Posts Categorized: News

The Zadroga Act, Ground Zero and Justice

First responders paid a tremendous price on September 11, 2001. Hundreds of them were among those who died that day. Today, the loss of life continues. Fire fighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians, construction workers, volunteers and World Trade Center-area workers and residents sustained exposure to a toxic stew of chemicals and fumes–including dozens of… Read more »

Drug Take-Back Day Is Tomorrow

Tomorrow–Saturday, September 27–is National Drug Take-Back Day. Gather up old drugs—or those you no longer need–for safe disposal at a North Shore-LIJ Health System site. Disposing of old/unused medicine properly means they won’t end up in the wrong hands (illicitly used at adolescents’ “pill parties”) or in the wrong place (our water supply). Never flush… Read more »

National Forum on Sepsis

Rory Staunton was a 12-year-old Queens boy who died suddenly from sepsis in 2012.  In his memory, Rory’s parents established the Rory Staunton Foundation. The foundation recently hosted first National Forum on Sepsis in Washington, DC, to create a nationwide movement to address the illness and its treatment. Learn more about sepsis, the Rory Staunton… Read more »

Autumn Vegetable Succotash

Meatless Mondays don’t only make for a healthier body, but also a healthier home—that is, Planet Earth. Count these among the environmental benefits of Meatless Mondays: A reduced carbon footprint–The meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that accelerate climate change, according to UN estimates. Minimized water use–Animals raised for food… Read more »

World Sepsis Day: Learn to Spot the Signs

Tomorrow is World Sepsis Day, an opportunity to turn the spotlight on a devastating disease that is common but unfamiliar. Once it takes hold, up to a third of patients die from it, says the Sepsis Alliance. In fact, sepsis kills more Americans every year than breast cancer, colon cancer and HIV/AIDS combined, yet most Americans… Read more »

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Prenatal exposure to alcohol is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disorders in the US, according to the National Institutes of Health. Drinking during pregnancy can cause a wide range of disabilities–intellectual disabilities, speech and language delays, poor social skills or fetal alcohol syndrome–that last a lifetime. International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders… Read more »

Alarming Increase in Ambien Emergencies

Emergency department visits due to over-medication with zolpidem (commonly called Ambien) almost doubled between 2005-06 and 2009-10, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The agency recently issued a report on 2005 to 2010 findings from the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN). DAWN monitors drug-related morbidity and mortality through reports from… Read more »

Allergic Reactions to Acne Products: What You Should Know

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning about severe allergic reactions to acne products that can cause irritation and be potentially life-threatening. The risk of such severe reactions may be small, but the FDA is correct to warn consumers. Serious allergic reactions to acne products have been reported and differ significantly… Read more »

Parkinson’s Disease, Depression and Dopamine

Yesterday’s revelation that the late Robin Williams had Parkinson’s disease (PD) has raised questions about links between PD and depression. Parkinson’s disease is a complex motor-system disorder. Its underlying cause is a deterioration in parts of the brain that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine. (A neurotransmitter is a brain chemical that allows one brain cell to… Read more »