Workers’ Memorial Day (April 28)

Workers’ Memorial DayWorkers’ Memorial Day, April 28, is an international day of remembrance for all workers who were killed, disabled, injured, or made sick on the job. Founded by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), Workers’ Memorial Day falls on the same day as the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and the establishment of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Read more

Testosterone Replacement – An Ongoing Debate

Guest post by Natan Bar-Chama, MD, Director of Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital, and Associate Professor of Urology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Natan-Bar-Chama_008_cropped[1]Men in middle age face some of the same physical issues that women do. Men also find themselves gaining weight, feeling a lack of energy, being depressed and/or experiencing a decreased sex drive. These symptoms can be due to various causes: diabetes, obesity, depression, work marital, or relationship stresses or thyroid dysfunction. But sometimes these problems are due to low levels of testosterone, a condition called hypogonadism, caused by a problem in the testicles or pituitary gland. It is estimated that 1 in 4 men over 60 have low testosterone. Read more


Guest post by Jennifer Ross, MS, RD, CDN, a Clinical Nutritionist at Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

headshotLately I’ve been hearing a lot about pulses – that they’re the new “it” food of 2016. I’ve heard that they provide ample health benefits and are replacing things like quinoa, kale, and other exotic-sounding foods (that are bound to be hard to find and expensive) as the new life-changing power food. The word itself is ugly, and reminds me of a beating heart, and something that I definitely do not want to eat. I will be the first to admit that I actually had no idea what a pulse is. Have you heard of them? I was pleasantly surprised to learn what pulses actually are, and to find that I’ve actually been eating them fairly regularly throughout my entire adult life.  Read more

Meatless Monday

Guest post by Jennifer Ross, MS, RD, CDN, a Clinical Nutritionist at Mount Sinai Beth Israel

headshotMaybe you’ve heard of Meatless Monday before, or maybe you haven’t. Either way, it has become a widespread global movement that can improve your health. Meatless Monday was initiated by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2003 as a way to encourage Americans to reduce their saturated fat intake, which can be done by consuming non-animal protein sources. According to the movement’s website, it is now being practiced in 36 countries.  Read more

Sports Nutrition Fueling

Guest post by Kelly Hogan, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian who has worked within the Mount Sinai Hospital for the past three years, now focusing on breast cancer nutrition for the Dubin Breast Center. Kelly provides individual counseling in the areas of wellness, weight management and symptom/side effect management, in addition to creating patient education and wellness programs.

marathonIn a little less than one month, I’ll be running my 10th marathon. This race – 26.2 miles from Hopkinton, Mass. to Copley Square in Boston, otherwise known as the Boston Marathon – took me tens of thousands of miles to qualify for. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into those miles, and with them, some nutritional missteps. It’s true, sometimes even dietitians screw up when it comes to nutrition (we also eat cake, FYI).  Read more

Antioxidant Rich Superfoods

Guest post by Valentine Reed-Johnson RD CDN, a Registered Dietitian in the Clinical Nutrition Department at Mount Sinai Hospital.

berries-02-1544672We’ve all heard it: consuming adequate fruits and vegetables contributes to lowering risk of chronic disease. But how? Antioxidants are substances found in foods that may prevent or delay cell damage, leading to the prevention of certain cancers.

Free radicals from energy production in the body and pollutants in the environment lead to oxidative stress, which can contribute to cell damage and DNA alterations. Antioxidants have been known to counterbalance this oxidative stress. Vitamin C, E, and beta carotene are the most well-known to contribute electrons to free radicals, preventing this damage. Read more

Holiday Indulgences

Guest post by Laurie Tansman, MS, RD, CDN, a Clinical Nutrition Coordinator at Mount Sinai with over 20 years expertise in cancer, critical care, heart disease, weight management and women’s health. She is also on the faculty of the Department of Preventive Medicine in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and teaches Public Health in the Master of Public Health Program. She is a known public health advocate who has spoken at the local, state and federal government levels.

socialmedia-pic-chocolate-eggs-1-1559587But it’s a special occasion…

As we approach Easter and Passover, I’m reminded of an episode of the Sunday news last March, during which a guest chef was preparing favorite dishes for Easter Sunday. The newscaster commented that a few of the recipes didn’t appear to be very healthy, and the chef replied, “but Easter only happens once a year.” Read more

What is the right treatment for kidney tumors?

Guest post by Reza Mehrazin, MD, Assistant Professor of Urologic Oncology in the Department of Urology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. To make an appointment with Dr. Mehrazin, call 212-241-4812.

Reza Mehrazin, MDKidney cancer, also known as renal cell carcinoma (RCC), is among the most lethal of urologic cancers. In 2015, 61,560 new cases are estimated to occur in the United States and approximately 23% of these patients are expected to die from their disease. The incidence of kidney cancer, particularly small tumors which are less than 4 cm in diameter, has been on a rise and this has largely been attributed to the increased use of cross-sectional abdominal imaging, such as CT or MRI scans. Although surgery and removal of the tumor is the standard of care for kidney cancer, there is growing understanding that in some patients who are elderly and/or have other medical conditions, the potential benefits of surgery is questionable. For these patients, active surveillance or close monitoring of the renal tumors could be a great option. There are many studies that show that an initial short-term period of observation to better understand the tumor growth rate may be safe for small kidney tumors in select candidates. Read more

Healthy Snacking

Guest post by Jennifer Cholewka RD, a Senior Dietitian in the Department of Clinical Nutrition at Mount Sinai Hospital. Jennifer spent several years working with Heart Transplant patients before coming to work at Mount Sinai and now focuses on Bone Marrow Transplant.

Healthy Snacking2 Snacking can sometimes have a bad rap when it comes to weight management and living a healthy lifestyle, however not all snacking has to be unhealthy. In general, try to have “smart snacks” which provide more than just calories. Snacks should have fiber, protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. Also, try to be mindful while having snacks. This will not only help you cut down on the amount you are eating, but also help you to enjoy your food more! Read more

February 29th is National Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day

February 29th is National Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness DayWork-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a leading type of injury in the workplace and account for 34% of all lost workdays in the United States, according to estimates by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These conditions are estimated to account for one out of every three dollars spent on Workers’ Compensation, costing employers $20 billion a year on direct costs, and five times that on indirect costs related to staff replacement and retraining. Read more