Sports Concussions: A No Brainer

With the NFL season in full effect, and many of our young athletes in the midst of their fall sports seasons, we must all remain vigilant about the possibility of a concussion. Increased media attention has raised awareness on the importance of this issue, specifically with regard to professional football. However, there is now emerging evidence on the increased frequency of concussions in soccer, lacrosse and hockey as well. Suffering just one serious concussion may result in long-term consequences and increased susceptibility to future injury, and therefore, as parents and amateur athletes, we must recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion, and learn what to do if one occurs.

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Advancing an Innovative Surgical Technique

Paul Lajos, MD, Associate Chief of Vascular Surgery at Mount Sinai Queens, and a member of the Division of Vascular Surgery at the Mount Sinai Health System, performed the first-ever percutaneous Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR) procedure at The Mount Sinai Hospital in August, on a patient who was experiencing an aortic wall hematoma and ulcer.

Boodram Jadunath, 72, was visiting New York City from London to spend time with his daughter when he began experiencing severe chest and back pain. At The Mount Sinai Hospital, a scan revealed that he needed emergency aortic surgery.

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Breakfast of Legends

The Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (MSAHC), a pioneer and leader in the treatment of adolescent-specific health services, will celebrate its 11th annual Breakfast of Legends benefit on Thursday, October 23, from 7:30 to 9 am, at The Plaza.

Funds raised at the Breakfast of Legends enable the MSAHC to provide free comprehensive health care—medical, mental, dental, optical, reproductive, and health education—to more than 11,000 adolescents from New York City and surrounding areas.

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Achieving a Milestone

Amid much jubilation, 140 first-year students at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai symbolically marked the start of their medical education by receiving white coats and stethoscopes at the 17th Annual White Coat Ceremony held Monday, September 8.

“Some members of the Class of 2018 will make scientific discoveries that will improve our ability to diagnose and treat patients, while others will become master clinicians and educators, or focus on improving public health for underserved communities around the world,” Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System, told the students. “The medical path you choose must be powered by idealism. We will nurture your idealism—because at Mount Sinai we translate idealism into action for the betterment of patients everywhere.”

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Homemade, Health-Promoting Nut Milk (Recipe Included!)

Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to us in October, a time when the cooling weather and change in seasonal produce lead us to reach for our favorite fall comfort foods. Spiced ciders, doughnuts, and pumpkin everything are a few of the season’s best indulgences, but as indulgences they should remain, or we’ll find ourselves entering the holidays with bloated stomachs and ill-fitting clothes.

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