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: October 30, 2014
GETTING READY FOR A RUN?
by Dennis McGovern
With the New York City Marathon upon us, lots of people will be inspired to start their own running program. I love the idea of setting ambitious fitness goals, but you’ll want to take some precautions to avoid injury.
Posted on: October 14, 2014
Concussion Management. Assessing the Symptoms.
By Dr. Eric Small
While a headache is among the best-known and first symptoms of a concussion, there are often delayed symptoms that indicate ongoing mild brain damage and require treatment. Ten percent of symptoms don’t present for a week or more.
For this reason, it is essential that parents and teachers as well as emergency room physicians and pediatricians recognize the need to monitor a young injured athlete for the full spectrum of possible symptoms. In my experience, when the athlete gets over the initial headache, or perhaps never experiences this symptom, parents and youngster often push for a quick return to all activities. But that can put a young person at serious risk.
Posted on: January 17, 2014
Take Steps to Avoid the Flu, Especially if You Have Asthma
By Harlan Weinberg, MD Medical Director, Pulmonary Medicine & Critical Care Medicine, Northern Westchester Hospital
Patients who have a diagnosis of asthma, as well as other clinical conditions, such as COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, Congestive Heart Failure, Diabetes Mellitus, and Cancer, are all at increased risk of developing flu-related complications.
Asthma is a disorder of the lungs characterized by chronic inflammation of the airways. Acute influenza may lead to worsening of asthma/asthmatic exacerbation, pneumonia and ultimately, respiratory failure, for both children and adults.
Posted on: November 12, 2013
1. True or False: It’s easy for patients to recognize the symptoms of COPD.
2. True or False: More than 12 million American adults have COPD.
3. True or False: Genetics are the top reason people develop COPD.
4. True or False: COPD is common in younger people.
5. True or False: People with COPD should get flu and pneumococcal vaccines.