Is a Vegetarian Diet During Pregnancy Healthy?

During pregnancy, a woman is encouraged to follow a healthy lifestyle, including making dietary changes as needed. Women who are vegetarian may become confused about whether continuing their vegetarian diet is actually healthy. Many such women will hear from friends, family, and health care professionals that being vegetarian is “unsafe” for both mother and baby. This can leave them feeling seriously conflicted. For long-time vegetarians, it can be especially disheartening when being vegetarian is not simply a diet, but a lifestyle. Read more

Video Blog: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Guest post by Gina Sam, MD, MPH, Director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Center at The Mount Sinai Hospital

In the United States, colorectal cancer, or colon cancer, is the third most common cancer in both men and women and is the second leading cancer killer among Americans. Colorectal cancer affects both men and women and is often found in people age of 50 or older. It is considered a preventable disease and if it is detected early enough it is treatable, which is why routine colonoscopies help lower your risk of developing colorectal cancer. Read more

Healthy Staples for Your Kitchen

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

“The best defense is a good offense” is a popular saying in sports, but I often utilize it in the nutrition world as well–especially when it comes to weight management and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Being prepared with quick and healthy meal ingredients, as well as protein and fiber rich snacks, can often be our best defense against overeating and poor food choices. The backbone of our offense typically resides in the kitchen, and by having a few key items in the fridge and pantry, you can be ready for anything from a quick snack to a well-balanced meal. Read more

Typical Communication Development in Children, Part III (Ages 3-5)

In previous posts, the benefits of parental familiarity with a growing child’s hearing, speech, and language development were discussed, specifically 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. This final post in a three-part series will cover the basic benchmarks of communication for preschool-age children. Read more

#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