Monthly Archives: October 2012

Top 5 Breast Cancer Research Topics

What’s the future of breast cancer research? Let’s consider some news-making studies: 1. Breast Cancer Prevention The American Cancer Society is searching for the causes of breast cancer with large, long-term study. 2. Decision Making There are medications available to women who are at high risk for breast cancer. A national study is evaluating what… Read more »

NY Times Features North Shore-LIJ Sepsis Work

A two-part series in The New York Times about sepsis highlights the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s early detection, treatment and research. Today’s article features extensive quotes from Jeremy Boal, MD, the health system’s chief medical officer, and John D’Angelo, MD, North Shore-LIJ’s vice president of emergency medicine. Sepsis is a complication of an infection or… Read more »

How to Be Your Own Best Health Advocate

Thanksgiving is coming, and we’re already planning how to celebrate–what to cook, where to eat and with whom. But do we give as much consideration to our own health? Health literacy is the ability to obtain, process and understand basic information about your wellbeing and the services you may need to make appropriate health decisions…. Read more »

Stroke in Young Adults Becoming More Common

Stroke may be affecting people at a younger age, according to a recent study published in the journal Neurology. This is not the first study to suggest this unsettling trend and other research has found similar results. The first question to ask is whether stroke in young people only appears to be more common because… Read more »

Top 5 Reasons Not to Hate Your Mammogram

Discomfort from breast compression causes some women to delay their mammography appointment. While it’s hard to love getting a mammogram, there are five good reasons for them: 1. Mammography has helped reduce US breast cancer mortality by nearly a third since 1990. 2. Of all the years of life saved by mammography, 40 percent are… Read more »

The Meningitis Outbreak: What You Need to Know

As many as 13,000 patients may have been exposed to fungal meningitis from tainted spinal steroid injections used to ease back and neck pain, reported the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention. The CDC reported that the company that made the drug began shipping potentially contaminated lots on May 21 and that patients who… Read more »

Breast Cancer: Top 5 Things You Need to Know

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let’s look beyond the pink ribbons to learn about risk factors, protection, research – and saving lives. Here are the basics on breast cancer: 1. Gender is the biggest risk factor for developing breast cancer. There will be about 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in American women… Read more »

More Cause for Concern About BPA: Obesity

Prenatal and childhood exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) and obesity are “significantly associated,” according to a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. BPA is a chemical used in manufacturing certain plastics and as a lining for many food and drink containers. The new research re-affirms prior studies that demonstrate a link… Read more »