Posts Categorized: News

Annette Funicello’s Multiple Sclerosis Battle

This past week, we learned Annette Funicello, 70, the former Mouseketeer and pop culture icon, passed away. Complications from multiple sclerosis (MS), a degenerative neurological disease she battled during the past 25 years, factored into her death. According to news reports, Ms. Funicello traveled to Italy to undergo an alternative treatment for MS. Known as… Read more »

Organ Donation: Saving Lives, Changing Lives

April is Donate Life Month — the perfect time to celebrate tissue and organ donation and the miracle of organ transplants. One such life-changing procedure, corneal transplant surgery, restores vision by replacing a diseased cornea with a healthy donor cornea. Recent advances enable ophthalmological surgeons to transplant just the inner cell lining rather than the… Read more »

Armstrong’s Doping Disgrace

Lance Armstrong’s disgrace sits among the leading and unprecedented doping scandals in US sports history. Such doping may have gone unnoticed by many in years past, but we are now witnessing the evolution of an international commitment to fair play and ethical values in elite sports. Established in 1999, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is… Read more »

RGIII’s Knee Injury: A Fumbled Decision?

The recent injury to Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has sparked a lot of discussion and speculation about anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears in athletes at all levels. RGIII sustained a minor LCL (lateral collateral) sprain when he was tackled on December 9. He sat out one game then returned in the last game… Read more »

Hillary Clinton’s Blood Clot Related to Concussion

Recent reports reveal that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hospitalized for a blood clot that doctors discovered during a follow-up exam related to her recent concussion. Although the location hasn’t been revealed, Secretary Clinton’s blood clot is probably in the leg(s) rather than her brain. This is referred to as deep vein thrombosis… Read more »

Let’s First Respond to Tragedy with Support

In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, the world asks, “Why?” Such violence transcends our capacity to understand it, especially because so many victims were innocent young children. Every day, new bits of data — sometimes unsubstantiated — emerge about the alleged shooter and his primary relationships. At this point, it’s too early to… Read more »

Hotline for Post-Sandy Environmental Hazards

A new hotline addresses potential environmental health hazards associated with Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. Open to North Shore-LIJ Health System employees and Nassau County residents, calls to 855-473-6399 go directly to the North Shore-LIJ Department of Population Health, with inquiries addressed by environmental health experts. Hotline hours are 9 a.m. to 5p.m., Monday through… Read more »

NY Times Features North Shore-LIJ Sepsis Work

A two-part series in The New York Times about sepsis highlights the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s early detection, treatment and research. Today’s article features extensive quotes from Jeremy Boal, MD, the health system’s chief medical officer, and John D’Angelo, MD, North Shore-LIJ’s vice president of emergency medicine. Sepsis is a complication of an infection or… Read more »

WTC Workers’ Health Still Suffer from 9/11 Fallout

Thousands died on 9/11. Thousands more still pay the price for their efforts at Ground Zero. Laboring in the remains of the World Trade Center (WTC) for days, weeks and months, brave men and women were exposed to a toxic brew of dust and smoke–which was not and will never be truly characterized. Some first-responders… Read more »