Posts By: North Shore-LIJ

Vegetarian Month: Add Color and Taste to Your Plate

This is World Vegetarian Month, something everyone can celebrate. A vegetarian diet emphasizes plant-based foods and excludes animal products to different degrees: Lacto-ovo vegetarians avoid meat, poultry and fish. Lacto vegetarians avoid meat, poultry, fish and eggs. Ovo vegetarians avoid animal products except eggs and honey. Vegans avoid all animal products, including honey. Get the… Read more »

The Football Concussion Crisis

Last night’s PBS Frontline episode, “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis,” explored how football concussions affect the brain. Researchers must continue to explore how playing football affects the brain, Peter Davies, PhD, told the program producers. An investigator at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Dr. Davies raised important questions that still need to… Read more »

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 »

Low-Dose CT Scans Make High-Quality Images

Technological developments have been a driving force in healthcare progress, especially in recent decades. For instance, computed tomography (CT) scanners use computer-processed X-rays to produce image “slices” of specific areas of the body that show anatomy and disease processes in exquisite detail. This technology helps physicians make quick diagnoses of a range of acute and… Read more »

The Toll of Caregiving

I recently saw a patient whose husband urgently brought her into the office. The husband, her caregiver, made an appointment because he was very concerned about a change in his wife’s appetite, behavior and breathing. I examined her and found her to be stable with her dementia, clean and comfortable. But after spending some time… Read more »

For Healthy Aging, Kick the Habit

September is Healthy Aging Month–the perfect opportunity to assess your health and make some positive lifestyle changes. One sure-fire way to improve life expectancy immediately: Quit smoking as soon as possible. You can eliminate almost all of smoking’s long-term negative effects when you quit by 30, and smokers who quit between 35 and 44 can… Read more »