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Pap Smears Save Lives

Posted on: January 4, 2017

If you’ve ever wondered what the “Pap” of “Pap smear” stands for, here’s the answer: It’s a shortened form of the name of the test’s inventor, George Papanicolaou. Papanicolaou discovered that normal and abnormal smears can be viewed under the microscope and be correctly classified, resulting in a significant decline in cervical cancer. But what if you do receive an abnormal smear result? Read on as I give you answers about what a Pap test consists of, the next step in the case of an abnormal result, and find comfort in the Pap test’s efficacy in saving women’s lives. By Elisa Burns, MD, FACOG, Director of Quality and Outcomes at the Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Northern Westchester Hospital

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Know Your Cancer Risks Sooner…Have More Options

Posted on: December 19, 2016

Having a hereditary (also called genetic) predisposition to cancer raises your risk of developing cancer. That’s why it’s important to learn about your possible risk of a hereditary cancer syndrome through genetic counseling. Genetic counseling – which may lead to optional genetic testing – helps you understand your cancer risk so you can take steps to catch cancer early enough to make a difference, consider prophylactic medications or surgery to reduce your risk of developing cancer, and use the information to help you and your providers make the very best decisions about cancer treatment. By Nancy Cohen, MS, CGC (Certified Genetic Counselor) at the Cancer Treatment & Wellness Center, Northern Westchester Hospital.

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Holiday Food Safety Tips: Don’t be a Germ Re-gifter

Posted on: December 12, 2016

Whether you’re a seasoned chef, a first-time dinner host, or simply bringing a dish to grandma’s house on New Year’s Eve, the holidays can shake up the nerves of even the most self-assured culinary geniuses. “How am I supposed to transport my dish? I hope it’s fully cooked…I hope Aunt Anne isn’t preparing the main course this year, I got so sick last year.” These are a few of the many thoughts that run through our minds during the holiday season. Feasting with family and friends is what holiday celebrations are all about. Try to keep your holiday festivities memorable in the right way this year. Follow these simple tips to keep you and your loved ones food-poisoning free. By Jackie Farrall, RD, CDN, Northern Westchester Hospital.

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Exercise & Obesity – Clearing the Barrier

Posted on: November 28, 2016

Losing weight is really hard – on that we can all agree. What people may not realize is that, for obese people, it’s nearly impossible. The National Weight Control Registry, a joint effort between Brown Medical School and the University of Colorado, is a decades-long effort to track successful weight loss in Americans. Researchers have analyzed the National Weight Control Registry’s participants who have lost more than 50 pounds and managed to keep it off for at least five years. The findings reveal that it takes a nearly superhuman effort to lose a significant amount of weight and keep it off. Here, I’ll discuss the ways you can be proactive in avoiding obesity and what to do when obesity has become a barrier that you can’t seem to break. By Mitchell Roslin MD, Director of the Bariatric Surgery Program at Northern Westchester Hospital

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Steps to Better Blood Sugar

Posted on: November 21, 2016

If you are at risk of developing or have been told you have pre-Diabetes it is imperative to learn lifestyle changes to prevent or delay the diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes. Here are 4 ways to achieve better blood sugar control and a better awareness. By Registered Dietitian and Outpatient Nutrition Program Coordinator at Northern Westchester Hospital, Pat Talio, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE. 

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