Posts By: North Shore-LIJ

A Ban on Balls During Recess

A recent rash of playground injuries has prompted a Long Island school superintendent to issue a complete ban on balls. The ban prohibits hard athletic balls used during soccer, baseball, football, lacrosse and other sports. The school district also banned performing cartwheels or playing tag unless there is adequate adult supervision. Only Nerf-type balls are… Read more »

Vegetarian Month: Got Beans?

Beans, peas and lentils are all legumes–a type of vegetable that are great alternatives to meat. Legumes are high in protein, folate, potassium, iron and magnesium. Since they are also high in fiber (soluble and insoluble), legumes aid digestion and lower cholesterol. Eating legumes at least four times a week reduces the risk for heart… Read more »

Boost Recovery with Physical Therapy

A physical therapy program can help improve, restore or maintain the necessary level of function for a fulfilling life. Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapy assistants (PTAs) educate, motivate and support patients to speed recovery after surgery or illness, improve independence at home or prevent the recurrence of a chronic injury. As you begin rehabilitation,… Read more »

Vegetarian Month: Whole Grains Satisfy!

It’s World Vegetarian Month—something we can’t celebrate without talking about the benefits of whole grains. Whole grains are powerhouses of vegetarian nutrition. They offer protein, fiber, B vitamins, vitamin E, antioxidants, and trace minerals like iron, zinc, copper and magnesium. Studies link whole grain consumption with decreased risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity…. Read more »

Stroke Reduces Quality of Life

A stroke (also called a “brain attack”) can take three out of five quality years off your life, according to a recent study in the journal Neurology. Considering advances in treatment and ongoing stroke-prevention campaigns, that is pretty alarming. The study followed 748 stroke patients and 440 who had a mini-stroke (also known as transient… Read more »

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 »