Former NFL Player Suffered Degenerative Brain Disease

Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head trauma, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Degenerative brain disease is widely associated with athletes who have sustained repetitive blows to the head. The NIH’s discovery, made in a controlled study that included Mr…. Read more »

Young Athletes Need Protection After Concussion

Young people with sports-related concussions who return to play too soon risk devastation or death from “second impact syndrome,” according to the new edition of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. The journal details the case of a 23-year-old Indiana man who returned to high school football following a concussion. Six years later, he is wheelchair-bound… Read more »

Hillary Clinton’s Blood Clot Related to Concussion

Recent reports reveal that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hospitalized for a blood clot that doctors discovered during a follow-up exam related to her recent concussion. Although the location hasn’t been revealed, Secretary Clinton’s blood clot is probably in the leg(s) rather than her brain. This is referred to as deep vein thrombosis… Read more »

Hangover Cure? You Wish!

When you go out on New Year’s Eve, remember there’s no proven hangover “remedy.” It’s best to avoid a hangover headache altogether to save a lot of grief. Of course, you can dodge post-party blues by skipping alcohol entirely. But if you do drink, here’s how to prevent a hangover: Eat first to curb the… Read more »

Let’s First Respond to Tragedy with Support

In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, the world asks, “Why?” Such violence transcends our capacity to understand it, especially because so many victims were innocent young children. Every day, new bits of data — sometimes unsubstantiated — emerge about the alleged shooter and his primary relationships. At this point, it’s too early to… Read more »

Stop Holiday Weight Gain with These Techniques

It can be tough to get through the next few weeks without weight gain. But simple adjustments can help you navigate the high-calorie blitz and stick to healthy eating. Your most important strategy is to plan ahead. If you have restaurant plans, review the menu in advance; most eatery Web sites post menus. When visiting… Read more »

Pick the Best Toys for Kids’ Safety

When shopping for the top toys for kids, parents already know to watch for small parts that are choking hazards. But it’s important to remember that many toys that seem harmless can cause eye trauma or even permanent blindness. 1. Avoid playthings that shoot or have parts that fly off. 2. Slingshots, paintball guns and… Read more »

5 Things to Watch to Keep from Drunk-Driving

On the way home from a party, remember this: No one can drink and drive safely—not even a little bit. Drinking any alcohol impairs your judgment and coordination and decreases your ability to determine distance, speed and angles. When arrested for DWI, most people think they are just fine—proving that alcohol hurts judgment. New York… Read more »

Strokes in Young People Are Increasing

Actor Frankie Muniz’s stroke at age 26 spotlights an alarming health trend: Clinicians are seeing more young people having strokes without a clear cause. Historically, stroke was considered a problem for the elderly and increased risk was associated with pre-existing hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and heart disease. Young adults who had strokes often had… Read more »

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 »