvic exams, influential physicians group says.


Comprehensive care for patients with complicated pregnancies

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Alexandra C Spadola, MDObstetrician/gynocologist Alexandra Spadola, MD, medical director of the Regional Perinatal Center, provides an overview of the comprehensive services available to women with special needs during pregnancy. The center’s mission is to provide high-quality, compassionate care to patients with complicated pregnancies throughout the Central New York Region, using a multi-disciplinary team approach utilizing physicians, nurses and other health care professionals in an integrated service.

 


‘Healthy Eats’: Food safety for moms-to-be

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Juliann Mellen, RDJuliann Mellen, RD, Upstate registered dietitian and certified diabetic educator, reinforces the importance of  eating healthy during pregnancy, but cautions that not all foods are safe, and foodborne illness is a serious issue. Read more: FoodSafety.gov


Screenings for women’s health

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Certified nurse midwife Heather Shannon walks us through the recommended health screenings for women at different stages of life. Learn more about: Upstate University Hospital’s Midwifery ProgramGuidelines for screening tests and vaccines, from www.womanshealth.gov.


Breast reconstruction options after mastectomy

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

UpsPrashant K Upadhyaya, MDtate plastic surgeon Prashant Upadhyaya, MD, talks about breast reconstruction options after mastectomy, including implants or your own tissue flap, some done immediately at the time of the mastectomy. Read more about The Patricia J. Numann Center for Breast, Endocrine & Plastic Surgery at Upstate.


‘Healthy Eats’: Eating healthy during pregnancy

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Juliann Mellen, RDJuliann Mellen, Upstate registered dietitian and certified diabetic educator, reminds us that maintaining healthy eating habits along with regular physical activity during pregnancy is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby.  MyPlate.gov


Upstate’s new breast cancer survivorship program

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Jayne Charlamb, MDUpstate’s Jayne Charlamb, MD, medical director of prevention and survivorship, talks about a new breast cancer survivorship program for women who have completed their active treatment (chemo, radiation, surgery). The program focuses on empowering and educating participants to take an active role in decisions related to their follow-up care, wellness and comprehensive healthy living.  Support Services at Upstate.  For more information, call (315) 464-8224.


Breast cancer high risk program

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Jayne Charlamb, MDJayne Charlamb, MD, medical director of prevention and survivorship at Upstate, talks about a program designed for women who are at an increased risk of breast cancer.  Charlamb is the director of Upstate’s breast cancer high risk program, which offers special surveillance options as well as “chemoprevention” – taking medication to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer. For more information, call (315) 464-8224, ask for Linda.


Local efforts to reduce number of babies born to drug-dependent moms

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Cynthia Morrow, MDOnondaga County Health Commissioner Gail BanachCynthia Morrow, MD, MPH is joined by Gail Banach, director of Public Education & Communications for the Upstate New York Poison Center, to talk about local efforts to reduce the number of babies born to drug-dependent moms in Onondaga County.  For free and confidential support call the Hopeline at (315) 218-1965.