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Kids and the Flu: Symptoms, When to Seek Care

Posted on: January 29, 2015

Flu Season’s in High Gear: How to Protect and Care for Your Kids

By Dr. Pete Richel

We are now in the middle of Influenza season (“the Flu”), which is typically October ID-100228285_Boy And Vaccine Syringe by Sura Nualpradidthrough March. Locally we did not see much of this in October and November, but it commenced last month and is going strong.

Most of the positive cultures are revealing Influenza type A, and even though the Influenza vaccine was not a great match this year, we still encourage all to receive it, since it may be protective against some strains, and we find no significant down side.

All children 6 months and older should be vaccinated against the flu.
-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

It’s not too late to receive this at your doctor’s office. The vaccine is approved for those 6 months of age and older. When someone gets “the Flu” at any age, the classic symptoms are:

  • temperature instability (fever) as the body’s immune system fights for us,
  • generalized achiness,
  • and a rather hacking cough.

“…frequent hand washing for patients and their caretakers
will help to prevent contagion.”

When any of these symptoms occur, bring your child to see your pediatrician. We can evaluate them with a physical exam, of course, and we can do a rapid Flu test and make the diagnosis in minutes. If the test is positive, then we can prescribe Tamiflu, a medication which may lessen the severity of symptoms, and may shorten the usual week long course of the illness.

In addition, it is always prudent to keep up with plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and the need for hospitalization. And we all know that good frequent hand washing for patients and their caretakers will help to prevent contagion. This is something that you don’t want to share!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “some children are at especially high risk.” Children at greatest risk of serious flu-related complications include the following:
1. Children younger than 6 months old -These children are too young to be vaccinated. The best way to protect them is to make sure people around them are vaccinated
2. Children aged 6 months up to their 5th birthday.
3. American Indian and Alaskan Native children.
4. Children with chronic health problems, such as: Asthma, neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions, Chronic lung disease, Heart disease, Diabetes or a weakended immune system.

Editor’s Note:
Peter Richel, MD, FAAP is Chief of Pediatrics at Northern Westchester Hospital. He is a member of Westchester Health Associates and has practiced on Smith Avenue in Mt. Kisco since 1990. Dr. Pete has authored “Happy and Healthy,” a book on wellness in the first year of life, and produced a CD of children’s songs called “Welcome to Dr. Pete’s Office.” Both of these are intended to educate and entertain children and their families.

Dr. Pete, as he’s fondly known, has received numerous recognitions including: Castle Connolly Top Doctor, Top Pediatrician by the Consumer’s Research Council of America and honored with Patients’ Choice Awards and Compassionate Doctor Awards.

Photo Credit: Sura Nualpradid / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

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Plant-based Diet Considered Healthiest by Dietitian

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 farmers market 2overall 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.

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Preventing Cervical Cancer

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

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.

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American Diabetes Association Publishes New Nutrition Guidelines

Posted on: November 19, 2014

Healthful Eating

By Jill Ashbey-Pejoves

Earlier this year, the American Diabetes Association published new nutrition guidelines for people with diabetes. The ADA reviewed the available research on nutrition in diabetes and found that, when it comes to diet and diabetes, one size does not fit all.

According to the guidelines, the goals of nutrition therapy for adults with diabetes are “to promote and support healthful eating patterns, emphasizing a variety of nutrient dense foods in ap-propriate portion sizes in order to improve overall health.” Here are some highlights of changes to the ADA guidelines:

1. For good health, carbohydrate intake should come from vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes and low-fat dairy products, rather than carbohydrate sources containing added fats, sugars or sodium.
2. There is no minimum amount of carbohydrate necessary, the amount of carbohydrate, protein and fat in the diet should be based on the nutritional, metabolic and weight con-siderations of the individual.
3. Sugar (sucrose) consumption should be kept to a minimum in order to allow for more nu-tritious foods.
4. Sugar-sweetened beverages should be avoided all together, and may be replaced with diet beverages if desired.
5. People with diabetes should follow the same recommendations for intake of saturated fat, cholesterol, trans fat, and sodium as the general public:

Saturated fat <10% of total calories
Cholesterol <300mg per day
Avoid trans fat
Sodium <2300mg per day

6. Individuals who are overweight or obese should aim for modest weight loss (greater than or equal to 7% of their starting weight).
7. Nutrition counseling, preferably provided by a Registered Dietitian familiar with the com-ponents of diabetes nutrition therapy, is an important tool to help people with diabetes achieve their treatment goals.

The needs of the individual and the importance of honoring personal tastes and cultural prefer-ences are influential in encouraging people with diabetes to follow a healthful diet and lifestyle.

Try these healthy, delicious recipes:

Mini Crab Cakes with Dill Mayonnaise
Courtesy of Weight Watchers Simply Delicious

Ingredients
1 pound cooked jumbo lump crabmeat
1/4 c. plain dry bread crumbs
1/2 c. reduced-calorie mayonnaise
1/4 c. grated onion
4 tsp Dijon mustard
1 egg white
4 drops hot pepper sauce
1/2 c. cornflake crumbs
1/4 c. sweet pickle relish
2 Tbsp chopped dill
1 Tbsp canola oil

Method
1. Combine the crabmeat, bread crumbs, 1/4 cup of the mayonnaise, onion, 3 teaspoons of mustard, egg white, and hot pepper sauce in a bowl. Form into 14 patties.
2. Place the cornflake crumbs on wax paper. Dredge the patties in the crumbs, transfer to a plate, and refrigerate, covered, for 30 minutes
3. Combine remaining 1/4 cup mayonnaise, relish, dill and mustard in small bowl.
4. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add the patties a few at a time; cook until crisp and golden, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook 2-3 minutes more. Serve with the mayonnaise mixture.

Calories: 94; Fat: 5g; Sat Fat: 1g; Sodium: 252mg; Carbohydrate: 6g; Protein: 7g

Ginger-Spiced Pumpkin Pie
Courtesy of Diabetes Self-Management Magazine

Ingredients
1 c. finely crushed gingersnap cookies
1/4 c. margarine or butter, melted
2 large egg whites
3/4 c. packed light brown sugar
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1 c. canned evaporated skimmed milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Method
1. Combine crushed cookies and margarine/butter in medium bowl; mix well. Press onto bot-tom and up sides of a 9-inch, deep-dish pie plate. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Beat egg whites and brown sugar in large bowl. Add pump-kin, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and salt; mix well. Pour into crust.
3. Bake 60-70 minutes or until center is set. Transfer pie to wire rack; cool 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Serves 8
Calories: 230, Fat: 7g, Sat Fat: 1g, Sodium: 355mg; Carbohydrate: 38g; Protein: 5g.

Editor’s Note: Jill Ashbey-Pejoves RD, CDE, CDN is a Registered Dietitian at Northern Westchester Hospital.

The Center for Diabetes at Northern Westchester Hospital is dedicated to providing a wide range of services and programs for people with diabetes. In addition to supporting the needs of inpatients, the Center offers a comprehensive outpatient education program that focuses on meeting the individual needs of persons living with diabetes and their families. The Center also sponsors a monthly diabetes support group for adult patients. For more information on any of our Diabetes programs, call 914.666.1861.

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and its partners want you to know that if you have diabetes, you are at greater risk for heart disease. Lower that risk by managing the diabetes ABCs: the A1C test, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Stop Smoking. Learn how to control the ABCs of Diabetes.

 

New York Labor and Delivery Nurse on the Helpful Aspects of Electronic Fetal Monitoring

Posted on: November 18, 2014

Why Electronic Fetal Monitoring is a Woman’s Friend

by Enid Nwosisi

What is Electronic Fetal Monitoring?
As a labor and delivery nurse, I find that the majority of expectant moms need electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) at least once during their pregnancy. In addition, during labor, all women need EFM, either intermittently or continuously.

By providing critical information about the medical status of fetus and mother during pregnancy and labor, EFM plays an essential role in helping to ensure a successful pregnancy and delivery. The test results either reassure the care provider and family that the pregnancy and delivery can continue safely, or indicate the need for intervention.

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