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This week: enlarged prostates, lead in the soil and more

Some men with enlarged prostates can be treated with a minimally-invasive surgery that uses a high-powered laser to remove the obstructive portion of the prostate. The procedure, called holmium laser enucleation of the prostate, is now offered by Dr. Jessica Paonessa, an assistant professor of urology at Upstate University Hospital.

“For many men, taking medicine for this condition isn’t something they want to do long term, and for other patients, the medications may not be effective,” Paonessa said. “In these cases, the next step is to remove the obstructive tissue surgically.”

She details how that is accomplished in this week’s show. Also on the show: the dangers of lead in the soil, and research into depression among medical trainees.

Join us for HealthLink on Air this Sunday, July 5 at 9 p.m.