Posted on: January 14, 2015
Flu season is upon us. Therefore, it is important to understand what you can do to prevent getting the flu. Simple steps include frequent hand-washing, keeping your hands away from your mouth and face, and getting a flu vaccination.
Annual outbreaks of seasonal flu usually occur during the fall through early spring, and in a typical year, approximately 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the seasonal flu.
This year the peak of the flu season is expected in February. However, there are effective ways to avoid the flu.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 43 states are reporting widespread flu outbreaks, including New York State. Across the state, including Westchester County and New York City, nearly 4,000 cases of the flu have been confirmed.
Posted on: November 14, 2014
The Sniff Test
by Amy Rosenfeld
How often do you take something from the refrigerator, smell it, and then promptly turn to the nearest unsuspecting family member and say, “How does this smell to you?” Foods can develop an off odor, flavor or appearance related to bacteria, and while the “sniff test” has become a way of life for most of us, there are certainly safer ways of determining if something in your fridge is still edible?
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.