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What should I know about toddler safety during the holidays?

By October 28, 2019 Just the Facts

Most parents are well versed in the dangers of toy-choking hazards facing toddlers. Darshan Patel, MD, Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, says parents of young children should be mindful of a few lesser-known holiday hazards. Read More

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How can I maintain a healthy weight in winter?

By October 28, 2019 Just the Facts, Uncategorized

The key is planning and pacing, according to Maria Scaffidi, MPA, RD, CDN, Bariatric Coordinator 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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Can eating too much sugar cause diabetes?

By October 28, 2019 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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How do I manage the stress of being a caregiver at holiday time?

By October 28, 2019 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. Read More

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Do I really need to wear sunscreen in the winter?

By October 28, 2019 Just the Facts

“If you spend a lot of time outdoors, winter can pose just as much risk of sun damage as summer does,” says Xiang Da (Eric) Dong, MD, Associate Director of Surgical Oncology at MidHudson Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). Read More

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Can the shorter days really be affecting me?

By October 23, 2019 Just the Facts

Simply put: “There is no question that mood problems can be triggered by seasonal changes,” says Alexander Lerman, MD, Director of the Psychiatric Residency program at WMCHealth’s Behavioral Health Center. Read More

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Is CBD Oil Safe and Effective?

By August 28, 2019 Just the Facts

As seen in the September/October 2019 issue of Advancing Care

Cannabidiol, known as CBD, is the non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis derived from the hemp plant (THC is the chemical that provides the psychoactive effect).

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Which Superfoods Are Best for You?

By August 28, 2019 Just the Facts

As seen in the September/October 2019 issue of Advancing Care

Within 10 years, medical professionals may be able to customize diets based on a person’s genetic makeup, says Jaclyn Meyer, MS, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at the Diabetes Education Center of HealthAlliance Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) in Kingston.

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How Should Babies Sleep at Night?

By August 28, 2019 Just the Facts

As seen in the September/October 2019 issue of Advancing Care

Unsafe sleep is the No. 1 cause of preventable infant fatalities, but putting your baby down safely is as easy as “ABC” (Alone, Back, Crib), according to Jennifer Canter, MD, MPH, FAAP, Chief of Child Abuse Pediatrics at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) in Valhalla.

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What Are the High-Risk Factors for Breast Cancer? Have the Screening Guidelines Changed?

By August 28, 2019 Just the Facts

As seen in the September/October 2019 issue of Advancing Care

“Much of it is based on family history,” says Karen Karsif, MD, Medical Director at the Center for Breast Health at Good Samaritan Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) in Suffern. “Most people think only about the mother’s side, but the father’s family is equally important.”

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