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HIV-prevention pill made available to young people

An HIV diagnosis is no longer the death sentence it once was, as patients are now able to treat the condition with medication and live well into their 80s, but there are still 16,000 cases in Queens alone, according to health officials, and young gay and bisexual men are most adversely affected.Now there is a way to proactively reduce the risk of infection, by taking a pill called Truvada every day. The method is called PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, and doctors say it’s 99 percent effective when it’s done right. Increasing access to PrEP is part of Gov. Cuomo’s three-point plan to decrease new HIV infections. Fewer than 2,000 people are taking Truvada nationwide.

Thursday 11/20/2014
Now is the time to select a health insurance plan
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 3:15 pm

A three-month open enrollment period began on Nov. 15 for health plan coverage in the 2015 New York State of Health marketplace under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Previously known as the New York Health Benefit Exchange, the internet marketplace is designed to help people shop for and enroll in health insurance coverage. It is online at nystateofhealth.ny.gov.

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Your aging face: explained
Posted: November 20, 2014

A patient recently came into the office for a consultation on what she could do to make herself look younger and feel better about herself. She was in her early 50s but felt like she looked a decade older. “What happened to me? How did I get this way? Did I wait too long to come in?”

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Thursday 10/16/2014
Making strides against breast cancer
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 12:13 pm

This Sunday, more than 700 teams and 3,000 participants are expected to attend the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The 3-mile-long walk, beginning at the Unisphere and the Fountain of the Planets, raises money for breast cancer research. It will take place rain or shine.

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Thursday 09/18/2014
What you need to know about aesthetic facial surgery
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 12:51 pm

There are three aesthetic layers of the face. These layers include the skin, the subcutaneous tissue, i.e. the fatty layer, and the deep fascia including the muscle. Most aesthetic surgery is focused on these three main layers.

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Thursday 08/21/2014
New help in Queens for Alzheimer’s disease
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 11:41 am

What do you do when a loved one says he or she wants to go home — while sitting in his or her own living room?

The natural reaction for many people may be to point out that the person already is home, to state it as fact and back it up by saying something like, “Look around, this is your couch, that’s your TV, that’s a picture of our family hanging on the wall.”

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Tuesday 06/17/2014
Regular skin cancer screening: an ounce of prevention
Updated: June 17, 2014 - 11:09 am

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.

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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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Melanoma, the deadliest and most preventable skin disease
Posted: November 18, 2010

Melanoma is the deadliest and most preventable skin disease. It is a skin cancer arising from melanocytes, skin cells that carry pigment also know as melanin, which gives skin its color. Melanocytes are the cells that also form benign (non-cancerous) moles known as nevi. The distinction between harmless moles and potentially deadly melanoma can be challenging even for the most experienced dermatologists.

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You don’t have to suffer with sensitive skin
Posted: November 18, 2010

Recent reports reveal that over 50 percent of women in North America feel they have sensitive skin. My book “Simple Skin Beauty,” was written for this reason. My patients were complaining of new rashes on their faces that were extremely distressing. At the same time, cosmeceutical, anti-aging product sales were sky-rocketing.

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Thursday 10/21/2010
A word about hearing aids
Posted: October 21, 2010

Are you considering the purchase of a hearing aid? If you have made the decision to improve your hearing ability with the assistance of a hearing aid then there are several important points you should consider prior to making a decision as to which type of hearing aid you should be fitted with. Harmony Hearing Center in Howard Beach offers these tips:

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Jews more susceptible to Crohn’s
Posted: October 21, 2010

Studies have shown that Ashkenazi Jews — essentially those who trace their lineage to Europe, especially Germany — are more likely to develop Crohn’s disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease, than Caucasians or Jews of other national origins, due to a gene mutation.

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Thursday 09/16/2010
Early puberty on the rise among girls
Posted: September 16, 2010

Girls are hitting puberty earlier than in the past, and this shift could have damaging individual and public health effects, according to a study recently released in the journal Pediatrics.

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Thursday 07/15/2010
Keeping healthy in the heat
Posted: July 15, 2010

As summer heat turns the Big Apple into the baked apple, it’S especially important that New Yorkers take precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses, which can cause serious health problems and even death.

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Making good on a promise
Posted: July 15, 2010

Recently, a young man who was just released from the hospital after a life-threatening 10-day bout with salmonella poisoning was told by a large-chain pharmacy that he would have to wait at least two days for his Cipro prescription because the store was out of stock. And a mother, whose 4-year-old daughter was sick with a strep infection, had to wait more than 24 hours for her toddler’s antibiotic, even after numerous phone inquiries to an answering machine at the same pharmacy. Unfortunately, these scenarios are all too real for many who have had to deal with large pharmacies that just don’t seem to care about their customers.

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What you should know about acne
Posted: July 15, 2010

Over 40 million Americans suffer from acne. While the majority of patients are teenagers, acne may continue into adulthood in some patients. The severity of acne ranges from small bumps to large, red nodules. While mild cases of acne can resolve leaving normal skin, patients with severe acne can be left with permanent scarring. The face is commonly affected, but some patients may develop acne on the chest or back as well. Acne is a treatable disease. If treated early enough, permanent scarring can be prevented. So it is important to seek care from a dermatologist to get the appropriate medications.

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Thursday 05/20/2010
GrowNYC celebrates 40 yrs. of improving NYC
Posted: May 20, 2010

The city’s essential environmental resource, GrowNYC celebrates 40 years of improving the city’s environment block by block through programs including farmers markets, environmental education, recycling initiatives and open space creation.

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