How to Prevent Trans Teen Suicide

How to prevent trans teen suicide

Suicide is an epidemic among transgender youth — and it’s preventable.

Suicide can impact anyone, but transgender teens are at particular risk. Studies have shown that between 30 and 50 percent of transgender youth have seriously considered suicide, and one quarter have attempted to end their lives.

But not all transgender teens face equal risk. Unsurprisingly, teens with supportive parents are far less likely to try to end their lives. A recent Toronto study found that, among transgender teens whose parents were very supportive, 4% had attempted suicide?—?compared to 57% of teens whose parents were somewhat to not at all supportive Read more

New Corporate Center Unifies Mount Sinai

Mount Sinai's new Corporate Services Center

50 East 42nd Street: a landmark building for Mount Sinai’s new Corporate Services Center

A landmark building at 150 East 42nd Street—a 45-story architectural jewel built in the mid-1950s—now serves as the official Corporate Services Center for the Mount Sinai Health System and the offices for 1,800 staff from nearly two dozen departments. Mount Sinai has leased six floors and is one of the building’s largest occupants. The Health System logo is prominently displayed at the building’s entrances.

“Isn’t this amazing?” said Peter W. May, Chairman, Boards of Trustees, Mount Sinai Health System, as he showed trustees, Health System leaders, and guests the new space—specifically, the new corporate boardroom, which he inaugurated with Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mount Sinai Health System, during a reception on Wednesday, September 30. Mr. May also took guests onto an outdoor terrace that overlooks 42nd Street. “This really is a milestone that has been fulfilled,” said Dr. Davis, and he thanked Leni and Peter May for providing a contribution to create the space. Read more

Transforming the Mount Sinai Hospital Campuses

Transforming the Mount Sinai Hospital Campuses

An architectural image features the modern design planned for the Phillips Ambulatory Care Center at Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

A transformation is under way at the seven hospital campuses that comprise the Mount Sinai Health System, with various projects that streamline and modernize facilities, and strengthen their ability to better serve patients.

Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mount Sinai Health System, has called this “a landmark time for our hospitals.” The changes, he says, will increase efficiency and enable Mount Sinai to “stand out as a health care hub,” locally and globally. Read more

Push-Up Challenge for Men’s Health

Push-Up Challenge for Men’s Health

From left, Urology Fellow Avinash Reddy, MD; Dennis S. Charney, MD; and Leslie Schlachter, PA, took turns at the mat during the Push-Up Challenge, while Ash Tewari, MBBS, MCh, far right, who spearheaded the event, looked on.

Sixty-two men and women took to the mat in the Guggenheim Pavilion on Wednesday, September 16, to participate in the Mount Sinai Health System’s Push-Up Challenge, an event highlighting Prostate Cancer Awareness Month that was sponsored by the Department of Urology.

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, kicked off the challenge by completing 106 push-ups that were tallied by trainers from the New York Sports Club. Read more

Town Hall Meeting on Diversity in Neuroscience

Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD

Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD

Creating a level playing field, increasing mentorship opportunities, and making inclusion a priority, are among the steps needed to attract more underrepresented minorities and increase the number of women in senior faculty positions in the neurosciences. Those steps were outlined on Friday, September 25, at a Town Hall Meeting on “Diversity in Neuroscience,” attended by an overflow crowd of students and faculty in Hatch Auditorium on the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai campus. Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD, Nash Family Professor and Chair, Fishberg Department of Neuroscience, and Director, The Friedman Brain Institute, presented statistics that illustrate the underrepresentation of women at senior faculty ranks in neuroscience departments throughout the country, and how minorities continue to lack equal representation in the sciences. At the Icahn School of Medicine, for example, there are 52 women and 39 male instructors and 386 women and 436 male assistant professors; but at the professor level, there are 79 women and 240 men. And of the 261 faculty members within the Mount Sinai Health System’s eight basic science departments, only 13 are from underrepresented minority groups. These data are equivalent at other leading medical centers around the country. Read more

“Rollin’ Colon” Exhibit Attracts Visitors at Union Square Park

“Rollin’ Colon” Exhibit Attracts Visitors at Union Square Park

From left: Marcline St. Germain, Health Communication Assistant, and Cindy R. Borassi, Director, Communications and Operations, Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation; Cynthia Martinez, event organizer, and colon cancer survivor; Dan Foster, colon cancer survivor; David Carr-Locke, MD; and Lizanka Rodriguez, Colonoscopy Patient Navigator, Division of Digestive Diseases.

More than 600 people visited the “Rollin’ Colon,” an exhibit of the digestive tract that was on display in Union Square Park on Thursday, September 24, during the Third Annual Colon Cancer Awareness Event, sponsored by Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Division of Digestive Diseases, the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation (CCCF), and the Union Square Partnership. The walk-through exhibit featured the abnormalities seen during a colonoscopy. Staff from Mount Sinai Beth Israel and the CCCF provided information about colon cancer and the importance of early detection. David Carr-Locke, MD, Professor, Medicine (Gastroenterology), Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, showed visitors his large-scale model of a colonoscope. Six visitors at the event registered for colonoscopies.

Walk4Hearing Raises Funds

Walk4Hearing Raises Funds

From left: Samantha Morgan, third-year doctoral extern, Audiology, and Jillian Friedman, fourth-year doctoral extern, Audiology, The Mount Sinai Hospital’s Center for Hearing and Balance, at the Walk4Hearing.

A team of 50 employees from New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai and The Mount Sinai Hospital joined 2,000 participants in the Hearing Loss Association of America’s (HLAA)New York Chapter Walk4Hearing on Sunday, September 27, in Manhattan’s Riverside Park. The 5K walk raised approximately $165,000 for the HLAA, a consumer advocacy organization that provides information and support to people of all ages with hearing loss. The HLAA also works to eliminate the stigma associated with hearing loss. Each year, the Walk4Hearing takes place in multiple cities throughout the country.

Limiting Salt Intake in Pulmonary Hypertension

Hooman Poor, MDPulmonary hypertension is a condition of increased pressure in the blood vessels of the lungs. Because of this increased pressure, the heart has more difficulty with effectively pumping blood throughout the body, which can lead to symptoms of shortness of breath and leg swelling. While there are a number of effective medications to reduce the pressure in the blood vessels of the lungs, limiting salt intake is an important measure to help alleviate this pressure and reduce symptoms. Read more

Skin Reactions to Halloween Costumes and Makeup

Costume JewelryAs Halloween approaches and you’re choosing your child’s costume, here are some helpful tips to protect your child’s skin from Lauren Geller, MD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics at the Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai:

– Face paints and makeups can be fun and can complete your child’s costume, but they can sometimes cause an allergic reaction. They may contain preservatives, such as formaldehyde, dyes or fragrances that can be irritating to the skin. Be sure to test the face paint or makeup on a small area of your child’s skin, such as a spot on the arm, before Halloween, to make sure your child doesn’t have a reaction to it. Read more

Tricks or Treats: Costume Safety Tips for A Happy Halloween

Halloween costume safetyFrom the candy to the ghosts and goblins to the costumes, Halloween is that fun-filled time for children and parents to enjoy. However, it can also bring certain safety hazards to trick-or-treaters. There are many safety measures that parents can take to help make this year’s festivity a safe one and Allison Gault, MD, Assistant Professor, in the Division of General Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital, addresses common concerns that parents have on Halloween. Read more