How Access to Mental Health Services
Can Help Prevent Tragedy

Several tragedies–such as last year’s shootings in Newtown, CT, and Aurora, CO–have ignited debate over the status of mental illness services in the US. This controversy highlights some of the many failures of the current system, including the struggle to access timely, appropriate and affordable care as well as the continued stigma surrounding behavioral health… posted in: Behavioral Healthtags:


Hibernating?
Cold Weather Won’t Hurt You

It isn’t necessary to stay indoors to stay healthy during cold weather. In fact, there’s no definite link between icy air and getting sick–even when you haven’t bundled up enough. Rather, since we tend to stay indoors during cold weather, that means more disease-causing microbes are inside, too. Coming into contact with more of these… posted in: Infectious Diseasetags:


How the RNS Stimulator Can Help Epilepsy Patients

The RNS stimulator gives new hope to epilepsy patients with medication-resistant epilepsy. Recently approved by the FDA, the system may help reduce the frequency of seizures. This is a big leap forward because it gives another treatment option to patients who don’t respond well to epilepsy medication. Many of these patients can’t undergo surgical treatment… Read more »

Happy Red Apple Day!

An apple a day keeps hunger at bay, especially on Red Apple Day. This convenient, affordable, nutritious staple is a good source of fiber and vitamin C. One medium piece of this fruit (three inches in diameter) has about 95 calories and almost no fat or sodium. The flesh contains soluble fiber, which slows digestion,… Read more »

Cause for Hope on World AIDS Day

Tomorrow is the 25th annual observance of World AIDS Day. This year’s theme–Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation—calls for collaboration between governments, researchers and the community to improve the lives of people with HIV/AIDS. While there is no cure for AIDS, there has been significant progress in prevention and treatment: The number of… Read more »

Enjoy Thanksgiving Leftovers Safely

Leftovers can be the best part of a big holiday. To get the most enjoyment from the remnants of Thanksgiving dinner, a few steps will help to avoid food poisoning. Set the refrigerator temperature below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. This keeps harmful bacteria from growing. Refrigerate all leftovers promptly. Don’t let perishable leftovers stay unrefrigerated longer… Read more »

Know the Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, a time to remember this neurological disorder that affects memory, thinking and behavior. In addition to memory loss, symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease may include: inability to follow a plan or work with numbers; difficulty completing familiar tasks; confusion about time or place; vision problems; difficulty speaking or writing;… Read more »

New Statin Guidelines

A recent list of recommendations from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology discusses the idea of a broader application of statin medications, which help lower cholesterol. Both organizations say this change in statin guidelines can help more people and that doctors shouldn’t simply prescribe the medications based on a certain cholesterol number…. Read more »

Reboot Your Life with the Great American Smokeout

Tomorrow, for the 2013 Great American Smokeout, we’re joining the American Cancer Society to remind tobacco users that you can quit. Though this is the 37th year of the Great American Smokeout, smoking continues to be a leading cause of preventable disease and death: It kills more than 25,000 New Yorkers annually. Quitting is the… Read more »

Free Screening: Alive Inside

Alive Inside is a moving documentary that shows how music therapy can awaken patients with memory disorders. Come to a free screening this Thursday, 7:30 p.m., at the Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington. Following Alive Inside, Dan Cohen, MSW, founder of Music and Memory, will have a meaningful discussion with Maria Carney, MD,… posted in: Geriatric Care, News, Research, Wellnesstags: