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How Do I Keep My Kids Safe Around the Pool?

By July 3, 2019 Just the Facts

As seen in the July/August 2019 issue of Advancing Care.

For infants and toddlers, having a closed-off pool area is the key to safety. “Build or install a self-latching gate with childproof locks and, ideally, an audible alert when motion is detected in the water,” says Darshan Patel, MD, Chief of the Pediatric Emergency Department at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth).

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What Are the Best Ways to Barbecue Safely?

By July 3, 2019 Just the Facts

As seen in the July/August 2019 issue of Advancing Care.

Outdoor cooking is fun, but beware: Grills, hibachis and barbecues can lead to critical injuries or even death.

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Why Is a Man’s Life Expectancy Less Than a Woman’s?

By April 18, 2019 Just the Facts

For one thing, the female heart is genetically designed to handle pregnancy, which offers protection during childbearing years. “Women’s hearts are able to handle a 30 percent increase in blood volume by the end of the second trimester, while men’s hearts cannot,” says William H. Frishman, MD, MACP, Director of Medicine at Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). “Although men have higher rates of sudden death than women, women die at about the same rate as men, just later in life,” says Dr. Frishman. Read More

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At What Age Do Men Need to Do Health Screenings?

By April 18, 2019 Just the Facts

Lisa Ferrara, MD, internal medicine physician at Bon Secours Medical Group, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), says men should follow these guidelines: Read More

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What Should I Know About Prostate Health?

By April 18, 2019 Just the Facts

Initial symptoms of prostate cancer can be subtle, says J. Keith Festa, MD, Associate Director of Medical Affairs at MidHudson Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, (WMCHealth). Read More

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What Vaccines Does My Pre-teen Need?

By April 18, 2019 Just the Facts

Vaccinations for meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) and human papillomavirus (HPV) are recommended for all adolescents beginning at age 11-12. “Some parents hesitate to give the HPV vaccine at 11-12 years since the disease is sexually transmitted, but the earlier you give the vaccine, the better the protection it provides,” says Sheila Nolan, MD, MSCE, Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). Read More

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At What Age Do Women Need to Undergo Health Screenings?

By April 18, 2019 Just the Facts

Lisa Ferrara, MD, internal medicine physician at Bon Secours Medical Group, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), says women should follow these guidelines: Read More

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Are the Signs for a Heart Attack Different in Women?

By April 18, 2019 Just the Facts

Heart disease claims the lives of one in four women in the United States. Women may not experience the classic chest-and-radiating-arm pains associated with a heart attack, and, because symptoms may be subtle, they may wait too long for treatment. Symptoms include chest pain/discomfort, heartburn, indigestion, vague discomfort in chest/upper body, shortness of breath, profuse sweating, cold sweat, light-headedness, extreme fatigue, palpitations, nausea and pain in the stomach, upper back, neck or jaw. Read More

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Do I Need an Ultrasound When I Get a Mammogram?

By April 18, 2019 Just the Facts

Those with dense tissue may also require an ultrasound. Read More

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Sleep Disorders, Schedules, and More Commonly Asked Sleep Questions

By February 6, 2019 Just the Facts

As seen in the March/April issue of Advancing Care

How much sleep should I be getting?

Lisa McKevitt, RRT, RPSGT, RST, Clinical Manager of the Sleep Center at MidHudson Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) in Poughkeepsie, says good sleep hygiene means seven to eight hours on a regular schedule in “a dark, quiet, cool environment. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and screen time close to bedtime.” Read More

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