Posts By: North Shore-LIJ

Court Decision Will Not Alter Meaningful Reform

The US Supreme Court’s decision will accelerate the momentum that healthcare providers have already made to move the reform agenda forward. As one of the largest healthcare networks in the US with nearly $7 billion in annual revenue, the North Shore-LIJ Health System and many other hospital systems have made significant progress in: • Reducing… Read more »

North Shore-LIJ Takes Steps to Reduce Radiation Risks with New Technology

Diagnostic imaging is an effective tool that can save lives. However, the higher the dose of ionizing radiation delivered at any one time, the greater the risk that a patient will face long-term damage. In addition, if a patient receives repeated doses, harm can also occur as the cumulative effect of those multiple doses over… Read more »

Low-Dose CT Scanners Become the New Standard of Care

Last year, The Joint Commission issued a sentinel alert about the radiation risks of diagnostic imaging. In 2010, a year before The Joint Commission’s warning, North Shore-LIJ Imaging Services initiated a review of all imaging equipment across the health system, looking at such factors as age and the clinical conditions for which the scanners are… Read more »

Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Parkinson’s Patients Over Long Term

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) appears to help people with Parkinson’s disease over the long term, according to a recent study published in Neurology. In the study, 159 people with Parkinson’s disease were randomly assigned to deep brain stimulation in either the lobus pallidus interna (GPi) region of the brain or the subthalamic nucleus (STN) region… Read more »

Jack Osbourne’s Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis at Age 26

Recently in the news, 26-year-old Jack Osbourne, son of Ozzy and Sharon, announced that he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). While some might think that being diagnosed with MS at 26 is a bit young, the truth is that MS is the most common chronic neurodegenerative disease affecting young people. The peak time a… Read more »

New Study Reveals Promising Diabetes Prevention Strategies

A new study focusing on patients with pre-diabetes concentrates on aggressive glucose-lowering treatments to achieve normal glucose levels in people with pre-diabetes to achieve maximum reductions in progression to diabetes in the long-term. The study has some promising results. People with pre-diabetes (a high risk state for overt type 2 diabetes) who experience a period… Read more »

Singer Sheryl Crow’s Brain Tumor Diagnosis

As reported in the news recently, singer Sheryl Crow has been diagnosed with a benign tumor called a meningioma, a tumor that occurs outside of the brain. These tumors grow from the lining of the brain, inside the skull known as the dura mater, making them less severe of a problem than tumors that arise… Read more »

Flame Retardants Don’t Stop Fire, Can Cause Illness

Brominated flame retardants are back in the news, thanks to a recent series in the Chicago Tribune and a New York Times Op-Ed column. Though their purported function is noble—to limit flammability, thereby reducing harm—brominated flame retardants (sometimes called PBDEs) pose risks of their own. Evidence already shows that exposure to these chemicals is linked… Read more »

Response to First Treatment May Predict Epilepsy’s Course

In patients diagnosed with epilepsy, the likelihood that they will continue to have seizures may well depend on their response to the initial anti-seizure medication given after their diagnosis. According to a recent study published in Neurology, researchers found that 50 percent of the people in the study were seizure-free after the first medication they… Read more »

No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day is celebrated each year on May 31st to increase awareness about health problems caused by tobacco use. This year, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “tobacco industry interference” theme highlights the tobacco industry’s efforts to thwart tobacco control policies around the world and reminds organizations and governments of their responsibility to be… Read more »