Frequent Dental X-Rays Linked to Most Common Brain Tumor

People who received frequent dental x-rays in the past have an increased risk of developing a meningioma, the most commonly diagnosed primary brain tumor, according to a recent study published in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. Researchers from the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven and Brigham and Women’s… Read more »

Buffett’s Prostate Cancer Is Not a Death Knell

Warren Buffett has announced to shareholders that he has the most common cancer in men, Stage 1 prostate cancer. The information he released is insufficient to determine prognosis let alone what treatment is needed, if any. However, statistics are generally on Mr. Buttett’s side. Autopsy studies show that most men will eventually present with prostate… Read more »

IBS: What It Is and How to Live with Symptoms

Since April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month, it’s a good time to talk about this common disorder. IBS can happen any time, but it often begins in the teens or early adulthood. Irritable bowel syndrome is twice as common in women as in men. Besides the common cold, IBS symptoms are the most… Read more »

In the News: April Week 1

Hospital food usually gets a bad rap, but chefs from 11 North Shore-LIJ Hospitals competed last week in the health system’s first-ever cooking challenge to prove that hospital chefs can serve up gourmet restaurant-quality meals, but without the high fat, calories or sodium. Three celebrity chef judges awarded Forest Hills’ chefs with the top prize… Read more »

Coming to Labels Soon: What Chemicals Are in Cigarettes

Tobacco companies must display the concentration of 20 cancer- causing chemicals in cigarettes on warning labels beginning this June, according to a new requirement enacted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is the agency’s latest step to make the toxicity of cigarettes more transparent. While there are more than 7,000 chemicals in cigarettes,… Read more »

LIJ and North Shore Rank Tops for Heart Surgery in New York

LIJ Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital rank among the best for cardiac care, according to the New York State Department of Health. In a new report on adult cardiac surgery (covering 2007-09), LIJ was one of only four hospitals in New York State–and the only hospital on Long Island–with risk-adjusted mortality rates that… Read more »

In the News: March Week 4

At least in their private thoughts, some physicians and nurses have undoubtedly wished they could “fire” their non-compliant patients who refuse to take guidance. Watch how Cohen Children’s Medical Center’s Chief of General Pediatrics Dr. Henry Bernstein deftly responded to that question Wednesday during an NBC-TV “Today” interview about parents who refuse to let their… Read more »

Monitoring Spinal Cord During Surgery May Prevent Paralysis

The American Academy of Neurology recommends monitoring the spinal cord during spinal surgery and certain chest surgeries to help prevent paralysis or loss of muscle function related to the surgeries, according to an updated guideline published recently in Neurology, the academy’s medical journal. This report, which I cowrote, provides the most comprehensive and compelling evidence… Read more »