Posts By: North Shore-LIJ

The Meningitis Outbreak: What You Need to Know

As many as 13,000 patients may have been exposed to fungal meningitis from tainted spinal steroid injections used to ease back and neck pain, reported the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention. The CDC reported that the company that made the drug began shipping potentially contaminated lots on May 21 and that patients who… Read more »

Breast Cancer Awareness: Top 5 Things You Need to Know

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let’s look beyond the pink ribbons to learn about risk factors, protection, research – and saving lives. Here are the basics on breast cancer: 1. Gender is the biggest risk factor for developing breast cancer. There will be about 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in American women… Read more »

More Cause for Concern About BPA: Obesity

Prenatal and childhood exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) and obesity are “significantly associated,” according to a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. BPA is a chemical used in manufacturing certain plastics and as a lining for many food and drink containers. The new research re-affirms prior studies that demonstrate a link… Read more »

Circumcised vs. Uncircumcised: Weighing Risks and Benefits

Debates surrounding circumcision span generations, cultures and religions. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently renewed the discussion by issuing a statement reporting that the health benefits of newborn circumcision outweigh the risks and that the benefits justify access to the procedure for families who choose it for their newborn. Opponents of newborn circumcision believe it… Read more »

WTC Workers’ Health Still Suffer from 9/11 Fallout

Thousands died on 9/11. Thousands more still pay the price for their efforts at Ground Zero. Laboring in the remains of the World Trade Center (WTC) for days, weeks and months, brave men and women were exposed to a toxic brew of dust and smoke–which was not and will never be truly characterized. Some first-responders… Read more »

Stop Head Lice in Their Tracks

Few things give people the willies as much as head lice. Now that children are back in school, it is crucial to know how to recognize these creepy crawlers, get rid of them–and prevent them from spreading. Common signs of head lice are an itchy scalp, irritability, sleeplessness and even a tickling sensation. But sometimes… Read more »