Posts Categorized: News

Remembering 9/11 Survivors

As construction on the Freedom Tower nears completion and the 9/11 Memorial pays tribute to the lost, let’s remember the World Trade Center (WTC) first responders, volunteers and construction workers who put their health at risk. Many Ground Zero workers still suffer health consequences caused by exposure to a toxic mix of chemicals. My editorial… Read more »

Molly Brings Agony, not Ecstasy

Two attendees at the Electric Zoo Festival on Randall’s Island died this past weekend after taking the illegal drug called Molly. Formerly called Ecstasy, Molly’s popularity is on the rise, as are its risks. There were more than 20,000 Molly-related emergency department visits in 2011, compared to just over 10,000 for 2004, according to the… Read more »

IV Vitamin Therapy Is Bogus

So-called “IV vitamin therapy,” one of the latest celebrity health fads, has little scientific evidence to support its use and benefits. For patients with medical conditions that keep them from absorbing vitamins properly during regular digestion, IV (intravenous) vitamin therapy is necessary and life-saving. But for healthy people, the risks outweigh any benefit. IV vitamin… Read more »

Huntington’s Disease Breakthrough

Imaging brain metabolism with PET (positron emission tomography) can be used to track disease progression in clinically normal carriers of the Huntington’s disease gene who have yet to develop symptoms, according to a study my colleagues and I just published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Huntington’s disease is extremely debilitating. It causes the progressive… Read more »

Diet Soda Causes Weight Gain?

Drinks like diet soda that are sweetened with sugar substitutes have no calories, but they may still cause weight gain, according to a recent opinion paper published in Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism. This theory might not make sense at first, but consider this: To prepare for intake of sugar and calories, the body releases… posted in: News, Nutrition, Wellness tags:


Alone in a Hot Car: No Place for a Child

Serious or fatal injuries caused solely by being trapped in a hot car happen often enough that they have their own term: vehicular hyperthermia. Cars get much hotter inside than the outdoor temperature. In 10 minutes, a car’s heat can rise 19 degrees. So during an 80-degree day, the temperature inside a closed car can… Read more »

The Paradox of Vitamin Supplements

People who buy vitamin supplements do so with the best intentions–to make themselves and their families healthier. The irony is, they may be safer without them: Neglect or misconduct by manufacturers and distributors often causes contamination of vitamin supplements. Tainted supplements aren’t only a local problem. Yesterday’s Newsday article about the vast number of vitamin… Read more »

Vitamin Supplements Offer
Potential Risks, Few Benefits

Some Long Island-manufactured vitamin supplements are contaminated with anabolic steroids, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The recent discovery poses important questions: How beneficial are vitamin supplements? What are the potential risks from consuming them? In the past, the FDA has found ingredients like lead, mercury and prescription medicine as contaminants in… posted in: News, Nutrition, Wellness tags:


The Relationship Between Guns and Suicide

Recent evidence supports a strong relationship between access to guns and suicide: According to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than half of the nearly 39,000 people who reportedly killed themselves in the US last year, did so with a firearm. A comparison of states with high rates of… Read more »