Posts By: North Shore-LIJ

Meatless Monday: No Worries About Protein

The Meatless Mondays campaign encourages people to improve their health by reducing their meat consumption by 15 percent. Americans generally eat eight ounces of meat daily–45 percent more than the US Department of Agriculture recommends, according to that agency. Going meatless once a week can reduce the risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular… Read more »

New Clues About Narcolepsy

Imagine feeling tired and sleepy all day, every day–even after seven or eight hours of sleep. You’re so tired that you can’t help falling asleep during the day, even while talking to someone, working or–even worse–driving. This is the brutal, everyday reality for people with narcolepsy. A debilitating sleep disorder, narcolepsy affects about one person… Read more »

Sepsis Fight Leads to CDC

Today’s New York Times features a Queens couple whose son, Rory, succumbed to septic shock two years ago. During several consultations, his doctors misunderstood what was happening to him. Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton’s campaign to increase sepsis awareness recently brought them to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention. Martin Doerfler, MD, our senior vice president… Read more »

Colorectal Cancer Is Common, Preventable

Colorectal cancer–cancer of the colon and rectum–doesn’t discriminate. It affects people in all racial and ethnic groups–most often in people 50 and older. There are often no signs or symptoms, which makes screening vital. The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. The disease strikes men and… Read more »

MRSA Can Easily Spread in Schools

The recent MRSA infection scare at a local high school proved to be a false alarm. Nevertheless, it flagged an important point:  Places with frequent sharing and close interactions–like schools, dorms and daycare centers–pose a higher risk for spreading community-associated Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Contact sports… Read more »

Binge Eating Disorder:
When too Much Isn’t Enough

Like anorexia and bulimia, binge eating is also a disorder. But don’t confuse binge eating disorder with overeating. While overeating is a challenge for many, recurrent binge eating is much less common—and much more serious. This disorder is characterized by frequent episodes of binge eating, feeling out of control while bingeing, and feeling guilt and… posted in: Behavioral Health tags:


Eating Disorders Are a Family Affair

The eating disorders anorexia and bulimia nervosa can be grave without early and appropriate intervention. Complications can include a range of symptoms–from cardiac arrhythmias to depression and suicide–so immediate treatment is crucial. Parents who try to “correct” their child’s eating disorder on their own can end up frustrated, and rightly so. It requires a great… Read more »

Stay Heart Healthy at Every Age

Preventing or reducing the chances of heart disease is something you’re never too young–or too old–to think about. Leading a healthy lifestyle, starting from your teenage and early adult years, can significantly reduce your risk for heart disease later in life. Learn what you can do to stay heart healthy at every age: In Your… Read more »

Re-Resolution: Stop Smoking Again

If your “stop smoking” New Year’s resolution already seems like a distant memory, don’t give up. Most smoking-cessation studies conclude that motivation, not a date on the calendar, is the most important factor in predicting whether or not a smoker will quit for keeps. Concerns about the cost to your current or future health, the… posted in: Addiction, Lung Cancer, Wellness tags:


When Shoveling Snow Is a No-Go

Ready for more snow this weekend and next week? As if another stretch of shoveling snow weren’t enough of a pain, it can pose real danger to heart patients. Shoveling snow is strenuous. It’s even more demanding when you’re dealing with heavy, wet snow while navigating layers of ice. A burst of over-exertion in freezing… Read more »