Posts By: North Shore-LIJ

The Resilience of the Human Brain

The resilience of the human brain comes to the forefront as we celebrate Brain Awareness Week. Survivors are making headlines by showing just how amazing the brain is: For instance, former US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Formula 1 race car driver Michael Schumacher survived traumatic brain injuries, and actress Sharon Stone suffered a severe brain… Read more »

Re-Resolution: Easy-Does-It Exercise

With the best intentions, people jump into a vigorous training program—especially on January 1—only to lose interest quickly. This is usually because the exercise is too much like work or we do too much, too soon. New Year’s resolutions like that are hard to keep! Try a more realistic re-resolution to make exercise part of… Read more »

Kidney Disease Can Sneak up on You

Tomorrow, World Kidney Day, is a global effort to bring attention to a silent killer. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) can cause kidneys to lose 90 percent of their function before a patient experiences any symptoms. Untreated CKD can cause kidney failure, which requires lifetime dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive. CKD damages the… Read more »

Peverley Collapsed on NHL Bench

Dallas Stars hockey center Rich Peverley collapsed from an irregular heartbeat while on the bench during an NHL game on Monday. Resuscitive measures, including chest compressions and electrical defibrillation, restored the 31-year-old player’s heartbeat and brought him back to life. Mr. Peverley collapsed as soon as he came off the ice during the first period…. Read more »

Blood Pressure Provides
New Heart Disease Clue

A difference in blood pressure between one arm and the other that varies by more than 10 indicates a higher risk of a heart attack or stroke, according to the American Journal of Medicine. A recent study in the journal said that potential risk may show in systolic blood pressure. Also known as “the top… posted in: Heart Health tags:


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 »