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 »

Phobias Are Real–and Manageable

Superstition about Friday the 13th is related to the fear of the number 13. Both are examples of common phobias–that is, uncontrollable, irrational and persistent fears of a specific object, situation or activity, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13) may seem trivial, but phobias can be quite serious. Some… Read more »

Kids’ Migraines Can Make School a “Headache”

When school starts, most parents get busy buying books, supplies, clothes and much more. But kids’ migraines give a new dimension to school preparation for moms and dads. As many as 10 percent of grade-school children have migraine headaches, and half of all sufferers get their first migraine before the age of 12. By the… Read more »

Remembering 9/11 Survivors

As construction on the Freedom Tower nears completion and the 9/11 Memorial pays tribute to the lost, let’s remember the World Trade Center (WTC) first responders, volunteers and construction workers who put their health at risk. Many Ground Zero workers still suffer health consequences caused by exposure to a toxic mix of chemicals. My editorial… Read more »

Preparing Kids with Food Allergies for School

It’s can be challenging to manage food allergies in schools or daycare centers because parents have limited control over what foods other children may bring in. Now that classes are in session, moms and dads need to take precautions so a child with food allergies won’t accidentally eat the wrong thing at school or daycare…. Read more »

Molly Brings Agony, not Ecstasy

Two attendees at the Electric Zoo Festival on Randall’s Island died this past weekend after taking the illegal drug called Molly. Formerly called Ecstasy, Molly’s popularity is on the rise, as are its risks. There were more than 20,000 Molly-related emergency department visits in 2011, compared to just over 10,000 for 2004, according to the… Read more »

IV Vitamin Therapy Is Bogus

So-called “IV vitamin therapy,” one of the latest celebrity health fads, has little scientific evidence to support its use and benefits. For patients with medical conditions that keep them from absorbing vitamins properly during regular digestion, IV (intravenous) vitamin therapy is necessary and life-saving. But for healthy people, the risks outweigh any benefit. IV vitamin… Read more »

Tips for Going Back To School

It’s that time again–children are heading back to school. As kids get ready, parents need to do their homework to ensure a successful academic year. Here are things to remember when preparing your child to go back to school: Backpacks that are overloaded or fit poorly can hurt girls and boys. The American Academy of… Read more »

Huntington’s Disease Breakthrough

Imaging brain metabolism with PET (positron emission tomography) can be used to track disease progression in clinically normal carriers of the Huntington’s disease gene who have yet to develop symptoms, according to a study my colleagues and I just published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Huntington’s disease is extremely debilitating. It causes the progressive… Read more »