Posted on: November 12, 2013
What Caregivers Need to Know About COPD
By Dr. Harlan Weinberg, Medical Director of Pulmonary and Critical Care Services, Northern Westchester Hospital
Living with someone who has COPD can be very challenging. Not only are there challenges in helping the patient with treatment and preventing exacerbations of COPD, but the condition can really limit the caregiver’s lifestyle as well. That is why it is important utilize the COPD caregivers support services offered here at NWH. Good communication between the caregiver, the patient and the doctor is extremely important. You have to keep an open three-way channel. This will help you figure out when you can manage a situation at home or when you might need to make a trip to the emergency room.
Posted on: November 7, 2013
Caring for the Caregiver
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:
Posted on: November 7, 2013
Let’s Celebrate ‘Good Nutrition Month’
By: Kimberly Stein, RD, CDN
November kicks off the holiday season, but there’s another reason to celebrate: It’s Good Nutrition Month. The core ideas of what “good nutrition” constitutes come directly from the USDA MyPlate recommendations. MyPlate is a revamped version of the food pyramid and was created as an easier visual guide to help consumers know what their main meals should consist of. Here are 7 key points…
Posted on: November 1, 2013
Preventing a Precancerous Polyp from Becoming Colon Cancer
150,000 new cases of colon & rectal cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. Screening to identify early stage tumors or precancerous polyps is critical to optimize the chance to cure this otherwise fatal disease. Colonoscopy is the optimal way to facilitate this. Despite its excellent record for safety and detection of disease, most studies show only 50% of Americans are screened appropriately. Common reasons for lack of screening are fear of the procedure, fear of the prep, embarrassment and lack of information about the safety, need and timing of screening.
Posted on: October 12, 2013
5 Healthier Halloween Candy Choices
by Stephanie Perruzza, MS, RD, CDN, Northern Westchester Hospital
Let’s be honest, when October rolls around we all know that we look forward to the large displays of Halloween candy in the supermarkets. This can be quite the competitive holiday for trick-or-treaters, challenging who can cover the most trick-or-treating ground collecting the most candy. It’s no shock that Halloween candy can be high in fat and sugar, which is why it’s important to watch your portions so the calories don’t add up. To stay on track keep in mind these simple tips when it comes to candy hunting: