Health

6:16am

Thu August 21, 2014
Health

New unit at Upstate hospital helps seniors who need additional time healing

One of the beds found in Upstate Medical University's new Transitional Care Unit.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Upstate Medical University Hospital’s community campus has added a new unit for older patients who may need a little more time recovering from a hospital stay.

There’s already a waiting list for the new Transitional Care Unit that's on the fifth floor of the former Community General Hospital. Unit nursing director Amy Rottger, says the idea is to help senior patients who, while clinically stable, still need physician oversight and specialized services.

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7:01pm

Sun August 17, 2014
Health

Continuing education for doctors

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After many years of hard work at medical school, recently graduated students may like to believe that they have finally completed their education.  However, since medical practice and treatments are constantly evolving, doctors are required to receive periodic supplementary education in order to maintain their practices.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Atul Grover discusses continuing medical education and its importance for both physicians and their patients.  Grover serves as chief public policy officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Grover.

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7:00pm

Sun August 17, 2014
Health

Approaches to hair loss in women

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If a man starts losing hair as he gets older, it is usually accepted as a normal part of aging.  Many women also experience thinning hair related to aging but work hard to hide it.  Women may expect the other signs of aging, such as wrinkling and grey hair, but hair loss often catches them off guard.

This week on “Take Care,” we talk to Dr. Maria Hordinsky about the causes of hair loss in women and how to prevent or mitigate its symptoms.  Hordinsky is professor and chairwoman of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Hordinsky.

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6:45am

Fri August 15, 2014
Health

SUNY Oswego prepares for Tobacco Free 2015

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SUNY Oswego is joining a growing number of colleges in the United States going smoke free on campus.

The college will be completely tobacco-free starting Jan. 1, according to Jerald Woolfolk with SUNY Oswego.

She says the plan allows for students and faculty to police themselves like they would at other smoke-free places, like hospitals and shopping centers.

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5:34am

Fri August 15, 2014
Health

Maintaining a doctor's education

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Do you ever wonder how your doctors are keeping up on the latest developments in medicine? This week on "Take Care," WRVO's health and wellness show, hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Atul Grover with the Association of American Medical Colleges about the continuing education requirements for doctors and how you can find out if your physician is up to date.

Lorraine Rapp: Most patients are probably not aware that their medical practitioner is required to take continuing education in their field.  How does that work?

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7:01pm

Sun August 10, 2014
Health

Picking the right fruits

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One of the perks of summer in New York state is the ability to purchase local fruit.  While every kind of fruit is healthier than most other foods, choosing certain kinds of fruit and preparing them the correct way can significantly increase their nutritional benefits.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Jo Robinson discusses which fruits are the healthiest and how to select and store them.  Robinson is a health writer and investigative journalist.  Her most recent book is “Eating on the Wild Side:  The Missing Link to Optimum Health.”

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Robinson.

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7:00pm

Sun August 10, 2014
Health

Physiatry: an obscure type of medicine

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You are probably familiar with physical therapists and physicians, but have you ever heard of physiatrists

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Farrah Siddiqui discusses the medical field of physiatry and how it is practiced.  Siddiqui is an interventional physiatrist at RSM Medical Associates based in Syracuse, New York.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Siddiqui.

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4:19pm

Fri August 8, 2014
Health

Volney gets federal funding to build new water main

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The Oswego County town of Volney will receive about $2 million in federal grants and loans to help build new water lines for about 100 homes and get them on the public water system.

Town Supervisor Dennis Lockwood says right now those residents are using wells, which don't always provide the cleanest water.

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2:16pm

Fri August 8, 2014
Health

Elder care, a community health forum

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As the baby boomer generation ages and people live longer, individuals and communities are considering how to accommodate the elderly population. Financial advisers encourage us to save for our retirement, but a lot of other kinds of planning should be done as well. Where will you live? What kind of health care and personal assistance will you need? Since communities in upstate New York have larger proportions of seniors than some other regions, these issues have even greater impact here.

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5:35am

Fri August 8, 2014
Health

Figuring out what physiatry is all about

The field of medicine may seem like it's getting more and more specialized and technical, but there's a medical specialty that's been around for decades, relies on the basics of physical medicine and many people have never heard of. This week on "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen interview Syracuse-based physiatrist Dr. Farah Siddiqui to explain what physiatry is.

Lorraine Rapp: Physiatry is a relatively new medical specialty.  What exactly does a physiatrist do?

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12:59pm

Wed August 6, 2014
Health

Bedbug problem hits Syracuse again

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Bedbugs are out of control once again in Syracuse.

Sharon Sherman runs the Greater Syracuse Tenants Network. She says she thought a bedbug infestation that swept across the area a few years ago was under control, but now she says it is not.

“I can’t explain it," Sherman said. "I know even the housing authority was telling me that they got so backlogged, they had trained their employees, they were certified by DEC. They had to bring an outside exterminator to catch them up. I don’t know what the answer is.”  

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7:01pm

Sun August 3, 2014
Health

Deciding when to stop treatment

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It is one thing to have a natural death, but it is a different issue entirely when a potentially fatal illness forces you to make difficult treatment decisions.  These decisions can often be complicated by the wishes of the patient, family members, doctors, and even spiritual beliefs, but there are ways to make the process less difficult those involved.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Barron Lerner discusses how best to deal with situations in which medical treatment becomes futile.  Lerner is a professor of medicine at New York University and the author of The Good Doctor:  A Father, a Son and the Evolution of Medical Ethics.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Lerner.

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7:00pm

Sun August 3, 2014
Health

Figuring out fiber

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Fiber is a word that is often thrown around in conversations regarding digestive health.  Fiber comes in many forms, and it can be difficult knowing which types are the best for you.

This week on “Take Care,” nutritionist Joan Rogus talks about the importance of fiber in your diet and how to get the appropriate amount.  Rogus is a registered dietician in central New York who has her own private practice in Syracuse.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Joan Rogus.

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5:34am

Fri August 1, 2014
Health

A difficult decision: stopping treatment

When a patient has a terminal disease, 0ne of the hardest conversations to have is about when to stop treatment. This week, Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," interviewed Dr. Barron Lerner about medical directives. This week, they spoke to him how physicians and family members can bring up the topic about a patient's wishes for halting treatment. Dr. Lerner is a medical ethicist, author and professor at the New York University School of Medicine

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9:49am

Thu July 31, 2014
Health

This week: summer safety tips for seniors, children and motorcyclists

The hazards that may affect senior citizens rise with the temperature during the summer months in central New York, says Dr. James Ciaccio, emergency physician and director of the senior emergency department at Upstate University Hospital.

"The difficulty for seniors is that they don't have the physical strength or the sensory abilities that a young person has," he says.

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8:01pm

Wed July 30, 2014
Health

New York organ donations lag far behind national average

A new report recommends that New York simplify its organ donation process, because 18 people die per day in the state awaiting a transplant. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield conducted the study. The company's medical director, Dr. Martin Lustick, says they found that just 22 percent of New Yorkers are registered donors, compared to 48 percent nationally.

"Unlike states that have a high rate of registration, our process for registering is somewhat more cumbersome than the average across the country," Lustick said.

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7:08pm

Wed July 30, 2014
Health

Health advocates promote "She Matters" mammogram campaign in Syracuse

The "She Matters" campaign will kick off at Pioneer homes in Syracuse.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

There is a nationwide racial disparity when it comes to breast cancer. The mortality rate is 41 percent higher for African-American women than Caucasian women. But a special program at Pioneer Homes in Syracuse hopes to put a dent in that number.

The idea is to get the 149 women over the age of 40 in this public housing development to get a mammogram, which can detect cancer in its early stages and can lead to better survival rates.

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5:45am

Mon July 28, 2014
Health

River Hospital working with Upstate Medical University to bolster emergency department

River Hospital is partnering with Upstate Medical University thanks to a grant.
River Hospital

Beginning in August, River Hospital in Alexandria Bay will partner with Syracuse's Upstate Medical University to bolster the Thousand Islands' hospital's services.

The goal is to bring more physicians to work in River Hospital's emergency department, according to chief executive officer Ben Moore. He says the hospital is receiving about $1.4 million in state and federal funding this year to bring in between six and nine additional physicians.

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7:01pm

Sun July 27, 2014
Health

Planning for the worst with medical directives

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Although we may like to think that we will always have control of our lives, there may come a time when we are incapable of making sound decisions for our health.  Determining the best way to deal with those situations is difficult, but thanks to advances in medical ethics it may be a little easier.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Barron Lerner talks about the different kinds of medical directives and how they can help make an illness-related death easier on the patient’s caregivers. Lerner is an author and professor of medicine at New York University.  His most recent book is "The Good Doctor: A Father, a Son and the Evolution of Medical Ethics."

Click "Read More" to hear our interview with Dr. Lerner.

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7:00pm

Sun July 27, 2014
Health

Becoming a quality 'qualitarian'

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Using a list for grocery shopping can be helpful for remembering which food items to purchase, but is your list optimized for your health? 

This week on “Take Care,” Ashley Koff talks about the importance of selecting and incorporating quality foods into your diet.  Koff is a registered dietician and creator of the website ashleykoffapproved.com, which provides viewers with a comprehensive and thorough guide to quality eating.

Click "Read More" to hear our interview with Ashley Koff.

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10:46am

Fri July 25, 2014
Health

This week: sudden cardiac arrest, deep vein thrombosis and chronic hepatitis

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.

Dr. Traian Anghel explains how this device improves upon previous defibrillators which had to be implanted in the heart.

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5:34am

Fri July 25, 2014
Health

Getting the most out of medical directives

Thinking about the end of life is not something many of us want to do. But today a variety of medical directives exist that can help your family members and health care providers know your wishes ahead of time. This week, Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care" interview Dr. Barron Lerner about what different medical directives do. Dr. Learner is a medical ethicist, author and professor at the New York University School of Medicine.

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7:15am

Wed July 23, 2014
Health

Blue-green algae blooms cause closure at beach in Constantia

A blue-green algae bloom at the David C. Webb Memorial Park Beach in Constantia.
Oswego County Health Department

The David C. Webb Memorial Park Beach on Oneida Lake in Constantia is closed until further notice because of a blue-green algae bloom. According to the Oswego County Health Department, the beach will stay closed until the blooms have cleared and they say it's safe to reopen.

The Constantia Children's Summer Recreation Program will also suspend all swimming activities at the park.

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7:01pm

Sun July 20, 2014
Health

Ticks, mosquitoes, and hamburgers? Staying healthy during the summer

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You may have had your last cold a few months ago, but did you know that there are many ways you can get sick during the summer? Taking some time to familiarize yourself with summer illnesses before stepping outside can go a long way towards staying healthy this season.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Cynthia Morrow discusses summertime diseases in our area and how to avoid them.  Morrow is a public health physician and teaches public health and preventive medicine at Upstate Medical University.

Click "Read More" to hear our interview with Dr. Cynthia Morrow.

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7:00pm

Sun July 20, 2014
Health

Make the negative positive, one step at a time

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Do you dwell on mistakes you’ve made throughout the day? Alternatively, maybe you forgive yourself quickly. Both of those tendencies are learned and trained behaviors, according to our guest this week.

This week on "Take Care," we spoke to Linnea Duvall. Duvall is a marriage and family therapist based in Santa Monica, California. She works to shift her patients' destructive self-talk from negative to positive.

Click "Read More" to hear our interview with Linnea Duvall.

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4:08pm

Fri July 18, 2014
Health

Cancer center in Syracuse opens, bringing new technology to the region

The exterior of Upstate Medical University's new cancer center.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

A ceremony in Syracuse Friday launched the new face of cancer treatment in central New York. The Upstate Cancer Center is ready for patients, and assistant director Dick Kilburg says its innovative design merges nature and advanced cancer-fighting technology.  
 

"Basically what we’re doing with this facility is bringing all the services under one roof, and being able to offer patients what they deserve in this community," Kilburg said. "All the extra services that a cancer center should be offering.”

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9:43am

Fri July 18, 2014
Health

Why heroin is back

WRVO's recent forum on heroin included: Catherine Loper, WRVO News Director; Dr. Laura Martin, addiction specialist; Brad Finn, executive director of Prevention Network; and Ashley, a forum heroin addict and certified drug counselor
Lorraine Rapp WRVO

Heroin is the latest drug that is wreaking havoc in central and northern New York, and around the country. At a recent WRVO community health forum, WRVO a panel of regional experts discussed why so many people are becoming addicted to heroin and other opiates and what can be done about it.

As Brad Finn, the executive director of the Prevention Network in Syracuse says, heroin has always been around.

“Heroin when it came back recently is much more pure and it’s much less expensive than ever before.”

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10:19am

Thu July 17, 2014
Health

This week: Ear, nose and throat doctcors provide medical care in Ethiopia

Dr. Rick Kelley and Dr. Sam Woods' first trip to Ethiopia to provide medical care to people with ear, nose and throat ailments grew into a nonprofit organization with a broader goal of providing lasting help.

“What we figured out on that very first trip is that although it may feel good to go on a medical trip and go treat a couple hundred people, it’s really just a drop in the bucket,” Kelley says.

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7:00pm

Sun July 13, 2014
Health

Navigating Alzheimer's disease

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Alzheimer’s disease may not be one of the fastest-acting illnesses, but its psychological and emotional effects on patients and their families can be devastating.  Although a cure for the disease has yet to be found, there are many lifestyle changes that can be taken to help prevent and slow the development of Alzheimer’s.

This week on “Take Care,” Drs. Richard Isaacson and Dale Atkins discuss some of the issues associated with Alzheimer’s and how to fight the disease once you or someone you know has been diagnosed.  Dr. Isaacson is the director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is also the author of "Alzheimer’s Treatment Alzheimer’s Prevention: A Patient & Family Guide" and "The Alzheimer’s Diet: A Step-by-Step Nutritional Approach for Memory Loss Prevention and Treatment."  Dr. Atkins is a licensed psychologist who works with Alzheimer’s patients and their families.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with both Dr. Isaacson and Dr. Atkins.

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11:27am

Fri July 11, 2014
Health

Preventing and coping with Alzheimer's disease

As the baby boomer generation continues to age, the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease is predicted to triple -- and many families are already dealing with the effects of this debilitating disease. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Richard Isaacson, director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at the New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Dr. Dale Atkins, a psychologist, author and Alzheimer's expert, about preventing and coping with Alzheimer's disease.

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