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How Much is Too Much Salt?

Posted on: December 14, 2015

Salt Sense:  How Much is Too Much Salt?

By Jill Ashbey-Pejoves 

Most of us know that eating too much salt isn’t good for us. It causes our bodies to retain fluid, which increases our blood pressure and makes our heart work harder. Over time, this can do significant damage to blood vessels.

SaltA new rule requiring chain restaurants in NYC to clearly identify (with a salt shaker symbol) the high sodium options on their menu will benefit everyone, but they only have to do that for items containing 2300 milligrams of sodium or more. That’s the equivalent of a teaspoon of salt, or an entire day’s worth. The typical American consumes  well over that, and it’s not just adults, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 9 out of 10 children eat too much salt, and 1 in 6 have elevated blood pressure.

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Westchester Breast Surgeon on the Risks and Benefits of Mammograms

Posted on: February 18, 2014

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

100533240(2)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.

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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.

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.

For answers…

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