Nutrition and Breast Cancer

Kelly Hogan, MS, RD, CDNKelly Hogan, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian who focuses on breast cancer nutrition for the Dubin Breast Center of The Tisch Cancer Institute. Ms. Hogan creates patient education and wellness programs and provides individual counseling in the areas of wellness, weight management, and symptom/side effect management.

According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, about one-third of all breast cancer cases are preventable with lifestyle changes. A report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that breast cancer survivors outnumber all other cancer survivors in the United States. With early detection and treatment advances, this number continues to grow. This makes prevention of recurrence a top priority for millions of survivors. Although we cannot control every reason for a breast cancer diagnosis or recurrence, much of my work at the Dubin Breast Center focuses on what we can control through diet and lifestyle. Read more

Thyroid Cancer Pathology Reports

Urken_headshotGuest post by Mark Urken, MD, Chief of Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Division of Head and Neck Oncology. To make an appointment with Dr. Urken, call 212-844-8775.

Thyroid cancer is the most common endocrine cancer and it is one of the few cancers that has increased in incidence over recent years. Thyroid cancer occurs across all age groups, but is more common among people ages 20 to 55 and occurs more frequently in women. Before treatment begins, it is important to make sure your disease has been diagnosed accurately to ensure that the treatment options offered are right for the specific disease. Read more

Thyroid Cancer: It’s Not Simply a Pain in the Neck

Adimoolam Cropped & ZoomedGuest blog written by Deena Adimoolam, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland with two sides that sits in front of your windpipe and when it is functioning normally you don’t even know it exists. The main hormone it secretes is thyroxine, which helps to regulate metabolism, growth and development, as well as body temperature. The thyroid gland should not be mistaken for the parathyroid glands, which are completely different entities with separate functions. Read more

When Should You Get That Mole Checked Out?


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Guest blog written by John Zade, current research fellow under Hooman Khorasani, MD, the Chief of the Division of Dermatologic & Cosmetic Surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital and Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Moles on our skin, medically termed as nevi, are extremely common and almost all of us have a few on our body. Although most dark spots on your skin are completely harmless, it is important to be aware that some may become cancerous. These cancerous moles are known as melanoma; luckily there are a few distinguishing features of these spots that help us find them and treat them. In this blog I’m going to go into how you can spot melanoma on yourself and your loved ones and how often you should be getting your skin checked. Read more

Asthma is No Match for a Great Game



Blog post written by Sonali Bose, MD MPH, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Division, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

The show is not over yet. If you are like me and spent all summer long mesmerized by the limitless abilities of the summer Olympic athletes, prepare to keep your jaws open, as age-defying tennis stars are about to play their best games at the U.S. Open this fall. While these super-humans are constantly trying to outdo their opponents by a blink of a point, for many of these athletes–for example, four-time French Open champion Justine Henin–their toughest competition is not the player across the net: it is asthma. Other Olympic gold medalists, such as track-and-field star Jackie Joyner-Kersee and swimmer Amy Van Dyken, battled significant asthma symptoms throughout their professional careers. In fact, asthma affects 1 in 12 Olympians, making it the most common chronic illness among these competitive athletes. But having asthma doesn’t stop them from achieving their goals, and it shouldn’t stop you.
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Five Tips to Stay Hydrated in the Summer Heat

Wasserglas / Glass of waterGuest post by Erika Jacobson RD CDN, a Clinical Dietitian in the Nutrition Department at The Mount Sinai Hospital

Happy summer! Whether your summer plans include laying out by the pool, dining alfresco, or engaging in physical activity, it’s crucial to stay properly hydrated – especially when heat and humidity levels are at their highest. Dehydration occurs when the body loses too much water. Its presence is associated with symptoms such as thirst, less frequent urination, dry mouth or cracked lips, fatigue, and dizziness. The Institute of Medicine recommends a fluid intake of 2.7 liters for women and 3.7 liters daily for men – though keep in mind, optimal fluid intake varies from person to person, depending on age, weight, physical activity level, as well as certain medical conditions. Read more

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