Stop Head Lice in Their Tracks

Few things give people the willies as much as head lice. Now that children are back in school, it is crucial to know how to recognize these creepy crawlers, get rid of them–and prevent them from spreading. Common signs of head lice are an itchy scalp, irritability, sleeplessness and even a tickling sensation. But sometimes… Read more »

Prolonged CPR Can Prolong Life

Patients in cardiac arrest at the hospital are more likely to survive and go home if they receive prolonged CPR, according to a new study. Today’s front page of The New York Times quotes Stephen Green, MD, associate chairman of cardiology for the North Shore-LIJ Health System, on the Lancet study, which challenges conventional medical… Read more »

Organic Food: What’s the Difference?

While they look like their “conventional” counterparts, organic foods’ differences are more than skin-deep. Organic food farmers use no petroleum-derived fertilizers, chemical pesticides or antibiotics during growth and production, and work to conserve soil and water and while reducing pollution. These extra measures are usually reflected in the price, so it’s important to know what… Read more »

Are Airport X-Ray 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 »