Posts By: North Shore-LIJ

Dehydration: When Water Isn’t Enough

Now that temperatures are on the rise and we’re all ready for more outdoor activity, remember to drink enough fluid to maintain stamina and avoid dehydration. The main reason for getting tired during extended periods of exercise is loss of fluid by sweating. This can cause dehydration and break down the body’s carbohydrate stores that… Read more »

The Right Moves Ease Arthritis Pain

Arthritis pain may make it hard to carry on everyday activities, but a low-impact exercise routine can relieve stiff, achy joints. Here are your best activity choices: Water walking and water aerobics. Walking in water reduces pressure on joints by 50 percent. Water aerobics involves exercising in chest-deep water; take a class or consult a… Read more »

A Rosy Future for Hepatitis C Treatment

Most people with hepatitis C don’t know they carry the virus and that they are susceptible to cirrhosis, liver cancer–even liver transplant. But with a diagnosis, there is hope. Hepatitis C is curable, unlike such other common blood-borne viruses as hepatitis B and HIV. And recent advances in hepatitis C treatment mean more customized therapies… Read more »

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 »