#DressGate–Blue and Black or White and Gold? It Depends.

The internet exploded when a Tumblr user posted the picture below and asked followers whether or not the dress was blue and black, or white and gold, sparking debate across blogs and social media. Reena A. Garg, MD, Ophthalmologist at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai and Assistant Professor of Glaucoma at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai explains why we can’t agree: Read more

Why Do I Get a Sore Throat When I Exercise?

Two main causes of sore throats during exercise are nasal obstruction and acid reflux.

Poor Airflow Through the Nose

Poor flow of air through the nose makes it harder to get enough oxygen, especially during a workout. We are inclined to open our mouths to breathe better, especially when we are out of shape. And many of us who are in shape find it more comfortable to breathe through the mouth, particularly when the nose is not working properly. Read more

Preventing Cardiovascular Disease: A Lifetime Endeavor

February is American Heart Month, which is wonderful for me as a cardiologist who specializes in prevention of cardiovascular disease. This month provides the opportunity to help raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it. Below, I share some of the questions and topics that come up frequently when I talk with my patients about living heart-healthy lives. Read more

Ask a Doc: How can I avoid the emergency room this winter?

While injury and illness can happen at any time of year, there are a few threats that come with the season – especially its cold, inclement weather. You can help avoid an emergency by being prepared. Before the long winter sets in, winterize your home, learn to layer your clothing for extra warmth, and boost your immune system with a flu shot, the pneumococcal vaccine and multi-vitamins. Read more

The Reflux Dilemma

Many people are all-too familiar with acid reflux and how it can potentially affect us. We know the classic symptoms of indigestion and “heartburn” (GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease). Some of us experience less common symptoms that affect the throat, such as chronic cough, throat clearing, hoarseness, a feeling of a lump in the throat, and post-nasal drip (LPR or laryngopharyngeal reflux disease). Read more

Hepatitis C: Promising Treatment Developments

Over the past few years, enormous strides have been made in treatment options for people living with hepatitis C, a form of viral hepatitis that causes chronic liver disease. Treatments in the past were difficult to tolerate, produced numerous side effects, and for a large percentage of patients, were often unsuccessful. Promising new drugs, however, will likely reduce the burden of treatment (the work patients do to care for themselves, such as visiting the doctor or going for medical tests), produce quicker results, and cause fewer and less profound side effects. Read more

Mind-Body Practices Help Manage Pre-Surgery and Medical Procedure Fear and Anxiety

It is very common to feel anxious before undergoing a medical procedure or surgery. The reasons for this speak to fears we all have, such as feeling out of control, fear of pain and discomfort, fear of “bad news,” and anxiety over how long it will take to recover from an operation. But there are positive ways we can calm these feelings and tap into our own ability to support ourselves and heal.

Feeling empowered in this way and trusting our inner resources can bring us comfort and a sense of security from deep within ourselves. Learning and practicing mind-body approaches can give us that anchor. These may include such practices as breathing with awareness, meditation and imagery, biofeedback, essential oil therapy and restorative postures.

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Typical Communication Development in Children, Part II

If you are a parent, it is good to be familiar with the basic benchmarks for hearing, speech, and language development as a child gets older. The benchmarks serve as guidelines for pediatricians and other health and education professionals with which to monitor the child’s progress or delay, and offer help if necessary. In this second post of a three-part series, I will cover the basic benchmarks for toddlers. Read more