JAAPA Case of the Month: Abdominal pain after air travel

April 13th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

Case of the Month: Abdominal pain after air travel

A 29-year-old woman was brought to the ED in police custody from an international airport with a chief complaint of lower abdominal pain for the past 2 hours. The patient was reluctant to give any information during the initial history. When asked what brought her in, she said she had no complaints and the police made her come in. She stated she was feeling well and did not want to be in the ED.

The patient was alert and in no apparent distress. An abdominal examination revealed normal active bowel sounds in all four quadrants, and no abdominal tenderness, guarding, rebound, or palpable masses were noted. The patient refused a pelvic examination. A urine sample was obtained to check for pregnancy. The nurse noted that the patient’s urine was very dark and foul-smelling.

Read the case FREE online – read the rest of the case facts, get the diagnosis, and learn how the case progressed. It’s the Case of the Month in JAAPA: Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

World Voice Day is April 16th

April 13th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

World Voice Day encourages everyone to assess their vocal health and take action to improve or maintain good voice habits.

The American Academy of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Association monthly Bulletin offers some tips for a health voice:

Do drink water-  six to eight glasses a day optimized the throat’s mucous production and aids lubrication
Do live a healthy lifestyle- including exercise, eating healthy, and adequate sleep
Do warm up your before heavy voice use
use a vocal amplification system
use good breath support


Don’t drink an excessive amount of coffee, tea, soda or alcohol – these drinks dehydrate you and dry out your vocal cords, and worsen acid reflux
Don’t smoke – leads to lung or throat cancer; can cause significant irritation and swelling of the vocal cords which will permanently change your voice quality
Don’t abuse or misuse your voice
clear your throat more than necessary

For more do’s and dont’s for a healthy voice, read the article by Amanda Hu, MD from the Bulletin, or review Clinical practice guidelines: hoarseness (dysphonia).

Providers, see more articles on dysphonia from SAGE Journals (Upstate login required for off-campus).

Patients, read more about dysphonia. Talk to your doctor about a referal to the Syracuse Voice Center.

Special Walking events in April

April 9th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter
On Monday, April 13th, Fleet Feet coach Mandy Howard will lead Fleet Feet’s Good Form program from 12-12:30 in Bird Library room 606, SU, and then we will head outside to walk the Monday Mile using good form techniques!
April 13 - Good form workshop at 12pm & Walk Fleet Feet at 12:30pm
April 20 - Walk with a Fleet Feet Coach at 12 pm
April 27 - Walk with a Fleet Feet Coach at 12 pm
Walks will begin in front of Schine Student Center on the SU Campus

Visit Upstate Pathways to Wellness to learn more about this and other offerings.




Image from Flickr

Unleash your inner poet

April 7th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter
April is National Poetry Month! The HSL has pulled together a display of medicine, poetry, and participation. Our display encourages any with a poetic heart to participate in NPM by blacking out words to create a poem (see examples here: http://newspaperblackout.com/). Two discarded books offered themselves up for our creative endeavors, so please dive in and participate.
Happy creating! (Unless you create better in a dark and broody mood, then dark and broody creating!)

Syracuse named the second-most fit city in the US

April 2nd, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

On April 1st, the the Syracuse New Times reported Syracuse was named the second-most fit city in the United States.  Per the article, Body of Work magazine released its annual “metropolitan fitness index” for U.S. urban areas of at least 500,000 people. Five years ago Syracuse cracked the Top 100, finishing 97th. While Portland retained its spot as the nation’s most-fit city, no urban area improved more than Syracuse, which finished ahead of such traditional workout meccas as Fort Lauderdale (11th), San Diego (eighth) and Boulder, Colo. (seventh). Read the full article.

An April Fools’ joke? Most likely! The HSL library staff can find no trace of this so-called periodical. Nonetheless 1) made ya look and 2) take a look at all these great programs coming up next week!

Join the movement.

From April 6 -13, 2015 all members of the Upstate Community are invited to utilize the CAB Recreational Facilities – even if you aren’t a CAB Member! Come tour the facilities, get in a workout & take part in a group fitness class!  New members who sign up and Spring Into Fitness this week will also receive a $30 discount off the regular pricing on individual and family memberships!

Kick things off Monday, April 5th for Public Health Week.

• Noon to 1 p.m.: Experience Yoga Nidra for relaxation and rejuvenation. Wear comfortable clothing. Bring a yoga, blanket or beach towel. 3509 Setnor Academic Building. Free, open to the public. Registration not required.

• Noon to 1:15 p.m.: Monday Mile lecture and walk. Lecture (noon to 12:45 p.m.): Mindfulness in movement. Jill Catherine, Ophelia’s Place. Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, first floor, Bird Library, Syracuse University: Monday Mile Walk (12:45 to 1:15 p.m.) R.S.V.P. required via healthymonday.syr.edu.

Walk with Us

SU Lerner Center invites Upstate to join the fun.   It will begin on Monday, April 13 with Fleet Feet Coaches leading their Good Form program from 12- 12:30 and the Monday Mile walk from 12:30 – 1 pm.  On April 20 and 27th the Monday Mile walk will be from 12-12:30 and meet in front of Schine Auditorium on SU Campus.   What a fun way to get started walking! 


ebook of the month: The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry

April 1st, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

Targeted this text to psychiatrists and other health professionals who have an interest in and a commitment to older adults, Psychonline presents: The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry, Fifth Edition

Edited by David C. Steffens, M.D., M.H.S.; Dan G. Blazer, M.D., Ph.D.; Mugdha E. Thakur, M.D.

This edition does capture recent advances in assessment, treatment and biological understanding of late life neuropsychiatric disorders. The reader will find both new information and updates of alterations of existing materials. With this edition, we aimed to equip both the scholar and the clinician with the current state of scientific understanding as well as the practical skills and knowledge base required for dealing with mental disorders in late life. In addition, we wanted to provide an update for DSM-5, highlighting areas of particular salience in older populations.

The chapters are presented in a sequential and integrated fashion, which we have found enhances the accessibility and usefulness of the information presented. The contributors include both basic and clinical scholars who have a clear ability to make complex material understandable to our readers. We maintained an eclectic orientation regarding theory and practice in geriatric psychiatry. Although most contributors are psychiatrists, we also called on colleagues from relevant biomedical and behavioral disciplines—especially for chapters covering the basic sciences—because of their expertise and ability to incorporate such knowledge into a comprehensive approach to patient care.

This book is of particular value to candidates seeking certification in geriatrics from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the American Board of Family Practice. All of these bodies’ examinations place considerable emphasis on geriatric psychiatry and the behavioral aspects of aging.

You can access The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry from the Health Sciences Library website select Resources> eBooks> and browse or search by title.

Banner image from flickr.

Scholars’ Den Artists – Hannah Smith and Mani Yahyavi-Tajabadi

March 31st, 2015 by Jennifer Olivia Maggio

The Scholars’ Den is currently displaying the work for Hannah Smith and Mani Yahyavi-Tajabadi. The work was originally featured at the Memorial for the Anatomical Gift Program. It was so well recieved that it has been brought back to campus to be featured on the library’s second floor.

There will be an artist reception from 4-6pm on Tuesday April 21st. Refreshments will be provided.

About Hannah Smith -

Hannah Smith was born in Rochester, NY in 1986. She works predominantly in the medium of photography concentrating on human subjects, but has also worked as a newspaper, fineart, and portrait photographer. She completed a Bachelors of Science in Studio Art with Photography Focus at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY, graduating Magna Cum Laude in May 2008. Hannah has exhibited work at the Davison Memorial Art Gallery of Rochester, NY in the “Annual Juried All Student Show” in 2005, 2006, and 2007, and “Senior Exhibition” in 2008. She also presented work at the Society for Photographic Education’s MidAtlantic and Northeast Joint Conference show, “Homeland: Borders and Boundaries” hosted by the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York. Currently, Hannah lives in Albion, NY and attends SUNY Upstate Medical University where she is working towards an MD.

This series of images was created in memoriam of those who generously donated to the anatomical gift program.
Through their monumentous gift, each member of our class was afforded the rare opportunity to explore the impressive structures that compose the human body.

The images consist of original Gray’s Anatomy drawings from 1918 superimposed onto photographs of students from the class to illuminate the structures hidden beneath and the impression they left on us.

About Mani Yahyavi-Tajabadi -

For as long as I remember, I have sought to understand the prime connection between the exterior world and my internal states. I began painting at an early age and slowly came to understand the importance of art for society. Art became a medium for the expression of internal ideas and emotions and a manifestation of my ability and desire to seek answers to the “why” through contemplation, in addition to the “how” and “what” through science and logic. With abstract representation, I can illustrate otherwise elusive connections between objects and ideas. Painting and sculpting are mediums through which I explore and attempt to depict the complex layers of life’s journey in abstract and symbolic or surreal figurative forms.

At UC Berkeley I completed bachelors in both Molecular & Cellular Biology as well as Studio Art. I’ve had the privilege of studying ceramics with Richard Shaw and painting with Craig Nagasawa and many other talented artists, as well as continual support and inspiration from my father who is an incredibly talented painter. I held an art studio within the largest artist community in SF at Hunter’s Point for two years, and exhibited at galleries in Berkeley, Oakland and SF.

In medical school I had the privilege of bringing the medium of painting to share with my brilliant colleagues to honor the generous donors and their family members. We are all different permutations of the same anatomy, deeply connected and ever becoming. This piece is titled the anatomy of the silence behind the shadow, composed of 20 panels painted in acrylics spanning 8×10 feet. The pieces were scrambled on their first presentation to signify the connection which we share with each other, and were rearranged to bring forth the order and grace behind life’s chaos that is also inherent within.

Public Health Week April 5-10

March 27th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter


Celebrate PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK APRIL 5 – 10. All events are free & open to the public



• 9 p.m.: HealthLink on Air radio show. Managing stress to maintain health. Donna Bacchi, MD, MPH, Upstate Medical University. WRVO-FM.


Noon – 1 PM Experience Yoga Nidra for Relaxation & Rejuvenation PDF Icon. Wear comfortable clothing. Bring a yoga, blanket or beach towel. 3509 Setnor Academic Building. Free, open to the public. Registration not required.

• Noon to 1:15 p.m.: Monday Mile lecture and walk. Lecture (noon to 12:45 p.m.): Mindfulness in movement. Jill Catherine, Ophelia’s Place. Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, first floor, Bird Library, Syracuse University: Monday Mile Walk (12:45 to 1:15 p.m.) R.S.V.P. required via healthymonday.syr.edu.

• Noon to 1 p.m. Natural stress relief with Reiki. PDF Icon Mary Riposo, PhD, MRT. Infinite Light Center for Yoga and Wellness. 4507 Setnor Academic Buildiing. Learn Reiki skills. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Free, open to the public. Registration not required.


• Noon to 1 p.m. Lecture. Grass roots public health in action: Upstate’s She Matters program. Linda Veit, MPH, Shramika Adhikary, MD, MPH, Upstate Medical University; Lisa Bigelow, resident educator. Sponsored by the Diversity Lecture Series committee. 2231 Weiskotten Hall. She Matters, a program of the Upstate Cancer Center, helps to increase the rates of mammography screening in low-income, underserved women, with a specific focus on African-American women. Free, registration not required.

THURSDAY, APRIL 9 Explore Hypnosis to Manage Stress PDF Icon

• Noon to 1 p.m. Explore hypnosis to manage stress. Joshua Kirnie, Alternative Hypnosis. 3509 Setnor Academic Building. Group-guided relaxation session included. Free, open to the public. Registration not required.

FRIDAY, APRIL 10 Music for Wellness Noon

• Noon to 1 p.m. Lecture. Music for wellness. Clare Arzenia, MME, MT-BC, CCLS. 2507 Setnor Academic Building. Learn some of the neurophysiology of music and its ties to wellness practices via listening or performance. Free, open to the public. Registration not required.

• 3 to 4:30 p.m. Children’s Health Fair. Salvation Army, 677 South Salina St., Syracuse. Organized by the CNY Masters of Public Health students and doctor of physical therapy students. Free, open to the public. Registration not required.


Full list of weekly events, click here PDF Icon.

Additional Information


Attention Upstate Community!!!
CAB special offer April 6-13, 2015. Spring into Fitness PDF Icon. Use and tour facilities, sign up for raffles, and get special discounts for those starting a new membership. Take advantage of this great offer!!!

TedMed Talks: Lab testing reinvented

March 26th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

About this talk

At TEDMED 2014, Founder and CEO of Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, talked about the importance of enabling early detection of disease through new diagnostic tools and empowering individuals to make educated decisions about their healthcare. Listen to her TedMed Talk.

About Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes is Founder and CEO of Theranos, a company transforming lab diagnostics. With their new technology, soon available at every Walgreens, a single drop of blood (or any other fluid) can be used for multiple tests at a fraction of current costs. Elizabeth started Theranos a decade ago (at age 19) after dropping out of Stanford, where she had studied microfluidics and nanotechnology. Read more about the “Most Impressive Woman on Forbes’ Female Billionaire List.” To read more about this young technology innovator on CNN, visit CNN Money.

Get Inspired: Resources dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls

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For hundreds of true stories of trailblazing girls and women in science, technology, visit “Role Models” biography section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/history-biography/biography

New ebook: Helping Parents and Teachers Understand Medications for Behavioral and Emotional Problems

March 25th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

Helping Parents and Teachers Understand Medications for Behavioral and Emotional Problems

A dozen experts contributed to this new edition, ensuring that it remains the most trusted resource for educating parents and teachers about psychotropics prescribed for children and adolescents.

Each medication has its own information sheet – a useful resource for school staff and library patrons, as well as psychiatrists, pediatricians, and neurologists for distribution to parents and teachers.

Edited by Mina K. Dulcan, M.D., and Rachel R. Ballard, M.D.