Experts from Mount Sinai’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center provided free, confidential memory screenings on Tuesday, November 18, National Memory Screening Day, at the 92nd Street Y and at Linkage House, a Mount Sinai-affiliated residence for East Harlem elderly. National Memory Screening Day, spearheaded by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, promotes the early detection of memory problems, Alzheimer’s disease, and related illnesses, and encourages appropriate intervention.
The Woman to Woman program offers mentoring to women undergoing treatment for gynecologic cancer, including cervical cancer, to help them and their families get through this tough time. The program helps empower women to advocate for themselves and offer ongoing emotional support.
A new year is the perfect time to set goals and make positive changes in our lives. But, if you’re like the majority of us, these good intentions tend to fall by the wayside long before the winter snow starts to melt. This can happen if we set expectations too high or try to make drastic changes – it’s easy to get discouraged this way and abandon our plans. This year, try making smaller, more sustainable changes, which can add up big time over the course of the year! Here are some of our favorites: Read more
‘Tis the season for treats – eggnog, cookies, fruitcakes, fancy cocktails – the list is endless. Pair holiday menus with a packed party schedule and not enough exercise time, and it’s no wonder we tend to see the scales creep up by the end of December. Here are our tips to get through those holiday parties healthfully.
Asthma is one of the most common health conditions during pregnancy, affecting 1 in 12 women. Asthma can impact your pregnancy, and pregnancy can influence the behavior of your asthma. Asthma, particularly when uncontrolled, has been linked to certain complications of pregnancy, including low infant birth weight and prematurity. Pregnant women with asthma need reliable information to make healthy choices regarding their asthma during pregnancy.
Developing new drugs for the treatment of sarcoidosis isn’t easy. First, the cause of sarcoidosis is unknown. Second, prednisone, a remarkably effective medication for the treatment of sarcoidosis, limited only by its adverse side effect profile, is tough to beat. Third, sarcoidosis is a rare disease, which affects fewer than 200,000 people in the US per year. These challenges notwithstanding, researchers at Mount Sinai will be testing a new drug for the treatment of sarcoidosis. In late 2015, the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine will be enrolling sarcoidosis patients, who meet prespecified entry criteria, into a clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of KiactaTM for the treatment of sarcoidosis.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for a group of related diseases including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Although it is the third leading cause of death in the US, only half of the estimated 26 million Americans affected are aware that their shortness of breath and lingering cough are signs of a serious illness.
A Bloomberg article noted: “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has identified ambulance service as one of the biggest areas of overuse and abuse in Medicare — companies billing millions for trips by patients who can walk, sit, stand or even drive their own cars.”
“‘It’s a cash cow,’ said Assistant U.S. Attorney Beth Leahy … ‘It’s basically like a taxi service except an extremely expensive one that the taxpayers are financing.’” Read more
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.”
An Arizona Central article noted: “Cliff Faraci sustained first-, second- and third-degree burns after trying to save a teen girl after a car accident in March 2013. He stayed in a hospital burn unit for a week to get treatment for his injuries. Days later, Aetna told him it wouldn’t cover the stay.”
“Cliff Faraci suffered first-, second- and third-degree burns trying to rescue girl from a deadly accident last year. His insurance company denied his claims and hit him with a $165,000 bill, saying his injuries were not severe enough to require acute-care treatment for a week.” Read more