Category Archives: Expert Health Advice

A Gut Feeling about the Health Benefits of Probiotics and Prebiotics

Posted on: March 15, 2017

Are you familiar with kombucha, kefir, kimchi or tempeh? If these are just strange-sounding words to you, chances are you aren’t aware of the value that probiotic-rich foods can add to your digestive health. Read on to learn about the importance of probiotics and prebiotics and how you can take advantage of their immune-boosting benefits. By Brianna Farrand, MS, RD, CDN, Clinical Dietitian and Bariatric Dietitian, Northern Westchester Hospital.

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Detecting and Treating Colon Cancer

Posted on: March 3, 2017

Colon cancer remains the third most common cancer in both men and women. However, only one in three eligible Americans begin to be screened for colon cancer at the recommended age of fifty-years-old. What is stopping people from taking the lifesaving step of screening? Unscreened individuals may avoid the procedure out of fear of the unknown, or the patient may feel like they are not at risk. Here, I’ll explain the importance of screening and the exciting new developments in detecting and treating colon cancer. By Jerald Wishner MD, FACS, FASCRS, Director of the Minimally Invasive and Colorectal Surgery Program at Northern Westchester Hospital.

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Radiation Therapy for Skin Cancer

Posted on: February 15, 2017

According to the National Cancer Institute, nearly 5.4 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year – making skin cancer the most common type of cancer. However, a range of treatment options combined with early detection makes skin cancer very treatable. Read on as I discuss radiation therapy, a non-invasive treatment option for skin cancer with a 90% success rate and typically, no reminder of treatment once the patient is cured. By Alfred Tinger, MD, FACRO, Chief of Radiation Oncology at Northern Westchester Hospital.

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Don’t Let a False Positive Prevent you from Getting your Annual Mammo

Posted on: February 9, 2017

A false positive screening mammogram is defined as a mammogram that results in calling back a patient for additional imaging. For every 1,000 women having a screening mammogram, 100 are called back for additional images, 20 of those are recommended to have a biopsy and 5 of these women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Reassuring a patient that the overwhelming majority of mammograms and even biopsies are normal can calm much of a woman’s anticipatory anxiety. By Stefanie Zalasin, MD Breast-imaging Specialist and Site Director of Yorktown Imaging at Northern Westchester Hospital.

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A Parent’s Guide to Cuts, Breaks, Bruises and Burns

Posted on: February 6, 2017

A parent’s worst nightmare – an accidental tumble during a snowball fight, or an unfortunate bout of curiosity with the stove during dinner time and your child runs into your arms, in pain and inconsolable. As parents, it is assumed that our job is to be the superhero and prevent our children from getting injured. Often though, our precious little ones bump into situations that we cannot prevent, despite our superhuman efforts to keep them safe. Imagine the life of a two-year-old: Your child has finally mastered the art of walking and there are endless new places to explore. Furniture, cabinets and staircases become the most interesting discoveries – worthy of thorough investigation. Supervision, attention and safety are important, but there are some injuries that are impossible to avoid. Here, I inform you about how to handle your children’s cuts, breaks, bruises and burns and when it’s time to seek emergency care. By Jim Dwyer, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Northern Westchester Hospital.

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