Monthly Archives: April 2014

Sexuality in the Breast Cancer Survivor: Free Event

Sexuality is an integral part of life. Yet cancer diagnosis and treatment can alter this facet of health and well-being. Every breast cancer survivor experiences some kind of sexual dysfunction, yet “the discussion” is often limited, awkward–or nonexistent. Please join us for “Lets Discuss Sexuality in the Breast Cancer Survivor” next Tuesday from 6:30 to… Read more »

A Vegetarian Curry Your Tastebuds and Wallet Will Love

This vegetarian curry recipe features chickpeas and sweet potatoes. That means the entree delivers a lot of good-for-you flavor at a very affordable price. Like other beans and legumes, chickpeas are a cost-effective protein source, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Also called garbanzo beans, chickpeas are high in folate and provide potassium… Read more »

New Autism Drug Study: A Cautious Approach

Low doses of an anti-anxiety medication improved social interaction and decreased repetitive behaviors in mice, according to research recently published in the journal Neuron. The new autism drug study involved mice bred to have autism-like symptoms. Mice that received low doses of the drug clonazepam showed notable behavioral shifts, like enhanced social interaction, decreased repetitive… Read more »

Visit a Drug Take-Back Site on Saturday

This Earth Week, consider the irony that something that helps the human body can harm the planet. How? Until the recent past, pharmacists, clinicians and local municipalities commonly recommended throwing unused/expired medicine in the trash or flushing it away. That’s no longer suggested, because studies have shown that the discarded medicine taints our environment. Birth-control… Read more »

Earth Day Comes to the Table

Many of us know what food is best for our health, but how about what food is best for of our planet, too? For Earth Day this year, let’s consider the big picture for buying and eating food. Easy eco-friendly habits include bringing reusable totes to the grocery store, using “real” coffee mugs and water… Read more »

Vegetarian Sushi–
No Phone Needed!

There’s no need to make a restaurant reservation for this sushi. Most of the ingredients for this Meatless Monday vegetarian sushi recipe are probably in your pantry already. Anything else may you need is easy to find at a regular supermarket. Find seitan in the refrigerated “health food” section. Seitan is made from wheat gluten,… posted in: Nutrition tags:


New Hepatitis C Treatments on the Horizon

Very high cure rates are possible with new Hepatitis C treatments, according to clinical trial results recently revealed at the International Liver Conference in London. The research–some of which the North Shore-LIJ Center for Liver Disease conducted and that I cowrote for the New England Journal of Medicine–evaluated promising new Hepatitis C treatments. For instance,… Read more »

Shedding Light on Sarcoidosis

Normally, the immune system defends the body against foreign or harmful substances, sending special cells to protect organs. These cells release chemicals that recruit other cells to isolate and destroy the harmful substance. Inflammation occurs during this process. Once the harmful substance is gone, the cells and the inflammation go away…but not always. Consider sarcoidosis,… Read more »

Healthy Chili over Couscous

Chili is a flexible dish with many permutations. Cayenne-Sprinkled Israeli Chili over Couscous is a healthy rethinking of the classic entree that could easily become a staple for your family. Created by Plainview Hospital’s Chef Xavier Haynes and Chef Otis Branch with Victoria Ott, RD, it debuted at North Shore-LIJ’s 2014 Ultimate Chef Challenge. Serving… Read more »

Alive and Well with Huntington’s Disease

Spend next Wednesday evening with patients, researchers and clinicians who collaborate to understand Huntington’s disease. Patients with this genetic neural disorder struggle with muscle coordination plus their attention span, memory, reasoning, problem solving, decision making, language, learning and/or emotions. On April 16 at 5 p.m., one of my patients and her daughter will share their… posted in: Event, Movement Disorders, Neuro, Research tags: