Posts By: North Shore-LIJ

Good Reasons to Raise the Smoking Age to 21

Since most smokers began their tobacco addiction as teenagers, New York City officials recently proposed legislation to raise the smoking age to 21. The proposed law could prevent young people from picking up their first cigarette–and avoid smoking’s negative health consequences. Another policy has already decreased adolescent smoking initiation by restricting the point of sale… Read more »

Money-Saving Tips for Earth Day and Every Day

This Earth Day, begin taking simple steps to line your pocket with a little more green. These resource-saving tips help give us a healthier environment, too: Save Energy Turn off the lights when you leave a room. Reduce energy bills by 30 percent with Energy Star appliances and equipment. They can also help to cut… Read more »

Myth vs. Reality of High-Risk Pregnancy

Occasionally, you may hear about high-risk pregnancy and it can sound intimidating–especially if you’re a new parent or plan to be. Knowing exactly what the term means helps a lot. If the mother’s circumstances or medical history present the potential for complications for herself, the baby or both during gestation or delivery, that is a… Read more »

A Healthcare Proxy Is Easy, Free–and Protects Your Medical Choices

When you file your taxes, don’t forget what you owe yourself—peace of mind. On April 16, National Healthcare Decision Day, designate a healthcare agent so your medical care follows your wishes, values and beliefs. Fill in a healthcare proxy form to allow anyone you choose–a relative or loved one–to act as your healthcare agent in… Read more »

42: Jackie Robinson Is Still a Touchstone

It’s hardly fair to ask “Number 42” to level the playing field once again. Yet almost 42 years after his untimely death, Jackie Robinson’s iconic status can still change society for the better. His story can focus more attention on diabetes-related heart disease, which claimed the six-time World Series player at 53. Heart disease is… Read more »

Annette Funicello’s Multiple Sclerosis Battle

This past week, we learned Annette Funicello, 70, the former Mouseketeer and pop culture icon, passed away. Complications from multiple sclerosis (MS), a degenerative neurological disease she battled during the past 25 years, factored into her death. According to news reports, Ms. Funicello traveled to Italy to undergo an alternative treatment for MS. Known as… Read more »

Hope for Parkinson’s Disease Patients

President Obama’s announcement last week about a $100 million brain-mapping project offers hope for furthering the understanding of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s involves the malfunction and death of brain cells. This chronic, progressive neurological disorder causes such symptoms as slow movements, stiffness, lessened ability to make small movements (like tying shoelaces, writing or typing), tremors, impaired… Read more »

No One Deserves Bullying

It used to be taken for granted, but bullying is not “harmless fun.” In fact, it makes headlines. Parents, healthcare professionals and educators now realize that this destructive behavior has far-reaching after-effects–not only for the target, but also for the bully and the bystanders. As news coverage of it increases, sometimes the definition of bullying… Read more »

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 »