“Food Insecurity” Challenges Many College Students

College students are much more likely to experience “food insecurity” than the general population, according to recent studies. A student survey at a campus in rural Oregon indicated 59 percent of them are less likely to have ready access to nutritious food, the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior recently reported. The USDA defines food… Read more »

CPR Keeps Sweethearts Together

Here’s a true love story for Valentine’s Day: A local man named Robert received the gift of life when his wife, Judy, revived him with CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). This clip is from the most recent episode of the Focus onHealth TV series. Learn CPR and other life-saving skills from American Heart Association-sponsored courses from North… 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 »

Science Careers’ Surprising Challenges

Once scientists start working, it can be hard for us to know how to take our science careers to the next level. At times, we must be assertive–even aggressive—to advocate for ourselves or our ideas. Many of us choose science careers because we like knowing how things work. We don’t tend toward extroversion or confrontation…. Read more »

Anti-Smoking Campaign Targets At-Risk Youth

Almost all smokers get addicted to cigarettes very young, according to The Health Consequences of Smoking, published last month by the US Surgeon General. Nearly 90 percent of smokers start before 18 and 98 percent by 26; three-quarters of all teen smokers become adult smokers. If current trends in smoking and smoking initiation stay the… Read more »

NFL Backs Youth Concussion Protocols

The National Football League (NFL) recently joined two New Jersey lawmakers to support the Concussion Treatment and Care Tools Act of 2013 (ConTACT Act). The act emphasizes the importance of establishing best practices for diagnosing and managing mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in children. The NFL is studying the long-term effects of mTBI in athletes,… Read more »

Winter Safety Tips to Enjoy the Outdoors

The 2014 Winter Olympics are an inspiration to participate in outdoor sports. Taking some winter safety precautions will help ensure your experiences are memorable for the right reasons—fun, adventure and good company—rather than getting hurt. Winter sports-related injuries send a lot of people to the emergency department for sprains, muscle strains, dislocations or fractures, according… Read more »

Women’s Wellness Event with Chocolate and Wine

Enjoy good company, indulge in a fine wine and chocolate tasting and discover the latest about women’s heart health during Chocolate and Wine: A Perfect Pairing for Your Heart. Register now to join me next Wednesday, February 12, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale for this special evening presented… Read more »

Prevent Relapse with Addiction Treatment

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s sudden death is a grave reminder that addiction doesn’t sleep. After more than two decades of staying off drugs, the actor picked up old addictions in recent years. New York City Police officers reported that friends found him dead in his downtown apartment with a needle in his arm. His home contained… Read more »