Social Support Helps Those with Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis is a multisystem, inflammatory disease, which can involve all organ systems to a varying degree and extent. Upon diagnosis or afterward, patients are commonly overwhelmed by their disease and frequently ask questions that include: How did I get this disease; Will it spread to all my organs; Will it kill me; which of my other ailments are related to sarcoidosis and do I need treatment for them; Can I expect to live a normal life; Should I be on a special diet; Will my kids inherit sarcoidosis?

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What to Know about Childhood and Teen Obesity

We commonly hear that two-thirds of all adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese, and that adult obesity has risen at an alarming rate over the past 30 years. What is less commonly heard is that the rate of obesity has risen nearly three times faster in adolescents as compared to adults in the past 30 years! Importantly, 70 percent of obese teens become obese adults, and adult obesity has been linked to other serious diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and several forms of cancer. Thus, the teen years represent a particularly crucial time to reach kids and help them build healthier habits that they can continue into adulthood.

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Susan B. Bressman, MD, Receives Top Honor

Susan B. Bressman, MD, a leading researcher, clinician, and educator in movement disorders and neurological conditions, has been named a “National Physician of the Year” for clinical excellence by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of the annual America’s Top Doctors® guides. Dr. Bressman is Chair of the Mirken Department of Neurology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Chair of Neurology at Mount Sinai Roosevelt and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s.

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Colon Cancer Myths

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Here are the most common myths about this disease that I hear from my patients.

Myth:

“I feel fine, I have no pain or feel any lumps- there is no way for me to have colon cancer”

Reality:

Most patients who underwent screening colonoscopy and a colon cancer were found did NOT have any symptoms. Most importantly, those are the cases that are curable! By the time symptoms developed, unfortunately it is often already too late. 91% of patients with cancer that were detected early are alive and well 5 years after diagnosis. But only 37% of all colorectal cancer are diagnosed at this stage- we can do better, this is the most preventable cancer with screening.

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The Benefits of Dark Chocolate for Valentine’s Day (Recipe Included!)

For centuries before becoming the sweet treat we know today, chocolate, the product of fermented cacao beans, was used as medicine. Early Aztec cultures concocted remedies using cocoa from the “chocolate tree” to ease intestinal complaints and upset stomach, control diarrhea, reduce fevers, and boost strength before military conquests. Later eras linked chocolate to other properties, such as a cure for “chocolatomania” cravings in the mid-1900s, which were believed to occur in young women.

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