Organ Donation: Saving Lives, Changing Lives

April is Donate Life Month — the perfect time to celebrate tissue and organ donation and the miracle of organ transplants. One such life-changing procedure, corneal transplant surgery, restores vision by replacing a diseased cornea with a healthy donor cornea. Recent advances enable ophthalmological surgeons to transplant just the inner cell lining rather than the… Read more »

New MS Drug Reduces Relapses 53%

The FDA has just approved a promising new MS drug (MS is multiple sclerosis). Called Tecfidera or BG-12 (dimethyl fumarate), the new MS drug is a twice-daily capsule that reduces relapses by 53 percent and slows the progression of disability. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans have shown that the new MS drug  reduces the accumulation… Read more »

Teen Repeat Births: A Significant Pattern

The report highlights the ongoing need for health education and support for adolescents, their parents–and all women of reproductive age. There are several ways not only to ensure that the rate of adolescent pregnancy continues to decline (as it has since 2007), but also to prevent repeat teen pregnancies. These include linking pregnant and parenting teens… Read more »

Taking Your Diet out to the Ballgame

While the baseball season ramps up, we tend to get just as excited about ballpark food as the game itself, and, why not? Baseball stadiums have become a mecca of international foods and hometown favorites, washed down with your favorite ale. But does mixing nine innings of ball mess with your diet? It won’t if you… Read more »

Healthy Recipe: Shrimp with Tomato Saffron Broth

Serving Size: 3oz Shrimp, ¾ cup Celery Root & Parsnip Puree, 8 Asparagus Stalks Servings: 4 Nutritional Information: 307 Calories, 10 grams Fat, 150 milligrams Sodium Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes Ingredients: 4 Portions Shrimp 12 ounces Shrimp 2 TBS Garlic, minced 8 each Plum tomatoes ½ medium Onion, diced 1/8 teaspoon… Read more »

Spring into Your Summer Body

The flowers are blossoming and the days are extending as spring quickly reminds us that summer is just around the corner. Along with millions of other Americans, the warmer weather is a reminder of the approaching summer and the idea of beaches and bikinis. Did your New Year’s resolution fall apart? Don’t fret. A resolution… Read more »

Fight Colon Cancer with Proactivity

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. We use this time of year as a helpful reminder that colorectal cancer screening is critically important. Colorectal cancer starts out as small growths known as polyps. During a colorectal screening test, if these polyps are discovered, they can be removed before they develop into colon cancer. When… Read more »

A Surprising Way to Prevent Skin Cancer

A daily dose of aspirin may decrease the risk for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The new information appears in Cancer, the American Cancer Society’s medical journal. The research team collected data on nearly 60,000 white women from 50 to 79 years old who were followed for 12 years. Participants came from the… Read more »

Migraine with Aura May Raise Risk of Heart Trouble

Women who suffer from migraine with aura may have a higher risk of having a heart attack or blood clot, according to two studies presented this week at the American Academy of Neurology’s Annual Meeting. One study shows that migraine with aura (which involves visual problems such as flashing lights) is a strong contributor to… Read more »

Amar’e Stoudemire Faces Uncertainty

The New York Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire is slated to be off the basketball court for about six weeks as he undergoes further knee surgery. The planned surgery is an arthroscopic debridement and usually involves cleaning out debris in the knee joint, such as loose cartilage fragments, bone chips and inflamed tissue. Recent advances in the… Read more »