Think FAST to Recognize Stroke Symptoms

With stroke, time is brain, which means that the sooner patients get to the nearest stroke-designated hospital, the better their outcome will be. To recognize the stroke symptoms and signs–Think FAST: Facial drooping: When one side of the face droops or is numb. Ask the person to smile to confirm whether there is facial drooping… posted in: Heart Health, Neurotags:


What’s Your Emergency Preparedness Plan?

When a disaster hits, we often hear about heroic efforts to save lives during the emergency. Whether responding to an attack, an accident, a natural disaster—even a mishap that doesn’t make headlines—it’s inspiring when one person who’s in the right place at the right time makes all the difference. Preparation is key, because we never… Read more »

Help Prevent Pill Abuse on Drug Take-Back Day

Are you a drug pusher without knowing it? Prescription pill abusers most frequently get their fix from family and friends–including the home medicine cabinet. Use a North Shore-LIJ Drug Take-Back station for safe disposal of expired, unused, and unwanted drugs this Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to keep family and friends… Read more »

Good Reasons to Raise the Smoking Age to 21

Since most smokers began their tobacco addiction as teenagers, New York City officials recently proposed legislation to raise the smoking age to 21. The proposed law could prevent young people from picking up their first cigarette–and avoid smoking’s negative health consequences. Another policy has already decreased adolescent smoking initiation by restricting the point of sale… Read more »

Money-Saving Tips for Earth Day and Every Day

This Earth Day, begin taking simple steps to line your pocket with a little more green. These resource-saving tips help give us a healthier environment, too: Save Energy Turn off the lights when you leave a room. Reduce energy bills by 30 percent with Energy Star appliances and equipment. They can also help to cut… Read more »

Myth vs. Reality of High-Risk Pregnancy

Occasionally, you may hear about high-risk pregnancy and it can sound intimidating–especially if you’re a new parent or plan to be. Knowing exactly what the term means helps a lot. If the mother’s circumstances or medical history present the potential for complications for herself, the baby or both during gestation or delivery, that is a… Read more »

A Healthcare Proxy Is Easy, Free–and Protects Your Medical Choices

When you file your taxes, don’t forget what you owe yourself—peace of mind. On April 16, National Healthcare Decision Day, designate a healthcare agent so your medical care follows your wishes, values and beliefs. Fill in a healthcare proxy form to allow anyone you choose–a relative or loved one–to act as your healthcare agent in… Read more »

42: Jackie Robinson Is Still a Touchstone

It’s hardly fair to ask “Number 42” to level the playing field once again. Yet almost 42 years after his untimely death, Jackie Robinson’s iconic status can still change society for the better. His story can focus more attention on diabetes-related heart disease, which claimed the six-time World Series player at 53. Heart disease is… Read more »

Annette Funicello’s Multiple Sclerosis Battle

This past week, we learned Annette Funicello, 70, the former Mouseketeer and pop culture icon, passed away. Complications from multiple sclerosis (MS), a degenerative neurological disease she battled during the past 25 years, factored into her death. According to news reports, Ms. Funicello traveled to Italy to undergo an alternative treatment for MS. Known as… Read more »

Hope for Parkinson’s Disease Patients

President Obama’s announcement last week about a $100 million brain-mapping project offers hope for furthering the understanding of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s involves the malfunction and death of brain cells. This chronic, progressive neurological disorder causes such symptoms as slow movements, stiffness, lessened ability to make small movements (like tying shoelaces, writing or typing), tremors, impaired… Read more »