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DCIS, The Most Common Type of Stage 0 Breast Cancer

Posted on: October 24, 2016

If you have not personally experienced non-invasive (Stage 0) breast cancer, you may not be sure what it is, how it’s detected, or what your treatment options are. What’s more, you may recall some controversy regarding the condition. Read on to get the facts and a great deal of comfort from the outstanding outcomes among women treated for DCIS, or ductal carcinoma in situ. By Anthony C. Cahan, MD, FACS, Chief of Breast Surgical Services at The Breast Institute at Northern Westchester Hospital

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A Life Saving Screening for Mental Health: PHQ2

Posted on: October 14, 2016

Why is my doctor asking me if I feel “down”? – I came in for a routine physical. Nowadays, more and more internists and medical sub-specialists are asking not only about physical symptoms directly related to what brought you to the office, but they are also asking questions about mental health and depression. In particular, it is becoming standard practice in both emergency room settings and office visits for doctors to inquire about symptoms related to depression. In this post, I help you understand the importance of a mental health screening and the life saving benefits of early detection and treatment for depression. By Richard Catanzaro, MD, Chief of Psychiatry and Medical Director of the Behavioral Health Unit at Northern Westchester Hospital.

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Treatment of Lymphedema

Posted on: October 7, 2016

If you experience the swelling in your arms or legs called lymphedema in connection with cancer or cancer treatment, you can enjoy considerable relief through specialized rehabilitation. Read on to understand the condition of the lymphatic system and to learn about the four pillars of effective lymphedema care. Be encouraged by the positive results of expert multidisciplinary rehab at NWH, and the empowering impact of partnering with the Lymphedema Rehab Program’s skilled practitioners. By Jo Ann Stafford, PT, CLT-LAN,* Certified Physical Therapist with Northern Westchester Hospital’s (NWH) Lymphedema Rehabilitation Program and Mary Greco, NP, Clinical Breast Specialist at The Breast Institute at NWH.

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Slow Cookers for Fast Movers

Posted on: October 4, 2016

We’re one month into the school year – between dropping the kids off at basketball practice, dance class or SAT Prep – it might feel overwhelming, or even impossible to squeeze in a healthy, home-cooked meal for dinner. Enter the slow-cooker. You’re new in-home chef, and my personal best friend when I need a pork shoulder to lean on for a weeknight dinner and don’t have the time to cook. Here, I’ll explain the many benefits of the Crock-pot and share two of my favorite slow-cooker recipes for a healthy autumn. By Jackie Farrall, RD, CDN, Northern Westchester Hospital.

Is Fresh Always Best?
Though it’s a slow cooker, you may want fast preparation. You can always throw in some canned veggies and let the slow-cooker work its magic, while you work yours – outside of the kitchen. Crock-pot meals are simple because they often contain canned produce, no need to peel, cut or dice ingredients. Sure, you can always use fresh produce and though some will argue that “fresh is best,” when it comes to produce – canned fruits and vegetables, free of added salt and sugars, have the same nutritional value.

Turn up the Heat, Without Losing Nutrients
Canned tomatoes are a staple ingredient in a variety of crock-pot meals. When tomatoes are heated, the powerful antioxidant lycopene – linked to heart health, cancer prevention and even improved mood – becomes more readily available to your body.

Vitamin C, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Folic acid and water-soluble vitamins are sometimes lost during cooking. However, in a slow cooker, lost vitamins are incorporated into the cooking liquids within the crock-pot. You can even use the remaining liquid in the pot as a gravy or sauce to top off the meal. This is the best way to maximize vitamin retention.

An Expensive Taste for a Cut of the Price
Using low-temperature cooking, slow-cookers make less expensive cuts of meat unbelievably tender. In fact, this technique is extremely effective for tough cuts of meat as they typically contain more connective tissue, which remains tough unless cooked slowly. Cooking meat slowly at low temperatures causes less moisture loss than high heat – resulting in a moist, tender meal at half the price.

The Colors of Autumn Will Fill your Crock-Pot with this Sweet Potato Chicken Quinoa Soup

1 ½ lb boneless skinless chicken breast, remove fat
1 cup of quinoa, rinsed
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 15oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 14oz can of diced tomatoes
1 Tsp of minced garlic
1 ½ Tsp of chili powder
½ Tsp ground cumin
5 cups of low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
Nonstick spray

Spray slow cooker with nonstick spray. Add all ingredients – chicken breasts, quinoa, sweet potatoes, black beans, tomatoes, garlic, chili powder, cumin and chicken broth to slow cooker. Slow-cook on high for 3-5 hours.

Recipe adapted from Chelsea Messy Apron

This Apple Pie Oatmeal May Cook Slow, but Will Be Devoured Fast!

1 cup steel-cut oats
2 large apples, peeled, cored and chopped into roughly ¾ inch pieces
1 ½ cups almond milk, unsweetened
2 ½ cups of water
2 Tsp ground cinnamon
¼ Tsp ground nutmeg
1 Tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp hemp seeds (or flax seeds)
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp coconut oil/cooking spray

Use coconut oil or cooking spray to grease slow cooker. Add all ingredients – oats, apple slices, almond milk, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, hemp seeds and maple syrup – to slow cooker and stir. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours. Give this delicious oatmeal a good stir and serve!

Recipe courtesy of Domesticate Me

Exciting Advances in Body Contouring

Posted on: September 21, 2016

Sure, you may know about liposuction, abdominoplasty and arm lifts. But did you know that advances in body-contouring techniques have greatly improved your experience as a patient? Here, I explain the many ways you can benefit from advancements in plastic surgery. By Dr. Michael Rosenberg, Director of the Institute of Aesthetic Surgery and Medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital.

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