Posted on: October 24, 2014
Deciphering the Yogurt Aisle: Get cultured!
By Elisa Bremner & Amy Rosenfeld
It’s official! Governor Andrew Cuomo named yogurt New York’s official state snack on October 15. The Governor expects to raise public awareness of the health benefits of yogurt and economic benefits of supporting local yogurt industry. New York has become the nation’s top yogurt producer (making 741 million pounds of the dairy product last year), and health-conscious New Yorkers are literally eating it up. Here are some of the great health benefits of consuming (the right kind of) yogurt.
Posted on: October 16, 2014
Pregnancy, Your Immune System and the Flu Vaccine
By Maureen Varcasio, RN
Pregnant women can protect themselves and their babies by getting the flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that all pregnant women get vaccinated with the Influenza (Flu) vaccine.
During pregnancy changes in the immune system, heart and lungs put women at an increased risk for severe illness, hospitalization or even death from the flu.
Posted on: October 14, 2014
Concussion Management. Assessing the Symptoms.
By Dr. Eric Small
While a headache is among the best-known and first symptoms of a concussion, there are often delayed symptoms that indicate ongoing mild brain damage and require treatment. Ten percent of symptoms don’t present for a week or more.
For this reason, it is essential that parents and teachers as well as emergency room physicians and pediatricians recognize the need to monitor a young injured athlete for the full spectrum of possible symptoms. In my experience, when the athlete gets over the initial headache, or perhaps never experiences this symptom, parents and youngster often push for a quick return to all activities. But that can put a young person at serious risk.
Posted on: September 24, 2014
Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: Weight Loss Lowers Healthcare Costs
By Dr. Jeffrey Powell
A recent study found that overweight individuals with diabetes who lose weight by dieting and increasing their physical activity can reduce their healthcare costs by an average of more than $500 a year. While we always look at better health outcomes through diet and exercise, this is the first study to show that weight loss can save money. The findings were published in the journal Diabetes Care.
This makes a lot of sense. If an individual with diabetes can lose weight, he or she will likely see fewer and shorter hospital stays, and could eventually end up on less medication. That’s not only good for one’s health, but for the wallet.
Posted on: September 22, 2014
Managing Childhood Asthma
by Lynne Quittell, MD
The soft wheeze or whistle as a child breathes. The chin tucked and chest pinched as he coughs incessantly. These are signs of childhood asthma, a maddening, frightening condition for kids and parents — and a leading cause of ER visits for children. While in the past asthma has been difficult to treat and manage, advancements in medications and methods have allowed doctors and families to tame this potentially dangerous condition in children.
The reasons why a child develops asthma can be murky. Potential triggers can be allergies, exposure to secondhand smoke, or a family history of asthma. Premature babies who spend time on a ventilator appear to be at higher risk.