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  • How Can My Skin Survive A Winter Behind A Mask?

    How Can My Skin Survive A Winter Behind A Mask?

    Dear Doctor,The cold, dry weather is usually hard on my skin, and now frequent hand-washing, sanitizing, and mask wearing is making my hands extra dry and my face break out. How do I avoid winter wreaking havoc on my skin?Sincerely,“Cracking Under COVID”Dear Cracking:Soap and warm water may keep hands germ-free—which is critical for preventing the spread of COVID-19—but they also strip ...

  • What Holiday Activities Are Safe For Kids This Year?

    What Holiday Activities Are Safe For Kids This Year?

    The COVID-19 pandemic is certainly complicating families’ plans for many cherished winter holiday traditions, from sitting on Santa's lap for photos at the mall to smooching long-missed grandparents. As coronavirus cases continue to tick up, the risks require extra caution and a science-backed understanding of the virus’ transmission.But that doesn’t have to mean the holidays are ...

  • What Is A Seizure? A Phelps Hospital Expert Explains

    What Is A Seizure? A Phelps Hospital Expert Explains

    What is a seizure? A seizure is the result of abnormal excessive activity of neurons in the brain. How do seizures present?Seizures can present with abnormal involuntary jerking or twitching movements of the arms or legs. Sometimes people can urinate on themselves or bite their tongue. They can make a strange sound during a seizure and may have difficulty breathing. Some seizures do ...

  • Everything You Need To Know About GERD

    Everything You Need To Know About GERD

    Gastroesophageal reflux is the normal occurrence of gastric contents back-flowing into the esophagus. We all experience this phenomenon occasionally throughout the day. When this natural occurrence results in discomfort or other symptoms, we call it gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. The most common symptoms are heartburn – a burning sensation in the chest or throat, and ...

  • Better Your Health With Our New Lung Cancer Screening Program

    Better Your Health With Our New Lung Cancer Screening Program

    Am I eligible for a lung cancer screening?A lung cancer screening is a quick and effective low-dose computerized tomography (CT) scan that can detect lung cancer and other serious abnormalities. Only 3-5% of persons eligible for a lung cancer screening have an annual low-dose CT scan. Our new regional lung cancer screening program at Phelps Hospital, Northwell Health, and Northern ...

  • Advances In Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

    Advances In Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

    This year roughly 270,000 women in the U.S. will find out that they have breast cancer. While the main treatment for breast cancer is surgery, it is often followed by radiation therapy to decrease the risk of the cancer recurring.I’ve been a radiation oncologist since 2001, and in that time there have been significant advances in our field, especially when it comes to treating breast ...

  • Should I Get Genetic Testing For Breast Cancer?

    Should I Get Genetic Testing For Breast Cancer?

    Dear Doctor,My mom and grandmother both had breast cancer. I’m assuming it’s genetic, but I’ve never gotten the test to confirm. Should I get tested—and how can I reduce the risk of getting it myself?Sincerely,“Concerned and Curious”Dear Concerned:I understand why you’re worried.Anywhere from about 5% to 10% of all breast cancer cases are hereditary—meaning they’re caused by a gene ...

  • So You’re Getting A Core Needle Breast Biopsy

    So You’re Getting A Core Needle Breast Biopsy

    “You need a biopsy.”It was not what I expected to hear at my routine mammogram—as the radiologist talked, all I could think was, “What the…?!”But what seemed like the worst day ever may have been my lucky break. That mammogram in my late 40s had detected a warning sign: a tiny cluster of calcification in my left breast. I needed a stereotactic core needle biopsy, a procedure where the ...

  • How To Handle Youth Sports During COVID-19

    How To Handle Youth Sports During COVID-19

    The relaunch of youth sports in the setting of COVID poses many challenges to sports medicine professionals and parents alike. Sports play a central role in our family, and with three active young boys, the pandemic has drastically altered this part of our lives.My 9-year-old son is a competitive swimmer. Before the pandemic hit New York he had just qualified for Junior Olympics, a goal ...

  • Cancer Care At Phelps—Advanced Technology And Compassionate Care, Close To Home

    Cancer Care At Phelps—Advanced Technology And Compassionate Care, Close To Home

    Colon cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable.Phelps Hospital, Northwell Health, is at the forefront of innovation in cancer care, using advanced technology, testing, and treatments. Colorectal cancer, unlike other cancers, is preventable if detected early. However, only 63% of patients over age 50 had some form of screening like a colonoscopy or Cologuard testing. We are ...

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