Lead in Lipstick Should Worry the FDA—and You, Too

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a report that it found lead in hundreds of shades of popular brands of lipstick found everywhere from drugstores to department stores. The agency said that the lead levels it found pose no health risk. However, this claim flies in the face of scientific consensus that there… Read more »

Weight Training May Improve Parkinson’s Symptoms

Weight training may improve the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 64th Annual Meeting in New Orleans this coming April. In the study, 48 people with Parkinson’s disease used progressive resistance exercise (weight training) or fitness counts, which included flexibility, balance… Read more »

More Treatments, Better Outcomes for Congenital Heart Disease

The single most common form of birth defect, congenital heart disease affects nearly one out of every 100 babies born in the United States. Yet our ability to detect and characterize congenital (present at birth) heart disease has improved remarkably over the last 50 years. Now, doctors can get precise information about the nature and… Read more »

In the News: February Week 2

Can fish oil be used to treat or prevent mental illness? Can human genome sequencing help unravel the mystery of who is susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease? Check out these stories and you’ll find out what Feinstein Institute investigators are doing to answer those and numerous other questions about the brain. When it comes to matters… Read more »

To Be Fit – or to Lose Fat? That Is the Question

Jean Cacciabaudo, MD The great debate in wellness focuses on fitness vs. fatness. Most healthcare professionals encourage overweight patients to get down to a healthy weight. However, recent research suggests that getting to a healthy weight and maintaining it may be daunting, since patients often yo-yo between weight loss and gain. So where should we… Read more »

Women, Know Your Heart Disease Risk!

Suzanne Steinbaum, DO If you’re a woman, heart disease is your greatest health threat so knowing your risk is essential. How you live can have serious consequences. For instance, atherosclerosis (plaque in the arteries) builds up when there is damage to the lining of the arteries, frequently due to lifestyle. But high blood pressure, high… Read more »

Women’s Heart Attack Symptoms May Surprise You

Stacey Rosen, MD Think heart health is a “men’s problem”? Guess again. In fact, more American women die from heart attacks (also called myocardial infarction or MI) than men every year. Almost everyone knows that severe chest pain, shortness of breath and light-headedness can signify an MI. While many women experience heart attacks this way,… Read more »

In the News: February Week 1

Terry Lynam LIJ Medical Center opened the Katz Women’s Hospital, welcoming its first baby on January 25. LIJ Medical Center was in the news again thanks to its cardiothoracic team, which implanted a new heart valve decide to treat patients with failing heart valves without performing surgery – the first hospital on Long Island and… Read more »

Kids Don’t Gain Weight Just Due to Junk Food at School

Think childhood obesity is on the rise because of junk food and soft drinks at school? Think again. In fact, exposure to unhealthy food at school is not associated with chubby children, according to a new report. Published in Sociology of Education, the study followed almost 20,000 American children as they progressed from fifth to… Read more »