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What is snow blindness – and is it serious?

By December 27, 2018 Just the Facts

“Snow blindness, also known as photokeratitis, is a painful condition of the cornea that’s similar to a sunburn,” says Adam Jacobson, MD, Chief Resident in the Department of Ophthalmology at Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). Read More

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What injuries are most commonly associated with skiing? Will a helmet help prevent injuries when I sled or ski?

By December 27, 2018 Just the Facts

According to Paul Llobet, MD, Chief Medical Officer of HealthAlliance Hospitals, members of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), unpredictable terrain and changing weather heighten the risk of injuries on the slopes. Read More

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Are chocolate and red wine good for my heart?

By December 27, 2018 Just the Facts

Yes, as long as you sip and savor rather than guzzle and gorge. Read More

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Do I really need to wear sunscreen in the winter?

By December 27, 2018 Just the Facts

You may have stashed your swimsuit, but keep sunscreen in rotation year-round. Read More

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How can I keep my family safe while sledding?

By December 27, 2018 Just the Facts

Unfortunately, thrill rides down local hills send over 20,000 children to emergency rooms each year. Read More

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Do I need to worry about carbon-monoxide poisoning when heating my home?

By December 27, 2018 Just the Facts

Produced by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, including gas, oil, coal and wood, carbon monoxide is an odorless silent killer that displaces oxygen from the bloodstream when inhaled, undermining function of the heart and brain. Read More

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How can I keep my home a safe place this time of year?

By October 18, 2018 Just the Facts

Late November through early January can be the most joyous time of the year — and a dangerous one. With new toys and decorations entering your home, there are many things that could send you (or your guests) to the emergency room. Here are some tips to having a happy, healthy and safe holiday, from Ivan Miller, MD, Director of Emergency Medicine at Westchester Medical Center, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and MidHudson Regional Hospital, all members of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth).    Read More

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Can eating too much sugar cause diabetes?

By October 18, 2018 Just the Facts

“No, that’s a myth — and so is the misconception that people with diabetes can “never” eat sweets or traditional foods they enjoy,” says Donna Gibbons, RN, MS, CPT, CDE, Diabetes Program Manager at Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). Read More

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’Tis the season for parties. How can I drink or host responsibly?

By October 18, 2018 Just the Facts

“Excess alcohol consumption is the third-leading preventable cause of death in this country, causing 85,000 deaths a year,” says Gail Bailey-Wallace, Medical Director of the Kyle Goldberg Turning Point Program at MidHudson Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). Read More

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How do I manage the stress of being a caregiver at holiday time?

By October 18, 2018 Just the Facts

“One of the first ways is giving ourselves permission to accept help,” says Heather  Greene, LCSW, Director of Resident and Family Services at Mountainside Residential Care Center, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) in Margaretville. “That can be anything from accepting an invitation to dinner to having someone come visit and sit with your loved one.” Read More

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