The 411 on GMOs

imageGuest post by Jennifer Markowitz MS RD, a Clinical Dietitian in the Nutrition Department at The Mount Sinai Hospital.

Genetically modified organisms are foods or animals produced via gene manipulation. The result of genetic modification is an organism that contains a combination of genes from plants, animals, or bacteria. The most common food GMOs in the U.S. include soy, cotton, canola, corn, sugar beets, Hawaiian papaya, alfalfa, and zucchini. GMOs, however, may also be present in ingredients such as xanthan gum, sweeteners, and natural and artificial flavorings that are commonly found in processed foods. Read more

The MIND Diet

Guest post by Abigail Rapaport MS RD CDN, Clinical Dietitian in the Nutrition Department at The Mount Sinai Hospital.

Eating wholesome foods is not only good for our physical health, but can be good for our mind too. A brain healthy diet helps keep our memory strong, intellect sharp, and mood elevated. With estimates of dementia affecting one in 14 people over the age of 65 and one in six over the age of 80 (Alzheimer’s society), keeping our brains healthy is vital. Here’s the good news: a diet good for the brain has been shown to lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 54%.  Read more

Occupational Asthma and Cleaning

Asthma, a disease which is characterized by the inflammation of the airways that makes breathing difficult, can be caused by exposures in the workplace. Some chemicals prevalent in workplace settings triggers swelling in the airways, allowing less air to go to the lungs and causing symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest tightness. It is estimated that in the United States 15% of disabling asthma cases are associated with work-related factors, making occupational asthma the most common occupational lung disease (NHLBI, 2011). Read more

COPD- A Preventable and Treatable Disease


Guest post by Sidney Braman, MD, Professor Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Division, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Braman has long standing expertise in managing diseases of the airways such as asthma and COPD.


Chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) is a progressive disease that affects about 11 million adults in the U.S., although many more have the disease and do not know it.  It has become the third leading cause of death and results in chronic disability and a heavy financial and emotional burden on the patient and family alike.  COPD is preventable, as the cause in up to 90% of individuals is cigarette smoking. Occupational irritants and passive smoke exposure are also thought to play a causative role. In the second half of the 20th century the tobacco industry began advertising heavily to women. Read more

RD Approved Tips for Dining out this Spring/Summer

Kelly Hogan, MS, RD, CDNKelly 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

Spring has finally sprung on the east coast, and the lure of outdoor dining has returned in full force. While I am a big advocate for cooking most meals at home – on average, restaurant meals or takeout contain more sodium, fat and sugar than home-cooked ones – enjoying a salad, sandwich or four course meal al fresco is one of life’s simple pleasures. The good news here is that it’s possible to dine out healthfully by making smart choices, without sacrificing fun or flavor. Review these key strategies before heading out into the sunshine this season (and don’t forget your sunglasses!). Read more

The DASH Diet

Guest post by Jennifer Markowitz MS RD, Clinical Dietitian in the Nutrition Department at The Mount Sinai Hospital.

garden-veggies-1323996Fad diets are rarely backed by substantiated evidence, yet with grandiose claims of rapid fat loss or profound energy enhancement they talk a big game. As trendy diet plans have cycled through their fifteen minutes of fame, there is one approach to healthful eating that has curiously stayed out of the limelight despite maintaining a legitimacy few fads have known.

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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