Posted on: September 16, 2013
Whooping Cough: Are You Vaccinated?
by Dr. Navid Mootabar, Co-Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northern Westchester Hospital. & Dr. Peter Richel, Chief of Pediatrics, Northern Westchester Hospital
Pertussis — more commonly known as whooping cough — might seem like an outdated concern. However, cases have been on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The thought had been that there was lifelong immunity from the vaccine. Unfortunately, that’s not true. Immunity lasts about five to ten years. In 2010 there were 27,550 cases of pertussis in the United States, and 3,350 were in infants less than six months of age; the infection was fatal for 25 of those infants. That’s why the CDC now recommends that all pregnant women be immunized.
Posted on: August 19, 2013
by Amy Rosenfeld, MS, RD, CDN, Northern Westchester Hospital
Is everyone you know going gluten-free? While a gluten-free diet is trendy, it is less appropriate for weight loss but crucial in the treatment of celiac disease.
A protein found in wheat, rye, barley and most oats (although there are some certified gluten-free oat products), gluten is the base of bread products and works as an emulsifier and thickener in packaged foods. In healthy individuals, gluten is perfectly healthy. For celiac patients, however, gluten damages the small intestines, causing inflammation and malabsorption of nutrients. Over time, nutrient deficiencies and conditions can develop, including osteoporosis or poor growth in children.
Posted on: August 15, 2013
Sensitive to Gluten or Suffering from Celiac Disease?
by Dr. Elie Abemayor MD, Chief of Gastroenterology, Northern Westchester Hospital.
Just 10 years ago, Americans with celiac (SEE-lee-ak) disease had a tough time getting a diagnosis. Doctors thought that the autoimmune digestive disorder was extremely rare in this country. However, recent studies suggest that at least 1 percent of the US population—about 3.5 million—may have this genetic condition, which causes symptoms like bloating, abdominal pain, and diarrhea and can lead to malnutrition and thinning bones. Even worse: Up to 83 percent of them don’t realize they have it, according to statistics from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. People used to think that celiac disease was primarily a problem in Northern Europe, now we know that we’re pretty much comparable.
Posted on: July 22, 2013
The Aesthetic Side of Treating Cancer
By Dr. Michael Rosenberg, Chief of Plastic Surgery, Northern Westchester Hospital
With a diagnosis of cancer, all most people can think is, “Please cure it quick.” Thankfully, cancer treatment has come a long way; through advanced surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy techniques, more and more patients are surviving this dreaded disease. But there’s a lot more to surviving cancer than treatment. We’re starting to see treatment as just the first step.
Posted on: July 21, 2013
by Joel Seligman – President & CEO, Northern Westchester Hosptial
It is with great pride that I announce that NWH has again been awarded National Planetree Re-Designation as a Patient-Centered Hospital!
The Planetree Designation Committee was unanimous in its assessment that Northern Westchester Hospital meets “the spirit and intent of the Designation criteria”, that re-designation is well-deserved, and that NWH serves as a role model for other hospitals.