Posts By: North Shore-LIJ

8 Ways to Sack Extra Calories on Super Bowl Sunday

Most people associate Super Bowl Sunday with an infinite buffet of chili, Buffalo wings, loaded nachos, brewskis to wash it down–and lots, lots more. Except Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest day of food consumption in the US. The average viewer grazes about 1200 calories and 50 grams of fat during the big… Read more »

Levetiracetam Is Safe During Pregnancy

Pregnant women with epilepsy who control seizures with levetiracetam (Keppra, Keppra XR) can expect that it will not affect their child’s later development. Taken during pregnancy, the medication does not appear to be associated with developmental problems in preschool children, according to a recent study published in the journal Neurology. The study is reassuring for… Read more »

Enough Is Enough:
Smoking Claims Another Marlboro Man

Eric Lawson, a former Marlboro Man, has died at 72 from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A smoker since a young teen, Mr. Lawson eventually spoke out about the dangers of cigarettes and their negative impact on his health. He was the fourth Marlboro Man to die of smoking-related disease. As Surgeon General… posted in: Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Health tags:


The Dangers of Sizzurp:
What Parents Should Know

A concoction called sizzurp has been gaining popularity among teens. It is a mix of prescription cough syrup with soda and hard candies like Jolly Rancher. Often consumed from Styrofoam cups, the drink gets its alternate name, “purple drank,” from the cough medicine’s purple food coloring. Sizzurp originated in Houston in the 1960s. Now, online… posted in: Addiction, Children's Health tags:


Snorting Smarties Isn’t Addictive–
It Isn’t Harmless, Either

Snorting Smarties is about the same as inhaling sugar with a few irritants. Children have been crushing the candy and inhaling the powder for a while to imitate the act of snorting cocaine or heroin. Snorting Smarties doesn’t give a true “high” and it is not addictive. However, it can cause nasal infections, bleeding and… posted in: Children's Health tags:


Why Prenatal Care Must
Include Diabetes Screening

All pregnant women should get gestational diabetes screening, according to a report issued by the US Preventative Services Task Force and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Many physicians, including those within the North Shore-LIJ Health System, routinely perform these tests. The journal recommended specific, stringent testing guidelines that may help reduce the dangers… posted in: Diabetes, Women's Health tags:


Prevention Works to Protect Cervical Health

Proper screening and vaccination do a great job at guarding cervical health. Still, there are 12,000 cervical cancer US diagnoses annually–and more than 4,000 women die each year as a result, according to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition. The leading threat to cervical health is HPV (human papillomavirus) infection. HPV alters the cells of the… Read more »

Gene Therapy: A New Possibility
for Parkinson’s Patients

A new gene therapy called ProSavin may help reduce motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, suggests a recent study published in The Lancet. Although Parkinson’s cannot be cured, medications can improve symptoms. Typically, treatment includes dopamine-replacement therapy to replenish the main brain chemical that patients with Parkinson’s lose. This new gene therapy restores the patient’s dopamine… posted in: Neuro, News tags:


Are the New Blood Pressure Guidelines for You?

People older than 60 should strive for blood pressure 149/90, according to new hypertension guidelines recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The previous goal for the “top” (systolic) number was 140 (the “bottom” [diastolic] number hasn’t changed). Furthermore, the committee increased the threshold for treatment for diabetic and kidney-disease patients to… Read more »