Posts By: North Shore-LIJ

Organ Donation: Saving Lives, Changing Lives

April is Donate Life Month — the perfect time to celebrate tissue and organ donation and the miracle of organ transplants. One such life-changing procedure, corneal transplant surgery, restores vision by replacing a diseased cornea with a healthy donor cornea. Recent advances enable ophthalmological surgeons to transplant just the inner cell lining rather than the… Read more »

New MS Drug Reduces Relapses 53%

The FDA has just approved a promising new MS drug (MS is multiple sclerosis). Called Tecfidera or BG-12 (dimethyl fumarate), the new MS drug is a twice-daily capsule that reduces relapses by 53 percent and slows the progression of disability. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans have shown that the new MS drug  reduces the accumulation… Read more »

Teen Repeat Births: A Significant Pattern

The report highlights the ongoing need for health education and support for adolescents, their parents–and all women of reproductive age. There are several ways not only to ensure that the rate of adolescent pregnancy continues to decline (as it has since 2007), but also to prevent repeat teen pregnancies. These include linking pregnant and parenting teens… Read more »

Migraine with Aura May Raise Risk of Heart Trouble

Women who suffer from migraine with aura may have a higher risk of having a heart attack or blood clot, according to two studies presented this week at the American Academy of Neurology’s Annual Meeting. One study shows that migraine with aura (which involves visual problems such as flashing lights) is a strong contributor to… Read more »

Is It a Diet–or an Eating Disorder?

Let’s get on the same page about anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and overeating for Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Eating disorder statistics show that they affect 10 to 15 percent of us, yet only a tenth goes for help. And with the highest mortality rate of any behavioral disorder–between 10 and 20 percent–it’s important to know… Read more »

Was Lady Gaga Born This Way?

Lady Gaga’s hip injury has caused the pop star to cancel the rest of her Born This Way Ball Tour, rendering her starstruck fans speechless. It appears Lady Gaga has struggled with the the labrum of her right hip for “months” and she cites “strenuous repetitive movements” as the likely cause of the injury, according… Read more »

Surgical Delivery of Clot-Busting Drug Shows Promise

Stroke patients who had surgery to deliver the clot-busting drug tPA directly into the brain experienced better and quicker recovery than those who received standard treatment, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. There are two types of stroke: hemorrhagic and ischemic. Though their symptoms appear similar, they are very different health… Read more »

Supplements for Heart Health

While there’s no substitute for consistent, healthy habits, your physician may suggest a nutritional supplement to enhance your heart-healthy lifestyle. • Soluble fiber: Psyllium (seed grain) is available as a laxative and fiber supplement. Oats and barley contain beta glucan, another soluble fiber that lowers LDL cholesterol. • Red yeast rice (RYR) extract: A product… Read more »

How to Reduce Cholesterol with 3 Healthy Foods

A heart-healthy diet contains plenty of vegetables, fruit and whole grains. While no single nutrient prevents heart disease, some foods lower cholesterol naturally with soluble fiber, which prevents binds cholesterol in the digestive tract and helps block it from entering circulation, or with polyunsaturated fats, which lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Here are three foods… Read more »

Shoveling Snow? Watch Out for Back Injuries

Snow isn’t dangerous only for driving conditions. Shoveling the stuff causes tens of thousands of injuries or medical emergencies every year, according to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine—and that’s just counting people who wind up in an emergency department. The stress of removing snow most frequently hurts the lower back, causing muscle strain and serious back… Read more »