Reporting on health issues

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

The New York Public Interest Research Group released its annual report on potentially hazardous toys for children this year. NYPIRG is focusing on four areas of hazards:  toxicity, choking, magnets and excessive noise.

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Upstate Medical University is working together with the military to come up with a vaccine to prevent dengue fever. 

The medical research wing of the Army is willing to spend up to $12 million over the next three-and-a-half years, as Upstate researchers try to develop a vaccine for a disease that affects half the world’s population. 

Mark Polhemus of Upstate says while most people associate dengue with third world countries, the mosquito borne illness has a foothold in the U.S.

DCIS and what it means for women's health

Nov 22, 2015
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Everyone is aware of breast cancer, but not everyone knows much about the various kinds of breast cancer. DCIS, or ductal carcinoma in situ, is a non-invasive type of breast cancer which may or may not become invasive breast cancer. This week on “Take Care,” we focus on DCIS with Dr. Tari A. King.

Dr. Tari A. King is Chief of Breast Surgery at the Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and the associate division chief for breast surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Talking turkey about labels this Thanksgiving

Nov 22, 2015
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With the holidays approaching, turkey is at the top of many shopping lists. A trip to the grocery store can be overwhelming with so many different options including organic, free-range and hormone-free meats. This week on “Take Care,” we discuss what these terms mean with Susan Moores.

Susan Moores is a registered dietitian and former national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Moores has also written for the Wall Street Journal and MSNBC and covers healthy eating at her website

DCIS: One of the most common forms of breast cancer

Nov 20, 2015
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One in five women diagnosed with breast cancer will be told she has DCIS, ductal carcinoma in situ. This Sunday, on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Tari King, chief of breast surgery at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and the associate division chief for breast surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, about what DCIS is and how it differs from other kinds of breast cancer.

More of this interview can be heard on "Take Care," WRVO's health and wellness show this Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Think food allergies are just for kids? Think again

Nov 15, 2015
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While food allergies are most common in babies and young children, adults are also susceptible. This week on “Take Care,” we discuss food allergies with Dr. Neeta Ogden.

Dr. Neeta Ogden is an adult and pediatric allergist and immunologist in private practice in New York City, as well as a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

A common problem no one wants to talk about: hemorrhoids

Nov 15, 2015
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Hemorrhoids are a condition that nobody wants to talk about, but that more than half of all Americans will experience in their lifetime. This week on “Take Care,” we get to the bottom of hemorrhoids with Dr. Rajeev Jain.

Dr. Rajeev Jain is a partner at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants, chief of gastroenterology at Texas Health Dallas and clinical assistant professor of medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

Food allergy or intolerance?

Nov 13, 2015
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There's a lot more attention on food allergies these days. But what's the difference between an allergy and a food intolerance? And can you grow out of or develop new food allergies as you age? This Sunday, on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen ask Dr. Neeta Ogden these questions. Ogden is an allergist and spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

This week: the art of prescribing and more

Nov 12, 2015

A significant number of illnesses and deaths are the result of not taking one’s medicines as instructed. This is an age-old problem, called non-adherence, which happens all over the world, says psychiatry resident Swati Shivale who researched the issue with Dr. Mantosh Dewan, distinguished service professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Upstate Medical University.

This week, more about a solution where doctors carefully explain the condition and treatment to their patients, who understand and accept responsibility for taking their medicines.

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Transgender service providers say doctors are not being trained to deal with LGBT issues. Medical professionals attended a conference held by ACR Health and the Q Center in Syracuse on Wednesday to learn more about the struggles transgender people face in accessing quality health care.

Eight months ago, 24 year-old Ethan Johnson of Syracuse came out as a transman. That’s someone who was born female, but who identifies as a man.

Challenging conventional wisdom about growing old

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As Baby Boomers continue to age, more and more are reaching the retirement age. This week on “Take Care,” we discuss aging and how attitudes toward aging can be changed with Dr. Bill Thomas.

Dr. Bill Thomas is co-founder of The Eden Alternative, an international non-profit organization focused on creating quality of life for elders and their care partners. He is a physician, an international authority on geriatric medicine and eldercare and an award-winning author.

The benefits of beans

Nov 8, 2015
Johannah Sakimura

Beans are a staple of many countries because of their protein and affordability. This week on “Take Care,” we discuss the health benefits of beans and why you should be adding them to your diet with Johannah Sakimura.

Johannah Sakimura is a registered dietician who writes the Nutrition Sleuth column at Everyday Health. She has a master’s degree in nutrition from the Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition.

Retiring old perceptions about aging

Nov 6, 2015
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As the influential baby boomer generation gets older, they are reinventing what it means to be a senior citizen. But much of American society views being elderly negatively. This Sunday, on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Bill Thomas, a physician, author and expert on eldercare about changing this perception.

Communication can frustrate a person with Alzheimer’s disease and his or her family and caregivers, but there are ways to help, says Katrina Skeval, chief program officer for the Alzheimer’s Association Central New York chapter.

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Final tests have now concluded that the Legionella bacteria was present in two patient sinks and one ice machine at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse at the time three patients were being treated for Legionnaires’ disease. One person died, although hospital officials say the form of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ was not the sole cause of death. 

Now in the wake of the outbreak, hospital officials are trying to reassure patients that the hospital is safe.

Health impacts of agricultural pesticides

Nov 1, 2015
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Many consumers have become concerned with the health impacts of ingesting residual pesticides used to protect fruit and vegetable. This week on “Take Care,” we talk with Dr. Dave Stone about the health implications of agricultural pesticides.

Dr. Dave Stone is a toxicologist and director of the National Pesticide Information Center, a cooperative effort between Oregon State University and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Ringing in the ears? It could be tinnitus

Nov 1, 2015
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Many people experience noise or ringing in the head or ears called tinnitus, but what happens when this noise impacts our daily lives? This week on “Take Care,” we discuss tinnitus with Dr. Tammy Kordas.

Dr. Tammy Kordas is an audiologist and clinical instructor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Syracuse University. Dr. Kordas is also a supervising audiologist at the Gebbie Speech Language Hearing Clinic at Syracuse University.

This week: bipolar disorder, a nutrition update and more

Oct 30, 2015

A regular sleep schedule, medications and psychiatric treatment can help control bipolar disorder -- a condition marked by dramatic mood swings that dramatically impact one’s life.

Pesticides & produce -- health risk?

Oct 30, 2015
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Many consumers are concerned about the pesticides used on commercially grown fruit and vegetables. But do the pesticides on produce really cause any health problems? This Sunday, on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen get the answer from Dave Stone, a toxicologist and director of the National Pesticide Information Center.

More of this interview can be heard on "Take Care," WRVO's health and wellness show Sunday at 6:30 p.m.  Support for this story comes from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York.

State launches ads against synthetic drugs

Oct 27, 2015
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The state is airing two new public service announcements aimed at deterring people from using synthetic drugs.

State officials say synthetics are more dangerous than some think.

“But what we were hearing from young folks was they didn’t think there was any risk to using this. It’s fake marijuana. What’s the big deal?” says Rob Kent, general counsel for the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).

The state reports eight times as many emergency department visits this year related to synthetic drug use.

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St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse hospital is waiting on tests to determine whether it, in fact, has the bacteria that can cause Legionnaires' Disease, in its water system. Hospital officials should know in about a week whether three cases of the disease could have been acquired at the hospital, or somewhere else. One of those patients ended up dying, though hospital officials say multiple medical issues contributed to that patient’s death.

Does age have to bring difficulty seeing at night?

Oct 25, 2015
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Many people notice as they get older, they have a little more trouble seeing at night. But what causes this issue and can anything be done about it?

This week on “Take Care,” we interview Dr. Mark Blecher, an ophthalmologist, eye surgeon, and co-director of the Cataract Service and Primary Eye Care Service at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.

Fall time change and its impact on sleep

Oct 25, 2015
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Sleep is key to maintaining good health, but what happens to the human sleep cycle when the clocks change in the fall?

This week on “Take Care,” we discuss the effects of fall time change on sleep. Dr. Lois Krahn is a psychiatrist and sleep researcher at the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorder Center in Arizona.

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In just over a week, daylight saving time will end. But some people find it hard to adjust to the annual ritual of turning the clock back. This Sunday on WRVO's health and wellness show “Take Care,” hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Lois Krahn, a psychiatrist at the Mayo Clinic's Sleep Disorders Center in Arizona about how not to lose sleep over the time change.

New York chooses not to adopt Obamacare change

Oct 23, 2015
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New York will not be one of the states to adopt a new rule change to Obamacare.

A law adopted by the feds early this month would allow states to redefine what constitutes a small and large business for health insurance requirements.

Originally, the Affordable Care Act allowed states to expand the definition of a small business to up to 100 workers.

But now federal officials are allowing states to keep that small business definition the way it is currently, up to 50 workers. And some business leaders support that decision.

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Some doctors across the country are starting to suggest that maybe there is a different way to treat a certain kind of breast cancer. Not all breast cancers are the same and the diagnosis of one type has has soared in recent years due to advances in radiology.

Overcoming child abuse requires victims to learn how to trust themselves, not blame themselves, according to Dr. Ann Botash, professor of pediatrics at Upstate University Hospital. Botash is co-director of the Child Abuse Referral and Evaluation Program and medical director of the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center.

On this week’s show, Botash describes the signs of neglect and abuse (physical, emotional and sexual), and explains a five-point guideline for preventing abuse: learn the facts, minimize opportunities, talk about it, recognize the signs, and react responsibly.

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A low-cost, low-co-pay health insurance plan is now available for low income earners in New York state. The Essential Plan offers ten health benefits for less than $20 a month for anyone making less than $24,000. Steve Wood of ACR Health said the plan is very affordable.

"No deductible. Very low co-pays," Wood said. "I think the highest co-pay is about $150 for a hospital stay. Prescriptions: very, very low cost. Everything else is very inexpensive."

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As the United States experiences a doctor shortage, more patients are seeing nurse practitioners and physician assistants for the diagnosis of routine ailments.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Atul Grover discusses the differences between nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Grover is chief public policy officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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As fall approaches, you might think of orange and red leaves falling from trees. As you visit the grocery store or farmer’s market, remember the edible seasonal foliage that comes in the form of colorful produce and is packed with vitamins and nutrients.

This week on “Take Care,” Johannah Sakimura discusses the best fall vegetable choices. Sakimura has a master’s degree in nutrition from the Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition and writes the Sleuth column at Everyday Health.