Tricks or Treats: Costume Safety Tips for A Happy Halloween

Halloween costume safetyFrom the candy to the ghosts and goblins to the costumes, Halloween is that fun-filled time for children and parents to enjoy. However, it can also bring certain safety hazards to trick-or-treaters. There are many safety measures that parents can take to help make this year’s festivity a safe one and Allison Gault, MD, Assistant Professor, in the Division of General Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital, addresses common concerns that parents have on Halloween. Read more

Tricks or Treats for Teeth: Tips for Happy and Healthy Halloween

Halloween CandyHalloween is that sweet time of year when children enjoy dressing up in their favorite costume and go trick-or-treating collecting candy and treats from their friends and neighbors. The holiday of pumpkins and scary ghosts also marks the beginning of a holiday season ahead that brings more treats and desserts like Christmas cookies and fruitcakes.

Parents can take steps to keep their children’s teeth healthy during this time, explains Laurie Hyacinthe, DMD, Director, Pediatric Dental Medicine Residency at the Mount Sinai Health System and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Read more

Dubin Breast Center Holds Annual Symposium

Dubin Breast Center Holds Annual Symposium

From left: Joel Dudley, PhD; Elisa Port, MD; Perri Peltz; Emily Sonnenblick, MD; Hanna Irie, MD, PhD; Michael Brodman, MD; Eva Andersson Dubin, MD; and Marisa Acocella Marchetto

Five leading researchers and clinicians at the Mount Sinai Health System discussed the latest trends in women’s health with more than 100 guests at the Dubin Breast Center’s fourth annual Fact vs. Fiction Luncheon and Symposium, held recently in midtown Manhattan. Mount Sinai’s experts responded to questions from the audience on pressing issues such as advances in cancer immunotherapy; how each person’s unique microbiome, or bacteria, interacts with his or her immune system; and whether chemotherapy is the best treatment for all invasive breast cancers. Read more

Large Turnout at Free Cholesterol Screenings

Elvin Razilov, RN, and Emily Danz, RN

Elvin Razilov, RN, and Emily Danz, RN, tested visitors and staff for cholesterol at Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center.

Nearly 1,000 visitors and staff received free cholesterol screenings at six Mount Sinai Health System hospitals during September, National Cholesterol Education Month. Nursing staff also distributed free educational material. “Cholesterol disorders are one of the most significant contributors to a person’s risk of a heart attack or stroke,” says Beth Oliver, RN, DNP, Senior Vice President of Cardiac Services, Mount Sinai Health System. “Knowing your numbers can help you and your health care provider work together to make sure you keep your cholesterol level under control.”

Mount Sinai Provides Medical Care at the US Open

James Gladstone, MD, and Alexis Chiang Colvin, MD

Mount Sinai physicians, led by top orthopaedists and radiologists, were courtside at the US Open to help diagnose and treat the professional athletes in need of medical attention during the recent tournament held in Flushing Meadows, Queens. Physicians also were interviewed for their expertise in injury prevention and other topics of interest to the professional—and amateur—athlete, all efforts that showcased Mount Sinai’s position as the official medical services provider for the tennis tournament, the United States Tennis Association (USTA), and the US Davis Cup and US Fed Cup teams. Read more

Strengthening a Culture of Safety at Mount Sinai

From left: Sandra Myerson, MBA, MS, BSN, RN; Judy Miranda, DNP(C), RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Mount Sinai Roosevelt; Evan L. Flatow, MD; Tracy Breen, MD; Eva Johansson, Vice President, Quality Initiatives, Mount Sinai Roosevelt; Jeremy Boal, MD; and Marc Napp, MD, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Mount Sinai Health System.

Mount Sinai Roosevelt recently attracted a standing-room-only crowd to its first Safety Summit, setting the tone for a culture of safety throughout the Mount Sinai Health System.

“The most important goal is patient and staff safety, and it is amazing to see the energy and commitment by so many of our faculty and staff,” Mount Sinai Roosevelt President Evan L. Flatow, MD, told the attendees, comprised of clinical and nonclinical staff. Dr. Flatow said that “a single staff member can be a powerful advocate for patient safety,” but developing a culture of safety requires teamwork.

During the event, Safety Champion Awards were presented to 21 nurses, physicians, support staff, and technicians who were recognized for their commitment to a variety of initiatives focused on medication and surgery, reducing patient falls and sepsis, and staff safety. Read more

A Focus on the Environmental Impact on Health

Robert O. Wright, MD, MPH

For the past 20 years, the nation’s vast scientific resources have been spent unraveling the human genome. This emphasis now includes the genome’s environmental equivalent—the exposome—as well. At the Mount Sinai Health System, research into the exposome is being led by Robert O. Wright, MD, MPH, Ethel H. Wise Professor of Community Medicine, and the newly named Chair of Preventive Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Read more

Expert in Global Health Joins Mount Sinai

Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD

Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, an expert in the design of community health systems for underserved populations in the United States and abroad, has joined Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai as Director of The Arnhold Global Health Institute, and Vice Chair of Population Health in the Samuel Bronfman Department of Medicine.

In his dual roles, Dr. Singh will help the Icahn School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Health System align global and domestic health activities, and integrate advances in domestic population health with economic principles, biomedical advances, and systems science. Read more

Raising Awareness about Sickle Cell Disease

Jeffrey Glassberg, MD, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, and Medicine (Hematology and Medical Oncology), Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Doris Wethers, MD; Jena Simon, NP; and Sydra Stuart, Phlebotomy Coordinator, Outreach Laboratories

The Mount Sinai Health System observed Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Awareness Month by hosting “Community Engagement Day: Mount Sinai Cares About Sickle Cell Disease” on Saturday, September 12, on The Mount Sinai Hospital campus. Sickle cell disease is a genetic blood disorder that tends to occur in people of African, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, and South Asian descent, causing severe pain, tissue damage, infections, and organ failure. More than 120 attendees learned about SCD from patients and a panel of physician researchers, and were reminded that babies should be screened soon after birth. The establishment of the Doris Wethers Award—which will be presented each year to an individual who does outstanding work with SCD—was a highlight of the event. Doris Wethers, MD, a retired physician from Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt, is a renowned expert on pediatric SCD.

Free Thyroid Cancer Screenings at The Mount Sinai Hospital

Mike Yao, MD, center, Senior Faculty, Department of Otolaryngology, The Mount Sinai Hospital, and technician Mildred Paulino, right, perform an ultrasound screening for thyroid cancer.

More than 168 Mount Sinai Health System staff and visitors received free thyroid cancer screenings in September at an event sponsored by The Mount Sinai Hospital’s Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery during Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. Physicians and technicians conducted the screenings using ultrasound, which can reveal nodules or other warning symptoms. The National Cancer Institute estimates 62,450 new cases of thyroid cancer will be diagnosed in 2015. Screening is recommended for individuals with a family history of thyroid disease/cancer or with palpable neck abnormalities.