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

A Hyperhidrosis Patient Story: Brooke’s Testimony

Guest post by Brooke Hodkinson

My name is Brooke, I am twenty-two years old, and have had hyperhidrosis for as long as I can remember. It first became apparent to me in gym class during my elementary school years. We were asked to hold hands with a partner, and mine was completely grossed out to the point that they asked to hold onto my wrist. From then on my sweaty palms were all I could think about, and I began to withdraw from many social interactions. I was not only embarrassed, but also felt sorry for whoever was victim to touching or being touched by my hands. You don’t realize how often people use their hands until yours are literally dripping from the fingertips. For years I didn’t hold my boyfriend’s hand, give anyone a high five, or even reach my hand out to the cashier giving me change back! I would dread any attendance sheet being passed around a classroom because my hands would instantly soak the page and there was no way of hiding that from the next person to sign. Through my dermatologist, I had begun to try many treatment options including an antiperspirant called Drysol, Botox injections, and an attempt at a machine called Iontophoresis. Nothing had worked. Read more

Neti Pot Knowledge

Guest post by Alfred Iloreta, MD, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and member of the Division of Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital.

As a skull base surgeon and a rhinologist, I commonly prescribe the use of the ‘Neti pot’ for the majority of patients and even myself. The practice of irrigating the nasal passages with water has been around for approximately 5,000 years with its origins South Asian culture within the practice of Ayurveda, an ancient practice of yoga. These Yoga Masters called the sinus cleansing technique “Jala Neti,” and it exists as one of the six main practices in cleansing the body to prepare for the higher practices of yoga. Read more

Eye Safety Tips for July 4th Celebrations

Guest post by Ronald C. Gentile, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology and the Chief of Ocular Trauma Service at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE).

In the U.S., more than 9,000 fireworks injuries happen each year, with roughly 1 in 8 fireworks injuries harming the eyes. In fact, the latest annual fireworks injury report issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows that 1,300 eye injuries related to fireworks were treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2014, up from 600 just three years ago. With July 4th celebrations approaching, Ronald C. Gentile, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology and the Chief of Ocular Trauma Service at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE), wants to remind people of some eye health and fireworks safety tips. Read more

In Sickness and In Health: Why LGBT Health Equality Matters

Guest post by Jose Sepulveda, Co-Chair, New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai LGBT Employee Resource Group

When Apple CEO Tim Cook came out, he said “We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick.” Coming out was not going to change his life. It was not going to change my life much either, but somewhere, there was a young teen who was able to see a little more hope. These small bricks, small steps forward, help the unseen. Read more

Swallowing Pills Made Easy

Guest post by Leanne Goldberg, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech and Language Pathologist, The Eugen Grabscheid MD Voice Center, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

If you experience difficulty swallowing pills as an adult and are almost embarrassed to admit it – don’t be. A recent nationwide survey conducted by Harris Interactive found that a staggering 40 percent of American adults have experienced difficulty swallowing pills, but do not experience issues ingesting food or liquids. Read more

Feeding the Picky Eater

Guest post by Kelly Krikhely, MS, RD, CDN, Clinical Dietitian at The Mount Sinai Hospital, and Kelly Hogan, MS, RD, CDN, Senior Dietitian at The Mount Sinai Hospital

Much to the dismay of parents everywhere, kids are notoriously picky eaters. Especially common amongst toddlers and preschoolers, the “picky eaters club” is more formally termed food neophobia. While most outgrow this phase by grade school (or here’s hoping, high school!), we’ve got some fail-proof strategies to help little ones become more adventurous eaters. Read more

Three Healthy Salads for Summer

Guest post by Alexandra Rothwell, RD, CSO, CDNDubin Breast CenterThe Tisch Cancer Institute.

When done right, salads are the perfect summer meal–cool and refreshing, made with all the best seasonal produce, substantial enough for a meal, but light enough to keep you energetic. However, even the most enthusiastic salad lovers can experience these two common pitfalls. One is a salad slump–not changing recipes or experimenting with new flavors enough to keep the meal exciting and sustainable. The other is filling the salad with so many calories that it’s no longer a healthy meal. These recipes provide a few ideas to stay healthy, while putting some new life into this delicious meal! Read more

Healthy Bring-to-Work Meal Ideas for Summer

Guest post by Alexandra Rothwell, RD, CSO, CDNDubin Breast CenterThe Tisch Cancer Institute.

Beach trips, weekend getaways, parties, and happy hours…with summer finally here, we can anticipate lots of fun celebrations with friends and family. If you’re health conscious and worry that all this fun may lead to one tortilla chip too many, don’t fear! The workweek can be a great time to catch up with some healthy meals, so that you can fully enjoy the more festive times. Here are some great bring-to-work meal ideas to try: Read more