HealthLink on Air Interviews Department of Medicine Faculty

Dr. Waleed Javaid, Infectious disease expert, addresses the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease on HealthLink On Air radio show Sunday, July 26, 2015. “Prevent Lyme disease by protecting your skin outdoors, then checking later for ticks. Bites from the tiny insects spread the disease, which can usually be treated with shortterm antibiotics but can lead to long-term problems if untreated,” says Javaid, who recommends the federal website www.cdc.gov/lyme as a source of reliable information on the illness and on tick removal.

Dr. Ramsay Farah, dermatologist, tells how to treat sunburns on Healthlink On Air radio show, Sunday, August 9, 2015.

Dr. Robert Carhart discusses a new class of drugs being hailed for its ability to lower LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, and because it can be used by people who cannot tolerate widely used statin drugs on HealthLink On Air radio show, Wednesday, August 12, 2015. He describes how these new injectable drugs, known as PCSK9 inhibitors, help clear artery-clogging LDL. He also discusses their as-yet unknown factors, from high estimated prices to longterm effects.

Dr. Robert Carhart, tells about a new way of monitoring congestive heart failure on the HealthLink On Air radio show Sunday, August 16, 2015. A decades-old procedure is getting a new use to help patients with congestive heart failure. Bioimpedance, or the resistance of a substance to electrical current, helps doctors monitor the amount of fluid in a patient’s chest. “Using an exterior band or an implanted device, such as a pacemaker, bioimpedance helps determine how much of a diuretic medication the patient needs to maintain a healthy fluid level, with a goal of helping the patient avoid repeated hospitalizations,” he said.

You can listen to their presentations by visiting: http://blogs.upstate.edu/healthlinkonair/