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HealthLink on Air radio show: November 22, 2015

Friday, November 20th, 2015

November 22, 2015

Gynecologist Renee Mestad, MD, tells about the new medication designed to boost a woman’s libido. Endovascular neurosurgeon Grahame Gould, MD, discusses advances in stroke treatment. Philip Rose, a program coordinator at the Prevention Network of Central New York, provides an update on underage drinking. Orthopedic surgeon William Lavelle, MD, tells how to deal with a muscle pull, or knot, in a shoulder.


So-called ‘female Viagra’ offers limited promise, many side effects

Monday, November 16th, 2015

“The female Viagra” is a misleading name for a new drug for women struggling with low or no sexual desire, and while it shows some promise, it comes with limitations, says Renee Mestad, MD, division chief of general obstetrics and gynecology at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. Flibanserin, marketed as Addyi, aims to treat the complex problem of female sexual dysfunction by stimulating brain chemicals to enhance desire, while Viagra treats men with sexual desire who are limited by erectile dysfunction.

Women who take Addyi must do so daily, cannot drink alcohol and may experience side effects such as fainting, while possibly gaining only limited results, Mestad says. Still, some experts hope that Addyi may lead to the development of better drugs with fewer side effects.


HealthLink on Air radio show: November 1, 2015

Friday, October 30th, 2015

November 1, 2015:

On this week’s edition of Upstate Medical University‘s “HealthLink on Air”: Registered dietitian nutritionist Maureeen Franklin provides a nutrition update. Psychiatrist Thomas Schwartz, MD, gives an overview of bipolar disorder. And gynecologist Howard Weinstein, MD, explains the causes of and treatments for abnormal uterine bleeding.


Abnormal uterine bleeding can be difficult to detect, diagnose

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Abnormal uterine bleeding can be tricky to detect, let alone trace to a cause, and related factors might involve age, obesity, diabetes, pregnancy, high blood pressure or cancer. One key to figuring out whether blood loss is abnormal is that women know their usual menstrual cycle, says Howard Weinstein, MD, division chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Upstate’s community campus. If a woman’s cycle is out of sync for three months, she should contact her physician, says Weinstein, who also describes the role of transvaginal ultrasounds and endometrial biopsies.


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.


Should menopausal women treat hot flashes with hormones?

Thursday, February 26th, 2015 replacement therapy can be an appropriate choice for some women who struggle with the symptoms of menopause, says Shawky Badawy, MD, Upstate’s division chief of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Many patients ask Badawy about the risk of heart disease and breast cancer, which are important concerns. He says the decision of whether to seek relief from hormones must be made on an individual basis.


Mothers who suffer miscarriage need medical, emotional care

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Kathleen M Dermady, DNP CNM, MSN NPShawky Z Badawy, MDThough invisible to many people, miscarriages are important losses to the mothers who experience them. Certified nurse midwife Kathleen Dermady explains the symptoms of miscarriage, and Shawky Badawy, MD, goes over the causes. “Sometimes they have the feeling of blaming themselves,” he says of the mothers, “but they are not to blame.”


High blood pressure, heart disease threaten women

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Lorrie Langdon, RNNurse Lorraine Langdon, heart failure program coordinator at Upstate University Hospital, points out that more women than men have died from heart disease in the past three decades in the United States. She also says that more women die from heart disease than die from breast cancer and lung cancer combined. In this interview, she explains the dangers of high blood pressure and heart disease in women. Langdon goes over the common symptoms and encourages women to “know what is normal to you. Listen to your body. If it feels like something you’ve never really had before, you really need to get that checked out.”


Could you have polycystic ovary syndrome?

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Heather M Shannon, MS, CNM, NP, MPHPolycystic ovary syndrome is often diagnosed after a woman seeks care for irregular menstrual periods. Blood tests may reveal excess levels of the androgen hormone, and an ultrasound may show what looks like a string of pearls in the ovaries. (The “pearls” are actually cysts.) Certified nurse midwife Heather Shannon explains common treatments for PCOS and the medical risks that may accompany the syndrome.


“She Matters” breast education program

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Maxine Thompson & Linda VeitThe death rate from breast cancer is 41 percent higher for black women compared to white women. To help improve that rate, Upstate sponsors a breast education program called She Matters. The goal is to get more women in for mammography screening, to find and treat any breast cancers early. She Matters is made possible through a grant from the Susan G. Komen Central New York Affiliate. For information on obtaining a mammogram, call: 315-217-5825. Hear about the program in this segment from organizers Linda Veit, a special projects manager in the Upstate Cancer Center, and Maxine Thompson, assistant vice president in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.


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

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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.