health http://wrvo.org en This week: sudden cardiac arrest, deep vein thrombosis and chronic hepatitis http://wrvo.org/post/week-sudden-cardiac-arrest-deep-vein-thrombosis-and-chronic-hepatitis <p>A new style of implantable defibrillator is providing options to patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. The device is sewn below a patient’s skin, leaving the heart and its vessels untouched. Electrodes continually analyze the heart’s rhythm and the device uses a pulse generator to deliver a shock if necessary.</p><p>Dr. Traian Anghel explains how this device improves upon previous defibrillators which had to be implanted in the heart.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:46:51 +0000 HealthLink on Air 59440 at http://wrvo.org This week: cancer care and nutritional issues http://wrvo.org/post/week-cancer-care-and-nutritional-issues <p>Medical director Dr. Leslie Kohman and others provide a preview of the Upstate Medical University Cancer Center, including advanced technologies, and services available for the youngest patients with cancer and blood disorders.</p><p>Then, registered dietitian Maria Erdman addresses nutritional issues that cancer patients may face.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:53:53 +0000 HealthLink on Air 58668 at http://wrvo.org Medical marijuana becomes legal in New York http://wrvo.org/post/medical-marijuana-becomes-legal-new-york <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New York is now the </span>23<sup>rd</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> state to allow medical marijuana, now that </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill into law. But, it will be some time before patients will have access to the drug.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 05:32:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 58483 at http://wrvo.org Medical marijuana becomes legal in New York SU professor takes on the topic of death in new study http://wrvo.org/post/su-professor-takes-topic-death-new-study <p>A Syracuse University professor will be spending the next several months thinking about death, as part of a grant by the Immortality Project at the University of California, Riverside.<br /><br />SU's Philosophy Department Chairman Ben Bradley will lead the research into a topic not many people want to talk about - death. He says the focus will be on the emotions and attitudes people have about their own death.<br /> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:22:21 +0000 Ellen Abbott 57487 at http://wrvo.org SU professor takes on the topic of death in new study Health care changes a constant culture challenge for refugees http://wrvo.org/post/health-care-changes-constant-culture-challenge-refugees <p>It's World Refugee Day around the globe and their numbers are only rising.</p><p>There are&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-27921938" target="_blank">now 50 million refugees worldwide</a>, according to new numbers from the United Nations, the most since World War II.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Beth Adams 57660 at http://wrvo.org Health care changes a constant culture challenge for refugees State Senate passes medical marijuana bill http://wrvo.org/post/state-senate-passes-medical-marijuana-bill <p><strong>Updated, 3:50 p.m.:</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a lengthy debate of several hours, the medical marijuana bill was approved in the state Senate, and now goes to the desk of </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo, who has said he'll sign it.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Sponsor Sen. Diane Savino says she’s "gratified" by the larger than expected number of yes votes, including some surprise votes from traditionally conservative senators.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:29:08 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57666 at http://wrvo.org State Senate passes medical marijuana bill New bill honors Vietnam vet that died from Agent Orange exposure http://wrvo.org/post/new-bill-honors-vietnam-vet-died-agent-orange-exposure <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rep. Dan </span>Maffei<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (D-Syracuse) has introduced a new bill to compensate Vietnam War veterans sickened by the chemical Agent Orange he says is more comprehensive than previous efforts.</span></p><p><a href="https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr4408" target="_blank">Maffei's bill</a> is named by Larry Hackett, who died in 2006, more than three decades after his service in the army.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:52:36 +0000 Ryan Delaney 56827 at http://wrvo.org New bill honors Vietnam vet that died from Agent Orange exposure More New Yorkers dying from falls on the job http://wrvo.org/post/more-new-yorkers-dying-falls-job <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The number of people killed in workplace accidents in New York state as a result of falls has increased, according to the federal government’s workplace safety watchdog.</span></p><p>The number of fatalities at construction and industrial sites is decreasing overall, reports the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), but 42 workers in New York fell to their death in 2012, 10 more than the year before.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:44:21 +0000 Ryan Delaney 56751 at http://wrvo.org More New Yorkers dying from falls on the job Doctors request another moratorium on New York hydrofracking http://wrvo.org/post/doctors-request-another-moratorium-new-york-hydrofracking <p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 11:22:32 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 56576 at http://wrvo.org Doctors request another moratorium on New York hydrofracking Syracuse University and Harvard release carbon pollution study http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-university-and-harvard-release-carbon-pollution-study <p></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 11:29:27 +0000 Ellen Abbott 56512 at http://wrvo.org ACR Health trying to expand nutritional education program http://wrvo.org/post/acr-health-trying-expand-nutritional-education-program <p></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 11:13:08 +0000 Ellen Abbott 56449 at http://wrvo.org ACR Health trying to expand nutritional education program Syracuse moves to ban smoking in city parks http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-moves-ban-smoking-city-parks <p></p><p>Syracuse lawmakers are moving to ban smoking in city parks. And&nbsp;that includes some popular downtown hangout spots.</p><p>An ordinance brought up by the Common Council’s new health committee would prohibit smoking on any land managed by the Syracuse parks department. That includes around the fountains in Columbus Circle and Clinton Square and Hanover Squares.</p><p>The committee is also putting forward a measure to discourage smoking on sidewalks.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 23:52:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 56404 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse moves to ban smoking in city parks Syracuse hospitals invest in electronic medical records systems http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-hospitals-invest-electronic-medical-records-systems <p></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 09:37:21 +0000 Ellen Abbott 56382 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse hospitals invest in electronic medical records systems Ashokan Reservoir clouds Hudson Valley waters http://wrvo.org/post/ashokan-reservoir-clouds-hudson-valley-waters <p></p><p>Ulster County residents living along the lower Esopus Creek which drains the south-central Catskills have been noticing a steady decrease in water clarity. It’s because of dirty liquid being released from the upstream Ashokan Reservoir, courtesy of a New York City authority.</p><p>The Department of Environmental Conversation held a public comment session recently on the turbidity of Ashokan water.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 11:02:26 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 56171 at http://wrvo.org Ashokan Reservoir clouds Hudson Valley waters Answer to preventing illness may be in Vitamin D http://wrvo.org/post/answer-preventing-illness-may-be-vitamin-d <p>Vitamin D is the vitamin most often associated with sunshine, but could it also be used to prevent cancer and heart disease?</p><p>This week on <em>Take Care</em>, <a href="http://health.usnews.com/best-diet/experts/joann-manson-12">Dr. Joann Manson</a>, a professor of medicine at <a href="http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/joann-manson/">Harvard University</a> and chief of preventative medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, discusses how clinical trials could prove that Vitamin D could help prevent diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and cancer.</p><p><strong>Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Joann Manson.</strong></p><p> Sun, 18 May 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Take Care Staff 55705 at http://wrvo.org Answer to preventing illness may be in Vitamin D Schumer calls for more water monitoring for algae blooms http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-calls-more-water-monitoring-algae-blooms <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Toxins that can cause blue-green algae outbreaks have been detected in 17 waterways in central New York, part of a state-wide increase that has prompted Sen. Charles </span>Schumer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to call for more monitoring.</span></p><p>Schumer, a Democrat, says the federal Environmental Protection Agency should better test for the runoff and toxins that cause algae outbreaks.</p><p>Blue-green algae can sicken people and pets who swim in contaminated waters and it can harm drinking water.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 13:40:36 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55876 at http://wrvo.org Schumer calls for more water monitoring for algae blooms This week: mastectomy -- one procedure, various approaches http://wrvo.org/post/week-mastectomy-one-procedure-various-approaches <p>We'll hear from a surgeon at Upstate Medical University, Dr. Prashant Upadhyaya, with expertise in plastic surgery and breast care. Upadhyaya explains the various surgical techniques and the options available to women, like having breast reconstruction surgery as part of a mastectomy.</p><p>"A lot of patients now actually wake up with their breast intact," says Dr. Upadhyaya.</p><p>Also on the program this week: an update on a new cystic fibrosis drug. Plus, food safety advice for mothers-to-be.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 15:00:10 +0000 HealthLink On Air 55816 at http://wrvo.org Debunk or da truth: getting to the bottom of medical myths http://wrvo.org/post/debunk-or-da-truth-getting-bottom-medical-myths <p>You've heard about it for years and you've come to accept it as fact, but is it backed by medical science or is a story repeated so often that it's taken on a veneer of truth? We pick apart medical facts from health and wellness urban legends in our segment "Debunk or da Truth." We ask the experts and come up with an answer you can trust. Here are some of the myths we've been busting lately:</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>The earworm</strong></p> Sun, 11 May 2014 23:00:00 +0000 Take Care 55533 at http://wrvo.org Debunk or da truth: getting to the bottom of medical myths This week: experiencing and living through a stroke http://wrvo.org/post/week-experiencing-and-living-through-stroke <p>Onondaga County Undersheriff Warren Darby shares details of the stroke he suffered when a capillary burst in his brain last summer.</p><p>Neurologist Dr. Gene Latorre was part of the team that helped care for Darby when he arrived at Upstate University Hospital. Latorre explains the types of stroke and treatment options available.</p><p>Then, what to do for varicose veins, and our regular feature -- a "Check Up from the Neck Up."</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 20:00:38 +0000 Leah Landry 55536 at http://wrvo.org This week: experiencing and living through a stroke Study says low-income employment harms employee health http://wrvo.org/post/study-says-low-income-employment-harms-employee-health <p></p><p>They’re the people you probably come in contact with every day: the custodians, the restaurant workers, the landscape employees who make an average of fewer than ten dollars an hour. But what is it like to be&nbsp; a low-income worker in Syracuse and how does it impact their health? One agency asked these questions to 275 local workers. While the answers weren’t surprising, they provide a basis for future initiatives.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:04:38 +0000 Ellen Abbott 55005 at http://wrvo.org Study says low-income employment harms employee health What seniors should consider when deciding whether to move http://wrvo.org/post/what-seniors-should-consider-when-deciding-whether-move <p></p><p>Moving out of a home and into senior housing may be a difficult decision. But with a wide variety of options available today, seniors can plan ahead with these choices in mind. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Barbara Dopyera Daley, a social gerontologist and elder life advocate in Syracuse. Daley discusses how to determine the right time to consider senior housing options.</p><p><em>Lorraine Rapp: When is the ideal time to be thinking about making this big move in one’s life?</em></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:34:00 +0000 WRVO News 54329 at http://wrvo.org This week: wilderness medicine and more http://wrvo.org/post/week-wilderness-medicine-and-more <p>Practicing medicine in the wilderness means being able to anticipate problems and improvise solutions. Dr. Jeremy Joslin is with us this Sunday at 9 p.m. He's the director of the Wilderness and Expedition Medicine Fellowship program at Upstate Medical University.</p><p>Wilderness medicine requires "the ability to think on your feet and diagnose and treat people without various tests and studies and radiological procedures that you might have in a hospital," Joslin says.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:14:14 +0000 HealthLink Staff 54459 at http://wrvo.org This week: preventing amputations in people with diabetes and more http://wrvo.org/post/week-preventing-amputations-people-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 http://wrvo.org Onondaga County: Dr. Morrow's resignation was "premature" http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-dr-morrows-resignation-was-premature <p></p><p>Onondaga&nbsp;County's deputy executive for human services says it was "premature" for the county's health commissioner to resign.</p><p>Dr. Cynthia Morrow <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-reorganization-plan-led-morrow-resignation" target="_blank">resigned from her role</a> as the county's top health expert last week over the county executive's plans to reorganize child and maternal health services within county departments.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:18:10 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54138 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County: Dr. Morrow's resignation was "premature" Final enrollment day was busiest for state's health care exchange http://wrvo.org/post/final-enrollment-day-was-busiest-states-health-care-exchange <p>March 31 was the busiest day for New York's new health insurance marketplace. It was also the final day of the six month open enrollment period.</p><p>Almost 470,000 people visited the site and 39,000 signed up on that last day, according to the state's exchange, to bring the total to 926,000 enrolled.</p><p>Those newly covered signed up for a combination of the expanded federal Medicaid program, Child Health Plus, or a private provider.</p><p>The exchange is crediting its early success in enrollment with a functioning website, something the federal exchange was plagued with.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:20:50 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54084 at http://wrvo.org St. Joseph's Hospital responds to allegation of patient abuse http://wrvo.org/post/st-josephs-hospital-responds-allegation-patient-abuse <p></p><p><strong>Updated, 3:40 p.m.:</strong></p><p>St. Joseph's Hospital is responding to allegations of misbehavior against a former doctor, saying it reacted quickly and thoroughly.</p><p>The hospital said it became aware of complaints involving inappropriate actions and vulgar language -- reportedly involving the slapping of sedated patients -- in its operating rooms in December.</p><p>The hospital faces sanctions and disciplinary actions over the charges, stemming from a federal investigation.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:48:36 +0000 Ryan Delaney 53871 at http://wrvo.org St. Joseph's Hospital responds to allegation of patient abuse More ADHD diagnoses mean more kids on medication http://wrvo.org/post/more-adhd-diagnoses-mean-more-kids-medication <p>Some kids have short attention spans, and can act hyper or impulsive. But do these kids all need to be medicated? Today, 3.5 million children in the United States are on medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder.</p><p>This week on <em>Take Care</em>, Alan Schwarz, a writer for The New York Times who has reported extensively on ADHD, discusses the rise of ADHD diagnoses in children. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 11 percent of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, but according to Schwarz, some of them may be misdiagnoses.</p><p><strong>Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Alan Schwarz.</strong></p><p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Take Care Staff 53725 at http://wrvo.org More ADHD diagnoses mean more kids on medication This week: e-cigarettes, drug dependence during pregnancy and more http://wrvo.org/post/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 http://wrvo.org ADHD diagnoses rising, potentially misdiagnosed often http://wrvo.org/post/adhd-diagnoses-rising-potentially-misdiagnosed-often <p></p><p>Diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have been rising for the past 20 years. Today, 3.5 million children in the United States are on medication for the disorder. This week on WRVO’s health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Alan Schwarz, a writer for The New York Times who has reported extensively on ADHD. Schwarz discusses the rise of ADHD and how it is likely being over diagnosed.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:34:00 +0000 WRVO News 53599 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County health commissioner resigns http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-health-commissioner-resigns <p>The head of Onondaga&nbsp;County's health department, <a href="http://wrvo.org/term/cynthia-morrow" target="_blank">Dr. Cynthia Morrow</a>, has suddenly resigned.</p><p>Morrow's resignation is effective immediately, according to Ben Dublin, a spokesman for County Executive Joanie Mahoney.</p><p>Mahoney accepted the resignation today, Dublin said.</p><p>Deputy Commissioner Michele Mignano has been appointed in her place for the interim and Dr. Morrow will stay on for a few weeks to help with the transition, Dublin said.</p><p>The county executive released this statement:&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:52:07 +0000 Ryan Delaney 53700 at http://wrvo.org