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.
To Get a Mammogram or Not To Get a Mammogram: Risk Status Should Play a Role
By Philip C. Bonanno, MD, FACS, Director of The Breast Institute and Director of Integrated Cancer Care in the Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center at Northern Westchester Hospital
This news was hard to miss: A new study suggested that women who get annual mammograms are as likely to die from breast cancer as women who only get breast examinations from qualified doctors and nurses. If you find that news confusing, you’re not alone. Doctors, public health officials, and cancer specialists are all trying to figure out what the findings mean when it comes to detecting breast cancer and protecting women.
The study, published in the respected British Medical Journal, tracked more than 90,000 women for 25 years. The results found that death rates from breast cancer were identical in women who got mammograms and those who did not. Worse, in one in five cases, getting a mammogram often led to biopsies, radiation, and chemotherapy to treat cancers that actually posed no threat to the patient.
By Jim Dwyer, MD, Director and Chief, Emergency Medicine, 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.
November is National Caregivers Month Are you one of the 46 million people in the U.S. who are caring for an ailing family member or close friend? Being a “caregiver” can be emotionally, physically, and financially stressful. Research from the National Family Caregivers Alliance shows that family caregivers can suffer from poor health and up to 50% of all caregivers report feeling depressed.
So what can you do? The Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center at Northern Westchester Hospital offers a few suggestions to help you reduce your stress: