Posts Categorized: News

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 »

The 2014 Surgeon General’s Report
on Smoking and Health

In 1964, the Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health was the first document to link smoking with lung cancer and heart disease. The landmark report was first of more than 30 on smoking and tobacco use. Following the publication, many Americans quit smoking and new laws required warnings on cigarette packaging and banned cigarette… posted in: Addiction, Cancer, Heart Health, News, Wellness tags:


FDA Takes Aim at Antibiotics in Agricultural Industry

The US agricultural industry has routinely fed antibiotics to livestock and poultry for more than 50 years. In fact, while medical use of antibiotics accounts for approximately 20 percent of global sales, the agricultural industry buys the other 80 percent as a way to promote weight gain and prevent disease in livestock and poultry. Such… Read more »

Some Good Prescription Drug Recommendations,
Some that Need Work

Some new prescription drug recommendations from the American College of Physicians to help prevent medication overuse seem helpful, such as encouraging more educational and preventive efforts. Other positive recommendations include setting up a prescription drug-monitoring program to allow physicians to check a registry to make sure that patients aren’t “doctor shopping” or already taking certain… posted in: Addiction, News tags:


Cause for Hope on World AIDS Day

Tomorrow is the 25th annual observance of World AIDS Day. This year’s theme–Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation—calls for collaboration between governments, researchers and the community to improve the lives of people with HIV/AIDS. While there is no cure for AIDS, there has been significant progress in prevention and treatment: The number of… Read more »

New Statin Guidelines

A recent list of recommendations from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology discusses the idea of a broader application of statin medications, which help lower cholesterol. Both organizations say this change in statin guidelines can help more people and that doctors shouldn’t simply prescribe the medications based on a certain cholesterol number…. Read more »

Reboot Your Life with the Great American Smokeout

Tomorrow, for the 2013 Great American Smokeout, we’re joining the American Cancer Society to remind tobacco users that you can quit. Though this is the 37th year of the Great American Smokeout, smoking continues to be a leading cause of preventable disease and death: It kills more than 25,000 New Yorkers annually. Quitting is the… Read more »

Free Screening: Alive Inside

Alive Inside is a moving documentary that shows how music therapy can awaken patients with memory disorders. Come to a free screening this Thursday, 7:30 p.m., at the Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington. Following Alive Inside, Dan Cohen, MSW, founder of Music and Memory, will have a meaningful discussion with Maria Carney, MD,… posted in: Geriatric Care, News, Research, Wellness tags:


About that Halloween Letter

A woman in Fargo, ND, denied candy to certain children yesterday. Instead, she gave them a Halloween letter for their parents. The letter read, in part: “Your child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season. “My hope is that… Read more »

TV Series Launches on Saturday:
Focus onHealth

Focus onHealth, a TV news magazine, debuts this Saturday on WLNY-TV 55/10. The inaugural episode of the new series explores four words no one wants to hear: “You have breast cancer.” It includes interviews with physicians, researchers and patients who share their powerful stories of survival. The series will also cover diabetes, healthcare reform, behavioral… posted in: News, Wellness tags: