Treating and Beating Winter Laryngitis

It’s that time of year when the temperature drops, the weather changes and we all begin to get colds or the flu. With these upper respiratory infections come fatigue, muscle aches, sneezing, coughing, and often laryngitis. The laryngitis may be the most debilitating aspect of the illness because it can be painful and rob us of our ability to communicate, socialize, and work.

“The symptoms of laryngitis can be caused by numerous factors,” says Michael Pitman, MD, Director, Voice and Swallowing Institute at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. “The most common cause is a viral upper respiratory infection. Vocal abuse in the form of smoking or yelling also commonly leads to laryngitis.”

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Volunteers Care for Marathon Runners

A volunteer team of 20 individuals that included residents, a nurse, and paramedics from Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt’s emergency departments was on hand at the New York City Marathon’s Finish Line Medical Tent, Sunday, November 2, to treat runners who required medical attention. “We saw a number of runners with exercise-associated collapse, and we also treated patients with chest pain, head injuries, muscle injuries and cramps, scrapes, and bruises,” says Michael Redlener, MD, Medical Director for Prehospital Care and Medical Captain for the team. “Thanks to a strong team, the runners we treated all received excellent care.” The hospitals have been providing clinical care to New York City Marathon runners since 1993.

Mount Sinai Rated Highly for Patient Safety

The Mount Sinai Health System has received high ratings for patient safety in heart attacks, pulmonary care, and overall medical care from CareChex®, a national quality rating service, which released its rankings of approximately 5,000 U.S. acute care hospitals and health care systems in October. CareChex arrived at its rankings for the Mount Sinai Health System by averaging its scores of The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Roosevelt, and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s.

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It’s Finally Here! The New US Kidney Allocation System

This article originally appeared on The American Journal of Kidney Diseases’ (AJKD) Blog

Today marks an exciting change in kidney transplantation. Although there have been adjustments to the kidney allocation system over the last 20 years, there has not been a major change. This is despite a growing waitlist and a shortage of organs. Allocation is currently driven predominantly by wait time rather than matching kidneys with appropriate recipients.

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Healthy Holiday Nutrition Tips

It’s that time of year again—brisk temperatures, festive décor, holiday parties. While it’s often something we look forward to for months, the time from Thanksgiving to New Years also means being faced with seasonal treats, big meals and fancy cocktails that can make it difficult to maintain a healthy diet. According to recent research, the average American may gain 1-2 pounds this time of year, which can be tough to lose once we put away our party hats and winter sets in. The good news is that keeping up your healthy habits through the holidays and avoiding weight gain doesn’t mean depriving yourself of things you love. Here are our tips for having a happy and healthy holiday season:

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New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai Receives National Recognition for Nursing Excellence

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) has received national recognition for excellence in nursing for the second consecutive time from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. Magnet® Recognition designation is considered the highest recognition for nursing excellence, and fewer than 8 percent of hospitals in the United States have received this honor. NYEE is the only eye and ear specialty hospital in the country to have received this recognition.

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New Superhero Debuts at NYEE

Sapheara, a new Marvel Comics superhero with cochlear implants, recently made her debut at an event hosted by the Ear Institute at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE). The heroine is featured in a new comic book and teacher’s guide titled Sound Effects, in which she, Iron Man, and Blue Ear—a superhero with hearing aids—unite to protect New York City, while addressing the issues of bullying, and hearing loss awareness and prevention. The event and publications were sponsored by the Children’s Hearing Institute (CHI), an organization that supports medical research at NYEE, and Marvel Custom Solutions. Sound Effects will be distributed to approximately 150,000 New York City public school students in grades three through seven.

“Breakfast of Legends” Honors Supporters

The Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (MSAHC) honored four individuals and a nonprofit organization for their commitment to the young people of New York City at its eleventh annual “Breakfast of Legends” event held Thursday, October 23, at The Plaza Hotel.

The MSAHC is one of the largest and most comprehensive adolescent health centers in the nation, and provides free medical, mental health, sexual and reproductive health, dental, and optical services to more than 11,000 underserved youth and young adults, ages 10 to 24.

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