A new birthing concept called the gentle C-section, available at Northern Westchester Hospital, is giving mothers who need a cesarean section the opportunity for a more natural birthing experience and a chance to bond better with their new baby than with traditional cesarean deliveries. Obstetrics and Gynecology experts at NWH, Angelo Cumella, MD, Jefferey Spencer, MD and Mazen, Khalifeh, MD are excited to be able to offer the gentle C to their patients at NWH.
What is an Alter G treadmill and what does it offer obesity surgery patients? Dr. Mitchell Roslin, Medical Director of the Surgical Weight Loss Program explains.
How do you define health? While many think of it as the absence of a labeled medical problem, or not requiring daily medications, health really means being active and able to perform strenuous exercise. In fact, the distance traveled on a treadmill correlates well with survival.
Unfortunately, for many obese individuals there are significant barriers to exercise. Increased weight reduces respiratory capacity and increases load on the joints, making sustained exercise not possible for many afflicted patients. However, a ground-breaking anti-gravity treadmill is making the impossible a reality.
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.
Understanding Your Cholesterol Numbers (post 2 of 3)
By Robert Pilchik, MD, Chief of Cardiology at Northern Westchester Hospital
First, a short review of cholesterol basics: The two types of cholesterol in your body – low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) – behave totally differently. Over time, excess LDL in your body, largely from fatty foods you eat, builds up in your artery walls as hard plaque, narrowing these vessels and restricting blood flow to your heart and brain. This condition, atherosclerosis, is THE leading cause of heart attack and stroke. By contrast, HDL acts as a vacuum, ridding the arterial walls of cholesterol and flushing it from the body.
by Dr. Harlan Weinberg, Medical Director of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at NWH
Medical knowledge and information management is crucial to the delivery of health care.
“But nothing has changed clinical practice more fundamentally than one recent innovation: the Internet…Falsehoods are easily and rapidly propagated on the Internet: once you land on a site that asserts a false rumor as truth, hyperlinks direct you to further sites that reinforce the falsehood…1
As physicians, we are struggling to figure out how best to use this technology in the interests of our patients and ourselves. Although the Internet is reshaping the content of the conversation between doctor and patient, we believe the core relationship should not change…Physicians are in the best position to weigh information and advise patients, drawing on their understanding of available evidence as well as their training and experience.” (NEJM 2010; 362:1063-66; Untangling the Web — Patients, Doctors and the Internet; P. Hartzband, MD et al).
So, let’s look at some helpful suggestions that will unburden our medical internet searches: