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Allergies–Already!

Spring has sprung and so have allergies. During the winter, allergy sufferers usually get a reprieve because trees and plants are “sleeping.” As temperatures rise in the spring, trees start to pollinate—making allergies particularly bothersome. Many people are already sneezing, sniffling and feeling congested. Pollen counts have been in the medium to high range recently,… Read more »

Diversity in Biomedical Science

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently appointed Hannah Valantine, MD, as chief officer for scientific workforce diversity. This new position was created not only to focus on increasing diversity in biomedical science by expanding recruitment and retention, but also to promote inclusiveness and equity throughout the field. Dr. Valantine’s appointment is important, because traditional… 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 »

The Link Between Diabetes and Blindness

Diabetes and blindness often go hand-in-hand. In fact, diabetes is the leading causes of blindness in the US. There are many ways this disease can damage eyes and hurt sight. Although anyone can get cataracts (clouding or fogging of the lens of the eye), people with diabetes get cataracts earlier than most and the condition… Read more »

Diabetes Myths and Facts

For Diabetes Awareness Month, let’s learn to tell the difference between diabetes myths and facts. There are two kinds of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. They are very different from each other, and so are the ways to manage them.  It’s important to know the difference! Most diabetes information that appears online, in print,… Read more »

Happy X-Ray-versary, Dr. Roentgen

On November 8, 1895, a German physicist named Wilhem Conrad Roentgen discovered the X-ray, so-called because it was an unknown form of electromagnetic radiation. Dr. Roentgen quickly discovered the medical application of the X-ray when he photographed the bones in his wife’s hand on December 22 of that year. He received the first Nobel Prize… Read more »

Don’t Let Holiday Stress Get You Down

Pop quiz! The family is coming to your place for a holiday dinner. Do you feel A) deliriously happy; B) meditative and calm; or C) stressed? If you answered “C,” take some comfort in being a member of the majority. There are plenty of nice things about family gatherings, but they can cause real tension,… Read more »

Help Prevent Pill Abuse on Drug Take-Back Day

Are you a drug pusher without knowing it? Prescription pill abusers most frequently get their fix from family and friends–including the home medicine cabinet. Use a North Shore-LIJ Drug Take-Back station for safe disposal of expired, unused, and unwanted drugs this Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to keep family and friends… Read more »

Migraine with Aura May Raise Risk of Heart Trouble

Women who suffer from migraine with aura may have a higher risk of having a heart attack or blood clot, according to two studies presented this week at the American Academy of Neurology’s Annual Meeting. One study shows that migraine with aura (which involves visual problems such as flashing lights) is a strong contributor to… Read more »