Monthly Archives: October 2013

E-Cigarettes: Friend or Foe?

Sales of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are exploding rapidly, and so is controversy over them. Are they a breakthrough aid to help stop smoking or addictive, harmful devices? E-cigarettes are battery-operated gadgets that heat liquid nicotine, flavors and other chemicals into a vapor that users inhale. The amount of nicotine they deliver varies widely and their… Read more »

Women Don’t Know Their Breast Cancer Risk

Almost all women are unaware of their true breast cancer risk, according to research I recently completed. Nearly 10,000 responses to a 25-question survey showed that 90.6 percent of women did not accurately assess their breast cancer risk. Knowing the risk of breast cancer can help women seek more effective, timely care. A majority of… Read more »

Free Eye Screenings for Adults

World Sight Day is coming up, so guard your vision with these five steps recommended by the National Eye Institute: Visit a doctor regularly for a comprehensive eye exam. Know your family’s eye health history — some conditions are inherited. Eat right to protect your sight (lots of fruit and vegetables, especially dark, leafy greens… Read more »

Are You Ready for the Flu Season?

Flu season has begun, which reminds us of the need for a flu shot to prevent the sometimes-severe illness that feels awful and–for vulnerable patients like children and the elderly–can be life-threatening. Influenza (“the flu”) is a highly contagious viral infection of respiratory tract. If you get a sudden fever with muscle aches, sore throat… Read more »

Help on the Breast Cancer Journey

Women facing breast cancer can feel anxious or confused, so it helps to have a personal guide through the complexities of the clinical, emotional and practical aspects of their diagnosis and treatment. As an oncology nurse navigator, I work closely with North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute’s multidisciplinary specialists–including breast surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons,… Read more »