The good news is that the rates for adolescents smoking tobacco have dipped slightly. The bad news is that e-cigarette use in middle and high school students has tripled. Many people, especially teens, think that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to smoking. Unfortunately, this is simply not true. E-cigarettes are just another way of absorbing nicotine—which is a highly addictive drug—into your body. To learn more, read this blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.
Here at Westchester Health, we want to make sure parents know that it’s just as important to take their children to the doctor when they are well as when they are sick. These well-child visits are not only a chance to review a child’s physical, cognitive, emotional and social development, but they’re a good time to review health issues and answer any questions our parents or young patients may have. To learn more about why we recommend annual physicals, read this blog (excerpted here) by Mason Gomberg, MD, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, can help.
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old. SIDS is sometimes called “crib death” because the infants often die in their cribs. What makes SIDS so frightening is that it strikes babies who seem to have nothing wrong with them. To do everything we can to prevent this, Westchester Health offer this very informative blog (excerpted here) by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.
At Westchester Health, we know it’s really hard not to panic when your child has a broken bone, high fever, open wound or is vomiting uncontrollably. In many instances, it would make sense to rush him/her to your local ER. However, there are times when the best course of action is to see your local pediatrician who knows your child and his/her health history. How do you know what to do when? This insightful blog (excerpted here) by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, can help.
If you’re the parent of a child with type 1 diabetes, you know how challenging this disease can be, from giving injections to counting carbohydrates to monitoring blood sugar. At Westchester Health, we have many patients with this condition and are very experienced at helping our parents and young patients (when old enough) adequately manage it. To learn more, read this blog (excerpted version) by Rodd Stein, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.
Did you know that in the past 30 years, the number of overweight children in the U.S. has tripled? Alarmingly, it is now estimated that 1 in 5 children is overweight (18.5%). With these numbers, it’s no surprise that childhood obesity is something we encounter a lot here at Westchester Health. However, we firmly believe (and we’ve seen results proving this theory) that with a concerted effort from many people in a child’s life, overweight kids can achieve a healthier lifestyle and reduce their weight. To shed important light on the subject, Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, has written a great blog which we excerpt here.
At Westchester Health, a great many of our patients have high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) but not all of them fully understand what this condition means. Blood pressure refers to the force of your blood pushing against your artery walls as it flows throughout your body. Too much force, i.e., high blood pressure, can damage your arteries and lead to life-threatening conditions such as heart disease and stroke.
At Westchester Health, an issue that some of our male patients suffer from is infertility, and we know how stressful and frustrating this can be for men. Fortunately, infertility is not always a permanent prognosis—it can be treated and in a great many instances, can be reversed. In this blog, we hope to dispel some myths and offer helpful information so that men with this condition can get help and hopefully, conceive a child.
Here at Westchester Health, we often get questions from our patients wanting to know the difference between metabolic syndrome, metabolic disorder and metabolic diseases. Since there seems to be some confusion, we thought we’d offer this blog as a way to clarify these conditions that, if left untreated, pose serious risks to your health, particularly diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Here in my ophthalmology practice at Westchester Health, I often have patients come to me complaining about dry eyes, a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults. Dry eye disease (also called keratoconjunctivitis sicca) is a condition in which a person doesn’t have enough natural tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Continue reading →