Category Archives: Expert Health Advice

Cervical Spine Disc Replacement: A Major Gain in Mobility

Posted on: April 26, 2016

A newer spine surgery technique called cervical spine disc replacement leaves you far more mobile than traditional spinal fusion.  By Dr. Marshal D. Peris, Co-director of Spine Surgery at the Orthopedic and Spine Institute of Northern Westchester Hospital

Dr. Marshal Peris Northern Westchester spine surgeonIf you have discomfort – such as neck or arm pain – due to problems with cervical spinal discs (those in your neck), you’ve probably heard of the spinal fusion procedure, a common surgical solution, which locks cervical vertebrae together permanently after removing damaged discs. While this spine surgery offers excellent results, you need to know about a newer technique, called cervical spine disc replacement that leaves you far more mobile. Here, I explain this advanced and exciting treatment option, and help you determine if you might be a candidate.

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Age-Defying Benefits of Non-Surgical Facelifts

Posted on: March 31, 2016

Age-Defying Benefits of Non-Surgical Facelifts
By Dr. David A. Palaia

The earlier in life you take a proactive approach to skincare, the fewer additional treatments faceliftyou’ll need to repair problems or simply maintain a healthy, vibrant look. It’s important to know that there have been major advances in non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures. These include the medical-grade HydraFacial, as well as non-surgical laser and radiofrequency skin-tightening and skin-resurfacing technologies. Here, I explain how these newer procedures offer remarkable time-freezing results with far less visible surface damage, less discomfort, and only a minimal time investment on your part.

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Endometrial Cancer: Reducing Your Risk

Posted on: March 15, 2016

Endometrial Cancer: Reducing Your Risk

By Dr. Iris Wertheim

Unlike breast cancer, endometrial cancer is not often the focus of media

 Iris Wertheim, MD Director of the Gynecologic Oncology Program, Northern Westchester Hospital


Iris Wertheim, MD
Director of the Gynecologic Oncology Program, Northern Westchester Hospital

attention, and is rarely cited as a health consequence of obesity. So you may be surprised to learn that endometrial cancer – cancer of the lining of the uterus – is the most common gynecological cancer in the U.S, and that there is a known link between obesity and this disease. Here, I raise your awareness of endometrial cancer, and offer empowering advice to every woman about reducing her risk.

Endometrial cancer arises in the glands of the lining of the uterus. It is the most prevalent gynecological cancer in the United States, affecting 50,000 women annually.

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Protecting Football Players from Concussions and Other Injuries

Posted on: March 15, 2016

Football season is still months away, but concussion concerns in the sport are in the headlines year round.

Northern Westchester concussion treatmentRecently, a new study found that tackling methods that protect the head may be increasing the risk of leg injuries. However, the findings don’t reveal an actual link—just an association. And there may be other explanations for this unsettling news.

In the study, researchers at the University of Iowa in Iowa city tracked NCAA football-related concussions and other injuries for five years. During the period of the study, teams were instituting new protocols and rules that encouraged leading with the shoulders rather than the head, protecting defenseless receivers, and banning horse collar tackles (in which a player is pulled down by the shoulder pads at the neck).

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Cardiac Rehab: Restoring Health and Well-Being

Posted on: February 23, 2016

You’ve had a cardiac event – possibly a heart attack, coronary artery bypass surgery or angina. Now you’re back home. How do you regain your strength, energy and confidence, while reducing the risk of a recurrence? The answer is: cardiac rehabilitation. Find out from the experienced Master’s-level exercise physiologists at Northern Westchester Hospital’s (NWH) certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Program how cardiac rehab can speed your recovery while significantly improving your health and quality of life.

Nurse With Patient During Health CheckCardiac rehabilitation, explains Jenna Angelucci, is a medically-supervised, individualized program of exercise and education that helps you recover faster from heart disease and acquire the strength to resume a full life. You are a candidate if you’ve suffered a cardiovascular event such as heart attack, bypass surgery, angina, heart valve repair or replacement, coronary stenting or heart failure. NWH’s outpatient cardiac rehab program requires a physician’s prescription, and besides the core training component, includes counseling in nutrition, stress management and meditation, as well as education in heart disease prevention.

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