Tuesday, November 1, 2016

What Happens to your Healthcare if Trump Wins?

Trump Says He will Call for Special Session for Congress to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Entertainment Voice: Paper Calls on Clinton to Drop Out

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Bronx Voice is Out

The latest issue of the Bronx Voice is out.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Breast Cancer symptoms: What you need to know


By Stacy Simon

HEALTH NEWS- An important way to keep up with your breast health is to be aware of how your breasts normally look and feel, and know what changes to look for.

Finding breast cancer as early as possible gives you a better chance of successful treatment. But knowing what to look for is not a substitute for screening mammograms and other tests, which can help find breast cancer in its early stages, even before any symptoms appear. Benign (non-cancerous) breast conditions are much more common than breast cancer, but it is important to let your health care team know about any changes in your breast so they can be checked out right away. Below are some common breast symptoms and what they might mean.

A lump in your breast 
A lump or mass in the breast is the most common symptom of breast cancer. Such lumps are often hard and painless, though some may be painful. Not all lumps are cancer, though. There are a number of benign breast conditions (like cysts) that can also cause lumps. Still, it’s important to have your doctor check out any new lump or mass right away. If it does turn out to be cancer, the sooner it’s diagnosed the better. Swelling in or around your breast, collarbone, or armpit Breast swelling can be caused by inflammatory breast cancer, a particularly aggressive form of the disease. jacobi-ad-for-breast-health-for-bronx-voice-copy
Swelling or lumps around your collarbone or armpits can be caused by breast cancer that has spread to lymph nodes in those areas. The swelling may occur even before you can feel a lump in your breast, so if you have this symptom, be sure to see a doctor.

Skin thickening or redness
If the skin of your breast starts to feel like an orange peel or gets red, have it checked right away. Often, these are caused by mastitis, a breast infection common among women who are breast feeding. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection. If your symptoms don’t improve after a week, though, get checked again, because these symptoms can also be caused by inflammatory breast cancer. This form of breast cancer can look a lot like a breast infection, and because it grows quickly it’s important to diagnose it as soon as possible.
  Breast warmth and itching
 Like skin thickening and redness, breast warmth and itching may be symptoms of mastitis – or inflammatory breast cancer. If antibiotics don’t help, see your doctor again. salesian-copy
Nipple changes
Breast cancer can sometimes cause changes to how your nipple looks. If your nipple turns inward, or the skin on it thickens or gets red or scaly, get checked by a doctor right away. All of these can be symptoms of breast cancer.

 Nipple discharge
A discharge (other than milk) from the nipple may be alarming, but in most cases it is caused by injury, infection, or a benign tumor (not cancer). Breast cancer is a possibility, though, especially if the fluid is bloody, so your doctor needs to check it out.

Although most breast cancers do not cause pain in the breast, some do. More often, women have breast pain or discomfort that is related to their menstrual cycle. This type of pain is most common in the week or so before their periods, and often goes away once menstruation begins. Some other benign breast conditions, such as mastitis, may cause a more sudden pain. In these cases the pain is not related to your menstrual cycle. If you have breast pain that is severe or persists and is not related to the menstrual cycle, you should be checked by your doctor. You could have cancer or a benign condition that needs to be treated
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Friday, October 21, 2016

Home Remedies for Wrinkles

By Randi Press

HEALTH NEWS- Ugh, if it’s not grey hairs, its wrinkles! Unfortunately, as we age our body sends out some tell-tale signs and although grey is easier to hide, there are some inexpensive home remedies that can really help those fine lines and wrinkles.

Here’s a few to try but as with most things you may not see much of an improvement with the first application. Most take a period of continued use to work. But stick with it and you’ll be amazed at the results!

• Hydration. Be certain that you are drinking ample water and your skin is getting the moisture restoration it needs from the inside!
• Vitamins and Antioxidants play a huge role in your skins appearance. Taking a good quality multivitamin which contains Omega 3, vitamins A,C and E as well as a variety of antioxidants and ensuring you consume a healthy well balanced diet goes a long way to aiding the treatment and prevention of wrinkles.
• Protect your skin from the harsh elements with daily sunscreen and moisturizer application. 
• Ensure that you are getting enough sleep and “down time”. Lack of sleep and high levels of stress can add years to your appearance. Rapidly increasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s said that for every 200 frowns you gain another small fine line.
Now we’ve addressed the basics lets add in some ‘less heard’ and topical treatments/preventatives to the list.
• Always sleep on your back. When sleeping on your sides or belly, your skin relaxes but ‘sits’ unnaturally or gets squashed up and over time it stretches and will begin to sag as well as wrinkle.
• When applying anything to your face, use a gentle upward, circular motion and be careful not to overstretch the delicate skin around your eyes when applying Mascara.
• Apply honey to your skin, leave it for a few minutes then rinse off. Use a good quality raw honey to leave the skin exceptionally soft, rejuvenated and moisturized. If you apply some to your face and leave it for a few minutes while in the shower a combination of the honey and the steam penetrates deeply into the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles!
• Sliced potato, when wiped onto the area around eyes as it dries you will both feel and see a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles!
• Daily application of coconut oil works wonders for wrinkles, lines, moisture balance and a variety of skin conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema.
• Make a mix of equal parts Rose water; Glycerin and Lime Juice then apply to your face before going to bed. The mixture needs to stay on your face overnight. Wash off with luke warm water in the morning.
• Smear some freshly cracked egg white over your face and leave it for at least 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water and pat dry to reveal tighter, younger looking skin.
• Using lemon juice as a wash away toner works wonderfully for blemishes as well as wrinkles as it is a natural astringent. Wipe it over your face and leave it for 10 minutes before rinsing clean.

  • Make a paste using finely minced garlic, olive oil, a little facial cleanser and some sugar; massage into skin in circular motions, then rinse with warm water. It tightens the skin and when it’s washed away the smell goes with it.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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Bronx Docs Separate Twins

Conjoined Twins Separated in Bronx
HEALTH- At approximately 2:15 am on Friday October 14, 2016 the conjoined twins Jadon and Anias McDonald were successfully separated at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM).

The 13-month-old boys were joined at the head, a condition known as craniopagus twins. The procedure lasted more than 20 hours and required a team of 40 Montefiore experts in the fields of nursing, anesthesiology, neuroradiology, neurosurgery, and plastic surgery. The marathon operation was led by pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. James Goodrich and plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Oren Tepper.
In 2004, Dr. Goodrich also successfully separated Carl and Clarence Aguirre. In all, he has separated seven sets of craniopagus twins around the world.

Jadon and Anias McDonald are recovering in CHAM’s Pediatric Critical Care Unit and they have a long road of recovery and rehabilitation ahead of them.

CHAM not only takes care of children in the community but children around the world, who come here for expert care. The entire Montefiore community is grateful for the trust the family has put in our dedicated and pioneering team.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Protect yourself and your community – Get your Flu Shot!

By Liz Spurrell-Huss, LCSW, MPH, Community and Population Health, Montefiore Health System

HEALTH NEWS- Montefiore is collaborating with Walgreens and Duane Reade to help the community fight flu! 

This year, we aim to help everyone who wants the flu shot, specifically targeting neighborhoods and communities that have higher numbers of flu-related emergency room visits at Montefiore hospitals. Our strategy is to target areas of need, and reach those at highest risk for flu, including young children, people over 65 years old, and those who have weak immune systems and/or are living  with a chronic illness such as asthma, diabetes, and/or heart disease. 

The flu vaccine is covered by insurance, often at no cost to the patient depending on where it is administered. At these community flu clinics, Walgreens/Duane Reade is able to provide the vaccine at no cost to the patient, whether they are insured or not.

When more people in the community get their flu shot we can protect the most vulnerable community members who are not able to get vaccinated and for whom the flu is very dangerous.

In case you need more reasons to get the flu shot, here are my top 5:
• The flu shot does not cause the flu. However, it could take about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu. 
• It can save you sick days. More than 100 million workdays are missed due to flu every year!
• You can spread the flu if you're feeling good. Twenty to 30 percent of people carrying the influenza virus have no symptoms.
• The flu vaccine is covered by insurance, often at no cost depending on where it is administered.
• The  flu vaccine  is the most effective tool we have against flu
If you would like to learn more or find a clinic near you, please refer to the schedule below or call (347) 418-4740.
• Tuesday, October 4, 1 pm - 3 pm at RAIN Boston Road, 2424 Boston Road, Bronx, New York 10467
• Wednesday, October 5, 10 am - 12 pm at RAIN Boston Secor, 3540 Bivona Street, Bronx, New York 10467
• Thursday, October 6, 10 am - 1 pm at Vladeck Hall, 74 Van Cortlandt Avenue South Bronx, New York,  10471
• Sunday, October 9, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at Harvest Fields Community Church, 2626 East Tremont Avenue, Bronx, New York 10461
• Tuesday, October 11, 10 am - 12 pm at JASA Bay Eden 1150 229th Street, Bronx, New York 10466
• Tuesday, October 11, 12 pm - 3 pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 3911 Barnes Avenue, Bronx, New York, 10469
• Sunday, October 12, 10:30 am - 1 pm at RAIN Eastchester, 1446 Burke Avenue, Bronx, New York 10469
• Saturday October 15, 2 pm to 5 pm at Aisling Irish Community Center, 990 McLean Avenue, Yonkers, New York 10704
• Thursday, October 27, 10 am to 1 pm at Riverdale YMCA, 5625 Arlington Avenue, Bronx New York 10471
• Sunday, November 20, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at Holy Rosary Church, 1510 Adee Avenue, Bronx, New York, 10469

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

5 Ways to Get Faster Results from Exercise

Workout Tips

By Randi Press

HEALTH- If you’ve been adhering to a fitness regime for a while, and your results have started to slow (or you’ve reached a total plateau), it’s time to start making some adjustments. Here are five changes you can make to upgrade your workouts and achieve better results.

1. Consistency and frequency-
Commit to a weekly training schedule of five or six days a week and make those days the same. Getting into a routine prevents you from postponing your workouts and limiting your gains. If you’re only training two or three times a week, or “when you can fit it in”, do yourself a favor. Quit making excuses and start prioritizing your health in the same way you do your job and your social life. There’s always time to workout – even if it’s only for 20 minutes.

2. Don’t adapt -
Stamina, strength, power, cardio, speed, balance, flexibility, coordination, agility and accuracy are the 10 general physical skills you must focus on to get optimum results from your fitness regime. If you limit your training to steady state running, for example, you are neglecting strength, flexibility, agility, balance, accuracy, strength and coordination. If you’re concentrating solely on yoga, you’re neglecting areas like cardio, speed, accuracy, and so on. Always change your workouts up; never let your body adapt. Concentrate on the general physical skills in equal parts and watch your fitness surge forward.

3. Margins of experience -
Greg Glassman, the co-founder of CrossFit said, "We fail at the margins of our experience”. This is a code that is as important in everyday life as is it is in improving your fitness. If you only do what you know you can do, you will never improve. You need to try (and, more importantly, fail) new things and work yourself harder, smarter, faster, better to understand what you’re capable of. Going through the motions won’t get you anywhere. All the good stuff lies outside the margin of your experience.

4. Sign up -
Enter a fun run, register for a boot camp, join a fitness challenge; sign up for something that’s more difficult that what you could achieve at your current fitness level. If you commit to something by entering with a friend or paying for registration, you’re likely to put time into making sure you can achieve it. Put your money where your mouth is and just sign up. Then post it on Facebook and tell a few friends. Then there’s no way out.

5. Seek advice -

If you’re putting in the time and effort, but you’re still not seeing the results you’re after, consider seeking advice from a personal trainer. They vary in specialisations, approaches and ideologies, so be sure you know what you want and ask for recommendations. A good PT will assess where you’re at, help you establish your goals and work out how you can get the best results from your training. 

Friday, September 30, 2016

Detection and Care for Alzheimer’s Patients- HEALTH TIPS

Connecting Alzheimer’s Patients, Caregivers with Resources for Early Detection and Care

By Chodosh, D.B. Petitti, M. Elliott, R.D. Hays, V.C. Crooks, D.B. Reuben, et al                                                                                         
Physician recognition of cognitive impairment: evaluating the need for improvement

HEALTH TIPS- Alzheimer’s disease is a serious brain disorder that impacts daily living through memory loss and cognitive changes. 

A study conducted by the Alzheimer’s Association New York City chapter revealed an estimated 250,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia in New York City, many over the age of 65. Although not all memory loss indicates Alzheimer’s disease, the earlier you seek help, the better your chances are of getting the care you need and maximizing your quality of life. Cognitive impairment goes unrecognized in 27%–81% of affected patients in primary care.1-3 Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease usually develop slowly and gradually worsen over time, progressing from mild forgetfulness to widespread brain impairment. 

If you suspect a loved one might be displaying symptoms associated with the early stages of Alzheimer’s, pay attention to the warning signs. By working collaboratively with a primary care provider, you can begin to identify other specialists who might be most helpful in caring for your loved one. If a few of these sound a little too familiar, schedule an appointment with your family’s primary care physician:

Memory loss that disrupts daily activities
Challenges with planning or solving problems
Confusion with time and place or understanding of visual images
Withdrawal from work or other social activities
Changes in mood or personality 
Difficulty with speech and/or writing 

Montefiore, which combines the expertise and best-in-class practices of the Montefiore Einstein Center for the Aging Brain (CAB), located nearby in Yonkers, and Burke Rehabilitation's Memory Evaluation and Treatment Services (METS), has been designated as the exclusive Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s disease serving the seven county region of the Hudson Valley.

At our centers, we evaluate patients for cognitive/memory loss, diagnose and educate patients and families on what are normal age associated changes, as well as Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. We do this by establishing a baseline on memory and conducting thinking exercises to help identify what are the strengths and weaknesses in each person, so we can offer perspective and see what services are most appropriate. As a caregiver, there are also many resources available for your health and well-being. 

In addition to the Center for the Aging Brain, where we have caregiver support groups, monitor stress of caregivers, and offer counseling sessions, we are fortunate to have excellent local organizations outside of Montefiore and Burke like the Alzheimer’s Association. We often give referrals there for memory bracelets, which on more than one occasion; have helped loved ones have a safe return back to their homes.

Comprehensive approaches, like that of Montefiore’s improve identification of Alzheimer’s disease and support of caregivers in need. This can help enhance quality of life for all impacted by Alzheimer’s. 

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Explosion Highlights Pitfalls of Illegal Marijuana Grow Houses-HEALTH TIPS

3 Potential Problems for Marijuana Growers
Mold, Faulty Electrical, Gas 

HEALTH TIPS- The Bronx house explosion that killed a FDNY Chief highlights the dangers of growing pot and creating a marijuana grow house.

While fire inspectors comb through the wreckage of Tuesday’s explosion, which took the life of FDNY Battalion Chief Michael J. Fahy, investigators are trying to figure out the cause of the blast.

The illegal pot growing operation is being investigated as the possible cause of the explosion. This is in part based on the hazards associated with creating marijuana grow site.

Police sources say such grow rooms often lead to tampering with a house’s electrical system. This is because growing pot requires a lot of juice. Growing four marijuana plants alone requires enough electricity to run 29 refrigerators. 

According to news reports in Colorado, where growing is legal, growers end up making faulty electrical changes because of the cost to make such modifications legally. In many cases this leads to fires or in some cases electrical shocks to cops who raid an illegal site.

It is unknown at this time what caused the explosion but firefighters had been called for a smell of gas. Whether a propane tank was used in the operation or if there was modification made to the home’s gas line is unknown.

Another potential hazard for a grow operation is mold. Poor irrigation can cause toxic mold to form leading to respiratory problems.

The blast house, 300 W. 234th Street, was a semi-attached house in a congested neighborhood. It is unknown if the grow house before the blast could have impacted on residents’ health who were unaware of the operation.

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Injection is Your Best Shot to Not Get Flu-HEALTH TIPS

Need Flu Shot to Prevent Getting Flu

HEALTH- It’s impossible to know how bad a flu season 2016 – 2017 will be, or what specific strains of flu will be circulating this year.

What is known is that October officially begins the flu season (which will last through next spring) and that the best protection against getting the flu remains the flu vaccine.

“We strongly encourage our patients to get a flu shot this year – regardless of whether they got a flu shot last year,” said Dr. Eric Appelbaum, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at SBH Health System (St. Barnabas Hospital). “The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from getting and spreading the flu. This is particularly important among those most at risk: the elderly, young children, pregnant women, and those with certain health conditions that make them more vulnerable to serious flu complications.”

According to Dr. Appelbaum, only injectable flu vaccines will be given this year (with those dispersed in nasal sprays no longer recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).  A vaccine for older people is also available.

Flu activity begins to increase in October and November and can last until May. It typically peaks between December and March. 

“The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older,” said Dr. Appelbaum. “Some children up to the age of eight years old, who are getting vaccinated for the first time, require two doses of flu vaccine, spaced at least 28 days apart. While children under the age of six months are too young to receive the vaccine, it is important that parents and older siblings get vaccinated to prevent the spread of the flu to infants who are most vulnerable to serious complications.”

The effectiveness of the vaccine depends in part on the match between the vaccine virus used to produce the vaccine and the strains of flu that will circulate this season. While the vaccine is produced to protect against the flu viruses that research and surveillance indicate are most likely to be common this season, there is no way to predict with certainty. 

“Flu viruses not only change from season to season, but can even change within the course of a single season,” said Dr. Appelbaum. “Still, antibodies made in response to a vaccination with one flu virus can sometimes provide protection against different but related viruses.  That’s why, even if the vaccine is a  less than a perfect match, it is still far more effective in preventing the flu than getting no shot at all.”

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

DRUG CITY! Blaz, Council Looking into Letting Heroin Addicts Have Places to Shoot UP in Midst of Heroin Epidemic

NYC to Provide Sites for Heroin Addicts to Shoot Up

The Council is allocating $100,000 to study creating such places where heroin addicts can shoot up under medical supervision.

“The Council’s new supervised injection impact study will assess the feasibility and impact of New York City having a program that provides a safe, clean haven to high-risk, vulnerable New Yorkers and will help prevent drug overdoses and disease transmissions,” Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said.

Although Council members are claiming the program will curb the spread of Hepatitis B, the claims ring hollow for critics. This is the same City Council which has been decriminalizing many quality of life of crimes including urinating in the street and pan handling. There has also been a push to focus less attention on drug crimes and more towards community outreach for the NYPD.

Last week a group of elected officials held a town hall meeting on the heroin epidemic plaguing the once quiet Morris Park community. And sleepy little City Island made national headlines when news broke about its heroin epidemic.

The shooting sites are puzzling to residents. In the 90s, under Mayor Dinkins the city gave out hypodermic needles as a way to combat the spread of HIV to intravenous drug users. The new plan does not appear to be trying to curb any outbreak of illness simply a way to cope with the drug epidemic.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

600-Pound Man Wants to Drop Half His Weight

Ramon Mitchell, 25, Wants to Lose 300 Pounds
(Photo Fox News Atlanta)

HEALTH- A 600-pound man in Atlanta knew he had a weight problem when he couldn’t stand up. Now he is determined to shed half his weight over the next two years and become healthy.

Fox News reported the story of Ramon Mitchell, 25, who gained nearly 400 pounds after losing three family members. The gain had his weight flirting with 700 pounds.

Mitchell was diagnosed with congestive heart and kidney failure.

When he was being treated for a severe respiratory infection Mitchell realized just how severe his problem was. As he was preparing to leave the hospital he saw that he could not stand up. 

Then and there he knew he had to change his life.

“I didn't want to die,” Mitchell told Fox News, “so I felt like it was up to me to do what I need to do.”

Mitchell was transferred to HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital where he endured physical rehab to get him to walk again. The treatment also improved his cardio vascular health as well as strength. He has already lost 63.

But that is not enough. Mitchell has vowed to lose half his weight, 300 pounds, within the next 2 years.
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