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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Reducing Sepsis Mortality Rates

A novel program implemented across the Emergency Department and all inpatient units at The Mount Sinai Hospital is being credited with helping the hospital achieve a three-year reduction in sepsis mortality.

The “Stop Sepsis Program” is based upon a project developed in 2011 by the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine to enhance the early identification and management of patients with suspected sepsis, a condition that results from infection and can quickly become life-threatening when it impairs blood flow to organs.

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