WCNY presents season premieres of Cycle of Health and SciTech Now

WCNY, Central New York’s public broadcaster, presents “Cycle of Health” Season 9 at 8 p.m. and “SciTech Now” Season 6 at 8:30 p.m. May 3 on WCNY-TV.

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Cycle of Health Season 9

“Cycle of Health” features health and wellness stories, the latest in medical research, mental health breakthroughs and transformative interviews with professionals and patients pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in healthcare today.

Hear from expert voices in the medical world as they travel the region to explore those topics most important to Central New Yorkers. Find new ways to improve overall health, help with navigating the complicated healthcare system, get information on the latest medical findings and useful tips on how to take advantage of the incredible resources this region has to offer.

May 3 at 8 p.m.

Ep. 901:  Too Young for Surgery?  Take a look at the world of high school baseball and UCL injuries.  Are high school pitchers having the now famous Tommy John surgery too early – stunting their chances for their arm to fully develop? Is this surgery really the cure-all it promises to be? Examine the issue from the perspective of a physical therapist, orthopedic surgeon, coach, a sports psychologist and a young pitcher who experienced this UCL injury first hand.

Featured: Dr. Todd Battaglia, Orthopedic Surgeon, SOS, Andrew Green, Physical Therapist, SOS, Rita Worlock, Therapist, Cord Schad, Baseball Coach, Cazenovia College, John Bianchi, Pitcher

May 10 at 8 p.m.

Ep. 902:  Childhood Development:  Explore the latest research into the early stages of life and how targeted fitness programs and specific nutrition infused diets can maximize physical and mental development and best prepare kids for the years ahead.

Featured: Jessica Wood, Camillus Crossfit, Carolos Tearney, Martial Arts Instructor, Champion Martial Arts

May 17 at 8 p.m.

Ep. 903:  Persevering through Pain:  When you are twelve years old with Cystic Fibrosis, what chance do you have to thrive in life?  If marijuana is the only way to effectively deal with pain and issues from Multiple Sclerosis, but it is incredibly expensive to acquire, what choices do you have? Meet a few patients that have found innovative ways of dealing with the debilitating health challenges they face on a daily basis.

Featured: Annette Simiele, Associate Director, Multiple Sclerosis Resources of CNY, Inc., Christopher Fortner, MD Ph.D. Program and Director Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Center, Joseph A. Catania, MD, NY Spine and Wellness, Susan Ruskino

May 24 at 8 p.m.

Ep. 904:  Searching for a Cure:  In the twenty-first century, are there still conditions and diseases we simply can’t cure – or are there answers on the horizon? Hear from the experts on the latest research dealing with Lyme Disease, Bipolar Disorder, Crohn’s Disease and hear from people suffering from these diseases on how they have found solutions that work for them.

Featured: Dr. Brian A. Fallon, Columbia University, Dr. John Aucott, Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center

May 31 at 8 p.m.

Ep. 905:  Veterans and Healthcare: We explore some innovative new practices in treating veterans here in Central New York.  From physical activities to peer to programs, couples re-set retreats and healthcare systems upgrades – we understand what is working in healthcare for veterans.

Featured: Jennifer Rhoades, Team Red White and Blue Organization, Jason Stevens-Deputy, Team Red White and Blue, Ann Canastra, Syracuse VA Behavioral Health Program, Chef Chris Griffin, Clear Path for Veterans Culinary Program, Char Marx, Integrative Medicine Manager, Clear Path for Veterans

SciTech Now Season 6

“SciTech Now” brings you the latest in scientific innovations, technological advancements and breakthroughs in research that aim to shape our future in amazing new ways. As science, technology, mathematics, engineering, business and manufacturing continue to evolve at a rapid rate, “SciTech Now” explores how those at the forefront are working to find answers and new approaches to pressing problems.

Season 6 brings together stories from all across the nation as well as stories from right here in Central New York – an area that has increasingly been seen as a leader in the world of science and technology – making an impact on the national and international stage.

May 3 at 8:30 p.m. on WCNY-TV

601:  Technology to the Rescue:  Find out how technology developed in CNY has changed fire prevention and fire fighting techniques and training.  Hurricane hunters fly into the eye of the storm and utilize specialized aircrafts and instruments to collect vital data.  One online platform aims to curb loneliness and depression for homebound senior citizens and how does food fit into STEM? One entrepreneur carves out a new niche in education.

Featured: Timothy Gleeson, Engine Captain, Syracuse Fire Department, Joe Fenell, Lieutenant/Drone Pilot, Syracuse Fire Department

May 10 at 8:30 p.m. on WCNY-TV

602:  Indoor Farming:  Could we actually grow crops year round here in Central New York –and develop crops that don’t just survive, they prosper?  Visit the Indoor Greenhouse at Cornell University to find out. Meet a deadly snail whose venom may provide an antidote to a variety of human illnesses.  And experiencing the first holographic toy that you can hold in your hand.

Featured: Neil S. Mattson, Cornell CEA Director, Dylan Kovach, Graduate Student at Cornell University, Erica Hernandez, Graduate Student at Cornell University, Tessa Pocock, Senior Research Scientist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


May 17 at 8:30 p.m. on WCNY-TV

603:  Evolving Marine Life:  Take a dive into aquatic habitats to understand how climate change and the human footprint are affecting marine life. Will the robots and drones of the future have brains of their own? Learn how artificial intelligence is moving into the future at caltech university. And one north carolina coastal town depends on a piece of antique infrastructure to stave off the effects of climate change.

May 24 at 8:30 p.m. on WCNY-TV

604:  Discovery, Urban Renewal and STEM: Travel to space to see what the newest images of Pluto reveal.  And preparing for climate change in Detroit involves a creative strategy to using the city’s vacant lots in a new way – find out how to prepare.


May 31 at 8:30 p.m. on WCNY-TV

605:  Drone Racing:  Experience the emerging sport of drone racing – where a tech savvy student takes on the pros.  Arts and engineering come together at joint degree programs at north carolina universities with the hopes of creating new and innovative products. Have we altered the ph of the ocean? And the virtual reality world of the future – how far does it go?

Featured: Richard Bellamy, Drone Pilot/Founder Multi GP FLX FPV, Jeff Exner, FLX FPV, Jonny Exner, Drone Racer, Multi GP, Adam Atherton, Father of Drone Racer Emily Atherton, FLX FPV, Emily Atherton, Drone Racter, Multi GP

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