‘Tis the season for treats – eggnog, cookies, fruitcakes, fancy cocktails – the list is endless. Pair holiday menus with a packed party schedule and not enough exercise time, and it’s no wonder we tend to see the scales creep up by the end of December. Here are our tips to get through those holiday parties healthfully.
Asthma is one of the most common health conditions during pregnancy, affecting 1 in 12 women. Asthma can impact your pregnancy, and pregnancy can influence the behavior of your asthma. Asthma, particularly when uncontrolled, has been linked to certain complications of pregnancy, including low infant birth weight and prematurity. Pregnant women with asthma need reliable information to make healthy choices regarding their asthma during pregnancy.
Developing new drugs for the treatment of sarcoidosis isn’t easy. First, the cause of sarcoidosis is unknown. Second, prednisone, a remarkably effective medication for the treatment of sarcoidosis, limited only by its adverse side effect profile, is tough to beat. Third, sarcoidosis is a rare disease, which affects fewer than 200,000 people in the US per year. These challenges notwithstanding, researchers at Mount Sinai will be testing a new drug for the treatment of sarcoidosis. In late 2015, the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine will be enrolling sarcoidosis patients, who meet prespecified entry criteria, into a clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of KiactaTM for the treatment of sarcoidosis.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for a group of related diseases including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Although it is the third leading cause of death in the US, only half of the estimated 26 million Americans affected are aware that their shortness of breath and lingering cough are signs of a serious illness.
It’s that time of year when the temperature drops, the weather changes and we all begin to get colds or the flu. With these upper respiratory infections come fatigue, muscle aches, sneezing, coughing, and often laryngitis. The laryngitis may be the most debilitating aspect of the illness because it can be painful and rob us of our ability to communicate, socialize, and work.
“The symptoms of laryngitis can be caused by numerous factors,” says Michael Pitman, MD, Director, Voice and Swallowing Institute at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. “The most common cause is a viral upper respiratory infection. Vocal abuse in the form of smoking or yelling also commonly leads to laryngitis.”
The changing ethnic and cultural landscape of New York City is reflected in the diverse patient population served by the Mount Sinai Health System. When physicians, nurses, and support staff speak the same language, or share the same traditions and values as their patients, there is a greater sense of comfort among patients and greater satisfaction with the quality of care they receive.
Four physicians at The Mount Sinai Hospital were recognized by Nursing leadership and nurse colleagues with the 27th Annual Physician of the Year Award during a ceremony held Wednesday, October 29, at Hatch Auditorium. Before a celebratory audience of staff, family, and friends, each was saluted for demonstrating a caring attitude, kindness, the highest level of practice, and respect.
Each year, more than 200 students across grades 7 through college participate in programs offered by the Center for Excellence in Youth Education (CEYE), which was established in 1975 to help historically underrepresented or economically disadvantaged individuals explore careers in science and medicine.
Beginning Monday, December 1, faculty, students, staff, and volunteers who do not have an influenza vaccination sticker on their ID badges must wear a mask while in patient-care and public areas on Mount Sinai Health System campuses. Employee Health Services departments are offering free flu vaccinations at the following locations:
More than 375 attendees came to hear leading physicians from The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai at the Women’s Health Day of Learning and Luncheon held on Thursday, November 13, at The Plaza. Presentations centered on rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis C, thyroid disease, genomics and ovarian cancer, and heart palpitations in women. Lisa Ling, the executive producer and host of CNN’s “This is Life,” served as keynote speaker.