Sharps Disposal Tips for Patients with Diabetes

By Cara Blackhall, RN, CDE, who is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in Medical-Surgical Nursing and is a Certified Diabetes Educator. Ms. Blackhall specializes in educating patients on lifestyle and health management, diabetes medication administrator and use, insulin infusion pumps and continuous glucose monitoring at the Mount Sinai Diabetes Center.

diabetesMany patients ask me what they should do with their used sharps. First of all, let’s discuss what the term “sharps” mean. Needles, lancets, syringes and insulin pens are all considered sharps and must be disposed of properly. These sharps are intended for one-time use only as they still contain blood can infect another person, which is, ultimately, why it is so important to dispose of them carefully. Read more

A Modern Approach to Reproduction and Fertility

By Alan B. Copperman, MD, Clinical Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, the Mount Sinai Hospital.

Alan CoppermanMany of us are surprised to hear how difficult it is for humans to conceive. In fact, the chance of getting pregnant during any given cycle is only one in five. As women age, however, the likelihood of conceiving a healthy pregnancy decreases. This is largely due to the age-related decline in ovarian function. When a woman is in her twenties nearly 90% of her eggs are normal, while by the time she is in her forties, nearly 90% of her eggs are chromosomally abnormal. Increased awareness of these data and new emerging treatment modalities are combining to combat the basic biological realities. Read more

Diabetes-Friendly Spinach, Goat Cheese and Chicken Salad

By Shelley Wishnick RD, CDN, CDE, a registered dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a NYS Certified Nutritionist, and Certified Diabetes Educator with the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators who provides counseling to those with type 1, type 2, pre-diabetes and gestational diabetes at the Mount Sinai Diabetes Center.

Diabetes-Friendly Spinach, Goat Cheese and Chicken SaladEntertaining friends with diabetes doesn’t have to be complicated. Here is a low carb recipe that tastes great for a wonderful late summer lunch and is also diabetes-friendly.

Serves 4


  • 1/2 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry or champagne vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 cup strawberries, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup almonds, toasted and chopped
  • 2 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 lb grilled chicken breast, sliced

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My BRCA Journey

By Sara Schub, who is 45 years old and currently living in New York City. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University and works in healthcare administration. She also counsels women at risk of HBOC and volunteers for various health-related charities.

Sara SchubIn early 2011, at a routine appointment with Dr. Monica Prasad, she asked me how I was doing. I took that as an opportunity to tell her what was weighing heavily on my mind – my mother and my cousin were both recently diagnosed with cancer and undergoing chemotherapy. She immediately inquired about my family history of cancer and for the first time I realized how prevalent cancer was in my family. Dr. Prasad suggested I go for genetic testing because I might be at high risk of developing the disease, so I went to a genetic counselor at Mount Sinai. I told her what I knew about my family history, she drew my genetic family tree, enumerated the various genetic mutations that were possible, and recommended genetic testing. Read more

Fulfilling Your Dreams While Living with Sickle Cell Disease

Guest post by Jamal Joseph, Jr. & Sr.

Jamal Joseph, Jr. & Sr.It is never easy for a parent to see their child being treated in the hospital. Jamal Joseph, Sr. knew what it was like for the first time to feel helpless when his son, Jamal Joseph, Jr. said, “Daddy, do something” while receiving doses of morphine to manage the pain caused by Sickle Cell Disease. At the time, there was very little research on Sickle Cell Disease, no real treatments, and life expectancy was short. Joseph, Sr. knew that there was not much he could do for his son. He knew that “it would take a village, the action of parents, family, the doctors, nurses, and medical community to do something” and to make an actual difference for those living with the disease. Read more

Delay in Diagnosing Psoriatic Arthritis Can Have Dire Consequences

By Yousaf Ali, MD, FACR, Associate Professor, Division of Rheumatology and Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs, Department of Medicine, Mount Sinai Health System.

Dr. Yousaf AliIf you are one of the nearly one million people in the United States living with psoriatic arthritis, then you know the agony of waking up in the morning and trying to get those sore joints moving. But if caught early enough, permanent or worsening bone and joint deterioration can be prevented and symptoms can be improved. Delaying a psoriatic arthritic diagnosis by as little as six months can interfere with the patient’s ability to respond successfully to treatment or achieve remission. Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment of psoriatic arthritis is crucial. Read more

Meeting SCD Patients Needs – Spiritually and Emotionally

Guest post by Rocky Walker, Chaplain Resident

Rocky Walker, Chaplain ResidentAs a clinically trained chaplain assigned to address the spiritual and emotional needs of every Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) patient admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital, I have found that this ministry has exponentially increased my awareness about SCD. This assignment has educated, exposed, challenged, and blessed me. All of that has given me new understanding, great appreciation, and immense respect for what SCD patients and their families often endure. Read more

Travel tips for people with diabetes

By Camilla Levister, NP, CDE, a Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Educator who has experience as an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor trainer. Ms. Levister is a co-investigator for several research studies in diabetes taking place at the Mount Sinai Diabetes Center.

Camilla Levister, NP, CDETraveling through an airport for the first time after a diabetes diagnosis may leave patients wondering how to prepare for going through security with insulin and other supplies. The good news is that today, TSA agents are aware of the supplies, equipment, and medications that travelers with diabetes require. A doctor’s note is not required, but you will need to be prepared in other ways: Read more

September Is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Guest post by Ash Tewari, MBBS, MCh, the Kyung Hyun Kim MD, Chair in Urology in the Milton and Carroll Petrie Department of Urology at the Mount Sinai Health System

TEWARI HEADSHOT 2015 SPRINGSeptember is often a bittersweet moment in time: an end to weekends at the beach, late sunsets, grilling dinner in the backyard, and family vacations. But September also ushers in a new season: a return to school for our children, the start of a theater subscription, baseball playoffs, and more. For health professionals in the urology field, it is a special time. Prostate Cancer Awareness Month reminds us of how many men we can save with increased awareness and early detection and is a solemn reminder of those patients whose cancer had progressed too far to intervene successfully. Read more

Thyroid Nodules and Genetic Testing

Guest post by Marita Teng, MD, Associate Professor, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and member of the Head and Neck Institute and Center for Thyroid and Parathyroid Diseases at The Mount Sinai Hospital.

Thyroid nodules are exceedingly common, especially in women. By age 50, up to 70 percent of women have one or more thyroid nodules, but the vast majority of these are noncancerous. In fact, of all thyroid nodules, up to 95 percent are ultimately characterized as benign.

However, largely because of the increased use of radiologic imaging, the incidence of thyroid nodules – and the incidence of thyroid cancer – is increasing. Though this statistic may seem alarming, thyroid cancer is by far one of the most curable cancers. Read more