Posts Categorized: Wellness

Creaking, Cracking Arthritis

Are your joints creaking or cracking because of the weather–or could arthritis be the cause? Wear and tear of cartilage in a joint is called osteoarthritis (commonly just arthritis). The most common form of the disease, osteoarthritis is a chronic condition that affects about 27 million Americans, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Symptoms include progressively… Read more »

10 Years Without Secondhand Smoke

New York State enacted the Clean Indoor Air Act 10 years ago today to protect workers from secondhand smoke and help reduce smoking rates. The law bans smoking in workplaces and entertainment/leisure venues—saving nonsmokers from inhaling unwanted tobacco smoke and preventing millions of New Yorkers from developing smoking-related illness. Eliminating smoking indoors is the only… Read more »

Sunburn Today, Skin Cancer Tomorrow?

While enjoying the extra hours of summer sunshine, keep an eye on your exposure to avoid developing skin cancer. Repeated, unprotected exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from sunlight (plus man-made sources like tanning beds) increases your risk of skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Most skin cancers probably come from exposure that happened… 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 »

Omega-3 Fish Oil: Bad for the Prostate?

Consuming large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids may not be right for everyone: Researchers have observed a link between the intake of omega-3 —found in fish-oil supplements and fresh tuna, salmon, and trout–and an increased risk of prostate cancer. Scientists found a strong association between high consumption of omega-3 fatty acids and a 43 percent… Read more »

Sunglasses Are Your Eyes’ Best Friend

Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion statement, they are essential to help prevent eye disease. The harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays from sunlight can cause many ocular conditions, like cataracts, macular degeneration, eyelid and eye cancers and such unsightly growths as pinguecula or pterygia. Wearing sunglasses outside is critical year-round, not just on sunny days. In fact,… Read more »

Protect Yourself from a Heart Attack on Vacation

Health risks don’t take time off. A growing body of evidence suggests it’s not uncommon to have a heart attack on vacation. So if you have a heart condition, high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure—or a family history of any of these—be mindful of the physical and emotional tolls that traveling or vacationing can take…. Read more »

AMA Classifies Obesity as a Disease

The 21st Century is still young, yet it has already been labeled as the century of chronic disease. The epidemic of obesity and diabetes will likely cause life expectancy to decline, and the Lancet recently reported that obesity causes more deaths than famine. These developments are why the American Medical Association’s (AMA) new decision to… Read more »

A Better Golf Swing: Fewer Strokes, Less Pain

Golf is tough. It’s hard enough to hit a 1.68-inch ball to 18 specific locations in fewer than 72 shots (like LPGA golfers are doing this week in Southampton, NY), but without a proper golf swing, the game is hard on the body too. Sports medicine orthopedists are witnesses of golf’s growing popularity by the… Read more »