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HealthLink on Air
Sundays at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.

“HealthLink on Air” is a 60-minute program produced since 2006 by Upstate Medical University, the academic medical center in Syracuse, NY.

“HealthLink on Air” provides a weekly dose of information on health and medical issues affecting central New Yorkers. The program showcases health professionals and researchers from Upstate Medical University, Upstate University Hospital, the central New York community and those visiting the region who are involved with health care issues and events. The interviews are permanently archived online.

For more information, visit the HealthLink on Air website.

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  • Pediatrician Jenica O'Malley discusses the recent updates to developmental milestones for babies and children. Oncologist Merima Ramovic explains how checkpoint inhibitors treat cancer. And Upstate chaplain Brigid Dunn shares how Schwartz Rounds help health care providers stay connected.
  • Vincent Calleo, MD, medical director of the Upstate New York Poison Center, urges caution in giving melatonin to young children. Pediatric oncologist Gloria Kennedy, MD, talks about the role of genetics in childhood cancers. Registered dietitian nutritionist Katie Krawczyk shares a recipe for a healthier macaroni and cheese. Psychiatrist Nayla Khoury explores ways to reduce anxiety.
  • Nurse administrator Diane Nanno describes the Hospital at Home program, where patients recover at home. Anne Messenger tells about her experience with Lyme disease and the formation of the Central New York Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Alliance. Program manager Wendy Hunt, from Upstate's mobile health unit with mammography, the "mammo van," tells how to prepare for a mammogram. Psychiatrist Christopher Lucas, MD, advises on how to limit one's cellphone use.
  • Graduate student Deanna Clemmer shares fun science experiments kids can do at home; she works in the laboratory of Harry E. Taylor. Biochemist/molecular biologist Wenyi Feng provides a brief explanation of the importance of DNA in our bodies. And stroke neurologist Hesham Masoud, MD, offers points to consider before visiting a marijuana dispensary.
  • Emergency physician and toxicologist Ross Sullivan urges caution about purple heroin on the streets of central New York. Cheryl Giarrusso from Contact Community Services talks about the new 9-8-8 phone number for the national suicide prevention hotline. Dr. Sharon Brangman and nurse Lia Fischi tell about a new way of caring for seniors with simple hip fractures.
  • Pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. Jana Shaw discusses the COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months to 5 years of age. Psychiatrist Sunny Aslam gives advice for placing sports bets without developing a gambling addiction. Upstate's Clark Burn Center program manager Tamara Roberts provides fireworks and other summer safety tips. And chief of geriatrics, Dr. Sharon Brangman explains how, and when, to take the car keys from an aging parent.
  • Neurologist Gene Latorre explains new guidelines for preventing secondary strokes. Geriatrician Sharon Brangman and community research liaison Kathy Royal unveil an initiative to increase diversity in medical research. Infectious disease specialist Elizabeth Harausz discusses the threat of tuberculosis.
  • Neurologist Hesham Masoud gives key points about how recreational marijuana products affect the brain and body. Neurologist Ahmed Eldokla discusses how long COVID symptoms may impact the body's autonomic nervous system.
  • Electrophysiologist Kiran Devaraj discusses heart rhythm disturbances. Infectious disease chief Elizabeth Asiago Reddy tells about monkeypox. Ophthalmologist Mark Breazzano shares a study that looks at coronavirus on medical instruments.
  • Endocrinologist Roberto Izquierdo tells how some new cases of diabetes are related to Covid infections. Physical therapists Zachary Boswell and Connor Delaney talk about resources for people with cystic fibrosis. Psychiatrist Christopher Lucas gives advice for preventing cell phone addiction.