Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Prenatal exposure to alcohol is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disorders in the US, according to the National Institutes of Health. Drinking during pregnancy can cause a wide range of disabilities–intellectual disabilities, speech and language delays, poor social skills or fetal alcohol syndrome–that last a lifetime. International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders… Read more »

Protect the Skin You’re In

Please join us next Wednesday, September 10,  from 7 to 9 p.m. for Protect the Skin You’re In: Skin Cancer, Graceful Aging and More, presented by the Katz Institute for Women’s Health. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US. Knowing how protect yourself and keep your skin healthy is important…. Read more »

Pappardelle with Mushrooms

Pappardelle with Mushrooms is elegant comfort food. Created by LIJ Medical Center’s culinary team, it’s a dish to look forward to at the end the day–especially now that the days are getting shorter. Besides a fresh mushroom blend, Pappardelle with Mushrooms uses dried porcini mushrooms. Fresh porcini are highly prized, but can be pricey. Dried… Read more »

Alarming Increase in Ambien Emergencies

Emergency department visits due to over-medication with zolpidem (commonly called Ambien) almost doubled between 2005-06 and 2009-10, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The agency recently issued a report on 2005 to 2010 findings from the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN). DAWN monitors drug-related morbidity and mortality through reports from… Read more »

Multiple-Choice Vegetarian Quiche

One reason I call this vegetarian quiche “multiple choice” is because it is easy to adapt, depending on the time of year and what you already have in your kitchen. Furthermore, the recipe works with most any kind of vegetable: fresh, quick-cooking choices (like tomatoes, zucchini or spinach) or cooked or steamed dense vegetables (such… Read more »

Allergic Reactions to Acne Products: What You Should Know

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning about severe allergic reactions to acne products that can cause irritation and be potentially life-threatening. The risk of such severe reactions may be small, but the FDA is correct to warn consumers. Serious allergic reactions to acne products have been reported and differ significantly… Read more »

Avocado: Another Healthy “Green”

Peak avocado season ends in September. So if you haven’t already, grab a few—or more. The avocado, which is technically a fruit, can be a good menu choice because oleic acid (a monounsaturated fatty acid, or MUFA) makes up more than half of its good-for-you fat. MUFAs help the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients… Read more »

Parkinson’s Disease, Depression and Dopamine

Yesterday’s revelation that the late Robin Williams had Parkinson’s disease (PD) has raised questions about links between PD and depression. Parkinson’s disease is a complex motor-system disorder. Its underlying cause is a deterioration in parts of the brain that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine. (A neurotransmitter is a brain chemical that allows one brain cell to… Read more »

A New Colorectal Screening Test

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new colorectal screening test called Cologuard. The Cologuard test (or assay) can check stool samples for DNA alterations/abnormalities that are known to happen with colorectal cancer and polyps. This is an exciting new tool that could increase the number of patients who get screened for… Read more »

Meatless Monday: Jambalaya!

There are many stories about where jambalaya comes from. The dish—and its name—probably came about because of the concentration of many cultures in New Orleans centuries ago, says food writer Bethany Moncel. Jambalaya is similar to Spanish paella, which contains meat, fish and rice. Influences from French, African and Caribbean cooking styles and ingredients are… posted in: Nutritiontags: