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NFL Backs Youth Concussion Protocols

The National Football League (NFL) recently joined two New Jersey lawmakers to support the Concussion Treatment and Care Tools Act of 2013 (ConTACT Act). The act emphasizes the importance of establishing best practices for diagnosing and managing mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in children. The NFL is studying the long-term effects of mTBI in athletes,… Read more »

Prevent Relapse with Addiction Treatment

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s sudden death is a grave reminder that addiction doesn’t sleep. After more than two decades of staying off drugs, the actor picked up old addictions in recent years. New York City Police officers reported that friends found him dead in his downtown apartment with a needle in his arm. His home contained… Read more »

Gene Therapy: A New Possibility
for Parkinson’s Patients

A new gene therapy called ProSavin may help reduce motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, suggests a recent study published in The Lancet. Although Parkinson’s cannot be cured, medications can improve symptoms. Typically, treatment includes dopamine-replacement therapy to replenish the main brain chemical that patients with Parkinson’s lose. This new gene therapy restores the patient’s dopamine… posted in: Neuro, News tags:


Are the New Blood Pressure Guidelines for You?

People older than 60 should strive for blood pressure 149/90, according to new hypertension guidelines recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The previous goal for the “top” (systolic) number was 140 (the “bottom” [diastolic] number hasn’t changed). Furthermore, the committee increased the threshold for treatment for diabetic and kidney-disease patients to… Read more »

Stay Warm in the Polar Vortex–
and Avoid Hypothermia

As the polar vortex causes temperatures to drop dramatically, make sure to stay warm and keep hypothermia at bay. Hypothermia (abnormally low body temperature) affects the brain, disrupting the ability to think clearly or move well. Severely low body temperature can even lead to heart failure and death. Hypothermia often looks different from one person… posted in: Children's Health, Geriatric Care, News, Wellness tags:


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 »