HealthLink on Air en This week: preventing amputations in people with diabetes and more <p>For people with diabetes, monitoring foot health is as important as tracking sugar levels, blood pressure and kidney function.</p><p>"If they don't have good blood supply to their foot, you can give all of the antibiotics that you want, but the antibiotics go in the blood, and the blood can't get to the foot," says Dr. Palma Shaw, a vascular surgeon at Upstate.</p><p>We'll hear how diabetes can lead to amputation and why regular podiatry appointments are suggested.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:26:56 +0000 HealthLink Staff 54231 at This week: e-cigarettes, drug dependence during pregnancy and more <p>Health authorities are very aware of the increasing popularity of electronic cigarettes. Some think these tobacco products lure teens and young adults to the habit of smoking not only e-cigarettes but traditional cigarettes as well.</p><p>The number of high school students using e-cigarettes has doubled from 2011 to 2012. Dr. Leslie Kohman, the medical director of the Upstate Cancer Center, explains some dangers of these devices.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:41:30 +0000 Leah Landry 53763 at Coming up this week: nurse practitioners seek independence <p>We'll take on the controversy surrounding the independence of nurse practitioners. Should they be allowed to practice independently? The deans of Upstate Medical University's college of Medicine and Nursing discuss.</p><p>"The concerns that have been expressed is that they may not have had the same depth and breadth as physician training does,” says Dr. David Duggan, College of Medicine dean. “But the key, for anyone, is to know their limits and to know what is in the best interest of their patient and when their patient needs to get additional care.”</p><p>Hear more Sunday at 9 p.m.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:55:22 +0000 HealthLink Staff 53412 at This week: a mysterious illness and a story of dramatic weight loss <p>This week, Dr. Leonard Weiner explains a mysterious polio-like illness affecting children in California.</p><p>Plus, Cristina Pope weighed nearly 250 pounds when she decided to get serious about losing weight. Within a year she shed more than 100 pounds by carefully watching her nutrition intake and working out regularly. Now, almost two years later, she's kept the weight off.</p><p>We'll share her secrets to success, which include exercising in a variety of ways and eating plenty of vegetables.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:22:43 +0000 HealthLink Staff 53047 at This week: a mysterious illness and a story of dramatic weight loss This week: how lubricants affect fertility <p>Couples trying to conceive may be surprised to learn that many sexual lubricants act as spermicides, reducing their changes of pregnancy.</p><p></p><p>Several commercial products and household oils are harmful to sperm and can slow the movement of sperm, according to a study conducted through the andrology laboratory at Upstate Medical University. We'll discuss the study and it's implications with the director of andrology services, Kazim Chohan, and Dr. Renee Mestad.</p><p>Then, Dr. Antonia Culebras explains how to reduce stroke risk for people with irregular heartbeats.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:07:54 +0000 HealthLink Staff 52693 at This week: how lubricants affect fertility This week: getting through menopause, eating for good health and more <p>For a woman in her late 40s to early 60s, just hearing a healthcare provider assure that "you're not alone, and you're not going crazy," can be a source of comfort.</p><p></p><p>Heather Shannon, director of the midwifery program at Upstate Medical University, says that the end of childbearing years for many women comes with a multitude of symptoms: hot flashes and night sweats, depression or anxiety and mood swings. Also during this time, women may develop problems with their thyroid and/or adrenal glands. It can leave women frustrated.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:14:00 +0000 HealthLink Staff 52296 at This week: getting through menopause, eating for good health and more