Know the Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, a time to remember this neurological disorder that affects memory, thinking and behavior. In addition to memory loss, symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease may include: inability to follow a plan or work with numbers; difficulty completing familiar tasks; confusion about time or place; vision problems; difficulty speaking or writing;… 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 »

Reboot Your Life with the Great American Smokeout

Tomorrow, for the 2013 Great American Smokeout, we’re joining the American Cancer Society to remind tobacco users that you can quit. Though this is the 37th year of the Great American Smokeout, smoking continues to be a leading cause of preventable disease and death: It kills more than 25,000 New Yorkers annually. Quitting is the… Read more »

Free Screening: Alive Inside

Alive Inside is a moving documentary that shows how music therapy can awaken patients with memory disorders. Come to a free screening this Thursday, 7:30 p.m., at the Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington. Following Alive Inside, Dan Cohen, MSW, founder of Music and Memory, will have a meaningful discussion with Maria Carney, MD,… posted in: Geriatric Care, News, Research, Wellnesstags:


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 »

Dementia Patients Awaken with Music Therapy

Every Monday morning, a group of spousal caregivers meet to share, compare and vent about the challenges of caring for someone with a progressive dementia. One husband, Joe, talks about his wife emptying the dishwasher and putting things away in the wrong place and how he tries to locate his cooking utensils. Joe also complains… Read more »

Women with Epilepsy, Trying to Conceive

Epilepsy is a condition that affects the nervous system and can cause debilitating seizures. Various biological and social differences cause women to experience epilepsy differently than men. As a result, women with epilepsy face different challenges throughout life—for instance, when they try to conceive. Epilepsy affects almost one million American women of childbearing age; nearly… 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 »