Posts By: North Shore-LIJ

Get Arthritis Pain Relief at Home

If achy, stiff joints make it tough to get up in the morning, ask your doctor about arthritis. Arthritis (specifically, osteoarthritis) causes cartilage to break down. After a while, joints don’t work as smoothly as they should. Besides morning inflexibility, arthritis can cause pain after extended inactivity—like standing up after sitting for a while. Arthritis… Read more »

Pets Are Good for Your Heart

Sure, Fido and Fifi can warm your heart. But if you ever wondered if the warm fuzzies aid your health, plenty of studies shed light on the subject. A recent scientific statement from the American Heart Association presents data on how pets can influence high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, physical activity and obesity, as well… Read more »

Vegetarian Cafeteria Tackles Childhood Obesity

The Active Learning Elementary School in Flushing recently became the first public school in the country to offer solely vegetarian food in the student cafeteria. The initiative is part of a citywide effort to promote healthy habits that counteract childhood obesity. The hope is that other schools will also re-evaluate their meal plans and adopt… Read more »

BRCA and Your Fertility

Thank you, Angelina Jolie, for making your experience dealing with the BRCA gene public. Everyone has the BRCA gene. But a very small change in the gene, called a mutation (BRCA1 or BRCA2),  can increase the lifetime risk of developing breast cancer more than 80 percent and ovarian cancer more than 30 percent. Other cancers… Read more »

Why Some Women Choose Preventive Mastectomy

Angelina Jolie recently underwent preventive mastectomy, she revealed today in a New York Times op-ed piece. The actor/director underwent the procedure because the combination of a “faulty” BRCA1 gene and a family history of cancer put her at high risk of developing breast cancer or ovarian cancer. Preventive mastectomy (also called prophylactic or risk-reducing mastectomy)… Read more »

Take 5 for Heart Health

Choosing nutritious food is a great way to enhance your heart health. Plenty of fresh produce (vegetables and fruit) and whole grains are staples for boosting cardiovascular wellness. A helpful tool to stay on the right track for heart health is the USDA’s MyPlate site. It  divides food into five groups: Vegetables. Choose a variety… Read more »

Give the HPV Vaccine by Age 12

Preventing HPV (human papillomavirus) starts earlier than you think: By age 12, children—girls and boys—should get the HPV vaccine. Vaccination can even begin as early as age nine. The leading cause of cervical cancer, HPV infection is so common that about 34 percent of all 14- to 24-year-olds (male and female) carry the virus. Whereas… Read more »