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This week: Mummies, concussions and wellness

The coronavirus is one of many viruses that some researchers believe can be documented in the ancient Egyptians. In this episode of "HealthLink on Air," Hani Aiash, MD, PhD, tells about a study he was involved in, explains how mummies make good historical specimens, and notes the disease-causing organisms and conditions documented in mummies that are 5,000 years old. The study was recently published in one of The Lancet medical journals. Aiash is an assistant professor of cardiovascular perfusion, surgery and neurology and an assistant dean for interprofessional research at Upstate.

Also on the show, Debbie Spinks, PhD, goes over the most common symptoms of concussion, geared toward student-athletes and their parents. No test exists to confirm a concussion, and recovery may take days or weeks. Spinks is an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and a rehabilitation psychologist at Upstate. And, Upstate's medical director of integrative therapy, Kaushal Nanavati, MD, discusses how the concepts of wellness apply to patients with chronic medical conditions.

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