What do the following have in common? Asthma, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, End Stage Renal Disease, Hepatitis C, Hypoglycemia, Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Leg-Calvé-Perthes, Marfan Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Migraines, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Scoliosis and Supraventricular Tachycardia.
“Tis the Season” has an entirely different meaning for victims/survivors of drunk-driving crashes.
As another year ends and a new year begins, it is time to assess which preventative health measures we as individuals should address in the upcoming new year. For those people turning 50 years of age, it is time to address colon cancer screening. This topic is so important that although we discussed this somewhat earlier this year, I believe that it is worth revisiting. The following three paragraphs come from the flier announcing the National Institutes of Health Consensus Conference on Colorectal Cancer Screening to be held in Bethesda on February 2-4, 2010. I encourage any interested party to attend this meeting.
The Social Service Volunteers of Nassau Inc. is a not-for-profit, charitable organization as defined under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The volunteers work in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Social Services to provide assistance for families and children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
The finding of liver test abnormalities during pregnancy creates significant anxiety in both the pregnant woman and the expectant father. This anxiety is made worse by the simple fact that liver disease in pregnancy is poorly understood by many medical practitioners. The good news is that most liver test abnormalities seen in pregnancy resolve on their own with no effect on either the mother or newborn child/children. The cause is usually unknown and tends not to recur with subsequent pregnancies. Despite this reassuring fact, a physician must evaluate liver test abnormalities found during pregnancy as significant liver disease can occur during this period. The most common cause of abnormal liver tests in pregnancy are not specific for pregnancy and are mostly due to viral infections or medication use. There are, however, several important conditions specific for pregnancy that need to be addressed.
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is deeply appreciative that the Nassau County Executive and the Legislature have approved the legislation that requires certain chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and menu boards. The policy will directly empower consumers to make healthier choices for themselves and their families.
Fatty liver continues to be the most prevalent liver disease in America. While affecting more than 50 million Americans, most with this condition will have a benign course and will not develop significant liver disease. A small percentage, however, will develop inflammation and scarring in the liver in addition to just fat deposition. When these findings are present, they are indicative of more advanced liver disease and the condition is called non-alcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH. NASH can lead to cirrhosis and its complications including liver cancer and in certain circumstances, a liver transplantation may be needed. As Americans grow larger and this condition increases in prevalence, we can expect to see significantly greater morbidity and mortality from this condition. Current estimates are that 2-4 percent of people with fatty liver will develop NASH. This means that one to two million Americans are at risk for developing cirrhosis and its complications from this condition.
Governor David Paterson proposes to close a growing multibillion dollar budget deficit by, in part, making deep cuts to human services including community-based children’s mental health services. On Oct. 27, I testified before the New York State Finance Committee on the deadly combination of cuts to children’s mental health and the New York State Office of Mental Health’s (OMH) plan to refinance outpatient clinics (also known as “clinic reform”). Following is a portion of my testimony.
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