Posts By: North Shore-LIJ

National Forum on Sepsis

Rory Staunton was a 12-year-old Queens boy who died suddenly from sepsis in 2012.  In his memory, Rory’s parents established the Rory Staunton Foundation. The foundation recently hosted first National Forum on Sepsis in Washington, DC, to create a nationwide movement to address the illness and its treatment. Learn more about sepsis, the Rory Staunton… Read more »

Autumn Vegetable Succotash

Meatless Mondays don’t only make for a healthier body, but also a healthier home—that is, Planet Earth. Count these among the environmental benefits of Meatless Mondays: A reduced carbon footprint–The meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that accelerate climate change, according to UN estimates. Minimized water use–Animals raised for food… Read more »

Meatless Monday: Savory Roasted Apples

It’s peak apple-picking time. Besides a fun day trip to a local farm, apple-picking yields lots of other good stuff. At 80 calories, one medium apple (about the size of a baseball) delivers 20 percent of the daily dietary fiber you should eat for cardiovascular and digestive health, according to the New York Apple Association…. Read more »

World Sepsis Day: Learn to Spot the Signs

Tomorrow is World Sepsis Day, an opportunity to turn the spotlight on a devastating disease that is common but unfamiliar. Once it takes hold, up to a third of patients die from it, says the Sepsis Alliance. In fact, sepsis kills more Americans every year than breast cancer, colon cancer and HIV/AIDS combined, yet most Americans… Read more »

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Prenatal exposure to alcohol is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disorders in the US, according to the National Institutes of Health. Drinking during pregnancy can cause a wide range of disabilities–intellectual disabilities, speech and language delays, poor social skills or fetal alcohol syndrome–that last a lifetime. International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders… Read more »

Pappardelle with Mushrooms

Pappardelle with Mushrooms is elegant comfort food. Created by LIJ Medical Center’s culinary team, it’s a dish to look forward to at the end the day–especially now that the days are getting shorter. Besides a fresh mushroom blend, Pappardelle with Mushrooms uses dried porcini mushrooms. Fresh porcini are highly prized, but can be pricey. Dried… Read more »

Alarming Increase in Ambien Emergencies

Emergency department visits due to over-medication with zolpidem (commonly called Ambien) almost doubled between 2005-06 and 2009-10, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The agency recently issued a report on 2005 to 2010 findings from the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN). DAWN monitors drug-related morbidity and mortality through reports from… Read more »

Multiple-Choice Vegetarian Quiche

One reason I call this vegetarian quiche “multiple choice” is because it is easy to adapt, depending on the time of year and what you already have in your kitchen. Furthermore, the recipe works with most any kind of vegetable: fresh, quick-cooking choices (like tomatoes, zucchini or spinach) or cooked or steamed dense vegetables (such… Read more »

Allergic Reactions to Acne Products: What You Should Know

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning about severe allergic reactions to acne products that can cause irritation and be potentially life-threatening. The risk of such severe reactions may be small, but the FDA is correct to warn consumers. Serious allergic reactions to acne products have been reported and differ significantly… Read more »