To address these challenges, and strengthen the capacity of health professionals and policymakers in Southeast Asia, Mount Sinai physicians under the leadership of Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc, the Ethel H. Wise Professor of Community Medicine and Dean for Global Health at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, have established a formal collaboration with the Chulabhorn Research Institute (CRI) in Bangkok, Thailand. Under the auspices of CRI and the World Health Organization (WHO), the physicians are sharing their knowledge and expertise with health care workers in Southeast Asia. Mount Sinai is world renowned for its work in environmental and occupational medicine.
Today’s standard therapies for cancer exist because people have participated in clinical trials – yet choosing to participate in a cancer clinical trial is an important personal decision that can be intimidating for many patients. In order to better help patients understand cancer clinical trials, the reasons to participate in them, and clinical research at Mount Sinai, The Tisch Cancer Institute has released a new video, “Clinical Trials at Mount Sinai: Moving the Field Forward.”
As an orthopaedic surgeon for the Mount Sinai Medical Center, and appointed as the Chief Medical Officer for the USTA and the Medical Advisor to the U.S. Fed Cup team, I am honored to be a part of this venture as Mount Sinai is named the first-ever official medical service provider and hospital of the USTA and the US Open.
My colleague and orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. James Gladstone, will also serve as part of the medical team for the U.S. Open and the medical advisor to the U.S. Davis Cup team.
This five year partnership allows for continuity of care of the players during the U.S. Open. The current player medical services team already has had in place several Mount Sinai faculty, including Dr. Michael Yorio, the medical director.
Good posture is a goal for everything from sitting at your desk to walking down the street. What is good posture? Posture, for this case describes the position of the spine, but it also has other body parts acting on it.
The spine is divided into three groups of bones called vertebrae. The bottom vertebrae form your lower back and top vertebrae form your neck. Both of these have a natural curve, which is in the same direction: the inside of this curve faces backwards. The upper back’s vertebrae form a curve with the inside facing forward. The vertebrae of the upper back attach to your ribs in back. Your ribs connect to your breast bone in front. On each side of the vertebrae of your upper back, muscles and ligaments hold your shoulder blades onto the back of your ribs. Your arms are attached to your shoulder blades. All of these bones and curves comprise posture.
A maternity stay at The Mount Sinai Medical Center became a little sweeter in June when staff from the Department of Nursing, Women & Children’s Services began giving new parents pink or blue birthday cakes to celebrate the arrival of their newborns.
On an average day, the nursing staff—in collaboration with Mount Sinai’s Food and Nutrition Services—gives out 21 cakes to parents and babies in the Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder Center for Maternity Care, accompanied by cards that offer congratulations. All cakes are certified OU Kosher.
The Derald H. Ruttenberg Treatment Center of The Tisch Cancer Institute launched a new tool on July 15th to measure and improve patient satisfaction. RateMyHospital® is a patient-feedback survey tool that allows patients receiving treatment in the Ruttenberg Center to easily provide feedback on their care. In only a few weeks, dozens of patients have already provided feedback using the new technology.
Traditional patient-satisfaction scores are based on paper surveys that are sent to patients after they have left the facility. RateMyHospital helps health care providers get real-time patient feedback – essential in assessing and improving patient care – because patients can fill out the online survey immediately, even before stepping through Mount Sinai’s doors.
I recently attended a talk that I found inspiring and helpful, whether your personal challenge is inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD) or any other life issue. The point that the speaker made is simple, yet one that is worth sharing: It is to remember that everyone has a problem or difficulty of some sort to deal with.
For some, like the motivational speaker I heard, it happens to be a very visible physical disability; for others, like many of our IBD patients, it can often be hidden, an invisible illness. What is important to remember is that at the end of the day, we are all just people, not our illness. This goes along with my advice to parents of children diagnosed with IBD, that one of the best gifts you can offer your child is the gift of a normal happy life.
The low FODMAP diet may sound like yet another gimmicky weight loss plan to many of you, but it’s actually a science-backed regimen aimed at alleviating symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Developed by Australian researchers, the efficacy of the low FODMAP diet for IBS is supported by encouraging studies in numerous medical journals, and has increasingly become the go-to dietary intervention for this highly prevalent condition.
Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is the single most common reason for regulatory actions concerning drugs, including failure to gain approval for marketing, removal from the market place and restriction of prescribing indications.
DILI is also a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in many patient populations. Due to its idiosyncratic nature, variable presentation and the vast number of potential causative drugs as well as herbal and dietary supplements, DILI is often diagnosed late in its course when patients have severe liver disease. DILI, including acute liver failure requiring liver transplantation, can happen anytime to anyone taking medications, even over the counter medications. Unfortunately, there are no tests to predict who is at risk nor to diagnose this problem. Read more
Significant advances in science are taking place, but translating them into clinical treatments for an array of human diseases is being hampered by public policies that are not aligned with the public good. That observation was articulated by Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, during a discussion on “What’s Holding Back Medical Progress?,” one of three talks in which he participated at the ninth annual Aspen Ideas Festival, in Colorado, which ran from June 26 – July 2.