Transgender

Dr. Flavia Soto discusses what to expect if you’re considering surgery to lose weight. In this week’s “HealthLink on Air,” she explains the different types of surgery available, such as gastric bypass and gastric sleeve, and which patients have the best chance of success.

Also this week, cardiologist and historian Howard Smulyan talks about five classic cardiac drugs: aspirin, atropine, digitalis, nitroglycerin and quinidine. And, public health scholar Kellan Baker discusses transgender health issues.

Join us Sunday, December 9 at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. on WRVO.

Rehabilitation psychologist Michelle Woogen explains that when a person is recovering from stroke, caregivers watch out for "post-stroke depression." Symptoms may include a sad mood, crying, low motivation or changes in sleeping or eating behavior.

On this episode of “HealthLink on Air,” she talks about treatment -- which could include medication, psychotherapy or both -- and why treatment is important, since untreated depression can impede stroke recovery.

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The Trump administration’s decision to rescind protections for transgender students will not affect New York state, according to the state’s education commissioner and legal experts. But they say the action nevertheless sends a “terrible message” to transgender teens.

Complications may develop after a person undergoes gender reassignment surgery, and a Syracuse urologist has developed expertise in providing surgical repair and ongoing urologic care to these patients.

Dr. Dmitriy Nikolavsky, director of reconstructive urology at Upstate University Hospital, says a variety of complications may develop after an operation to alter the genitalia. He is one of few urologists specializing in repair work after gender reassignment surgery.

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Transgender service providers say doctors are not being trained to deal with LGBT issues. Medical professionals attended a conference held by ACR Health and the Q Center in Syracuse on Wednesday to learn more about the struggles transgender people face in accessing quality health care.

Eight months ago, 24 year-old Ethan Johnson of Syracuse came out as a transman. That’s someone who was born female, but who identifies as a man.