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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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What is holiday heart syndrome, and how can I avoid it?

By October 18, 2018 Just the Facts

It may sound festive, but there is nothing cheerful about holiday heart syndrome, a very real phenomenon in which heart-related emergencies spike around the food-and-drink-centered holidays. 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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What are the best ways to avoid, identify and treat head lice?

By August 21, 2018 Just the Facts

According to Maria Lombardi, MD, pediatrician at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), lice are highly contagious, and are spread from person to person (mostly children) via the direct contact of hair accessories, hats, pillows, bedding, and of course, heads. Read More

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How can I pack a healthy school lunch that actually gets eaten?

By August 21, 2018 Just the Facts

Success starts well before the lunch bell rings. Read More

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How can I make Halloween a safe yet enjoyable experience?

By August 21, 2018 Just the Facts

Each year, 4,400 trick-or-treaters across the country are taken to a hospital. Mark Papish, MD, Associate Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at MidHudson Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), shares strategies to minimize risk. First, remember that one-third of Halloween injuries involve lacerations from pumpkin-carving. “Using a children’s pumpkin-carving knife that is serrated, but not sharp, can mitigate this risk,” Dr. Papish says. “You can also have young children paint the pumpkin instead.” Read More

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How can I help prevent a senior citizen family member from getting injured in a fall?

By August 21, 2018 Just the Facts

The bad news: One in three falls among adults 65 and over leads to a traumatic injury, such as a hip fracture. Read More

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What’s the best way to navigate a medicine aisle and make sense of all the options?

By August 21, 2018 Just the Facts

In drugstore aisles, over-the-counter medications are organized by symptoms. To find the right match, think about cause. “When you see your symptoms on the front of the box, flip it over to see the active ingredients,” says Steven Seeberger, RPH, Director of Pharmacy Services at Good Samaritan Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). “There are many cold and allergy medications. The rule is: If your runny-nose symptoms are being caused by the common cold, you should select a decongestant. If your runny nose is caused by seasonal allergy, you should use an antihistamine. If you see the word “PM” in the name of the medication, it contains a sleep aid.” Read More

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