Help on the Breast Cancer Journey

Women facing breast cancer can feel anxious or confused, so it helps to have a personal guide through the complexities of the clinical, emotional and practical aspects of their diagnosis and treatment. As an oncology nurse navigator, I work closely with North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute’s multidisciplinary specialists–including breast surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons,… Read more »

Low-Dose CT Scans Make High-Quality Images

Technological developments have been a driving force in healthcare progress, especially in recent decades. For instance, computed tomography (CT) scanners use computer-processed X-rays to produce image “slices” of specific areas of the body that show anatomy and disease processes in exquisite detail. This technology helps physicians make quick diagnoses of a range of acute and… Read more »

The Toll of Caregiving

I recently saw a patient whose husband urgently brought her into the office. The husband, her caregiver, made an appointment because he was very concerned about a change in his wife’s appetite, behavior and breathing. I examined her and found her to be stable with her dementia, clean and comfortable. But after spending some time… Read more »

For Healthy Aging, Kick the Habit

September is Healthy Aging Month–the perfect opportunity to assess your health and make some positive lifestyle changes. One sure-fire way to improve life expectancy immediately: Quit smoking as soon as possible. You can eliminate almost all of smoking’s long-term negative effects when you quit by 30, and smokers who quit between 35 and 44 can… Read more »

Become a Breast Cancer Ambassador

Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) is almost here, so please join us for Positively Pink on Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. at LIJ Medical Center’s Patient and Family Education Room in the Katz Lobby. The free breast health education and training program empowers attendees to become Breast Health Ambassadors who promote breast cancer screenings… Read more »

Extreme Binge Drinking: 10+ Drinks in a Row

Alarming numbers of high school seniors try extreme binge drinking–consuming as many as 10 or 15 alcoholic drinks in one sitting, according to a research recently published in JAMA Pediatrics. The new study marks the first investigation to dissect extreme binge drinking in a representative group of teens. Investigators analyzed data from more than 16,000… Read more »

Hurricane Preparedness Starts Now

As the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, many of us now appreciate the wisdom of hurricane preparedness. Hurricane preparedness can preserve your peace of mind–and your safety–against the danger and disruption caused by fierce winds and heavy rain. Go Kit As a storm begins its approach, create a safety plan for throughout the event. … Read more »

Ladies, Listen to
What Your Gut Is Telling You

That rumbling sound your stomach makes has a name: borborygmus. But hunger isn’t the only reason to listen to what your gut is telling you. For instance, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) strikes about twice as many women as men, and most often affects people under 45. Learn how to tune in to your gut Wednesday,… posted in: Wellness, Women's Healthtags:


Know the Signs of Brain Aneurysm

Since this is Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month, let’s make sure to know the warning signs of brain aneurysm. A weak area in a blood-vessel wall of the brain that causes the vessel to bulge or balloon out, a brain aneurysm may leak a small amount of blood into the brain (a subarachnoid hemorrhage) that causes… Read more »

FDA Examines Arsenic in Rice

There are about 2.6 to 7.2 micrograms of arsenic in rice products per serving, according to recently released FDA analysis. The agency examined about 1,100 new samples of rice and rice products to understand and manage possible arsenic-related risks associated with the US food supply. While the findings indicates that levels of arsenic in rice… Read more »