The Cancer Related Benefits of Brussel Sprouts (Recipe Included!)

Brussel sprouts have a history of under appreciation, being boiled or steamed to an olive colored mush and strongly eliciting smells of sulfur. Over the past few years, however, they’ve taken a turn in the eyes of the public and have become a favorite of foodies, bloggers, and some of the best restaurants in NYC. This is good news for the health minded and flavor-seeking alike!

Cruciferous vegetables name the family of plant foods that includes brussel sprouts, kale, broccoli, cabbage, and arugula, among others. They contain a powerful group of compounds called isothiocynates, which have a number of cancer-fighting properties, particularly for breast cancer. While not as popular as its cruciferous cousin, kale, brussels actually have a greater content of certain health-promoting nutrients. These veggies may be able to assist the body in excreting estrogen and other hormones and have been linked with lower rates of breast cancer in certain populations. Eaten raw or cooked lightly, cruciferous vegetables should be a substantial part of a plant-based diet. Try to get at least one serving per day.

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National Recognition for Advancing Spinal Cord Injury Treatment

A physician-scientist and a clinical investigator at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx were presented with the 2014 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal in Science and the Environment for their groundbreaking contributions to improving the health care and quality of life of paralyzed veterans. The ceremony took place on Monday, September 22, in Washington, D.C.

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Sports Concussions: A No Brainer

With the NFL season in full effect, and many of our young athletes in the midst of their fall sports seasons, we must all remain vigilant about the possibility of a concussion. Increased media attention has raised awareness on the importance of this issue, specifically with regard to professional football. However, there is now emerging evidence on the increased frequency of concussions in soccer, lacrosse and hockey as well. Suffering just one serious concussion may result in long-term consequences and increased susceptibility to future injury, and therefore, as parents and amateur athletes, we must recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion, and learn what to do if one occurs.

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Breakfast of Legends

The Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (MSAHC), a pioneer and leader in the treatment of adolescent-specific health services, will celebrate its 11th annual Breakfast of Legends benefit on Thursday, October 23, from 7:30 to 9 am, at The Plaza.

Funds raised at the Breakfast of Legends enable the MSAHC to provide free comprehensive health care—medical, mental, dental, optical, reproductive, and health education—to more than 11,000 adolescents from New York City and surrounding areas.

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Homemade, Health-Promoting Nut Milk (Recipe Included!)

Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to us in October, a time when the cooling weather and change in seasonal produce lead us to reach for our favorite fall comfort foods. Spiced ciders, doughnuts, and pumpkin everything are a few of the season’s best indulgences, but as indulgences they should remain, or we’ll find ourselves entering the holidays with bloated stomachs and ill-fitting clothes.

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Mount Sinai Physicians Treat Players at the US Open

Two world-class orthopaedists at the Mount Sinai Health System worked behind the scenes at the 2014 US Open, treating an array of health problems incurred by players at the popular tennis tournament, which ran from Monday, August 25, through Monday, September 8, in Flushing Meadows, Queens. The Mount Sinai Hospital is the official hospital of the US Open and the United States Tennis Association (USTA).

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