Posted on: October 29, 2014
Fall Back with Ease
by Dr. Praveen Rudraraju
Adjusting to the end of Daylight Saving Time in the fall is a bit easier than handling the time change in the spring.
The main reason is because we gain an hour of sleep for the fall time change.
Try to go to bed at your usual time, most people are sleep deprived – it’s a good time to take advantage of the extra hour.
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: October 16, 2014
Pregnancy, Your Immune System and the Flu Vaccine
By Maureen Varcasio, RN
Pregnant women can protect themselves and their babies by getting the flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that all pregnant women get vaccinated with the Influenza (Flu) vaccine.
During pregnancy changes in the immune system, heart and lungs put women at an increased risk for severe illness, hospitalization or even death from the flu.
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: 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.