Hotline for Post-Sandy Environmental Hazards

A new hotline addresses potential environmental health hazards associated with Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. Open to North Shore-LIJ Health System employees and Nassau County residents, calls to 855-473-6399 go directly to the North Shore-LIJ Department of Population Health, with inquiries addressed by environmental health experts. Hotline hours are 9 a.m. to 5p.m., Monday through… Read more »

Watch for Stomach Cancer Risks

In its early stages, stomach cancer (also called gastric cancer) rarely shows symptoms, so it is often left undiagnosed. As stomach cancer develops, it can cause pain, bleeding, weight loss, nausea, getting full quickly or loss of appetite. Though uncommon in the US, the risk of gastric cancer increases with: • high-salt diets (including cured… Read more »

Beating Holiday Stress for People with Diabetes—and Everyone Else

Holiday excitement is fun–and it can be stressful, too. Since added stress increases glucose production regardless of what you eat, it helps for diabetes patients to recognize it first in order to handle it. The following techniques can reduce stress not only for people with diabetes, but for the rest of us too. Take a… Read more »

Healthy Holidays for Folks with Diabetes and Their Loved Ones

Nothing beats gathering with friends and family for Thanksgiving. While traditional dishes are delicious, they’re not always nutritious, so it can be hard for people with diabetes to eat as they should. When a member of my family was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, we all embraced healthier eating habits to enjoy adapted versions of… Read more »

4 Steps to Quit Cigarettes for a Day—Then a Lifetime

Tomorrow, people who want to stop smoking will participate in the American Cancer Society’s 37th Annual Great American Smokeout. Quitting may not be easy, but it’s possible—and worth it. Steep prices aside, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disability in the US. Smoking causes a third of all cancer deaths and… Read more »

Lung Cancer: 4 Areas of Progress and Challenge

Lung cancer is still the leading cause of cancer death for adults in the US. But clinicians and researchers are making inroads against the disease. Recent progress and challenges in the field include: 1. Smoking – A dramatic decline in the number of smokers directly relates to clear evidence that smoking causes lung cancer and… Read more »

Top 5 Breast Cancer Research Topics

What’s the future of breast cancer research? Let’s consider some news-making studies: 1. Breast Cancer Prevention The American Cancer Society is searching for the causes of breast cancer with large, long-term study. 2. Decision Making There are medications available to women who are at high risk for breast cancer. A national study is evaluating what… Read more »

NY Times Features North Shore-LIJ Sepsis Work

A two-part series in The New York Times about sepsis highlights the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s early detection, treatment and research. Today’s article features extensive quotes from Jeremy Boal, MD, the health system’s chief medical officer, and John D’Angelo, MD, North Shore-LIJ’s vice president of emergency medicine. Sepsis is a complication of an infection or… Read more »

How to Be Your Own Best Health Advocate

Thanksgiving is coming, and we’re already planning how to celebrate–what to cook, where to eat and with whom. But do we give as much consideration to our own health? Health literacy is the ability to obtain, process and understand basic information about your wellbeing and the services you may need to make appropriate health decisions…. Read more »

Stroke in Young Adults Becoming More Common

Stroke may be affecting people at a younger age, according to a recent study published in the journal Neurology. This is not the first study to suggest this unsettling trend and other research has found similar results. The first question to ask is whether stroke in young people only appears to be more common because… Read more »