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Fun ways to teach kids about dental health

Did you know February is National Children’s Dental Health Month?It’s true. The American Dental Association and Crest + Oral-B uses the second month of the year to focus on teaching people the importance of keeping young ones’ mouths healthy, and making it fun for them.

Thursday 01/18/2018
Patient brokering a scheme to look out for
Updated: January 25, 2018 - 12:56 pm

Some call them “junkie hunters.” They’re people who get paid to refer those fighting addiction to treatment centers for their problem. And sometimes, they hook people in by misleading them.

Last month, Gov. Cuomo announced a new campaign to crack down on “patient brokering,” which occurs when intermediaries get paid for patient referrals to addiction treatment providers.

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Thursday 11/02/2017
Some tips for dealing with breast cancer
Updated: November 30, 2017 - 3:15 pm

Tasha Goode does not let cancer define her.

“It’s a diagnosis,” she said last Thursday at a breast cancer information session presented by Queens Medical Associates at its practice in Jamaica Estates. “It’s not your life. This too shall pass.”

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Coping with inflammatory bowel disease
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 12:21 pm

Despite all the medical advances that have taken place over the years, Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, that can cause long-lasting problems in the digestive tract, remains largely a mystery.

Its causes are thought to involve a combination of environmental, immune and bacterial factors in genetically susceptible individuals. And the Mayo Clinic indicates that a virus or bacterium may, in fact, trigger it.

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Thursday 10/19/2017
Faster route for breast reconstruction at JHMC
Updated: October 26, 2017 - 12:32 pm

Following the horror of being diagnosed with breast cancer, and, in some cases, radical surgery, the traditional process for reconstructive surgery can be long, painful and time-intensive with doctor’s visits.

But with October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center has announced that it is the first hospital in New York City in the outer boroughs to offer a new, faster way for women who have opted for a mastectomy to start the process for breast reconstruction surgery.

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Thursday 09/21/2017
Health facility offers more care than ever before
Updated: September 28, 2017 - 2:12 pm

NYC Health + Hospitals held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 7 to announce the opening of a recently renovated health center in Jackson Heights, featuring expanded services. Funded with $1.8 million through Mayor de Blasio’s Caring Neighborhoods initiative, the facility upgrade reflects NYC Health + Hospitals’ commitment to community-based ambulatory care, one of the chief strategies of the health system’s transformation agenda.

Formerly a pediatrics-only practice, the NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health site will now provide a range of services, including women’s health, behavioral health, adult primary care and family medicine, as well as pediatrics.

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Thursday 09/07/2017
Turning a new leaf for fall
Posted: September 07, 2017

September arrived and it seems like autumn has begun overnight. The school year is beginning, and the indulgent days of summer will soon be a distant memory. With the new season comes many opportunities to improve our health. A focus on healthy eating, staying active and taking steps to prevent illness can be accomplished through some simple steps.

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Thursday 08/03/2017
Quality health coverage is the mission at Fidelis Care
Updated: August 04, 2017 - 2:15 pm

Staying as healthy and active as possible as you age is likely important not just to you, but also to your loved ones.

Maintaining good health requires a willingness to adapt to your body’s changing needs as you age. Take time to plan for your healthiest future possible, while living your best life in the present. Your strategy should include:

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Thursday 07/20/2017
Skin cancer: the signs and how to prevent it
Updated: July 27, 2017 - 12:14 pm

Summer brings to mind fun stuff like hitting the beach and fireworks. But damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays during the season is nothing to joke about.

Whether you’re boogie-boarding in the Rockaways or just walking to get groceries on a July scorcher, exposing yourself to harmful rays from the sun raises your risk of getting skin cancer. The warmest months are their most punishing time.

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Thursday 05/18/2017
Queens on the front lines of opioid battle
Updated: May 25, 2017 - 12:40 pm

The words “opioid epidemic” are more than just an abstract phrase in New York City.

The numbers are stark — out of an estimated 1,300 overdose deaths in the city in 2016, about 1,075 are attributed to opioid pills, fentanyl or heroin. There were 753 in 2015. According to the Mayor’s Office, the numbers have increased for the fifth straight year. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, in a statement issued by his office on May 12, said there have been 57 fatal overdoses in the last four months and more than 65 nonfatal overdoses in Queens this year.

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You’re in great hands at Better Medical Care
Updated: May 25, 2017 - 12:40 pm

Allergies, to the aggravation of many in Queens, tend to flare up around this time of year. And the season is all the more reason to test for allergens inside or outside your homeor food allergens, according to Better Medical Care manager Lotus Hsu.

“If they have the same symptoms year after year during the springtime, they might assume it’s from pollen,” Lotus told the Chronicle. “But a simple 20-minute skin test can verify their problem.”

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Thursday 04/20/2017
Avoiding allergens and coping when you can’t
Updated: April 27, 2017 - 1:16 pm

The day in 2009 when allergy sufferer Jonathan Gerson attended his first NFL game was one he has never forgotten, but not for the anticipated reasons.

As he recently recalled, sometime during the three-hour drive back from the Meadowlands to his home in Flushing, his allergies “opened up as badly as I’ve ever seen.”

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Thursday 02/16/2017
Should you let your child play football this spring?
Updated: February 23, 2017 - 12:37 pm

Public service announcements, rule changes and even Hollywood movies: So much has been made about the National Football League’s concussion crisis in recent years.

As each football Sunday passes, the viewing public becomes more and more aware of the occurrences of brain injuries.

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Thursday 01/19/2017
How Queens residents can shape up in 2017
Updated: January 19, 2017 - 1:19 pm

A new year just started and like many others in Queens, perhaps you’ve resolved to get fit.

It won’t be easy. But some professional advice on how to build muscle or lose weight could be profitable.

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Thursday 12/15/2016
Queens leaders back 21st Century Cures Act
Updated: December 22, 2016 - 1:02 pm

President Obama on Tuesday signed the 21st Century Cures Act, which is slated to set aside billions of dollars for medical and disease research. It passed by overwhelming bipartisan majorities in both houses of Congress, and city and Queens leaders are embracing it just as enthusiastically.

Highlights are $4.8 billion in research funding for the National Institutes of Health and $1.8 billion for the “moonshot” cancer research program that was pushed by the president and Vice President Joe Biden. The cancer portion of the bill was named for Biden’s late son Beau, who died of brain cancer last year at age 46.

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Thursday 10/20/2016
Breast cancer walk brings in more than $300K
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 12:25 pm

Thousands of pink-clad walkers took to the pavement Sunday in Flushing and raised almost $310,000 in the fight against breast cancer.

More than 500 teams and 4,000 people took part in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Some who walked the park’s 3-mile loop on this crisp autumn morning were survivors who had battled the disease themselves. Others were there to honor friends and family members.

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Thursday 09/15/2016
Sept. 11 isn’t over, even after 15 years
Updated: September 22, 2016 - 12:41 pm

It’s been 15 years since the Twin Towers came down, but the terror attacks of Sept. 11 still haven’t ended for many first responders who were there that day.

That’s according to Mineola, LI Mayor Scott Strauss, who was the emcee of last Thursday’s panel talk in New Hyde Park regarding health issues 9/11 first responders still suffer from.

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How much should women worry about Zika?
Updated: September 22, 2016 - 12:42 pm

Since becoming an international epidemic, the Zika virus has been a cause of concern among Queens residents, especially women. The disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes and sexually, can cause the birth defect microcephaly in babies born to pregnant women who are infected with it. The defect results in a small head and an improperly developed brain.

The Health Department has been spraying sites to reduce the number of mosquitoes throughout the city, such as in Queens at Linden Hill, Edgemere, Brookville Park, Kissena Park, College Point, Alley Pond Park and Somerville.

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Thursday 08/18/2016
Vaccinations are key to good health worldwide
Posted: August 18, 2016

After measles was declared eliminated from this country in 2000, new cases have presented themselves here, with the largest number — 667 in 27 states — reported in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Other cases had been reported in 2008, 2011 and 2013, and from Jan. 2 to July 22 of this year, the CDC recorded an additional 48 cases, scattered among 13 states, though none in New York.

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Thursday 07/21/2016
Sun safety: protecting yourself from skin cancer
Updated: July 28, 2016 - 12:31 pm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers instructions to stay safe from skin cancer as the summer heat arrives and draws more people outdoors. However, according to a recent study by Consumer Reports, sunscreens may not be as effective in that goal as their production companies claim.

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Thursday 06/23/2016
Patients come first at Better Medical Care
Updated: July 14, 2016 - 1:50 pm

At Better Medical Care in Bayside, Dr. Warren Hsu does things differently.

“We concentrate on prevention more than just dealing with the disease,” the doctor, who specializes in allergies and asthma, told the Chronicle.

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Thursday 06/16/2016
Unauthorized doesn’t have to mean uninsured
Updated: June 23, 2016 - 11:47 am

The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and the the New York State Health Foundation want formerly unauthorized immigrants allowed to remain in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to know they can receive Medicaid benefits to pay for healthcare, and have a campaign underway to get that message across.

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Thursday 05/19/2016
Vitiligo: What is it and how is it treated?
Updated: May 23, 2016 - 10:32 am

What is vitiligo?

Vitiligo, seen in 0.5 to 2 percent of the population, is a skin disorder that affects the pigment of your skin. Inflammatory cells of the immune system impair melanin production to create white patches. It can involve any part of the body, and its course is unpredicted.

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Important women’s health screenings
Posted: May 19, 2016

Routine medical screenings are an essential element of a healthy lifestyle. Many health screenings are recommended for both men and women, but women also should include some gender-specific testing in their health routines.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That popular adage can be applied to personal health, particularly with respect to women’s health screenings.

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Healthy ways to handle stress
Posted: May 19, 2016

Stress affects people of all ages. The symptoms of stress can be extremely unpleasant, as participants in a study released earlier this year by the Statistic Brain Research Institute and the American Institute of Stress who reported experiencing physical symptoms of stress admitted to feeling fatigue, headache, upset stomach and muscle tension, among other things.

Among those who reported feeling physical symptoms of stress, 77 percent admitted to feeling those symptoms regularly, citing job pressure and money as the primary causes of their stress. How men and women handle stress can impact both their immediate and long-term health, as stress has been linked to a host of problems and ailments, including sleep dysfunction and heart disease. Many people cope with stress in unhealthy ways, which may only exacerbate the effects of stress on the body. Certain methods of handling stress may work for some people but not others, but the following are a few healthy ways to combat stress.

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