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

Better Imaging Detects Breast Cancer Early

Guest post by Tamara A. Fulop, MD, Director, Breast Imaging at Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Winning the battle against breast cancer is becoming a reality for women of all ages, thanks to diagnostic technology that can frequently detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. “Digital mammography acquires images electronically, resulting in better contrast, so we can often pick up smaller abnormalities before they become cancerous,” says Tamara A. Fulop, MD, Director of Breast Imaging at the Appel-Venet Comprehensive Breast Service at Mount Sinai Beth Israel.  Read more

What is Syncope?

Guest post by Francesco Santoni-Rugiu, MD, Director, Outpatient Services, Al-Sabah Arrhythmia Institute at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s

Syncope is a sudden, unexplained loss of consciousness; most commonly referred to as a fainting spell. A syncopal episode implies that the fainting was sudden and there was an immediate return to feeling normal. Patients typically describe the episode by saying “I was fine and then I must have passed out, because I found myself on the floor; I got up and I was ok.” This type of fainting episode is different from one where you get progressively weaker prior to passing out. These episodes are more likely due to intoxication, or low blood sugar. Also, a different type of loss of consciousness is the one associated with seizures, or a concussion when the patient recovers consciousness but does not feel back to normal but rather groggy, confused. Read more

Worried About HIV? New Prevention Methods Offer More Options

The HIV prevention landscape has changed dramatically over the last few years. In the past, most health care professionals could only support consistent use of condoms, frequent testing, and risk-reduction counseling for HIV prevention. Today, these approaches can be used in conjunction with new methods that have been developed and are now available to the public to lower risk of HIV infection. Read more

Top 5 cancer-combating foods

Guest post featuring Shayne Robinson, RD, C.S.O, Nutrition Services Supervisor at Mount Sinai Beth Israel

In the battle to combat cancer, nutrition can be one of our most surprising defense tactics – when it’s used in combination with other strategies. “Nutrients work in synergy,” says Shayne Robinson, RD, an oncology dietitian with Mount Sinai Beth Israel. “No single nutrient or food is going to protect your body against cancer. It’s a combination of foods, exercise and healthy weight.” Read more

Predicting breast cancer’s unpredictability

Guest post featuring Michael P. Osborne, MD  Director of Cancer Screening and Prevention Programs at the Comprehensive Breast Center at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. 

When it comes to breast cancer, you can’t hide behind your age, your family history, or last year’s exam. According to Michael Osborne, MD, Breast Surgeon and Director of Breast Surgery Programs for Mount Sinai Beth Israel, there’s more to breast cancer than you may think. Read more