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2/28/2024
Medically reviewed by Catherine Daniels-Brady, MD Eating disorders are complex mental health conditions characterized by distorted attitudes toward food, body weight and shape. They can affect people of all weights, sizes, ages, gender identities and backgrounds. There are several types of eating disorders, each with its own set of symptoms that may be hard to recognize. Learn about the three most common eating disorders so you can recognize their symptoms in a loved one and know how to help. Anorexia n...
1/31/2024
If a cup of coffee is your favorite part of the morning, you may be part of the 64 percent of Americans who enjoy caffeinated beverages on a daily basis. But can caffeine affect our heart health? There is no clear evidence that drinking caffeine puts an otherwise healthy person at risk for a heart condition — some studies even suggest that consuming a moderate amount of caffeine is good for your heart. But overdoing it on caffeine can be risky, especially if you have an existing heart condition.  C...
1/11/2024
Medically reviewed by Akiva Novetsky, MD First, the good news: the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been shown to make a positive impact on cervical cancer rates. HPV, a common sexually transmitted infection, is a leading cause of cervical cancer, affecting over 80% of sexually active individuals Notably, cervical cancer rates are decreasing among U.S. women aged 20-24 Here are the current vaccination guidelines: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends  administering t...
12/18/2023
Medically reviewed by Sankaran Krishnan, MD A surge in pediatric pneumonia cases connected to the bacteria mycoplasma pneumoniae has been reported in China, Denmark, France and the Netherlands. In the U.S., a similar increase in cases has hit portions of the Midwest. While this might bring back memories of the initial phases of COVID-19, infectious disease experts stress that this doesn't signify the beginning of another nationwide pandemic. In fact, this is evidence of a cyclical trend, as mycoplasma i...
2/28/2024
Medically reviewed by Ashanda Saint Jean, MD When most people think about menopause, they think about hot flashes and night sweats. But there’s much more to the experience than that.   Menopause is a natural part of life, and women shouldn’t have to grin and bear it. There are options available to make the transition easier. What is menopause? Menopause, the stage of life when the ovaries no longer produce hormones and ovulation stops, typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. It’s defined as...
2/26/2024
Medically reviewed by Stephanie Gandelman, MD In the past few years, Hollywood celebrities such as Christina Applegate and Selma Blair have revealed their multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnoses. The good news is MS isn’t fatal, and those with MS can live active and fulfilling lives. However, MS can be an unpredictable neurological disorder that affects everyone differently. What is multiple sclerosis? MS is a chronic and potentially disabling neurological disorder that affects the central nervous system. In ...
2/23/2024
Shortly after giving birth to her first daughter in March 2020, Amanda Batista noticed a lump in her breast. Despite her background working for the American Cancer Society, Batista initially dismissed the lump, attributing it to a potential breastfeeding complication. Batista was connected with WMCHealth breast surgeon Zoe Weinstein, MD who performed a needle aspiration, suspecting a blocked milk duct. But after additional imaging, she found a tumor instead. In November 2020, Batista was diagnosed with ...
2/15/2024
Medically reviewed by Gigi Madore, MD Winter sports like skiing, snowmobiling and sledding offer exhilarating experiences, but they also come with risks of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). To ensure a safe and enjoyable time on the slopes or trails, prioritize safety measures and recognize the signs of potential head injuries. Practice safety: Protect your head First and foremost, safeguarding your head should be a top priority. Regardless of the winter activity, protect your head from a concussion or a...
2/15/2024
Medically reviewed by Sherya Nagula, MD Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have many overlapping symptoms. Both can manifest with intrusive unwanted thoughts, restlessness or unease, and a persistent sense of tension or discomfort. They both involve excessive fear that can be very debilitating. However, the key differences between the two diagnoses are the content of the overthinking, along with the actions, or behaviors, of the individual to eliminate those thoug...
2/15/2024
Medically reviewed by Carrie Brooke Wasserman, MD . The latest Cancer Facts and Figures from the American Cancer Society reveals a 33 percent decline in cancer deaths since 1991, resulting in 4.1 million fewer deaths. Experts attribute this positive trend to reduced smoking rates, more advanced treatments and targeted therapies. However, while overall cancer death rates continue to decline, rates for six of the most common cancers in young adults under 50 are increasing — particularly rates of colo...
2/6/2024
Medically reviewed by Haythum Tayeb, MBChB A recent study reveals promising news about a blood test that could revolutionize screening for Alzheimer's disease, a brain disorder that affects memory and thinking skills. This new method of detection has demonstrated high accuracy even before symptoms appear. Here’s what you need to know about the blood test: Protein screening: Identifies a protein called phosphorylated tau (p-tau), specifically p-tau217, a key biomarker for Alzheimer's. Accuracy: Shows rem...
2/6/2024
Medically reviewed by Maria Capparelli, MD Over-the-counter (OTC) medications can be a convenient solution for managing colds or minor respiratory illnesses, but choosing the right ones among a sea of options can be confusing. Here are nine practical tips to help you make informed choices the next time you find yourself  wandering the aisles. Identify your symptoms Before hitting the pharmacy, pinpoint your respiratory symptoms — whether it's a cough, congestion or a combination. Active ingredients...
2/6/2024
While the allure of victory is undeniable, life as an NCAA Division 1 student-athlete is about more than just winning games. It's about maintaining optimal health, which includes everything from injury prevention and education to post-game recovery rituals. One local institution, Marist College, sought a partner to provide that foundation of comprehensive medical care — and they found it in WMCHealth. At the heart of this collaboration is the dedicated expertise of Daniel Zelazny, MD, an orthopaedic spo...
2/6/2024
Medically reviewed by Aaron Dietrich, DO This week’s big game is much more than a sporting event — it's a cultural phenomenon that brings friends and family together for a day of entertainment and, of course, delicious snacks. As you gear up for the big game, it's wise to strike a balance between indulging in tasty treats and maintaining a commitment to your health. Here are some tips to ensure your  snacking is healthy, allowing you to savor the game-day experience without compromising your well-b...
1/31/2024
Medically reviewed by Amala Chirumamilla, MD Heart attacks aren't discriminatory — they can affect anyone, regardless of gender. However, the signs of a heart attack in women can sometimes differ from the classic symptoms often portrayed in the media. Understanding these signs is crucial for timely intervention and potentially life-saving actions. What to Look For: Unusual chest discomfort: While chest pain is a common heart attack symptom for both genders, women may experience different sensations such...
1/31/2024
If heart disease runs in your family, both genetics and shared lifestyles may put you at increased risk. In fact, research shows that siblings of cardiovascular disease patients have roughly a 40% risk increase, while children of people with premature cardiovascular disease have a 60 percent to 75 percent increased risk. “Recognizing this link empowers individuals to take proactive steps, such as undergoing targeted screenings and making informed lifestyle choices,” explains Waseem Chaudhry, MD , a card...
1/26/2024
A few days after Christmas 2022, Chuck Zangara was outside doing what he loved: mountain biking in Graham Hills Park. "It was a really warm day, and I went out by myself around dusk. I was riding a trail I frequently rode when something happened to my bike, and I started to crash," said Zangara. Zangara flew over his handlebars headfirst into a tree. He heard something crack as he hit the ground. "My body started seizing up a bit, and I knew I needed to get help right away,” said Zangara. “But I was far...
12/6/2023
As temperatures start to drop, many people look forward to days practicing winter sports and enjoying cozy nights by the fire. But winter weather comes with unpredictable challenges, especially for individuals with cardiovascular conditions. Here’s how chilly temperatures can affect your cardiovascular system and how to protect yourself from a medical emergency. Your heart works harder When you’re outside in cold weather, your body responds by narrowing your blood vessels and arteries to conserve heat. ...
1/4/2024
Reviewed by  Tera Colavito, LCSW As we usher in a new year, many are embracing the idea of an alcohol-free "Dry January.” Whether you're considering a temporary break from alcohol or contemplating a more lasting change, the benefits of reducing or eliminating alcohol from your life extend far beyond the physical. The top benefits: More restful nights as alcohol disrupts the sleep cycle Easier weight management with alcoholic beverages often being high in calories Improved mental health; alcohol can...
1/12/2024
Starting dialysis can be a significant transition in someone's life, impacting both their physical routine and emotional well-being. “This can be a very difficult process for our patients,” says Susmitha Dhanyamraju, MD , medical director of WMCHealth’s HealthAlliance Dialysis Center in Kingston, NY. “Luckily, our outpatient dialysis center boasts state-of-the-art technology and a compassionate care team dedicated to elevating the standards of care for our patients.” Understanding hemodialysis treatment...
1/11/2024
This article has been medically reviewed by Nermarie Velazquez, MD . Urinary tract infections (UTIs) affect millions of people each year. From the discomfort they bring to the impact they can have on daily life, dealing with UTIs is something most people would rather avoid. Anyone can fall prey to UTIs, as they have the potential to affect various parts of the urinary system, including the kidneys, bladder and beyond. The primary culprit? Bacteria—often the notorious Escherichia coli (E. coli) — making ...
12/5/2023
Medically Reviewed by Max Schlesinger, MD Macular degeneration is a progressive eye condition that primarily affects people as they age. The impairment gradually diminishes central vision, which significantly impacts daily activities such as reading, driving and recognizing faces, making it a considerable concern for the affected individuals and their families. Understanding the risks, taking preventive measures and seeking timely medical intervention are key factors in effectively managing macular dege...
1/4/2024
Medically reviewed by Karyi Coyle, MD As of January 1 the manufacturer of widely used asthma inhaler Flovent, has discontinued its branded versions   in the United States. This decision has raised concerns among healthcare professionals and patients alike. The good news is Flovent is simply the brand name of the medication fluticasone, which will continue to be available in its generic form. Fluticasone is in a class of medications called inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and there are multiple alterna...
1/4/2024
Medically reviewed by Darshan Patel, MD Sledding is a fun wintertime activity for families, however those exhilarating slides down neighborhood hills sent more than 200,000 people to emergency departments over a recent 10-year period with almost 70 percent of those injured under the age of 19. During a typical winter season, the pediatric emergency department at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital cares for dozens of children injured while sledding. Common sledding injuries seen at the hospital include bru...
10/4/2023
Breast cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers – one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Mammograms — low-dose X-ray screening procedures for the breast — are critical for detecting breast cancer early, which can lessen the need for aggressive treatment and lead to higher survival rates. Despite its effectiveness, there are several misconceptions about mammography that may prevent people from getting screened. Here are five of those myths, debunked. Myth #1: Mammograms can b...
12/20/2023
Medically reviewed by Dana Berg, MD According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a chronic disease is a condition that lasts more than one year and requires continuous medical management, limits daily activities or both. One in six people in the U.S. grapple with a chronic disease and four in 10 adults have two or more. Among these chronic diseases, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, stands out as a particularly complex and ofte...
10/18/2023
Often referred to as "invisible injuries," concussions can have long-term effects on a person’s cognitive and physical well-being. When it comes to early detection and effective management, concussion baseline testing is a trusted tool, particularly for young athletes. Nicholas Belasco, DO ,  Board Certified Sports Medicine specialist and Director of the Concussion Management and Rehabilitation Program at WMCHealth’s Bon Secours Medical Group, unpacks what parents and school-aged athletes need to k...
9/14/2023
Each year, the United States sees about 60,000-120,000 hospitalizations and 6,000-10,000 deaths among adults aged 65 and older due to the highly contagious respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In May, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first RSV vaccine designed for individuals aged 60 and older. "Historically, RSV hasn't garnered as much attention as the flu or COVID-19," says Gerald Karetnick, DO , a family medicine...
12/4/2023
Medically reviewed by Marina Keller, MD Rabies is a 100% fatal viral disease if not diagnosed early and treated appropriately. Known primarily for affecting animals, it is one of the most deadly infections known to humans. Thankfully, rabies is very rare in the U.S. ; however, a possible exposure to a large group of people locally had members in our community talking about the virus. Knowing the facts about rabies is key to preventing it, so we’re debunking common myths about its transmission, symptoms ...
10/20/2019
As seen in the November/December 2019 Issue of Advancing Care Eleven runners from the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) are set to go the distance in the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon on November 3 to further the network’s mission of providing the highest-quality care in the Hudson Valley. The marathoners, representing WMCHealth’s 10 hospitals, have dedicated their races to their patients. Donations, which will stay local to each marathoner’s hospital, can be made at WMCHealth.org/...
11/2/2023
If you’re living with diabetes, foot care should be part of your daily routine. Diabetics are at a higher risk of developing foot problems and can suffer from poor circulation that can cause tingling, pain, weakness or lack of sensation in the foot. This makes it harder to heal injuries and makes you more prone to infections. Practicing proper foot care is essential and reduces your risk of potential complications. A comprehensive annual foot exam is recommended for all patients with diabetes. St. Antho...
11/2/2023
Wanda Reeder, a 33-year employee at MidHudson Regional Hospital (MHRH) of Poughkeepsie, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), celebrated the one-year anniversary of her life being saved at work by sending her co-workers lunch and giving her supervisor, Jennifer Harrington, a plant. She almost hadn’t come into work that morning a year earlier; the night before she had experienced sharp shooting pains in her head and when she woke the next day, she still didn’t feel very w...
10/25/2023
Donna Hagedorn, 64, an Orange County resident and former school bus driver, is back to doing what she loves thanks to a total shoulder replacement at St. Anthony Community Hospital.  Hagadorn was at her wits end dealing with the pain she had experienced for years. The pain came from normal wear and tear, but it finally got to the point where the pain interfered with her everyday activities. “My shoulder would just throb, the pain was unbearable” says Hagedorn. “Even lifting a dinner plate resulted ...
10/25/2023
For Barbara Grace, RN, WMCHealth’s MidHudson Regional Hospital is more than a healthcare facility — it’s like a second home.   As a dedicated nurse, Grace worked in MidHudson’s orthopaedic unit for thirty years where she cared for patients seeking relief from musculoskeletal issues, sports injuries, joint pain and back problems.  Upon retiring, Grace didn't stray far from her former place of employment. Instead, she embraced the opportunity to volunteer as a patient advocate in the very u...
9/6/2023
We are in peak tick season in New York and the broader Northeast region. While many people are familiar with the risks of untreated Lyme disease, there’s another tick-borne infection that’s becoming more and more prevalent. Recent research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has highlighted an exponential rise in cases of babesiosis in the U.S. Northeast since 2011. “This year, we’ve observed an alarming increase in cases of babesiosis, a disease less common than Lyme but with...
8/28/2023
In the realm of cognitive decline, terms like dementia, Alzheimer's disease and senility are often used interchangeably. However, these terms are not the same and refer to distinct conditions with unique characteristics and causes. “In the setting of an aging population, the number of older adults with dementia is increasing. It’s important to understand the changes associated with normal aging versus the changes associated with a diagnosable neurocognitive disorder,” says Katherine Amodeo, MD , a WMCHe...
8/14/2023
Parents often strive to provide the best opportunities for their children to excel academically. However, amidst the hustle and bustle of a busy school year, one crucial aspect that can be overlooked is a healthy, consistent sleep routine. Sleep plays a vital role in supporting cognitive function and emotional well-being in school-aged children. Learn why sleep is essential for learning, how it affects academic performance and what effective strategies you can employ to ensure your child gets enough res...
5/9/2023
by  Ashanda Saint Jean, MD, FACOG Ashanda Saint Jean, MD, FACOG The United States Preventive Services Task Force has updated their 2016 guidelines for breast cancer screening . In their updated report, it is recommended that breast cancer screening with mammography should start at age 40. Screening should then occur every two years to screen for breast cancer. Previously, the guidance advised starting mammography for breast cancer screening at 50 years old. This updated preventive screening at...
10/4/2023
A small act of compassion by one Good Samaritan surgeon made an impact that reverberated far beyond the confines of her practice. In 2015, Isabella Naana Asante, a traveling nurse at WMCHealth’s Good Samaritan Hospital, was diagnosed with breast cancer. The day after her diagnosis, she met Karen Karsif, MD , director of the hospital's Center for Breast Health . When Asante broke down in front of her, Dr. Karsif did one simple thing — she hugged her. This gesture made a powerful impression on Asante. "It...
10/4/2023
Chase Pultz may appear to be an ordinary eight-year-old boy who enjoys swimming, playing video games and spending time with his big brother. But a sudden health scare landed Pultz in the hospital, taking him and his family on an extraordinary two-month healthcare journey with many highs and lows. Thanks to the skilled medical professionals at WMCHealth’s MidHudson Regional Hospital and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Pultz’s story has a happy ending.  Chase Pultz attends a Hudson Valley Renegades...
9/14/2023
Late on the night of July 7, 2023, Reuven Stengel, a 52-year-old rabbi and Judaism educator for MEOR Upstate at Binghamton and Cornell University, returned to his home in Pomona, New York, after a lengthy car ride. Upon arriving, he noticed a slight numbness in his right leg but dismissed it, took some over-the-counter pain relief and went to sleep. However, before long, he began experiencing difficulty breathing, feeling as though he couldn't get enough air into his lungs. Within moments, his face turn...
9/6/2023
Most early-childhood vaccinations require multiple doses, but about 17 percent of toddlers are not getting all of the necessary doses, according to a recent study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics . “This is significant for many reasons,” says Kathryn Snyder, MD , a pediatrician at WMCHealth’s Maria Fareri Children's Hospital. Incomplete vaccination leaves children vulnerable to preventable illnesses such as diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, mumps, measles, rubella, hepatitis and...
9/6/2023
Cardiac arrest is not exclusive to adults — it can occur in children and teenagers, too. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 2,000 children and adolescents in the United States succumb to sudden cardiac arrest every year. Christa Miliaresis, MD , a pediatric cardiologist at WMCHealth’s Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, sheds light on the risk factors, screening approaches and preventive measures parents and young people can take to reduce the risk of cardiac arre...
7/13/2023
Your eyes are one of the most vulnerable parts of your body if left unprotected, especially during the summer months when you’re spending time in the sun. Sunglasses can help protect your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) rays and other irritants, but it’s important to know that price doesn’t always equal protection. Here’s what you should know about how UV rays can affect your eyes and what to look for when you’re shopping for shades. The Risks of UV Rays “The sun emits UV rays that not only damage the skin, ...
7/25/2023
Written by Ashutosh Kaul, MD , Section Chief of Bariatric & Minimally Invasive Surgery at Westchester Medical Center   As a surgeon who performs surgical weight loss procedures, I wanted to share information about bariatric surgery to allay fears, in light of recent news. In general, bariatric surgery is a safe surgical procedure for those eligible and the benefits of bariatric surgery far outweigh the risks. Bariatric surgery not only helps people lose weight but also aids them to keep the wei...
6/19/2023
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 300 million people travel on long-distance flights (generally more than four hours) each year. While there is still some uncertainty about the link between air travel and venous blood clots, research has shown that longer flights of 6-12 hours may increase the risk of developing a clot. Here’s what you need to know before takeoff. What can increase your risk of blood clots? Whether traveling by plane, train or automobile, sitti...
8/28/2023
Caring for aging parents requires immense patience and empathy, and stepping into their world as their caregiver can be challenging. Consider these five tips to maintaining a respectful relationship and approaching the situation with sensitivity and compassion. 1. Cultivate Empathy and Understanding To cultivate an empathetic approach, put yourself in your parents' shoes and try to envision surrendering aspects of your own independence.  “This exercise helps foster compassion and understanding as y...
8/28/2023
Deciding to place a loved one in a long-term care facility can be a challenging and emotional process. Each caregiver or family may face this decision at various times and for various reasons. “While guilt may accompany this difficult choice, recognizing when it's the right time and understanding that it's for the best will lead to better outcomes for both the caregiver and the loved one,” says Maureen Torelli, Administrator at St. Josephs Place , a WMCHealth nursing home and rehabilitation center locat...
8/14/2023
College is a time of transition when young adults move into a more independent phase of life. With this new independence comes a lot of responsibilities, including keeping up with your health. While scheduling your annual physical exam may not be your first priority, it’s one of a few things you need to do to make sure you stay healthy and set yourself up for success going into the semester. Before you go off to school, know these six tips. Keep Up with Your Annual Healthcare Appointments “College is su...
7/19/2023
When you suffer a stroke, time is of the essence. According to research from the American Heart Association , the average patient loses 1.9 million neurons, 13.8 billion synapses and seven miles of axonal fibers every minute that a stroke goes untreated. That’s because a stroke disrupts blood flow to the brain and deprives it of life-sustaining oxygen, causing it to start to die almost immediately. And when brain tissue dies, it cannot be recovered. The good news? Your chances of surviving a stroke and ...
6/13/2023
Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death for American men. In fact, about one in every eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. While prostate cancer is a serious condition, it’s very treatable when caught in its early stages. Here’s what you should know about prostate cancer screening and why it’s so important. Prostate Screenings Prostate cancer usually doesn’t present with symptoms until it’s in its late stage...
5/24/2023
Everyone deals with stress from time to time, and it can look different for every person — like feeling nervous before an important exam or overwhelmed with too many tasks at work. But how do you know if what you’re experiencing is stress or anxiety? And when is the right time to seek help? We spoke with WMCHealth child and adolescent psychiatrist Steven Dickstein, MD , to get some answers to our most pressing questions about stress and anxiety. What are the main differences between stress and anxiety? ...
7/25/2023
Congenital health conditions are defects that are present in someone’s body before birth. These types of conditions are most often addressed during infancy or early childhood, but sometimes they can go years without diagnosis or treatment — resulting in health issues during adulthood. When it comes to addressing a congenital heart issue in adulthood, for the best outcomes, it is  highly advisable for an adult patient to seek a cardiac surgeon experienced in fixing congenital heart conditions . Lour...
7/21/2023
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital has named three former patients as its newest youth ambassadors. All of them underwent successful treatment for severe illnesses at WMCHealth’s Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. This year’s ambassadors are: Camryn Kellam – Sickle Cell Disease – Fishkill Doctors diagnosed 10-year-old Camryn of Fishkill with Sickle Cell Disease three weeks after birth. She has been a subject in one of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s many groundbreaking clinical trials and today, Camryn ...
6/27/2023
Living with HIV comes with a unique set of challenges, from physical health battles to social stigma. With nearly half of the HIV-positive population now over the age of 50 , patients face additional age-related obstacles, including a higher rate of comorbidities, such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis,  cognitive impairments, mental health concerns and social isolation. Addressing these challenges requires a whole-person approach that encompasses holistic healthcare, social support and advo...
7/10/2023
"My physicians’ quick thinking and generosity helped save my life," said Aleyamma Menon. A minor fall resulted in a potentially serious brain injury for Aleyamma Menon, 80, a resident of Grand View-on-Hudson and a staff nurse for 35 years at WMCHealth’s Good Samaritan Hospital. Menon slipped as she exited the shower, lost her balance and hit her head on the wall. She is now back to feeling like herself after suffering the fall in March of this year. At the time, she did not experience any noticeable sym...
6/13/2023
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire — even if you couldn’t see the flames from your home or office, many people in the northeastern United States experienced the effects of recent Canadian wildfires that sent plumes of smoke across the region. Multiple sources reported that Manhattan’s air quality significantly deteriorated in a matter of hours, leading authorities to announce an air quality health advisory alert for the city and much of New York State. “The immense amount of smoke produced during these e...
6/19/2023
Kidney stones are hard, pebble-like pieces of material caused by an excess of certain minerals in your urine. In the United States, about 11 percent of men and 6 percent of women develop kidney stones each year. These stones are small but mighty — they can range in size from a grain of sand to a pea, and even grow to the size of a golf ball in rare cases. Here’s what you should know about kidney stones, how they’re formed and how to treat them. Causes of Kidney Stones Susmitha Dhanyamraju, MD There are ...
3/2/2023
By Katrina Stidham, MD Section Chief, Neurotology Westchester Medical Center Many people experience some degree of hearing loss as they get older. A third of people over 65 have hearing loss, and by the age of 75 the frequency increases 50 percent. There are many variables that affect the degree of hearing loss an individual has as they age including genetics, prior history of noise exposure and even some other health problems.   Hearing loss has many negative effects on an individual’s well-b...
6/19/2023
When it comes to cutting-edge surgical procedures, bloodless medicine is steadily rising to the top of the list. This innovative approach focuses on patient management and personal wishes by minimizing or eliminating the need for blood transfusions during medical interventions. By employing advanced techniques and technologies, bloodless medicine has proven to be an effective complement to traditional surgery, not only for patients who refuse blood transfusions due to personal, religious or medical reas...
4/18/2023
Recently, frightening images of people affected by a batch of tainted eye drops have been circling the internet. These pictures and subsequent product recall have led to many questions about the safety of eye drops and whether people should continue to use them for routine eye care or as a means of delivering medication. Abha Amin, MD , an ophthalmologist and section chief of Complex Anterior Segment Surgery at Westchester Medical Center, sheds light on why the recall happened: “A specific batch of arti...
5/2/2023
As the old saying goes, “You are what you eat.” But how much truth is behind that statement? More than you might expect. Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract does much more than digest food — it can also guide your emotions. The link between diet and your mental health is so strong that many people refer to the GI tract as your “second brain.” Why Does Food Affect Mental Health? Stephen Ferrando, MD “Your GI tract houses billions of bacteria that can influence the production of the chemical substances that ...
5/12/2023
By Christine Pellegrino, MD , a breast cancer care specialist at Westchester Medical Center and MidHudson Regional Hospital Christine Pellegrino, MD The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently released a draft of updated breast screening recommendations that suggest screening mammograms starting at age 40. These new recommendations show some definite improvements compared to the last update in 2016 — when the recommendation was to start screening mammograms at age 50 and continue ...
6/1/2023
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, known as GERD, is a chronic digestive disorder that affects one in five American adults . One of the most common symptoms of GERD is heartburn, which is characterized by a burning sensation in the chest that occurs when stomach acid flows back up into the esophagus. While heartburn is a common issue for many people, it can be a sign of a more serious condition like GERD if it occurs frequently or becomes severe. “There are several factors that can cause GERD and heartbur...
5/22/2023
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), up to one in eight women experience postpartum depression in the first year after giving birth. Further analysis revealed the rate of depression diagnoses at delivery has increased in recent years, and it was seven times higher in 2015 than in 2000 . “Birthing parents experience a wide range of physical transformations, emotional changes and hormonal shifts during pregnancy and in the weeks and months after childbirth that can lead to po...
5/25/2023
Recently, United States Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD issued an advisory on the effects of social media on youth mental health . This news doesn’t come as a surprise to most, as we’re facing a mental health crisis at the same time as an increased reliance on social media for connection. “Social media played a big role in the lives of youth during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Stephanie Cristofano-Casella, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist at WMCHealth’s Behavioral Health Center. “It gave kids a ch...
3/24/2023
A study released recently by the American Cancer Society reports colon cancer in the under 55 age category is on the rise. This concerning news is leading gastroenterology specialists such as Edward Lebovics, MD , Section Chief of Gastroenterology at Westchester Medical Center , to recommend scheduling your first colon cancer screening by the age of 45, five years sooner than prior guidelines. “Without further study it is hard to identify why colon cancer diagnoses are on the rise in this age category, ...
4/12/2023
Springtime has arrived. Flowers are blooming, days are getting longer and we can once again enjoy warm weather outdoors. But along with its beauty, this season also marks the beginning of allergy season for over 25 percent of adults in the U.S. Seasonal allergic rhinitis is an allergic reaction to pollen trees, grass and weeds, often resulting in sneezing, a runny nose, congestion, itchy and swollen eyes and sometimes asthma attacks. While dealing with allergies is never fun, thankfully there are treatm...
5/10/2023
    by Ashanda Saint Jean, MD, FACOG Ashanda Saint Jean, MD, FACOG During one’s pregnancy journey, it is crucial to consume foods and beverages that may enhance the growth of the fetus and provide overall benefits to the well-being of the pregnancy. A diet centered on fruits and vegetables, provides immense nutritional value to both mom and baby, and deters risk elevation of the pregnancy. With the addition of daily prenatal vitamins, fruits and vegetables provide nutrients, vitamins and ...
5/4/2023
If you’re planning to have a baby now or in the future, it’s never too early to start thinking about your prenatal health. Practicing healthy habits during pregnancy can ensure proper brain development, a healthy birth weight and better overall health for your newborn. And, as a birthing parent, staying healthy during pregnancy can soothe some of your unpleasant pregnancy symptoms, like fatigue and morning sickness, and reduce the risk of complications during childbirth. There’s so much information out ...
5/4/2023
Lisa Ferrara, MD Lisa Ferrara, MD , internal medicine physician a Bon Secours Medical Group, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, says women should follow these guidelines:   General: Blood pressure, weight, diabetes and cholesterol at annual primary-care visits. Breast cancer: Age 40­-75, annual mammogram; continue based on age, life expectancy and health risks. Cervical cancer: Age 21-65, pap smears every three years; this can be extended to every five years if combined with...
5/4/2023
Cary Hirsch, MD Heart disease claims the lives of one in four women in the United States. Women may not experience the classic chest-and-radiating-arm pains associated with a heart attack, and, because symptoms may be subtle, they may wait too long for treatment. Symptoms include chest pain/discomfort, heartburn, indigestion, vague discomfort in chest/upper body, shortness of breath, profuse sweating, cold sweat, light-headedness, extreme fatigue, palpitations, nausea or headache and pain in the stomach...
4/14/2023
With spring sports in full swing, athletes of all ages are dusting off their gear and hitting the fields, courts and courses to play their favorite games. However, with an increase in physical activity comes the risk of injury, and two of the most common injuries that occur during the spring sports season are sprains and strains. Though similar, there are a few key differences between the two—here’s what you need to know. What’s the difference between a sprain and a strain? Robert Meyerson, MD, Orthoped...
4/24/2023
Jane Caruso had always been active and social, even into her early 60s. But last summer, after returning from a trip to New Orleans, Caruso began to experience pain in her piriformis — a muscle in the buttocks that allows the hip to rotate. Over the course of a few weeks, the pain from her piriformis began migrating down her sciatic nerve, which travels through the hip, thigh, knee and ankle. “I’ve had piriformis muscle issues in the past, which I was treated for years ago, but it never felt like this,”...
4/26/2023
Tricia Zayas, 49, of Sugar Loaf, NY, is a busy mother of three who is enjoying a healthy life. She is a slender size 4 and weighs 136 pounds, working as the front desk supervisor of a thriving medical practice. Cary Hirsch, MD, Director of the Active International Cardiovascular Institute A year ago, she was 100 pounds heavier and suffered from obesity problems including high cholesterol and high triglycerides. Like many people suffering from obesity, she had trouble doing some of the simple things...
3/9/2023
Even as a child, Noris Soriano struggled with her weight. “I was always a little chubby,” recalled Soriano, now 36. “I tried so many things: diets, meal prep. None of them worked.” She had twice before scheduled bariatric surgery for weight loss, only to cancel at the last minute. “I just wasn’t ready.” At one point, Soriano weighed more than 275 pounds. In early 2021, a family member close to Soriano died of a stroke. Soriano said the loss gave her a new perspective on her health and the extra incentiv...
2/14/2023
Photo courtesy of Quinton Aaron Quinton Aaron of "The Blind Side" aims to be an inspirational story of his own By Michael Merschel Quinton Aaron knows the power of a success story featuring a talented young man and a mother figure who helps him beat the odds. Those elements helped make the 2009 film "The Blind Side," which he starred in alongside Sandra Bullock, a blockbuster. That film was about football star Michael Oher, but Quinton's life has its own Hollywood-worthy arc: A sudden rise to fame. The ...
3/22/2023
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released a report on evidence-based treatment recommendations for childhood obesity . The report grabbed headlines across the country, as it mentioned medication and surgery as two of the treatment options for children struggling with their weight. While the AAP did suggest medication or bariatric surgery for certain children as young as age 13, these recommendations represented a very small portion of the complete report. “There is scientific evidence t...
4/18/2023
While most people assume that eye trauma is more common for people working in factories or on construction sites, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Society of Ocular Trauma (ASOT) report that 40 percent of eye injuries happen during home repairs, yard work, cooking and cleaning. Abha Amin, MD Abha Amin, MD , an ophthalmologist and section chief of Complex Anterior Segment Surgery at Westchester Medical Center, sees one to two patients a week during landscaping season with seve...
4/19/2023
Most people don’t give any thought to the act of swallowing — much like our hearts pump blood and our lungs inhale oxygen, these are involuntary processes that we tend to take for granted. For Westchester Medical Center otolaryngology patient John, swallowing went from an automatic function to a problematic condition. In 2020, John developed Zenker’s diverticulum, a rare condition that causes a pouch to form in the back of the esophagus. While it is typically seen in adults over 70, younger individuals ...
4/10/2023
Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide, with 12.2 million new strokes occurring every year, or one stroke every three seconds. The most common type is known as an ischemic stroke, and it occurs when a blood clot blocks or narrows one of the large arteries leading to the brain. Thanks to a groundbreaking new trial in which WMCHealth participated, there is hope on the horizon for ischemic stroke patients. Director of Neurosurgery Chirag Ghandi, MD “We now have definitive evidence that...
3/24/2023
About 25 million people in the U.S. have asthma — a long-term condition that causes inflammation of the airways. Many of these people depend on albuterol to help them breathe normally during an asthma attack. Recently, one manufacturer of albuterol filed for bankruptcy, leading to a nationwide shortage of liquid albuterol, typically given through a nebulizer to patients with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), COVID-19 and influenza. While most people who use albuterol for asthma take it through a bronch...
3/27/2023
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. But 80 percent of heart disease is preventable, according to the American Heart Association . When you’re experiencing concerning cardiovascular symptoms, you shouldn’t wait to be evaluated — the sooner you see a doctor, the better chance you have of catching a heart condition early (or before it happens). Serious symptoms warrant a visit to the closest emergency department, but there are times when non-emergency care should still happen a...
3/28/2023
When Anamaria first started experiencing recurring moments of déjà vu, she assumed these brief out-of-body experiences were the result of exhaustion caused by her busy lifestyle — after all, she was a single mother of three with a hectic work schedule. It wasn’t until a grand mal seizure landed her in MidHudson Regional Hospital’s emergency department that she received life-changing news: She had a brain tumor. Photo courtesy of Anamaria: Hiking in Germany after receiving treatment “My initial reaction ...
3/28/2023
The largest manufacturer of insulin recently announced it will cap out-of-pocket co-pays on insulin at $35 for those with commercial insurance and lower the price of some insulin products by 70 percent. This comes on the heels of a $35 co-pay cap for seniors on Medicare that took effect in January as part of the Inflation Reduction Act. “This is great news and will make a difference for patients,’ said Erika Brutsaert, MD, MPH , an endocrinologist at Westchester Medical Center. “The cost of insulin has ...
10/28/2022
Getty Images A surge in pediatric respiratory infections has been making headlines. Not only is the number of cases unusual, so is the timing.  The respiratory infection season typically begins in the winter months. However, Sankaran Krishnan, MD, Acting Chief of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy, Immunology and Sleep Medicine at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), advises parents and caregivers not to panic. “Most cases of respiratory i...
2/7/2023
Sameh Said, MD, with pediatric cardiothoracic surgery patient Aadhya Mohanraj. This photo was captured just a few days after the procedure. Credit: WMCHealth. An innovative procedure performed at WMCHealth’s Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is helping infants and children bounce back from cardiac surgery faster than ever.  In traditional open-heart surgery, doctors make a large incision in the center of a child's chest, cutting through muscle and the breastbone to reach and repair the heart. &...
3/2/2023
The family of actor Bruce Willis recently announced he has been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia (PPA), a type of frontotemporal dementia (FTD). FTD refers to a group of disorders that are caused by progressive nerve cell loss in your brain’s frontal and temporal lobes — the areas behind your forehead and your ears. While many people are familiar with more common types of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, FTD is widely unknown among the general population. But it’s important to be familia...
3/15/2023
COVID-19 has posed challenges to the healthcare community in many different ways over the past three years, one of which was the appearance of post-COVID syndrome (also known as long COVID). This phenomenon happens when people who have been infected with COVID continue to experience symptoms, even months after they’ve tested negative for the virus. Researchers are still not clear on what causes this condition. “There are two working theories of what causes post-COVID syndrome,” says Gary Rogg, MD , an i...
2/24/2023
Photo courtesy of Wendy McCarthy Wendy McCarthy recently enjoyed the vacation of a lifetime to Greece, a trip the Millbrook resident may not have been able to enjoy — or even take — if not for her treatment by neuroscience specialists at WMCHealth’s MidHudson Regional Hospital .   Seven years ago, McCarthy, 67, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a progressive neurological condition that causes tremors, stiffness, mobility issues and other symptoms. While there is no cure for Parkinson’s d...
3/22/2023
If you’ve been looking into weight loss solutions, you may have heard about Ozempic, a medication used in diabetes care that also helps with weight loss. The medication, which helps people with diabetes manage their blood sugar and boosts insulin production, has become a hot commodity since it burst on the social media scene as a trending weight loss fad. Endocrinologist Jamie Mullally, MD Jamie Mullally, MD , an endocrinologist at Westchester Medical Center, says the medication - already difficult for ...
3/9/2023
Having a doula by your side throughout pregnancy can have a profound impact on your birth experience, and may even lead to shorter labor, fewer medical interventions and better overall health outcomes for you and your child, according to a WMCHealth women’s health expert. “Doulas can be particularly empowering for Black women, who are nearly three times more likely than non-Hispanic white women to die from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth,” explains Ashanda Saint Jean, MD , Chair, Depar...
3/9/2023
Every year on the second Sunday of March, our clocks move forward one hour. While daylight saving time allows us to enjoy more sunlight later in the day, it can also easily disrupt our circadian rhythms—the naturally occurring sleepiness and wakefulness cycles our bodies experience over a 24-hour period. Getting enough sleep is incredibly important to our overall health. “Losing sleep may result in trouble concentrating, being productive and regulating your mood,” says Jonathan Berg, MD , pulmonologist ...
1/6/2023
From left to right: Charmaine Mikaya, RN, Nurse Manager, Trauma ICU (seated); Katie Jacobson, RN, Nurse, Trauma ICU (standing); Stephanie Kennedy, RN, Nurse Director, Critical Care Services (seated) Saving a Good Samaritan   When Mike McCutchan stopped to help a motorist, whose car was involved in an accident on the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, his life suddenly changed in ways he’d have never imagined. It was October 20, 2021. Mike was on assignment for his job in the Special Operations Un...
12/22/2021
Milinda Mejorado, RN, (left) was inspired by the exceptional treatment her son received as a new liver recipient at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and Westchester Medical Center, where she now works full-time. Photos by John Halpern The care her son received as a 10-year-old liver transplant patient at two WMCHealth hospitals inspired Milinda Mejorado, RN, to completely change her life. By Laurie Yarnell Tyler Mejorado was born healthy. For his first five years, he was active, and none of his annual p...
2/23/2023
Feeling weak, light-headed or faint? Have chest pain or discomfort? You may be experiencing cardiac distress. Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department if symptoms of a heart attack are present which include, but are not limited to, the following (source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ):  Chest pain or discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center or left side of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back. The discomfort...
2/15/2023
After nearly 66 years of marriage, Elizabeth and James Mooney have shared everything …  including minimally invasive heart surgery. Elizabeth and James Mooney, both in their 90s, have been married for almost 66 years and share four children, 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. They have shared long, healthy lives and have been enjoying retirement in Florida for the past 12 years, returning to New York frequently to visit their son and daughter. Recently, the pair started experiencing in...
2/7/2023
Known as stress-induced cardiomyopathy and takotsubo syndrome, broken heart syndrome first described women who buried their husbands and later experienced heart failure, says Cary Hirsch, MD, Medical Director, Cardiovascular Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital. Although female patients over age 75 have the worst prognosis, it can also afflict men and young women. “We now understand that it’s an unusual form of heart trauma, where the left ventricle suddenly becomes dysfunctional and takes the shape of ...
1/26/2023
Pediatric In-Patient Suite at MidHudson Regional Hospital More Children’s Health Services, Closer to Home   Now open and providing care to children from the region and beyond, the new inpatient pediatrics unit or “neighborhood” at MidHudson Regional Hospital, features 10 private rooms – double the number of the hospital’s prior inpatient pediatrics unit – with private bathrooms, showers and sleeping accommodations for a child’s caregivers. The inpatient neighborhood also features a new infusion cen...
12/22/2021
Marcella Franks is now able to do things she enjoys, like taking walks and shopping with her daughter-in-law Kathy. Photo by John Halpern When a faulty heart valve left a 77-year-old woman breathless, Good Samaritan Hospital helped her return to an active lifestyle. By Deborah Skolnik Marcella Franks led a lifestyle that could have easily exhausted someone half her age. Though officially retired for several years, the Port Jervis resident had occasionally worked part-time for the same cosmetics manufact...
8/7/2022
Marilynn Carroll (right) with her daughter, Nancy (left) . Photos courtesy of WMCHealth When Marilynn Carroll’s heart valve was malfunctioning, Good Samaritan Hospital offered the perfect solution. By Deborah Skolnik It’s easy to overlook a health problem that creeps up gradually. Marilynn Carroll, 89, of Sparrowbush, hardly noticed when she began feeling fatigued and short of breath. As time went on, though, her family saw a change. “We would help her get into a car, and then we would notice a bit of p...
12/1/2022
Photo by Ken Gabrielsen   By Rita Ross October 7, 2021 seemed like a normal day to Bernadete Zweck.  It was mid-afternoon, and she was doing some fall housekeeping while her husband, Dave, puttered in their yard in rural Woodbourne, NY. “I remember reaching up to finish washing the bedroom windows, when suddenly everything went black and I collapsed on the floor,” says Bernadete, 67, a retired certified nursing assistant. When she came to, she tried yelling for help, but only a weak whisper ca...
8/15/2022
Photo courtesy of Jay Gala When eating suddenly became difficult, Jay Gala turned to Good Samaritan Hospital for help. Thanks to the expertise of our physicians, he’s now enjoying meals again. By Deborah Skolnik After graduating from college, Jay Gala was living in Boston and working as a software engineer. With a job he loved and a fun city to explore, he was enjoying all that life has to offer. Except, suddenly, food. The problem began overnight. “One day, I could eat normally, and swallowing was fine...
6/16/2022
New treatment methods can eliminate many of the devastating symptoms of Sickle Cell Disease for children and adolescents with the high-risk disease, according to a five-year study led by a Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) doctor. The study results were recently published as part of a research letter in JAMA Pediatrics, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Medical Association. Featured image: Trial patient Hanif Mouehla (14) with his mother and familial donor Khuraira Musa; (right...
10/17/2018
“Excess alcohol consumption is the third-leading preventable cause of death in this country, causing 85,000 deaths a year,” says Gail Bailey-Wallace, Medical Director of the Kyle Goldberg Turning Point Program at MidHudson Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). “To avoid driving home drunk, pace yourself at parties: sip as opposed to guzzling and pair your alcohol with high-protein food, like cheese, to slow absorption.” Dr. Bailey-Wallace recommends no...
6/1/2019
As seen in the March/April issue of Advancing Care  A convoy of emergency service vehicles surrounded Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), in Valhalla and flashed waves of lights as support for children battling serious medical conditions this past holiday season. Children, their families and staff waved back with lights of their own, creating a spectacular light show during a special holiday edition of ”Good Night Lights“ at the h...
4/17/2019
How one woman — and three doctors using advanced technology at MidHudson Regional Hospital — took on breast cancer and won. By Laurie Yarnell As seen in the May/June 2019 issue of Advancing Care  n July 2017, Laura Bullock, 52, of Hyde Park, had an appointment for a routine — or so she thought — annual mammography at MidHudson Regional Hospital , a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). Though she had dense breast tissue, Bullock, who runs an online antique-and-vintage...
12/21/2021
Adobe Stock / hywards The first kidney transplant patient at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is doing great, thanks to her skilled medical team — and her dad. In 2002, Valerie Portelle was born with congenital nephrotic syndrome, a rare kidney disease. When she was 2 years old, she had the first-ever kidney transplant at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. The donor was her father, who passed away last March from glioblastoma. Portelle, a resident of Nanuet, has had no further surgeries, although she has...
10/20/2019
As seen in the November/December 2019 Issue of Advancing Care Eleven runners from the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) are set to go the distance in the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon on November 3 to further the network’s mission of providing the highest-quality care in the Hudson Valley. The marathoners, representing WMCHealth’s 10 hospitals, have dedicated their races to their patients. Donations, which will stay local to each marathoner’s hospital, can be made at WMCHealth.org/...
8/26/2019
As seen in the September/October 2019 issue of Advancing Care Eleven runners from the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) will be going the distance in the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon on November 3 to further the network’s mission of providing the highest-quality care in the Hudson Valley. Supporters of the runners and WMCHealth will be able to cheer them on via social media, with the hashtag #TeamWMCHealth. The marathoners, representing WMCHealth’s 10 hospitals, have dedicated the...
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As seen in the February 2021 Issue of Advancing Care. Adobe Stock photos Birth – 18 Years Immunizations: Birth: Hepatitis B (HepB) – 1st dose 2 months old: HepB – 2nd dose, Rotavirus (RV1 or RV5) – 1st dose, Diphtheria, tetanus, & acellular pertussis (DTaP) – 1st dose, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) – 1st dose, Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13), Inactivated poliovirus (IPV) 4 months old: RV1 or RV5 – 2nd dose, DTaP – 2nd dose, Hib – 2nd dose, PCV13 – 2nd dose, IPV – 2nd dose 6 months old: DTaP – 3...
12/21/2021
In February 2021, Walter Oestreicher’s life took a drastic turn as the 16-year-old from Westchester County shifted his focus from high school academics and athletics to surviving MIS-C — a rare but serious condition associated with COVID-19. Just one month after testing positive for the coronavirus, Walter was diagnosed with this potentially fatal condition. His symptoms, which included a 104° fever, excruciating abdominal pain and a rash, led to widespread inflammation of organs throughout his body. Th...
12/21/2021
While other mothers joyously watched their babies achieve milestones, Toni Ann Schmitt of East Hampton, NY, searched for a medical team to help her son, Matthew. When he was a toddler, Matthew began experiencing brief, sudden lapses of attention. Unsatisfied with the diagnosis from her local hospital, Toni Ann was determined to find another team. That’s when a friend recommended Steven Wolf, MD, and Patricia McGoldrick, NP, of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of WMCHealth. Matthew was diagnose...
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Photo by Gabre Cameron on Unsplash Collaborating with the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, the food service staff at Good Samaritan Hospital, a member of WMCHealth, is transforming leftover fresh food from the cafeteria into pre-portioned, single-person frozen meals in microwaveable containers. The work is part of a Food Recovery Program introduced at the hospital. Meals are delivered to local programs that serve mostly the senior population.
12/20/2021
Adobe Stock / natali_mis Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure for disease identification and treatment and is a critical tool for diagnostics in gastroenterology and hepatobiliary (liver) care. Physicians specializing in gastroenterology and liver diseases are now performing endoscopic procedures that help diagnose conditions of the esophagus, stomach, colon, biliary tract and pancreas in a new endoscopy suite at Westchester Medical Center. Endoscopes are small tubes with an affixed light and cam...
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Adobe Stock / sdecoret Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of WMCHealth, has joined forces with other hospitals around the country and the world to investigate the effects of COVID on kids. The Mystery of MIS-C One strong area of interest has been MIS-C, or multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, a condition linked to COVID-19 in which different body parts become inflamed, such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain and gastrointestinal system. “Outside of MIS-C, children generally manage COV...
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According to The American Cancer Society, more than 281,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States for 2021, with the numbers steadily increasing in recent years. To serve this growing need, Bon Secours Community Hospital is now offering 3D mammography — making us the only provider of 3D mammography in the city of Port Jervis and surrounding area at press time. 3D technology utilizes X-ray images of the breast from many different angles and layers, to produce images w...
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Fulfilling a promise to deliver more advanced services to Ulster County and the surrounding areas, WMCHealth opened a new cardiac catheterization laboratory at HealthAlliance Hospital on Broadway, in Kingston. The new laboratory offers emergent and planned treatment for blocked arteries, irregular heartbeats and coronary heart disease — services never before available in Ulster County. The service operates under the direction of WMCHealth’s comprehensive Heart and Vascular Institute. HealthAlliance is n...
12/21/2021
Peter Myer is happy to be back home in Albany, spending time with his wife, Marie. Photo by Daniella Inzerilli After three cardiac events that greatly damaged his heart, a grandfather in Albany is eager to dive into life again, following innovative heart transplant surgery at Westchester Medical Center. By Debra Bresnan Peter Myer celebrated his 74th birthday in May, making plans to open his backyard pool for the season and spend time with family. But just a few months earlier — after a third, near-fata...
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The transformation of HealthAlliance Hospital from two hospitals in Kingston into one on Mary’s Avenue Campus is the first component of a major, two-phase healthcare advancement project in Ulster County. The redevelopment of the hospital includes, but is not limited to: A refresh of the existing hospital and a new, two-story building adjoining the current facility. Expanded capacity for a full range of emergency visits in a new Emergency Care Center. All private medical/surgical patient rooms. Efficient...
12/20/2021
Adobe Stock / Sergey Nivens Many genetic disorders must be identified early in life and treated as children mature into adolescents and on through adulthood. WMCHealth Physicians Advanced Medical Genetics is now assisting families and individuals with the initial diagnosis and long-term treatment of genetic and metabolic conditions, such as phenylketonuria (PKU), lysosomal disorders and Pompe disease, through WMCHealth Physicians Advanced Medical Genetics. Advanced Medical Genetics has provided care for...
12/20/2021
Adobe Stock / VadimGuzhva Westchester Medical Center now offers advanced outpatient therapy for the management of diabetic wounds and ulcers, as well as slow-healing wounds resulting from serious traumatic injuries, infections and soft-tissue radiation injury. Westchester Medical Center joins established wound care programs at WMCHealth’s MidHudson Regional Hospital and HealthAlliance Hospital with outpatient wound care treatment programs operated in partnership with RestorixHealth, a national wound car...
12/21/2021
The beds in the Pediatric Emergency Room at MidHudson Regional Hospital are kid-friendly, just like the colorful mural below. WMCHealth offers expanding pediatric services and specialized expertise to children and families across the Hudson Valley. By Lisa Cesarano As part of our commitment to care for children across the Hudson Valley region, WMCHealth continues to expand the recently opened pediatric services offered at MidHudson Regional Hospital, in Poughkeepsie, a member of WMCHealth. These special...
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Ben Katzenstein (center) is the fourth-generation leader of his family’s ice cream flavoring ingredients company, Star Kay White Inc. With him are his sons Alex (left), the father of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital patient Amelia, and Gabe (right). (Photo credit: Council of Industry and Picture This Studios.) Tell us about your recent experience at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. As a newborn, my granddaughter failed to thrive. During her first three weeks of life, her weight plummeted from 7 pounds,...
12/21/2021
For the Gershmans, philanthropy is a family tradition. From left: Josh, Alisa, Seth and Charlie. When Charlie Gershman of Briarcliff Manor developed seizures at age 12, his parents, Seth and Alisa, took him to a pediatric neurologist who recommended he see Carrie Muh, MD, Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Esmond Nissim Interventional Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery Program at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, in Valhalla. Dr. Muh recommended that he have a surgery called a stereoelectroencepha...
12/20/2021
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States, with about 795,000 people in the U.S. suffering a stroke each year. WMCHealth encourages the public to learn more about stroke symptoms and to call 911 immediately if someone shows signs of a possible stroke. Emergency medical services can be directed to take a stroke patient to the closest WMCHealth hospital for expert care if transport is considered safe for the individual. Recently, W...
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Adobe Stock / Kurhan WMCHealth Women’s Health Institute now offers women’s health services at HealthAlliance Hospital in Kingston and Margaretville. Services include obstetrics, gynecology, urogynecology and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery under the direction of Ashanda Saint Jean, MD, and Sean Tedjarati, MD.
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Loss of blood due to a traumatic injury is a leading cause of death in the United States, and law-enforcement personnel are often the first to arrive at a trauma scene. Since the sooner blood loss is mitigated after injury the better, specialists from Westchester Medical Center’s Level I trauma center continue to train Westchester County Police Department Emergency Services Unit personnel on techniques that help mitigate excessive bleeding caused by a traumatic injury. The effort is a component of Westc...
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Photo by Lauren Asselmeyer , courtesy of WMCHealth Meet Dr. Chris O’Brien, pediatric hospitalist with Maria Fareri Children’s Healthcare Services at MidHudson Regional Hospital . By Laurie Yarnell From a young age growing up in Glens Falls, NY, Chris O’Brien, MD, knew he wanted to pursue a career in medicine. As an undergrad at Siena College in Albany he volunteered at Albany Medical Center in the pediatric unit. As he read books and played games with the young patients in the hospital, he realized pedi...
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Fifteen-year-old Amia Murray has been seizure-free since her minimally invasive brain surgery. Photos by Matt Wittmeyer This teen’s seizures have stopped, following a minimally invasive procedure at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. By Laurie Yarnell Today, 15-year-old Rochester resident Amia Murray “is a typical teen, into fashion, makeup and music,” says her mom, Taneesha Ashford. But when Amia was about 5, Ashford, a licensed practical nurse, noticed her having hand tremors, first in her sleep and th...
12/21/2021
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of WMCHealth, was the lead center for a national, multicenter study on myocarditis, (inflammation of the heart muscle) in adolescents after COVID-19 vaccination. Results of the study, in which cardiac imaging data was collected from hospitals around the country to help characterize myocarditis and to better understand its impact, were published recently in  Pediatrics , the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Supriya Jain, MD, an attend...
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Adobe Stock / Blue Planet Studio A new program at Good Samaritan Hospital that offers a one-time minimally invasive procedure designed to reduce the risk of strokes that originate in the left atrial appendage recently hit a milestone. In less than one year since the Cardiac Electrophysiology Program opened at the hospital, 50 WATCHMAN procedures have been performed. The procedure helps prevent stroke in patients who have an irregular heartbeat and who cannot use blood thinners. The program is part of th...
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Bruce Fischer, DPM, FACFAS, Director of the Diabetic Foot Care Program, and Anita Volpe, DNP, RN, VP/Hospital Administrator, are pictured with members of the team at St. Anthony Community Hospital as they welcome our patients. How are your feet? It’s an important question for people living with diabetes and one that got a little easier to answer, as St. Anthony Community Hospital recently opened a new Diabetic Foot Care Program. Board-certified podiatrists specializing in diabetic foot care, diabetic li...
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5-year-old Evie LaBrecque and her family find a supportive community at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. When her older daughter, Zoey, was born with cystic fibrosis seven years ago, a Google search led Denise LaBrecque of Newburgh to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of WMCHealth. CF is a chronic and progressive genetic disease of the mucus glands that affects respiratory and digestive systems. So, when LaBrecque learned her younger daughter, Evie, now 5, also had CF, she knew where to turn. ...
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Children and adults in need of treatment of specialized ear, nose and throat (ENT) services now have another option to receive care with WMCHealth Physicians Advanced ENT Services, as a new office has opened in Fishkill, NY. Also known as otolaryngologists, WMCHealth’s ENT specialists utilize the latest equipment and techniques to diagnose and treat ear, nose and throat issues, including hearing loss and vestibular therapy for balance issues. In addition, WMCHealth Physicians Advanced ENT Services provi...
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We continue to encourage everyone to catch up on routine medical care that may have been delayed during the pandemic. Renewing a commitment to keep up with health screenings, tests and immunizations is a great gift to yourself and your loved ones. Scan the QR code here to access a guide to routine healthcare at every age. If you do not already have a physician, or need a new provider for any reason, call WMCHealth Physicians at 1.833.329.0095 for a convenient connection to a medical practice in Westches...
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Joint pain can affect individuals of all ages and can be prevalent in active seniors. Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is a common form of arthritis that occurs when cartilage inside a joint wears down over time. As a result, the joint becomes increasingly painful and difficult to move. Robotic-arm-assisted total knee replacement procedures are now helping to make some implant placements at St. Anthony Community Hospital more precise and aligned with each patient’s unique anatom...
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Even as progress is made vanquishing the COVID-19 pandemic, many kids are still battling anxiety and depression. Learn the signs that your child may be struggling and how to help. By Deborah Skolnik Many kids have returned to in-person learning for the current academic year. Yet, some are still dealing with psychological fallout from the pandemic and facing the future with anxiety. These feelings come as no surprise, says Abraham Bartell, MD, Associate Director of Psychiatry and Division Chief for Child...
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Adobe Stock / Qualit Design Medical imaging is a crucial tool in disease identification and diagnosis. Now, medical imaging specialists at Westchester Medical Center can capture inpatient scans fast and with enhanced clarity, with a new spectral computed tomography imaging system. In fact, Westchester Medical Center recently became the first hospital on the East Coast — and only the second hospital in the U.S. — to have captured high-quality scans with more information than conventional CT imaging with ...
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Set the stage for protecting your health in 2021 with preventive healthcare. By Laurie Yarnell / Adobe Stock photo As seen in the February 2021 Issue of Advancing Care. The New Year is a great time to launch healthy, new habits. One of the best ways to do that is to be proactive about your health and have the medically recommended screenings, tests and immunizations appropriate to your age, gender and family history. On pages 5-6, you’ll find a handy chart for these preventive health measures for every ...
12/22/2021
Photos by Kenneth Gabrielsen Thanks to the advanced technology and medical talent at Westchester Medical Center, a COVID patient is back on his feet, putting new beauty into the world. By Deborah Skolnik Abraham Miller, 69, hadn’t yet heard of COVID-19 when he became ill in March 2020. “I thought it was a cold or the flu,” the Monsey resident remembers. “Over the next two days, I became short of breath, couldn’t sleep and my bones hurt,” he says. A friend of his son’s, a volunteer ambulance worker, came...
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Photos by John Halpern Thanks to the talented physicians at MidHudson Regional Hospital, a Beacon girl is back on her feet — and out of pain. By Deborah Skolnik In 2011, physicians at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital diagnosed Donalee Mickler’s then-1-year-old daughter, Zechia, with a diaphragmatic hernia, a hole in the muscle separating the chest and abdomen. Because the abdominal organs may push up through the hole and affect lung development and breathing, the birth defect is potentially life-threate...
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Bon Secours Urology, a member of WMCHealth, is now seeing patients at a second Rockland County location — 2 Crosfield Avenue, Suite 380, West Nyack, NY — for advanced treatment of prostate enlargement, prostate cancer, kidney stone disease, erectile dysfunction and more. The team of board-certified urologists has been providing patient-centered care to the community for more than 20 years and offers a wide range of services, including MRI-guided biopsies and radiotherapies, for fast, precise diagnoses a...
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Adobe Stock / SciePro Westchester Medical Center recently became the first neurosurgical oncology program in the Hudson Valley to offer a targeted therapy for brain tumors that can help delay tumor progression, spare healthy tissue and reduce the number of post-surgical radiation treatments — including the side effects that come with them. Cleared for use by the Food and Drug Administration for appropriate patients, the GammaTile® therapy consists of a postage-stamp-sized implant surgically embedded int...
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Adobe Stock / utah51 Westchester Medical Center is certified by New York State as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, a designation that represents the most advanced stroke treatment available in a given geographic area. As well, Good Samaritan Hospital, MidHudson Regional Hospital and HealthAlliance Hospital are all designated by the New York State Department of Health as Primary Stroke Centers. “Our WMCHealth stroke care teams work in concert for the administration of timely stroke care,” says Ji Chong, MD...
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Adobe Stock / bsd studio WMCHealth’s Behavioral Health Center is seeking individuals to participate in a study researching the correlation between COVID-19-related brain inflammation, cognitive impairment and related symptoms. Individuals who meet the following criteria are welcome to apply: Documented positive COVID-19 test Recovered from the acute illness Completed at least an eighth-grade level of education Fluent in the English language Over the age of 20 WMCHealth behavioral health specialists are ...
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Getty Images By Rita Ross With Halloween approaching, parents should be on the lookout for “cannabis candy,” which contains THC, a compound found in marijuana. Parents should also secure edibles they may have at home. Recreational use of THC is now legal in New York State for the over-21 crowd, and some cannabis edibles are sold to adults in packaging that’s easily mistaken for name-brand candy. These products can spell danger if consumed by kids. “We’ve seen an uptick, with roughly three to five accide...
11/15/2022
Photos by John Rizzo By David Levine and Melissa F. Pheterson DJ Carol doesn’t spin records at dances anymore. At 81, Carol LaChiana has put away her doo-wop oldies and her red tambourine in favor of a quieter but still active life, happy to have survived bouts with bladder and breast cancer and adjusting to a world without the husband she had known since she was 15 and married at 20. When we profiled LaChiana five years ago , she was traveling to regional party halls from her home in Nanuet. She stoppe...
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Photos by Ken Gabrielsen Arun Sharma’s knees used to ache constantly. But thanks to St. Anthony Community Hospital, he’s getting his kicks out of life again. By Deborah Skolnik When Arun Sharma isn’t running his electrical construction company, you can find him on the golf course or cheering for his favorite sports teams. Given all that, the 55-year-old Hudson Valley resident is always on the go. But recently, a health issue — aching knees — put a damper on his active lifestyle. “I noticed the pain when...