Are Airport X-Rays Scanners Safe?

Officials at the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) were mistaken if they thought using ionizing radiation to screen upwards of a billion travelers a year wouldn’t raise potential health concerns. Indeed, the use of airport “backscatter” X-ray scanners, which employ full-body imaging to detect banned and dangerous items, has vocal advocates on both sides of… Read more »

Ecstasy: The Rave Drug that Doesn’t Earn Raves

Ecstasy (MDMA) is a powerful drug that creates a feeling of mental stimulation, emotional warmth, closeness and a sense of well being. Unfortunately, that initial reaction is misleading. Ecstasy also causes increased anxiety, restlessness, irritability, impulsivity, sadness, sleep problems, nausea, cramping, high blood pressure, and dehydration. A recent study (“A prospective study of learning, memory,… Read more »

Radical Prostatectomy or Observation for Localized Prostate Cancer?

In a landmark study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Wilt and the PIVOT Study Group reported the results of the first randomized controlled study of radical prostatectomy versus observation for the treatment of prostate cancer in the modern PSA (prostate cancer screening) era. The study randomized 731 men with clinically localized… Read more »

North Shore-LIJ Sepsis Initiative Has Reduced Mortality 35 Percent

Although sepsis kills more than 200,000 Americans annually, it has gone largely unnoticed among the general public. In fact, 60 percent of American adults were not familiar with sepsis in 2010, according to a poll commissioned by the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, NY, which convened an international symposium on the topic that… Read more »

Court Decision Will Not Alter Meaningful Reform

The US Supreme Court’s decision will accelerate the momentum that healthcare providers have already made to move the reform agenda forward. As one of the largest healthcare networks in the US with nearly $7 billion in annual revenue, the North Shore-LIJ Health System and many other hospital systems have made significant progress in: • Reducing… Read more »

North Shore-LIJ Takes Steps to Reduce Radiation Risks with New Technology

Diagnostic imaging is an effective tool that can save lives. However, the higher the dose of ionizing radiation delivered at any one time, the greater the risk that a patient will face long-term damage. In addition, if a patient receives repeated doses, harm can also occur as the cumulative effect of those multiple doses over… Read more »

Low-Dose CT Scanners Become the New Standard of Care

Last year, The Joint Commission issued a sentinel alert about the radiation risks of diagnostic imaging. In 2010, a year before The Joint Commission’s warning, North Shore-LIJ Imaging Services initiated a review of all imaging equipment across the health system, looking at such factors as age and the clinical conditions for which the scanners are… Read more »

Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Parkinson’s Patients Over Long Term

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) appears to help people with Parkinson’s disease over the long term, according to a recent study published in Neurology. In the study, 159 people with Parkinson’s disease were randomly assigned to deep brain stimulation in either the lobus pallidus interna (GPi) region of the brain or the subthalamic nucleus (STN) region… Read more »

Jack Osbourne’s Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis at Age 26

Recently in the news, 26-year-old Jack Osbourne, son of Ozzy and Sharon, announced that he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). While some might think that being diagnosed with MS at 26 is a bit young, the truth is that MS is the most common chronic neurodegenerative disease affecting young people. The peak time a… Read more »

New Study Reveals Promising Diabetes Prevention Strategies

A new study focusing on patients with pre-diabetes concentrates on aggressive glucose-lowering treatments to achieve normal glucose levels in people with pre-diabetes to achieve maximum reductions in progression to diabetes in the long-term. The study has some promising results. People with pre-diabetes (a high risk state for overt type 2 diabetes) who experience a period… Read more »