The Fascination with Flight 370

The loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared more than a month ago while carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, has garnered a great deal of media coverage and discussion. Any potential tragedy understandably fosters many emotions, but certain characteristics of this event may have made it considerably more compelling. The lack… Read more »

Pan-Seared Tofu with Ratatouille

This Meatless Monday, East meets West: Pan-Seared Tofu with Vegetable Ratatouille pairs traditional French stewed vegetables with tofu, a soy-based staple of many East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines. Southside Hospital chefs Mo Saleh and Chef Tony Meloni created this low-calorie entree with Samantha Zito, RD for North Shore-LIJ’s 2014 Ultimate Chef Challenge. Ratatouille incorporates… Read more »

Free Orthopedics Seminar: Restoring Your Mobility

As the population ages and more active young people get injured, orthopedic physicians and researchers keep innovating ways to help relieve pain and keep people moving. Learn about the latest advances in treatment for joint pain and degeneration at a free orthopedics seminar next Saturday, April 12, from 9 to 11 a.m. Physicians from Southside… Read more »

Nutrition Facts Label to Get a Makeover

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently proposed updates to the Nutrition Facts Label that appear on packaged food and beverages. It would be the first overhaul to those black-and-white boxes since the FDA introduced them more than 20 years ago. The changes would incorporate newer nutritional data while helping consumers make informed decisions…. Read more »

Allergies–Already!

Spring has sprung and so have allergies. During the winter, allergy sufferers usually get a reprieve because trees and plants are “sleeping.” As temperatures rise in the spring, trees start to pollinate—making allergies particularly bothersome. Many people are already sneezing, sniffling and feeling congested. Pollen counts have been in the medium to high range recently,… Read more »

A Balanced Vegetarian Diet Is Good for All

A balanced vegetarian diet is healthy and nutritionally adequate at any stage of life, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence and for athletes, according to the American Dietetic Association. The same is true for a vegan diet. The association added that by reducing saturated fat and cholesterol and increasing fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, soy… Read more »

Teen Girls’ Fitness: More Crucial than Fat Concerns

Promoting teen girls’ fitness can hinder cardiovascular disease in the future, according to a new report in the medical journal Obesity Review. Fitness is the ability to perform physical activities that require aerobic capacity, endurance, strength and/or flexibility. It is a significant marker for future health. Genetics plays a role, but exercise is the primary… Read more »

Knee Surgery in Kids May Cause Arthritis Later

Young patients who undergo knee surgery may experience early arthritis in the knee, according to a study presented at a recent meeting of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine in New Orleans. The study followed 32 children who underwent ACL reconstruction (knee surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament) between age 12 and 16…. Read more »

Reduce Cancer Risk with a Healthy Diet

You can reduce cancer risk–including colorectal cancer, breast cancer and others–with a diet that is high in vegetables, fruit and whole grains and low in red and processed meats. Regularly eating food with good-for-you nutrients also reduces other health threats, like cardiovascular disease. Obesity is also a risk factor for many forms of cancer (breast;… Read more »

Selfies: More than Just a Picture?

“Selfie:” the common act of taking a picture of yourself with a smart phone, has climbed its way to the forefront of pop culture, even if it’s not an entirely new phenomenon. Warhol and Van Gogh were right there with self portraits, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell released a selfie this past week… Read more »