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What type of sunscreen — spray or lotion — is best for preventing skin cancer?

By June 22, 2018 Just the Facts

Short answer: It doesn’t matter — as long as you wear sunscreen in some form, says Arlene Cohen, oncology nurse at HealthAlliance Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). Read More

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What summer illnesses should I look out for — and how can I prevent them?

By June 22, 2018 Just the Facts

Heatstroke poses a danger to athletes and people who work outdoors, and the key to prevention is staying hydrated. “Power drinks are beneficial, but there’s nothing better than good old-fashioned water or salt tablets,” says George Cox, MD, internal medicine physician at Bon Secours Medical Group, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). Read More

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How can I prepare my child for the transition back to school?

By June 22, 2018 Just the Facts

Summer means a break from everything school-related — from bedtimes to bullies. All should be addressed well before Labor Day to smooth the transition for children, says Abraham Bartell, MD, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). “Children need a week or two to retrain their brains and bodies to return to a full day of school,” he says. Read More

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How can I stay healthy while traveling to different parts of the world?

By June 22, 2018 Just the Facts

“The first thing I tell people is to start thinking about potential health issues as soon as you book your flight,” says Rajiv Narula, MD, travel-medicine expert and internal medicine physician at MidHudson Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). “Most people look up restaurants or resorts, and only realize they need vaccinations at the last minute.” Read More

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What is the keto diet, and is it healthy?

By June 22, 2018 Just the Facts

“The ketogenic [keto] diet is high in fat, low in carbohydrates and moderate in protein – a combination that mimics a state of fasting,” says Lauren Brown-Brandel, clinical dietician at Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). “When the body can’t use carbs for energy, it begins to convert fat into energy instead. The byproducts of this breakdown are called ketones.” Read More

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What are the signs and symptoms of a stroke? 

By April 11, 2018 Just the Facts

“The most common signs and symptoms are weakness on one side of the body, trouble talking, loss of vision, slurred speech or the face becoming droopy,” says Mill Etienne, MD, neurologist at Good Samaritan Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). “Less common signs include suddenly becoming clumsy, difficulty walking or even a severe dizziness. If you experience anything like this, call 911 immediately – and keep calm in the meantime, says Dr. Etienne. “Don’t eat or drink anything, because you might have difficulty swallowing, as well.” Read More

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What are the health-screening recommendations for women by age?

By April 11, 2018 Just the Facts

Age 21: Pap test for cervical cancer. Doctors recommend this screening every three years until age 30 and then every five years, along with Human papillomavirus (HPV) co-testing, ending at age 65 if you’re not at high risk for cervical cancer. Discuss concerns with your OB-GYN at your annual exam. “If there’s a change in sexual status, the patient should have an interim visit to her gynecologist and repeat testing as she enters into a new relationship,” says Christine Pellegrino, MD, medical oncologist at MidHudson Regional Hospital and Westchester Medical Center, members of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). Read More

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How do I recognize the signs and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and what can I do about it?

By April 11, 2018 Just the Facts

 “PTSD can happen to anyone who has been exposed to a life-threatening event, like combat, physical violence, a car accident, a natural disaster or anyone exposed to sexual violence. Read More

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Am I a Binge Drinker?

By February 9, 2018 Just the Facts

According to Allen Nace, MA, LMHC, CASAC, Administrative Director of Community Rehabilitation Services/Addiction Treatment Services at HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), “Binge drinking is defined as five drinks for men and four drinks for women in a period of one or two hours. It is also thought to be heavy episodic drinking, with the intent of becoming intoxicated.”  Read More

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How Can I “Spring Clean” My Diet?

By February 9, 2018 Just the Facts

If you packed on a few extra pounds this winter, you’re not alone, says Susan Epstein, MS, RD, CDN, registered dietitian at The Surgical Weight Loss Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). Read More

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