Posted on: April 1, 2015
Pulmonary Rehab Can Improve Quality of Life
By Harlan R. Weinberg
Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is increasingly recognized as a significant part of treatment for people with chronic respiratory illnesses and other lung conditions. Even for those with very impaired lung function, this specialized rehab can improve quality of life and the ability to live independently. Here, I explain how PR offers new hope to people with breathing difficulties.
Posted on: January 28, 2015
Healthful Eating: The Plant-based Diet
By Jill Ashbey-Pejoves
As a dietitian I am often asked what I consider to be the healthiest diet. This is an easy question to answer because the research is fairly clear that a plant-based diet is best for overall health. You may be wondering exactly what a plant-based diet is. Well the definition ranges from one in which no animal products are consumed, a vegan diet, to one in which some animal products are consumed and not others, a vegetarian diet, to one in which all foods are consumed, but plant foods comprise the majority, a flexitarian or Mediterranean diet. A well balanced plant-based diet provides all the essential amino acids necessary for adequate protein and is high in fiber.
Posted on: January 23, 2015
Women – This Regular Screening Can Save Your Life
by Dr. Navid Mootabar
There’s important news for every woman in a recent report from the Centers for Disease
Navid Mootabar, MD
Chief, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Director, Institute for Robotics & Minimally Invasive Surgery
Northern Westchester Hospital
Control and Prevention (CDC): Despite evidence that cervical cancer screening saves lives, about eight million women, ages 21 to 65 years, have not been screened for cervical cancer in the past five years. In addition, more than half of new cervical cancer cases occur among women who have never or rarely been screened. Here, I explain which tests you need, when to get screened, and demystify the protective HPV vaccine. I also offer women a silver lining: You rarely have to worry about advanced cervical cancer if you are regularly screened.
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: September 10, 2014
Study: Ashkenazi Jewish Descent as a Criterion for Genetic Testing
by Nancy Cohen, MS, CGC
A new study, Population-based screening for breast and ovarian cancer risk due to BRCA1 and BRCA2 (abstract available in PubMed), suggests that population screening of Ashkenazi Jews for BRCA mutations may be beneficial because the cancer risks of those without a family history suggestive of a BRCA gene mutation were shown to be very similar cancer risks to those with such a history.
Since 2.5% of Ashkenazi Jews harbor BRCA mutations, and increased cancer surveillance and cancer risk reduction have been shown to improve outcomes for mutation carriers, such screening may have a useful role in this population. It will be interesting to see whether or not the guidelines from the NCCN will be adjsted to reflect this study.