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Working out can lower odds of depression

Getting some exercise can improve not only people’s physical health but their mental health as well.One recent study in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that “low physical activity is associated with a greater incidence of common mental health disorders.”

Thursday 07/04/2019
Taking precaution and staying out of the heat
Updated: July 09, 2019 - 11:51 am

Barbara, a resident of Forest Hills, was walking along Queens Boulevard one day last week. The midday sun was beating down when, all of a sudden, she witnessed a nearby elderly woman fall in the street, the victim, she suspected, of overheating.

According to Barbara, the police arrived and helped the woman back onto her feet and waited with her until an ambulance arrived.

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Thursday 05/16/2019
Diagnosing and treating both asthma and allergies
Updated: May 21, 2019 - 11:08 am

Since 1984, the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America has declared May to be National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month.

It’s no wonder — this is peak season for the staggering number of individuals who suffer from either or both conditions.

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Thursday 05/02/2019
Nurses work with elderly in hospitals, homes
Updated: May 02, 2019 - 2:09 pm

Nurses are of vital importance to the elderly, whether it be in the home or at the hospital, long-term or short-term.

“I think the care of seniors is absolutely critical,” said Kerri Scanlon, the deputy chief nursing officer of Northwell Health and associate executive director of patient care services and chief nursing officer of North Shore University Hospital.

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Thursday 04/18/2019
Labeling added sugars could improve health
Updated: April 18, 2019 - 12:50 pm

A new study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Association found a label showing added sugars content on all packaged foods and sugary drinks could have substantial health and cost-saving benefits in the United States over the next 20 years.

“Sugar doesn’t come in the form of just sugar,” said Dr. Evelina Grayver, the director of the Coronary Care Unit at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, LI, which was not involved in the study. “It comes in the form of glucose and sucrose and certain syrups that patients or a lay person might not be able to interpret simply as, ‘This is also sugar.’”

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Resorts World comes up aces for sick kids
Updated: April 25, 2019 - 12:35 pm

One might not know that Resorts World Casino New York City is a contributor to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, but if you’ve ever been in the pediatric ward or pediatric emergency room, you’ve seen the wall-mounted game and activity centers it has donated to make a sick child’s stay at least a little bit more pleasant.

And on April 12, the casino’s presence was far more personal as executives dropped by to help children celebrate National Drop Everything and Read Day.

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Thursday 03/21/2019
In-office cosmetic procedures for seniors
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 11:49 am

As we age, we wear the effects of sun, stress and life experiences on our faces. Fortunately, with advances in dermatology, there are minimally invasive outpatient procedures that can help reverse that trend to improve appearance and confidence.

The most common procedure requested by mature patients is botulinum toxin (Botox, Xeomin, Dysport) to reduce the visible signs of aging. Tiny injections of this medication can help smooth lines on the forehead and between the brows (Figure 1, real patient treated by Dr. Hooman Khorasani). They can also help address “crow’s feet” around the eyes. Because the procedure uses very small needles, most patients experience little or no pain. There is no downtime after receiving the injections.

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Thursday 01/17/2019
Social media scaring people from the gym?
Updated: January 17, 2019 - 1:34 pm

It’s January, meaning that many who made a New Year’s resolution to get in better shape is heading to the gym.

But Nuffield Health, the largest not-for-profit healthcare provider in the United Kingdom, says a third of people ages 18 to 35 feel too self-conscious to join a gym, according to a new survey.

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Monday 10/15/2018
Career Spotlight on Pharmacy
Updated: October 15, 2018 - 2:22 pm

What do pharmacists do?

In the simplest terms, pharmacists are medication experts who are responsible for ensuring the safe and effective treatment of various ailments with respect to medication. When choosing appropriate medication therapy there are many factors to consider, such as drug interactions, a patient’s sex and age, etc.). The pharmacist is responsible for assessing these factors and working with prescribers to achieve the best possible outcome.

What are the different career opportunities that exist and what do they do in the different settings?

Pharmacists can work in a wide variety of settings, ranging from a community pharmacy to the upper echelons of major health care companies. In general, the majority of pharmacists work in the retail setting as community pharmacists, in the hospital setting as staff or clinical pharmacists, or in the industry setting studying and marketing new drugs. There are, of course, other career paths available, but these are the most common.

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Thursday 09/20/2018
MHT: Benefits, risks, questions to ask
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 1:16 pm

Women between the ages of 40 and 55, the range in which menopause begins, may want to educate themselves about menopausal hormone therapy.

“Hormone therapy in menopause is the most effective way to treat hot flashes. It can also help with vaginal changes relating to menopause such as dryness, discharge, itching and painful intercourse,” said Dr. Jee Dr. Jee Shim, an obstetrician and gynecology specialist with Northwell Health in Forest Hills.

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Thursday 07/19/2018
Obesity, depression badly besetting NYC
Updated: July 26, 2018 - 11:53 am

More city residents are becoming obese and diabetic, new studies have found. And a great deal of them are dealing with depression and sleep issues.

The obesity rate among New Yorkers went from 27.5 to 32.4 percent from 2004 to 2014, a survey of adult city residents published last Tuesday in the Journal of Urban Health found.

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You’re in great hands with Dr. Gabriel Jung
Updated: July 19, 2018 - 12:56 pm

Queens is a borough where hardworking immigrants thrive. Just ask Dr. Gabriel Jung: He’s living proof.

A native of South Korea, he immigrated to New York at 11 years of age. Fast forward to 2018, and he’s a veteran specialist in medical oncology and hematology at the highly respected Queens Medical Associates in Fresh Meadows.

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Thursday 05/17/2018
Queens shapes up well vs. NY State: study
Updated: May 24, 2018 - 12:08 pm

If you think you and your neighbors in Queens appear to be healthier than people elsewhere in the state, you could be right — a financial technology company has run the numbers.

The borough ranked fifth among all 62 counties in the Empire State according to a study released this week by SmartAsset, an company that offers personal finance information in areas of homebuying, taxes, retirement and others.

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Thursday 05/03/2018
Dealing with delayed spring allergy season
Updated: May 14, 2018 - 12:12 pm

The prolonged cold weather in the Northeast has delayed the budding and blooming of some flowers and trees.

And if one is a seasonal allergy sufferer, early May can be prime time. Dr. Lisa Roth, an allergist at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, said that the allergy season, however, has only been delayed, not bypassed.

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Thursday 04/19/2018
Get tested and then combat your seasonal allergies
Updated: April 26, 2018 - 1:00 pm

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, now is the time to start taking precautions to combat them.

That is the advice of Dr. Punita Ponda, associate division chief of allergy and immunology at Northwell Health System, who suggests that the unusual weather we’ve been having could have a major effect on how our bodies react to allergens in the upcoming weeks.

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Thursday 02/15/2018
Fun ways to teach kids about dental health
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 1:21 pm

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.

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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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