Mount Sinai Volunteers with Saving Mothers to Bring Better Prenatal Care to Guatemala

Mount Sinai Physician Assistant, Jessica Oliveira and Dr. Taraneh Shirazian, Director of Mount Sinai Global Women’s Health, attended a graduation this past May in Santiago, Guatemala.

The graduation marked the end of a 16-week program for 22 comadronas (birth attendants) enrolled in the school of POWHER (Providing Outreach in Women’s Health Education and Resources). The school is funded by Saving Mothers, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to reducing maternal mortality and morbidity, for which Dr. Shirazian is the co-founder and Medical Director.

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Caring For Those in the Second Decade of Life

There are more than 42 million adolescents between the ages of 10-19 in the United States. Worldwide one in six people is a teenager. As recently noted by the World Health Organization, “Promoting healthy practices during adolescence, and taking steps to better protect young people from health risks are critical for the prevention of health problems in adulthood, and for countries’ future health and social infrastructure.” In other words, if we want to keep our communities healthy, teen health is essential.

Since the mid-20th century, the health field has recognized the unique needs of adolescents and their right to developmentally appropriate services that openly address the health and behavioral realities of teen life. Today, adolescent medicine is an established field as a sub-specialty of pediatrics. MDs with training in pediatrics, family medicine, or internal medicine can enter adolescent medicine fellowship programs.

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Melanoma, the deadliest and most preventable skin disease

Melanoma is the deadliest and most preventable skin disease. It is a skin cancer arising from melanocytes, skin cells that carry pigment also know as melanin, which gives skin its color. Melanocytes are the cells that also form benign (non-cancerous) moles known as nevi. The distinction between harmless moles and potentially deadly melanoma can be challenging even for the most experienced dermatologists.

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Even Soccer Players Suffer Broken Noses

Soccer fans across the United States were thrilled with the US team’s opening game victory against Ghana. For those watching the game live, along with a great match, they also witnessed US star Clint Dempsey suffer a blow to the nose and a possible nasal fracture. While active Americans suffer many of the same injuries as their sport heroes, injuries to the nose and face are common for weekend warriors along with the parents of children involved in sports. The bleeding and possible disfigurement associated with facial trauma and nasal fractures can be a cause of great anxiety for patients or the parents of injured children.

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Dermatology throughout your lifetime

Our skin goes through many changes as we age. Each stage is marked with some specific findings that are more or less common, but it is normal to ask: “What is happening to my (or my child’s) skin and hair?”

Infants: Seborrheic dermatitis, or “cradle cap,” is very common in infants. While the condition will generally pass with use of gentle cleansers, in severe cases a prescription medication may be necessary. It is also important not to confuse run-of-the mill cradle cap with a true fungal infection.

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Cath Lab Gets Highest Safety Rating

The New York State Department of Health recently awarded The Mount Sinai Hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization (Cath) Laboratory the highest “two-star” safety rating for percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) in overall and nonemergency cases. This marks the 16th consecutive year that the Cath Lab, or one of its physicians, has received this prestigious two-star rating for safety when performing PCI. The minimally invasive procedure, also known as angioplasty, is used to diagnose and treat patients with heart disease or blocked arteries.

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Family Medicine: A Specialty for All Ages

Family medicine is a model of care that focuses on caring for patients of all ages throughout their lives, with an emphasis on understanding the whole person and the communities where they live. Today, family physicians are in high demand due to the increased awareness of the importance of primary care in realigning our health care system to support the triple aims of the Accountable Care Act (ACA); better health care for individuals, better health outcomes in the community, and lower health care costs.

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