Category Archives: Northern Westchester Hospital News

Northern Westchester Hospital Maternity Nurse Shares Resources for New Parents

Posted on: March 25, 2014

New Parents have Q’s… Here’s Where to Find the A’s

By Maureen Varcasio, RN at Northern Westchester Hospital

iStock_000019586817Medium2Having a baby requires parents to learn new skills in order to care for their newborn and themselves. Much of what you need to know can be learned from the nurses while you are still in the hospital. However once parents are discharged home they may still have questions or new questions can arise. For example:  What should I do if my baby won’t nurse or won’t stop crying? Do I have Postpartum Depression? or Am I bleeding too much? Here’s where you can turn for answers…

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New York Cardiology Chief Explains How Your Cholesterol Level Affects Your Heart

Posted on: January 13, 2014

Learning About Cholesterol Can Mean Living Longer

By Robert Pilchik, MD, Chief of Cardiology at Northern Westchester Hospital

High cholesterol is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease – including heart attack and stroke — which will affect half of all men and one-third of all women. Understanding cholesterol and its role in heart disease, and taking simple steps to achieve safe levels, are vital investments in your heart’s health and your own longevity. It’s never too early, or too late, to take charge of this key aspect of your health. What’s important is to start today.

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New York Dermatologist on Common Winter Skin Problems

Posted on: January 6, 2014

Simple Ways to Save Your Skin this Winter

by Athena G. Kaporis, MD, FAAD, Attending, Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology, Northern Westchester Hospital

iStock_21778999_HiRezSurprise: most winter skin damage is caused not by cold, but by dryness. So if you do one thing, keep your skin moist. Here are the most common winter skin problems, remedies for them, and tips for avoiding damage to your skin as temps drop, winds howl, and indoor heat blasts.

Hand dermatitis shows up as cracked, chapped dry skin, and scaly raised plaques on the backs of hands, around cuticles and on fingers. People go outside without gloves, their hands get chafed (irritated), then they go inside and indoor heating continues drying them out. Remedies: Moisturize hands after washing, and if they’re very chapped, mix a little Vaseline with over-the-counter hydrocortisone, which reduces inflammation.

Most people, especially kids, lick our lips when we’re outside, trying to moisten them. In fact, we’re making them drier. And this can lead to chapped lips, or cheilitis. A good remedy is Aquaphor healing ointment, a combo of mineral oil and petroleum gel. It’s safe for kids, and can be applied as often as needed. If it feels too greasy, just use it at night. Like the lip guard you already use? Stick with it! The idea is simply to keep a barrier on the lips. And try not to lick them when outside!

Pruritus, or itchy skin, results from dryness. You come in from the cold, take a long hot shower, which actually dries out the skin, then indoor heating makes it worse. To treat, moisturize your whole body (I like Cetaphil, Aveeno and Eucerin products). After showering and towel-blotting, moisturize skin while it’s still a hint damp. Other remedies and preventative measures include humidifying your bathroom, avoiding wool, harsh drying soaps and soaps with added fragrance, closing the bathroom door while bathing to naturally humidify the air, and using warm – not hot – water, which is less drying.

Older folks are more likely to have seborrheic dermatitis, or “dandruff of the skin,” the familiar scaling of the scalp, eyebrows, nose and ears. Dryness worsens the condition. For the scalp, I advise alternating two anti-dandruff shampoos, so you’re using different treatments for the same problem. For skin areas, such as the eyebrows, I suggest an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream.

Take winter skin damage seriously. If it doesn’t get better, see a dermatologist.
Inflamed skin is more prone to irritation. So if you scratch it, it can get infected.

Drinking water in winter is very important for skin. When it’s dark outside and you crave that warm cup of coffee – be aware that it dehydrates you. Compensate by drinking more water. Be sure to load up on fruits and vegetables that hydrate, too. Their anti-oxidants help ward off skin damage and help maintain healthy skin.

New York Gamma Knife Surgeon on Brain Tumors

Posted on: December 2, 2013

From the Body to the Brain: Treating Metastatic Brain Tumors

By Alain C.J. de Lotbinière MD, CM, FRCSC, FACS, Medical Director of the Gamma Knife Center at Northern Westchester Hospital

Most brain tumors begin elsewhere in the body. Although there is a great deal of awareness around Breast Cancer and Lung Cancer, what most people don’t realize is that these two cancers are the most common source of aggressive, metastatic brain tumors, according to the American Brain Tumor Association. Cancers of the colon, kidneys, and skin can also spread cancer cells to the brain. That’s grim news, but neurosurgeons are finding new ways to treat brain cancer.

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