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 »

Breaking Down the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act and the Individual Mandate

To understand how US Supreme Court arguments over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be different and why it will dominate the news until the court reaches a decision in June, consider this: The time allotted for arguments – the period in which plaintiffs and defendants present their views to the justices –… Read more »

Controversy Persists About Prostate Cancer Screening

In 2009, the publication of the results of two large screening studies ignited the controversy over prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing and prostate cancer screening. Now, both studies have been updated and debate continues. This month, the New England Journal of Medicine published an update of the European Randomized Study of Screening for Prostate Cancer (ERSPC)… Read more »

Quick Treatments for Prolonged Seizures

Faster, more effective relief of prolonged seizures (which last more than five minutes) may be available with medicine delivered into a muscle via an autoinjector, according to a study recently published by the New England Journal of Medicine. An autoinjector is similar to the EpiPen used to treat serious allergic reactions. This study represents a… Read more »

Epilepsy Surgery Improves Seizure Control and Quality of Life

A 26-year follow-up study published in the journal Epilepsia revealed that after epilepsy surgery, nearly half of participants were free of disabling seizures and 80 percent reported better quality of life than before surgery. Spanning over three decades, the study is the longest follow-up of epilepsy surgery patients. However, nothing has changed in that time… Read more »