Nutrition Tips for Holiday Parties

‘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.

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Asthma and Pregnancy

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.

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Potential New Drug and Clinical Trial: Sarcoidosis Goes “Modern” with Crowdsourcing

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.

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Treating and Beating Winter Laryngitis

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.”

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Mount Sinai Women’s Health Day of Learning and Luncheon

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.