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The Non-Smoking Gun

By December 18, 2015 Features

Vapor cigarettes or “e-cigarettes” — cartridges of  liquid nicotine combined with a battery and heating element — are considered among teens as a safer alternative to cigarettes. The facts are foggier.


The Oxford English Dictionary declared “vape”— the act of breathing vapor from an electronic cigarette — Word of the Year in 2014. That’s a good gauge of its popularity. So is a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study revealing that among middle and high school students, vaping has surpassed cigarette smoking in popularity: 13.4 percent of high schoolers reportedly used e-cigarettes in 2014, followed by hookahs (9.4) and cigarettes (9.2). In comparison, only 3.7 percent of adults had engaged in vaping on a regular basis in 2014. Brands are marketed in stores and online, endorsed by the the online support group known as the  “Quit Smoking Community” and touted for taste, vapor production and superior battery life.

But are they harmless enough to merit the hype? We asked two experts: Allen Dozor, MD, Chief of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy and Sleep Medicine, and Gilberto Velez, MD, Chief of Adolescent Medicine, both at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network. Read More

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Marijuana’s Dangerous Sidekick

By October 16, 2015 Features, Health News

Between April 1 and June 30 of this year, New York State saw more than 1,900 emergency department visits and more than 680 poison control center calls associated with synthetic cannabinoid (aka synthetic marijuana) use. This was a tenfold increase over the same period in 2014. Read More

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The introduction of 3D Heart-Imaging Technology at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital means better care for young patients

By August 26, 2015 Features

As our region’s largest pediatric cardiology center, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center has always set the standard for treating children’s heart problems. Recent enhancements to the hospital’s cardiac imaging program have enabled better use of jaw-dropping 3D images of children’s hearts and the surrounding vessels, created painlessly and noninvasively—even in tiny babies with complex congenital heart disorders. Read More

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As Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s full-time attending pediatric neurohospitalist, Philip Overby, MD, keeps patient care consistent

By August 21, 2015 Features

“I thought I was going to be an English teacher,” says Philip Overby, MD. “I like literature and studied English as an undergrad.” After college, he took a job in his hometown, Minneapolis, as a hospital orderly, “just to make some money, and found I enjoyed being with the patients so much that I thought I’d give the sciences a try.”

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Stars Align at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital

By April 16, 2015 Health News

To provide the best possible healing environment for kids and their families, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center thought of everything—even the walls. The Pediatric Emergency Department at the hospital recently jazzed up its walls by adding murals to its refurbished reception area, main corridor, patient rooms and trauma rooms. Read More

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