Posted on: July 8, 2014
A FOOD ALLERGY PRIMER FOR PARENTS
Dr. Craig Osleeb
If it seems like more and more children are developing food allergies, it’s because they are. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of children with diagnosed food allergies has jumped 18 percent in the last 20 years, and the number of kids seeking emergency treatment for allergies has tripled. Continue reading
Posted on: June 20, 2014
National Dairy Month
By Stephanie Perruzza MS, RD, CDN
June marks the beginning of summer (it’s about time); but it’s also National Dairy Month! The dairy group is an essential building block for a healthy diet and especially important for bone health. Do yourself a big favor and start the summer right by raising a big cold glass of…milk! Continue reading
Posted on: April 29, 2014
Empowering Results of New Research on Esthetic Outcomes of Breast Reconstruction
By Dr. Michael H. Rosenberg, FACS, Chief of Plastic Surgery, Vice-President for Physician Surgical Services and Associate Medical Director at Northern Westchester Hospital
My colleagues at Northern Westchester Hospital and I recently published research findings on breast reconstruction outcomes that have the potential to dramatically improve quality of life after breast surgery as well as to save women’s lives. Published in The American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery, our article was titled “Breast Reconstruction With or Without Human Acellular Dermal Matrices:
Posted on: April 21, 2014
How to take control of your cholesterol levels…starting today!
(part 3 of 3)
By Dr. Robert Pilchik, Chief of Cardiology at Northern Westchester Hospital
What’s the best way to bring your HDL and LDL cholesterol levels into the safe zone, and significantly reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease? On your own. That’s right – through diet and exercise. And if you’re a smoker, quitting is a must.
You may be amazed how effective lifestyle changes are in lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol and raising “good” HDL cholesterol, and how fast you can achieve your goal. (For more information on LDL and HDL cholesterol, read Parts One and Two of this series.) In three to four months, diet and exercise alone can produce more than a 30 percent reduction in LDL cholesterol, which is often enough to put you into the safe zone. What’s more, exercise is the only way to raise HDL cholesterol (which vacuums artery-blocking LDL cholesterol from your body). Continue reading
Posted on: February 20, 2014
Why Will My Newborn Get a PKU Screening?
By Martha Zavras, RN III, Northern Westchester Hospital
If you, a family member, or close friend is pregnant, it is important to know that your newborn will be screened for several serious medical conditions, as mandated by New York State. Among the conditions screened is PKU. What is this blood test for, and what do the results mean for your new baby and your family?
As a Nursery nurse, I often administer the PKU test to newborns, also explaining to parents why it must be given so early in life. PKU is the abbreviation for phenylketonuria, a metabolic disorder. In New York State, the PKU screen, which is a simple blood test, also screens for many other disorders, including thyroid problems and some types of anemia.