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This week: Osteoporosis treatment, schizophrenia research

The severe, chronic brain disorder known as schizophrenia is one of the most disabling diseases affecting mankind. Cyndi Weickert, a professor of neuroscience and physiology at Upstate, has dedicated her career to better understanding the biology of schizophrenia after her brother was diagnosed with the disease. 

In this "HealthLink on Air" interview, she explains some recent breakthroughs. Weickert is the recipient of the "2021 Outstanding Translational Research Award" from the Schizophrenia International Research Society. 

Also this week, Dr. Ruban Dhaliwal goes over treatments for osteoporosis, a disease in which decreased bone strength and bone mass significantly increase your risk of fractures. Dhaliwal, an endocrinologist, is the director of the metabolic bone disease center at Upstate. In her interview she discusses the condition and the various treatments to be considered. She also addresses the importance of weight-bearing exercises and diet for people with osteoporosis. 

And, geriatrics chief Sharon Brangman, MD, discusses the difference between forgetfulness and the early signs of dementia.

Listen this Sunday, July 18 at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. for more.