Posts By: North Shore-LIJ

Smoke-Free Laws Help Kids, Too

Smoke-free laws provide substantial health benefits for children, according to a recent study in the Lancet. Environments free of second-hand smoke are associated with a considerable decrease in premature births and a 10 percent reduction in hospitalizations for asthma in children, the Lancet analysis indicates. Multiple studies have demonstrated that smoke-free environments result in significantly… Read more »

Medical Marijuana May Help Some MS Symptoms

If New York State legalizes medical marijuana this spring, it will be the 22nd state to do so. The proposed legislation limits the use of medical marijuana to 20 serious conditions including cancer, traumatic brain injury, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) and post-traumatic stress disorder. It also stipulates that no one under 21 may… Read more »

Kids’ Cereal:
“Nutritious Breakfast”–or Dessert in Disguise?

Food manufacturers pledged to improve nutritional value of kids’ cereal and reduce ad spending through the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative. Introduced several years ago, the initiative is a self-regulation program among large food and drink companies. It prompted them to reformulate many children‘s cereals to contain fewer than 12 grams of sugar per… posted in: Children's Health, Nutrition tags:


Vegan Stir-Fry Puts a Rainbow on Your Plate

A recipe with fruit and vegetables in a variety of colors not only makes a visually appealing dish, but also ensures a plateful of many important nutrients, according to the Produce for Better Health Foundation. What’s more, getting most of your nutrition from plant sources helps to achieve and maintain healthy weight and reduces the… Read more »

Heartburn, Hot Sauce and Cinco de Mayo

If fear of heartburn stops you from enjoying your favorite fajitas, you’re not alone. Lovers of spicy food often wonder how to indulge in five-alarm chili without “paying the price” afterward. Many gastroenterology patients who have heartburn (also called reflux and acid indigestion) ask me if they can avoid unpleasant symptoms by removing certain things… Read more »

Sexuality in the Breast Cancer Survivor: Free Event

Sexuality is an integral part of life. Yet cancer diagnosis and treatment can alter this facet of health and well-being. Every breast cancer survivor experiences some kind of sexual dysfunction, yet “the discussion” is often limited, awkward–or nonexistent. Please join us for “Lets Discuss Sexuality in the Breast Cancer Survivor” next Tuesday from 6:30 to… Read more »

A Vegetarian Curry Your Tastebuds and Wallet Will Love

This vegetarian curry recipe features chickpeas and sweet potatoes. That means the entree delivers a lot of good-for-you flavor at a very affordable price. Like other beans and legumes, chickpeas are a cost-effective protein source, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Also called garbanzo beans, chickpeas are high in folate and provide potassium… Read more »

New Autism Drug Study: A Cautious Approach

Low doses of an anti-anxiety medication improved social interaction and decreased repetitive behaviors in mice, according to research recently published in the journal Neuron. The new autism drug study involved mice bred to have autism-like symptoms. Mice that received low doses of the drug clonazepam showed notable behavioral shifts, like enhanced social interaction, decreased repetitive… Read more »

Visit a Drug Take-Back Site on Saturday

This Earth Week, consider the irony that something that helps the human body can harm the planet. How? Until the recent past, pharmacists, clinicians and local municipalities commonly recommended throwing unused/expired medicine in the trash or flushing it away. That’s no longer suggested, because studies have shown that the discarded medicine taints our environment. Birth-control… Read more »

Earth Day Comes to the Table

Many of us know what food is best for our health, but how about what food is best for of our planet, too? For Earth Day this year, let’s consider the big picture for buying and eating food. Easy eco-friendly habits include bringing reusable totes to the grocery store, using “real” coffee mugs and water… Read more »