3D Mammograms Advance Screening, Detection

Digital mammograms are the gold standard for breast cancer screening. A new device enhances this technology by producing a three-dimensional (3D) image of the breast. Called digital breast tomosynthesis, this change could revolutionize breast cancer screening and diagnosis. Tomosynthesis obtains a series of 15 low-dose, high-resolution images in a sweeping arc around the breast. This… Read more »

Vitamin Supplements Offer
Potential Risks, Few Benefits

Some Long Island-manufactured vitamin supplements are contaminated with anabolic steroids, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The recent discovery poses important questions: How beneficial are vitamin supplements? What are the potential risks from consuming them? In the past, the FDA has found ingredients like lead, mercury and prescription medicine as contaminants in… posted in: News, Nutrition, Wellnesstags:


The Relationship Between Guns and Suicide

Recent evidence supports a strong relationship between access to guns and suicide: According to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than half of the nearly 39,000 people who reportedly killed themselves in the US last year, did so with a firearm. A comparison of states with high rates of… Read more »

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 »

“Right Brain/Left Brain” Idea May Be Lopsided

Have you ever had a right brain/left brain conversation with a friend to try to figure out what “type” you are? Don’t pigeon-hole yourself just yet. While there are a lot of pop-culture references to the right-brain/left-brain theory, they are often misinformed. We know that each side (hemisphere) of the brain controls different types of… 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 »

Don’t Run from Your Mammogram

Some women put off their mammogram appointment to avoid breast compression. Still, the procedure’s benefits make it worth some temporary discomfort. For instance: Mammograms have helped breast cancer mortality rates drop by nearly a third in the US since 1990. Of all the years of life saved by mammography, 40 percent are for women in… Read more »