A colonoscopy is a diagnostic screening exam that a physician, usually a gastroenterologist, uses to look inside your large intestine for colon polyps or possible signs of colorectal cancer. How often you should be screened depends on the specific test, your age and your risk for colon cancer.
Spring is on its way! While many people look forward to this season of renewal, warm weather and beautiful blossoms, for those with allergies it can be something to dread. At Westchester Health, our patients with eye, nose and respiratory spring allergies usually find themselves symptomatic from late March until late May, although the onset of symptoms could be earlier depending on warm weather trends.
If you’re like a lot of people over age 50, knees that have served you well for years gradually start hurting and swelling. They may start making cracking or popping sounds, and you may even feel a grinding sensation in your knees as you move. Most likely, you’ve developed arthritis of the knee, something we see quite often at Westchester Health.
At Westchester Health, we often see older patients who have developed glaucoma, a condition that causes damage to the eye’s optic nerve and unfortunately, may get worse over time. Linked to a buildup of pressure inside the eye, glaucoma tends to be genetic and may not show up until later in life. This increased pressure, called intraocular pressure, can damage the optic nerve. If the damage continues, glaucoma can lead to permanent vision loss.
Without treatment, glaucoma can cause total permanent blindness within a few years. Less common causes include a blunt or chemical injury to your eye, severe eye infection, blocked blood vessels inside the eye and inflammatory conditions. Glaucoma usually affects both eyes, but it may be worse in one than the other.
Has your sweet, adorable child suddenly morphed into an unrecognizable little monster? Instead of wide-eyed smiles and happy giggles, are you now witnessing:
- temper tantrums
- kicking and biting
- grabbing toys
- fighting with siblings
- every word is “No”
- total meltdowns ???
Welcome to the terrible 2s!
For many years, expert opinion said that the best way to prevent food allergy, especially an allergy to peanuts, was to not feed that food to a child until age 3. However, a landmark study published in 2015 (the LEAP study) has disputed this long-held belief and instead, demonstrated that children at risk for peanut allergy in fact had a much lower incidence of allergy by age 5 if they were fed peanuts regularly by age 6 months, compared to children who avoided peanuts. James A. Pollowitz, MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI, an allergy, asthma and immunology specialist with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, explains these dramatic new findings in a recent blog.
In children, self-esteem is influenced not only by their own internal perceptions and expectations but by how they are thought of and treated by parents, siblings, teachers, coaches and friends. How people value themselves, get along with others, perform at school, achieve at work and relate in marriage all stem from their self-image, and it all begins in childhood. In addition, parents need to be good role models for their children and exhibit good self-esteem themselves because their children will follow their example, good or bad, writes Mason Gomberg, MD, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, in a recent blog.
Short of basic sanitation and nutrition, no medical intervention has done more to save lives and prevent disease than immunizations. That’s why at Westchester Health, we strongly believe in immunizations and strongly recommend giving your child all recommended vaccines from birth until age 18. In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) officially recommends immunizations as the safest and most cost-effective way of preventing disease, disability and death, and that it is always better to prevent a disease than to have to treat it or live with the consequences of contracting it.
Did you know that 1 in 10 people will develop a kidney stone over the course of their lifetime? Although the exact reason isn’t known, one explanation may be that there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about what causes kidney stones. In order to de-bunk these false beliefs, shed light on what really causes kidney stones, and help people hopefully stay stone-free, we at Westchester Health offer these 6 important tips.
At Westchester Health, we know that raising kids is hard work, whether you’re a dad or a mom. But even today, sometimes stay-at-home dads encounter particular challenges. To help dads everywhere navigate the wonderful but exhausting world of babies, kids, teenagers and everything in between, Mason Gomberg, MD, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, offers these 10 valuable bits of advice.