Sepsis Fight Leads to CDC

Today’s New York Times features a Queens couple whose son, Rory, succumbed to septic shock two years ago. During several consultations, his doctors misunderstood what was happening to him. Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton’s campaign to increase sepsis awareness recently brought them to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention. Martin Doerfler, MD, our senior vice president… Read more »

Colorectal Cancer Is Common, Preventable

Colorectal cancer–cancer of the colon and rectum–doesn’t discriminate. It affects people in all racial and ethnic groups–most often in people 50 and older. There are often no signs or symptoms, which makes screening vital. The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. The disease strikes men and… Read more »

MRSA Can Easily Spread in Schools

The recent MRSA infection scare at a local high school proved to be a false alarm. Nevertheless, it flagged an important point:  Places with frequent sharing and close interactions–like schools, dorms and daycare centers–pose a higher risk for spreading community-associated Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Contact sports… Read more »

Binge Eating Disorder:
When too Much Isn’t Enough

Like anorexia and bulimia, binge eating is also a disorder. But don’t confuse binge eating disorder with overeating. While overeating is a challenge for many, recurrent binge eating is much less common—and much more serious. This disorder is characterized by frequent episodes of binge eating, feeling out of control while bingeing, and feeling guilt and… posted in: Behavioral Healthtags:


Eating Disorders Are a Family Affair

The eating disorders anorexia and bulimia nervosa can be grave without early and appropriate intervention. Complications can include a range of symptoms–from cardiac arrhythmias to depression and suicide–so immediate treatment is crucial. Parents who try to “correct” their child’s eating disorder on their own can end up frustrated, and rightly so. It requires a great… Read more »

Stay Heart Healthy at Every Age

Preventing or reducing the chances of heart disease is something you’re never too young–or too old–to think about. Leading a healthy lifestyle, starting from your teenage and early adult years, can significantly reduce your risk for heart disease later in life. Learn what you can do to stay heart healthy at every age: In Your… Read more »

Re-Resolution: Stop Smoking Again

If your “stop smoking” New Year’s resolution already seems like a distant memory, don’t give up. Most smoking-cessation studies conclude that motivation, not a date on the calendar, is the most important factor in predicting whether or not a smoker will quit for keeps. Concerns about the cost to your current or future health, the… posted in: Addiction, Lung Cancer, Wellnesstags:


When Shoveling Snow Is a No-Go

Ready for more snow this weekend and next week? As if another stretch of shoveling snow weren’t enough of a pain, it can pose real danger to heart patients. Shoveling snow is strenuous. It’s even more demanding when you’re dealing with heavy, wet snow while navigating layers of ice. A burst of over-exertion in freezing… Read more »

A Bridge for Breast Cancer Survivors

Getting together with other breast cancer survivors can be one of the best ways to cope with post-treatment concerns. Connecting with others who have similar experiences also helps breast cancer survivors look ahead toward the future. Bridge to Survivorship is a free series for breast cancer patients who have finished active treatment and seek information… Read more »

Testosterone Replacement Therapy
and Heart Attack Risk

Testosterone replacement therapy, designed to address decreasing levels of the male hormone in aging men, has become more common. Men with low testosterone (called “low T” by pharmaceutical marketers) typically complain of symptoms like more fatigue, less interest in sex (libido) and an overall low or depressed mood. Chronic low levels of the hormone can… posted in: Geriatric Care, Heart Health, Men's Healthtags: