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HealthLink on Air
Sundays at 6 a.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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  • Ophthalmologist Robert Fechtner tells how to safely observe the total solar eclipse. Public health researcher Augusta Williams discusses the effects of climate change on health. Toxicologist Willie Eggleston talks about the risks of ingesting kratom, an opioid-like herb. Sleep specialist, Dr. Ryan Butzko tells what happens when a sleep apnea machine is recalled.
  • Infectious disease chief, Dr. Elizabeth Asiago Reddy, addresses the rise in syphilis cases. Transplant chief, Dr. Reza Saidi, discusses why more people are making altruistic kidney donations. Geriatrics chief, Dr. Sharon Brangman, gives advice about living with mild cognitive impairment.
  • Emergency physician Christian Knutsen and Emergency Medical Services fellow Guillermo Negrete explain how to use an automated external defibrillator and the new law that will add these machines to more athletic sidelines. Urologist Seetharam Bhat discusses the use of robots and artificial intelligence in surgery. Sleep medicine specialist Ryan Butzko talks about sleep apnea devices.
  • Microbiologist Jennifer Moffat, PhD, discusses how shingles is showing up in younger adults. And researcher Michael Marge, EdD, shares his work on preparing civilians who will live and/or work in outer space in future years.
  • Transplant surgeon Matthew Garner explains who might benefit from a pancreas transplant and how the operation is done. Physical therapist Danielle Hoose discusses the dangers of screen media exposure for babies.
  • Dr. Thomas VanderMeer, the medical director of the Upstate Cancer Center, and Michael Davoli, the American Cancer Society’s senior government relations director for New York, tell about a new law requiring health insurers to pay for biomarker testing. Syracuse University Falk College professors Anni Bellows and Sudha Raj discuss the growth in "urban foraging" to collect edible plants, nuts and flowers that grow freely throughout a city.
  • Pediatric neurologist Ai Sakonju explains a new treatment for babies born with spinal muscular atrophy. Christina Hyde talks about improving access and affordability of prescription medications. Maxillofacial prosthodontist Arthur Bigsby discusses cleft lip and palate repair.
  • Neurosurgeon Ali Hazama, MD, discusses the benefits of endoscopic spine surgery. Audiologist Jeffrey VanTassel explains why someone may consider a cochlear implant and toxicologist Michael Hodgman shares some precautions about marijuana edibles.
  • Infectious disease chief, Dr. Elizabeth Asiago Reddy discusses respiratory viruses including flu, COVID and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. Also, transplant surgeon, Dr. Toby Le Nguyen talks about pediatric kidney transplants and the benefits of kidneys transplanted from living donors.
  • Reconstructive urologist Dmitriy Nikolavasky tells of a surgical mission to Kyiv, Ukraine. Nurse practitioner Kristin Ramella and nurse Sarah Bobenhausen explain how the heart failure program works.