Posted on: April 22, 2014
Sleep Apnea: Symptoms, Dangers, and Treatment Options
By Dr. Praveen Rudraraju, Director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea (AP-ne-ah) is a common disorder where you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.
What are the signs of sleep apnea?
Most people who have sleep apnea don’t know they have it because it only occurs during sleep. A family member or bed partner might be the first to notice signs of sleep apnea. The most common symptoms are snoring and daytime sleepiness. But these symptoms may not be seen in everyone, which delays diagnosis in most people. Other symptoms that are seen in sleep apnea are non-restorative sleep, morning headaches, nocturia (urinating multiple times at night), and insomnia. One or more symptoms may be present in most patients. There are some people with no symptoms. Continue reading
Posted on: March 25, 2014
New Parents have Q’s… Here’s Where to Find the A’s
By Maureen Varcasio, RN at Northern Westchester Hospital
Having a baby requires parents to learn new skills in order to care for their newborn and themselves. Much of what you need to know can be learned from the nurses while you are still in the hospital. However once parents are discharged home they may still have questions or new questions can arise. For example: What should I do if my baby won’t nurse or won’t stop crying? Do I have Postpartum Depression? or Am I bleeding too much? Here’s where you can turn for answers… Continue reading
Posted on: March 21, 2014
Turning 50? It’s Time for a Colonoscopy.
By Dr. Jerald D. Wishner, FACS, FASCRS, Co-Director, Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery and Medical Director, Colorectal Surgery Program at Northern Westchester Hospital
One of the most common killers is colon cancer, yet fewer than half of eligible Americans get a colonoscopy. It’s a statistic that is really bothersome to me. A colonoscopy is the gold standard of colon cancer screening, and the research proves it saves lives.
Colon cancer begins in polyps inside the colon, and it can take five to eight years to develop. The promise of a colonoscopy is that, if pre-cancerous polyps are found, the doctor can remove them during the procedure. With mammograms, the hope is that you’ll find cancer early; Colonoscopy takes that a step further by actually preventing cancer from developing in the first place by removing these precancerous polyps. Continue reading
Posted on: March 6, 2014
Spring Forward with Ease
By Dr. Praveen Rudraraju, Director, Center for Sleep Medicine, Northern Westchester Hospital
The hour time change will affect some people more than others due to difficulty adjusting their circadian rhythm. By altering the clock our internal clock becomes out of sync or mismatched with our current day-night cycle. Here are a few tips that might help you ‘spring ahead’ with ease: Continue reading
Posted on: March 5, 2014
By Dr. Lewis Kass, Pediatric Sleep Specialist, Northern Westchester Hospital
Children’s busy schedules may have more of an impact on their sleep than daylight saving time.
In today’s world the one hour time change is the smallest of the issues that affect our children’s ability to get to sleep. Most school-age children are so over scheduled that they come home exhausted. From school to swim or basketball or soccer practice to piano lessons to homework then ending the day with television or video games or tablet time, a child’s day should’ve ended long before a bedtime that is frequently later than it should be.