Category Archives: Health News

Northern Westchester Hospital Dietician Promotes Fiber

Posted on: January 17, 2014

Focus on Your Fiber

January is National Fiber Focus month, making it the perfect time to start the New Year off right by adding more fiber into your diet. The daily recommended intake for fiber is 25 grams/day for women and 38 grams/day for men, but most Americans fail to meet this requirement and only consume about 15 grams daily. Increasing your fiber intake can help aid in digestion, weight management, lowering cholesterol and improving insulin sensitivity.

There are two types of dietary fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in water forming a gel; while insoluble fiber stays intact and moves rather quickly through your gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, because soluble fibers move through the gastrointestinal tract slower they help keep you feeling full longer. Insoluble fibers speed up the movement of food and waste aiding in digestion and laxation (bowel movement).

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New York Spine Surgeon describes the O-Arm CAT Scanner

Posted on: December 19, 2013

Meet the O-Arm:  New technology in the OR

By John Abrahams, MD, FAANS, Chief of Neurosurgery, Co-Director of Spine Surgery, Orthopedic and Spine Institute

Dr. John Abrahams Northern Westchester HospitalThe Orthopedic & Spine Institute of Northern Westchester Hospital recently brought new technology into the operating room – the O-Arm from Medtronic.

The O-Arm is an intra-operative CAT Scanner with Image Guidance used to make placement of spinal instrumentation more accurate and safer. 

Typically, the O-Arm would be mainly used for patients undergoing spine surgery that need instrumentation placed such as rods and screws.  During these procedures, patients are put to sleep with general anesthesia and prepped for surgery.  An incision is made over the surgical site and then the O-Arm is brought in to obtain a CAT Scan with three-dimensional imaging. Continue reading

Northern Westchester Hospital Chief of Emergency Medicine Offers Tips to Avoid the Emergency Room over The Holidays

Posted on: December 19, 2013

A Few Tips to Avoid the ER this Holiday Season

By Jim Dwyer, MD, Chief, Emergency Medicine, Northern Westchester Hospital

James Dwyer, MD Northern Westchester Hospital

There are many reasons people find themselves in the emergency room over the holidays. Perhaps the most common mishap sending people there during the holiday season is slipping and falling on the ice. This is also something I see throughout the entire winter season. Salting driveways and walkways will help. Those who are unsteady on their feet under normal conditions should stay inside until they are sure walkways are safe.

Automobile accidents also increase during the holiday season due to the snow and ice as well as increased traffic from shopping.  If the weather is bad, do your shopping online and save the visit to the stores for when the roads are safe.

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Take the COPD Quiz

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.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes from a Hospital Dietitian

Posted on: November 12, 2013

Have a Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving

by Stephanie Perruzza, MS, RD, CDN, Northern Westchester Hospital

ThanksgivingCranberry sauce, loaded mashed potatoes, green been casserole (with French fried onion toppings), creamed spinach…the list goes on for traditional Thanksgiving fare. Oh, and let’s not forget the ever-popular deep fried turkey.  It’s no wonder the phrase “healthy thanksgiving sides” is often uttered: “thanksgiving sides, healthy?”

You don’t have to forfeit flavor when making a side dish in order to make it healthy. Many traditional sides can be modified to decrease calories. Try these below with your family this year: Continue reading