Category Archives: Expert Health Advice

Breathing Easier: Rehab for Veterans and Civilians with COPD

Posted on: November 10, 2016

This Veteran’s Day, Harlan Weinberg, MD, pulmonary disease specialist and Medical Director of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Wellness Program at Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH), is taking the time to emphasize the importance of pulmonary rehab for Veterans.

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Staying Healthy without a Fad Diet

Posted on: November 8, 2016

Adopting a healthy lifestyle and getting your weight under control is a goal for many. It is particularly important for those concerned with Type II diabetes prevention or self-management. With so many fad diet programs and books available to you, how do you choose the best one? You don’t have to. While low carb diets like Atkins, South Beach, and Dukan are widely accepted for weight loss – eating healthy and staying consistent is the key to diabetes prevention. Here, I’ll give you tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle without the drawbacks that may come with fad diet programs. By Jill Ashbey-Pejoves, MS, RD, CDN, CDE, Northern Westchester Hospital.

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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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