Posts By: North Shore-LIJ

Skin Damage: A Permanent Reminder of Days in the Sun

If you think tanned skin gives you “a healthy glow,” think again. Enough exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from any source, natural or otherwise, causes skin damage–such as skin cancer and premature aging–in anyone. I’ve seen signs of aging and skin cancer in patients as young as their 20s. Tanning salons do not prevent skin… Read more »

CyberKnife, the Lifestyle-Friendly Prostate Cancer Treatment

Patients with localized prostate cancer have a new choice for treatment. Called CyberKnife stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), this option is based on radiosurgery. Radiosurgery is a noninvasive technique that targets tumors with high doses of radiation. CyberKnife SBRT kills prostate cancer cells while it minimizes exposure to radiation of nearby, healthy tissue like the bladder… Read more »

Take Pulse to Lower Cholesterol

A daily pulse can significantly reduce LDL (low-density lipoprotein or “bad” cholesterol) levels and lower the risk of heart disease, according to the Canadian Medical Association Journal. But don’t press two fingers to your wrist just yet. In this case, pulse means beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils—also called legumes. Consuming one serving a day of… Read more »

Healthy Eating: There’s an App for That

Get the low-down on healthy eating and the best tools to help you do it next Wednesday, June 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. Join us for Healthy Eating in the Digital Age: There’s an App for That. We’ll discuss good-for-you food choices plus nutrition facts and myths. Then we’ll explore some of the best… Read more »

7 Things Men Can Expect During a Urologist Office Visit

If you’re a man who’s hasn’t made his first urologist office visit, you may wonder what to expect. First, it’s helpful to understand who urologists are. They are physicians who specialize in the genitourinary tract—the kidneys, urinary bladder, adrenal glands, urethra and male reproductive organs—and male fertility. Urologists are also trained in the surgical and… Read more »

Summer Fruits Entice for a New Reason

Something everybody can enjoy this time of year is summer fruits. In time for this bounty of flavor, the European Journal of Cancer has reported that eating fruit reduces the risk of developing stomach cancer. The journal authors analyzed 24 separate studies (called a meta-analysis) that included a total of 2.4 million participants for about… Read more »

World No Tobacco Day: In Praise of High Taxes

The last day of May is World No Tobacco Day. This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) is using its campaign to call upon governments worldwide to raise and maintain high levels of taxes on tobacco products. The price of tobacco plays a significant role in starting and maintaining a cigarette habit. Raising tobacco taxes… Read more »

Caregivers Keep Each Other Afloat

Many members of the “sandwich generation” play a balancing act with work, family and aging parents who need caregivers. Usually, looking after parents affected by dementia and other health problems is thrust upon one daughter (or occasionally a son) without discussion or choice. Then the adult child must scramble for solutions. Caring for parents whose… Read more »

Portabella Burger with Sun-Dried Tomato Aioli

For Memorial Day/Meatless Monday, swap a hamburger for a grilled portabella burger to enjoy a hearty, healthy cookout. The portabella mushroom has deep taste and meaty texture, so it works well for home grillers. The portabella measures up to 6 inches in diameter and has a tan or brown cap. Like other mushrooms, the low-calorie… Read more »

7 Ways to Avoid Harm from Pool Chemicals

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals a summer safety challenge right under our noses–pool chemicals. While these products help to keep germs from multiplying in home and public pool water, the wrong kind of handling or storage can—and does—cause serious damage. Injuries from pool chemicals led to nearly… Read more »