Monthly Archives: August 2013

Huntington’s Disease Breakthrough

Imaging brain metabolism with PET (positron emission tomography) can be used to track disease progression in clinically normal carriers of the Huntington’s disease gene who have yet to develop symptoms, according to a study my colleagues and I just published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Huntington’s disease is extremely debilitating. It causes the progressive… Read more »

First 911, Then CPR:
Keep Your Loved Ones Alive

Anytime a person stops breathing, there is potential for the heart to stop beating (cardiac arrest) from the lack of oxygen. Permanent brain damage or death happens within minutes. That’s when knowing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can mean the difference between life and death. CPR helps a person whose heart has stopped or who is no… posted in: Children's Health, Men's Health, Wellness, Women's Health tags:


Diet Soda Causes Weight Gain?

Drinks like diet soda that are sweetened with sugar substitutes have no calories, but they may still cause weight gain, according to a recent opinion paper published in Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism. This theory might not make sense at first, but consider this: To prepare for intake of sugar and calories, the body releases… posted in: News, Nutrition, Wellness tags:


Alone in a Hot Car: No Place for a Child

Serious or fatal injuries caused solely by being trapped in a hot car happen often enough that they have their own term: vehicular hyperthermia. Cars get much hotter inside than the outdoor temperature. In 10 minutes, a car’s heat can rise 19 degrees. So during an 80-degree day, the temperature inside a closed car can… Read more »

The Paradox of Vitamin Supplements

People who buy vitamin supplements do so with the best intentions–to make themselves and their families healthier. The irony is, they may be safer without them: Neglect or misconduct by manufacturers and distributors often causes contamination of vitamin supplements. Tainted supplements aren’t only a local problem. Yesterday’s Newsday article about the vast number of vitamin… Read more »

3D Mammograms Advance Screening, Detection

Digital mammograms are the gold standard for breast cancer screening. A new device enhances this technology by producing a three-dimensional (3D) image of the breast. Called digital breast tomosynthesis, this change could revolutionize breast cancer screening and diagnosis. Tomosynthesis obtains a series of 15 low-dose, high-resolution images in a sweeping arc around the breast. This… Read more »

Vitamin Supplements Offer
Potential Risks, Few Benefits

Some Long Island-manufactured vitamin supplements are contaminated with anabolic steroids, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The recent discovery poses important questions: How beneficial are vitamin supplements? What are the potential risks from consuming them? In the past, the FDA has found ingredients like lead, mercury and prescription medicine as contaminants in… posted in: News, Nutrition, Wellness tags:


The Relationship Between Guns and Suicide

Recent evidence supports a strong relationship between access to guns and suicide: According to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than half of the nearly 39,000 people who reportedly killed themselves in the US last year, did so with a firearm. A comparison of states with high rates of… Read more »

Creaking, Cracking Arthritis

Are your joints creaking or cracking because of the weather–or could arthritis be the cause? Wear and tear of cartilage in a joint is called osteoarthritis (commonly just arthritis). The most common form of the disease, osteoarthritis is a chronic condition that affects about 27 million Americans, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Symptoms include progressively… Read more »