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Regular skin cancer screening: an ounce of prevention

The Skin Cancer Foundation estimates that one person dies from cancer of the skin every hour in the United States. Skin cancer can be essentially divided into two categories: melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC) and both types have been increasing at alarming rates worldwide. The risk factors for the development of skin cancer include light-colored skin, eyes, and hair, ultraviolet radiation (sun) exposure, tanning parlor use, smoking, increased age, immune system suppression and certain genetic diseases. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, followed by squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) usually appears as a skin-colored to reddish bump on sun-exposed skin, such as the face, scalp, arms and legs. While less common, lesions on sun-protected skin may also be seen, particularly in patients who frequent tanning parlors. BCC usually doubles in size yearly and can invade into surrounding tissue with a destructive effect. It can also very rarely spread to other organs (metastasize) if left untreated. Multiple surgical and nonsurgical therapeutic options exist, and these must be discussed with your dermatologist. Early detection and treatment is the key to prevent disfiguring lesions.

Tuesday 06/17/2014
June is Men’s Health Month
Updated: June 17, 2014 - 3:21 pm

Have you ever discovered that your father, brother, husband, partner or boyfriend failed to schedule — or keep — a doctor’s visit for a screening or a preventative checkup? Did you know, on average, women in the United States are expected to live approximately five years longer than men? One possible explanation is that women are more likely than men to see their doctors regularly. As a periodontist and oral healthcare professional, I can personally attest to the validity of this statement. Let’s change that! June is Men’s Health Month. All men should take these three important steps to start reducing their risk of cancer: exercise, eat healthy and get screened.

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Friday 06/13/2014
NYU School of Medicine and CUNY receive grant to establish NYU-CUNY Prevention Research Center
Updated: June 13, 2014 - 3:25 pm

NYU School of Medicine and City University of New York (CUNY) announced that they received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create a new public-private partnership, the NYU-CUNY Prevention Research Center (NYU-CUNY PRC). Once opened on September 30th, 2014, researchers at the center will integrate evidence-based interventions into community-clinical approaches to reduce cardiovascular disease disparities in New York City, with a particular emphasis on ethnically diverse and immigrant communities.

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Thursday 04/17/2014
Spring can literally put you in a good mood
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 2:50 pm

Now that winter is finally over — despite that surprise dusting of snow that greeted folks Wednesday morning — don’t be surprised to find a little extra spring in your step. It’s only natural, and according to psychologists, is at least partly based in changes in body chemistry brought on by exposure to more light.

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Fraxel DUAL Laser — your path to clear skin
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 2:38 pm

With summer just around the corner, we all want beautiful, blemish-free skin to enjoy. For some of us, that means a clear complexion without freckles or dark spots. For others, it means getting rid of those acne scars or wrinkles we’ve had forever. The good news is that there is a single laser device that can help with both: Fraxel DUAL.

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At Better Medical, a focus on preventive treatments
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 2:41 pm

Finding a specialist in the borough who deals with allergies and asthma can be a chore just because there are so many to choose from. The discerning patient will want the attention and care that comes with finding an experienced expert. To get the best, you need to look no farther than Better Medical Care in Bayside.

Since 2000, Dr. Warren Hsu has been treating and helping patients with all types of allergies, ranging from seasonal to environmental. He also provides flu shots and treats patients with asthma and other ailments with immunology. And beyond just treating those who are ill, he emphasizes preventive medicine whenever possible.

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Study finds energy drinks bad for youth
Posted: February 17, 2011

Energy drinks don’t just help children and young adults stay up to study, they also negatively impact their blood pressure and heart rates, according to a new study.

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Thursday 01/20/2011
Mayor signs healthy housing legislation
Posted: January 20, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg signed legislation last Thursday to expand the 2007 Safe Housing Act by cracking down on unsafe housing conditions in the city.

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Thursday 11/18/2010
Better to stuff the turkey, not yourself
Posted: November 18, 2010

Thanksgiving is almost here and with it comes a meal that is guaranteed to pack on pounds. All that succulent turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, butter-covered rolls and pumpkin pie may seem impossible to resist. But before you tuck in your napkin, grab hold of your knife and fork and begin feasting, there is some important information you should know.

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Keeping hospitals viable
Posted: November 18, 2010

Many of us read the Oct. 25 cover story inNew York Magazine, “Something is Killing Our Hospitals.” And we nodded our heads in recognition as the paragraphs unfolded.

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