Posts By: North Shore-LIJ

Nicotine During Pregnancy Increases the Rick of Colic

Babies are more likely to have colic when their mothers smoked or used nicotine replacement therapy during pregnancy, according to research just published in the journal Pediatrics. A significantly increased risk of infantile colic—ranging from 30 to 60 percent—was associated with prenatal nicotine exposure in the study of more than 63,000 mothers in the Danish… Read more »

Clouded in Smoke: Cigarettes Dull the Male Brain

Everyone knows smoking is dumb. Now it looks like it makes you dumb, too: A recent study in the Archives of General Psychiatry suggests that male smokers of a certain age experience faster loss of brain power. Researchers found that, compared to men who never smoked, middle-aged men smokers are likely to experience more rapid… Read more »

In the News: March Week 1

The expertise of our cardiac specialists has been making a lot of news in recent weeks, particularly those specializing in heart valve replacements. As you’ll see in the featured stories below, a Queens woman was the first patient in New York – and only the second in the nation – to have a mitral valve… Read more »

Lead in Lipstick Should Worry the FDA—and You, Too

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a report that it found lead in hundreds of shades of popular brands of lipstick found everywhere from drugstores to department stores. The agency said that the lead levels it found pose no health risk. However, this claim flies in the face of scientific consensus that there… Read more »

Weight Training May Improve Parkinson’s Symptoms

Weight training may improve the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 64th Annual Meeting in New Orleans this coming April. In the study, 48 people with Parkinson’s disease used progressive resistance exercise (weight training) or fitness counts, which included flexibility, balance… Read more »

More Treatments, Better Outcomes for Congenital Heart Disease

The single most common form of birth defect, congenital heart disease affects nearly one out of every 100 babies born in the United States. Yet our ability to detect and characterize congenital (present at birth) heart disease has improved remarkably over the last 50 years. Now, doctors can get precise information about the nature and… Read more »

To Be Fit – or to Lose Fat? That Is the Question

Jean Cacciabaudo, MD The great debate in wellness focuses on fitness vs. fatness. Most healthcare professionals encourage overweight patients to get down to a healthy weight. However, recent research suggests that getting to a healthy weight and maintaining it may be daunting, since patients often yo-yo between weight loss and gain. So where should we… Read more »

Women, Know Your Heart Disease Risk!

Suzanne Steinbaum, DO If you’re a woman, heart disease is your greatest health threat so knowing your risk is essential. How you live can have serious consequences. For instance, atherosclerosis (plaque in the arteries) builds up when there is damage to the lining of the arteries, frequently due to lifestyle. But high blood pressure, high… Read more »