Posts Categorized: News

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 »

“Right Brain/Left Brain” Idea May Be Lopsided

Have you ever had a right brain/left brain conversation with a friend to try to figure out what “type” you are? Don’t pigeon-hole yourself just yet. While there are a lot of pop-culture references to the right-brain/left-brain theory, they are often misinformed. We know that each side (hemisphere) of the brain controls different types of… Read more »

PTSD Affects Non-Veterans, Too

With our country’s recent military conflicts, the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has gained attention because it affects so many of our soldiers (up to 20 percent). Yet this condition can strike anyone—not just those who have been to war. PTSD is a reaction to trauma. Trauma is a Greek word that means “wound.”… Read more »

FDA Approves New ADHD Test

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a new medical device to help assess attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for youngsters between 6 to 17. But the new ADHD test does not eliminate the need for a careful clinical assessment by a physician, psychologist or other licensed professional. Focusing on EEG (electroencephalogram) patterns, this is the… Read more »