It seems like a week doesn’t go by without some high profile celebrity addiction story making the nightly news. The unfortunate reality that addiction to prescription medications has reached epidemic proportions in our society has many patients concerned that a trip to the operating room might render them a pain-pill addict, but when it comes down to it, to be able to make the right decisions for their own health, people need to put the hype into the proper context.
The Mount Sinai Hospital is the first in New York City to open an observation unit for Emergency Department (ED) patients who do not meet criteria for inpatient admission, yet require further short-term evaluation and treatment before they can be discharged safely. The 20-bed Rapid Evaluation and Treatment Unit (RETU) is adjacent to the ED and is staffed by physicians, physician assistants, nurse managers, nurses, case managers, and social workers who work as a team to better assess and coordinate patient care. Similar units will be rolled out at hospitals throughout the Mount Sinai Health System in the coming months.
As a college sophomore, Joanna Adler was unexpectedly diagnosed with a rare illness called Wilson’s disease, and underwent an urgent liver transplant at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Today, 16 years later, Ms. Adler remains close to her physician, Leona Kim-Schluger, MD, the Sidney J. Zweig Professor of Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Associate Director of the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute. Ms. Adler is also a strong supporter of Mount Sinai, which she credits for saving her life.
On January 12th, 2010 when a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti, Ernest Barthelemy was half way through his second of medical school at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The earthquake that devastated Haiti hit Ernest in every way, from the personal casualties within his family to its spiritual implications for his cultural identity to an eventual redefinition of his professional medical career.
Benefactors Patty and Jay Baker recently donated $10 million to establish The Patty and Jay Baker National Palliative Care Center at Mount Sinai to support public policy, education, training, research, and national outreach to improve the quality of care for seriously ill Americans and their families.
Sarcoidosis is a multisystem, inflammatory disease, which can involve all organ systems to a varying degree and extent. Upon diagnosis or afterward, patients are commonly overwhelmed by their disease and frequently ask questions that include: How did I get this disease; Will it spread to all my organs; Will it kill me; which of my other ailments are related to sarcoidosis and do I need treatment for them; Can I expect to live a normal life; Should I be on a special diet; Will my kids inherit sarcoidosis?
We commonly hear that two-thirds of all adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese, and that adult obesity has risen at an alarming rate over the past 30 years. What is less commonly heard is that the rate of obesity has risen nearly three times faster in adolescents as compared to adults in the past 30 years! Importantly, 70 percent of obese teens become obese adults, and adult obesity has been linked to other serious diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and several forms of cancer. Thus, the teen years represent a particularly crucial time to reach kids and help them build healthier habits that they can continue into adulthood.
Susan B. Bressman, MD, a leading researcher, clinician, and educator in movement disorders and neurological conditions, has been named a “National Physician of the Year” for clinical excellence by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of the annual America’s Top Doctors® guides. Dr. Bressman is Chair of the Mirken Department of Neurology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Chair of Neurology at Mount Sinai Roosevelt and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Here are the most common myths about this disease that I hear from my patients.
“I feel fine, I have no pain or feel any lumps- there is no way for me to have colon cancer”
Most patients who underwent screening colonoscopy and a colon cancer were found did NOT have any symptoms. Most importantly, those are the cases that are curable! By the time symptoms developed, unfortunately it is often already too late. 91% of patients with cancer that were detected early are alive and well 5 years after diagnosis. But only 37% of all colorectal cancer are diagnosed at this stage- we can do better, this is the most preventable cancer with screening.