Posts Categorized: Health Insight

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 »

Diversity in Health Care and Research

The National Institutes of Health recently announced new funding opportunities to develop ways to engage researchers from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences. “There is a compelling need to promote diversity in the biomedical research workforce,” said Francis Collins, MD, PhD, director of the institutes. The North Shore-LIJ Health System has been fostering diversity in medical… Read more »

A Healthcare Proxy Is Easy, Free–and Protects Your Medical Choices

When you file your taxes, don’t forget what you owe yourself—peace of mind. On April 16, National Healthcare Decision Day, designate a healthcare agent so your medical care follows your wishes, values and beliefs. Fill in a healthcare proxy form to allow anyone you choose–a relative or loved one–to act as your healthcare agent in… Read more »

Spring into Your Summer Body

The flowers are blossoming and the days are extending as spring quickly reminds us that summer is just around the corner. Along with millions of other Americans, the warmer weather is a reminder of the approaching summer and the idea of beaches and bikinis. Did your New Year’s resolution fall apart? Don’t fret. A resolution… Read more »

A Surprising Way to Prevent Skin Cancer

A daily dose of aspirin may decrease the risk for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The new information appears in Cancer, the American Cancer Society’s medical journal. The research team collected data on nearly 60,000 white women from 50 to 79 years old who were followed for 12 years. Participants came from the… Read more »

Is It a Diet–or an Eating Disorder?

Let’s get on the same page about anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and overeating for Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Eating disorder statistics show that they affect 10 to 15 percent of us, yet only a tenth goes for help. And with the highest mortality rate of any behavioral disorder–between 10 and 20 percent–it’s important to know… Read more »

The Super Bowl — A Four-Quarter Feast

While Americans debate the east-versus-west coast battle on Sunday and more than 100 Super Bowl players push their bodies to the max, most of us will be practicing hand-to-mouth drills — even though more than 60 percent of our country is already overweight. During the Super Bowl, our best efforts at healthy eating can take… Read more »

How to Be Your Own Best Health Advocate

Thanksgiving is coming, and we’re already planning how to celebrate–what to cook, where to eat and with whom. But do we give as much consideration to our own health? Health literacy is the ability to obtain, process and understand basic information about your wellbeing and the services you may need to make appropriate health decisions…. Read more »