At Westchester Health, parents of a newborn (especially if it’s their first child) often come to us wanting to know how to take care of their baby’s umbilical cord. While proper cord care is not very hard or involved, there are several do’s and don’ts to follow, which are explained in the following blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below).
At Westchester Health, we have a number of patients who come to us with diabetes, both type 1 and type 2. What concerns us is that many of them aren’t sure which type they have, and/or don’t know the difference between the two. As endocrinologists, we thought we’d offer the following information about both types of diabetes so that there can be less confusion and more understanding about this chronic but manageable disease.
From time to time at Westchester Health, patients come to us having been diagnosed with Cushing’s disease, a rare endocrine disorder caused by abnormally excessive amounts of the hormone cortisol. It can also be caused by excessive growth of the pituitary gland, known as hyperplasia. Cushing’s disease mostly affects women, but men and even children can also develop it.
Do you often have a dull or burning pain in your stomach that lasts anywhere from a few minutes to several hours? Does the pain seem to flare up when your stomach is empty? Have you been taking Advil, Aleve or aspirin for a long time? If your answer to these questions is yes, you might have a peptic (stomach) ulcer.
Do you typically get heartburn after eating fried or spicy food, drinking acidic beverages such as coffee, tea or soda, or eating too fast? This might be more than acid reflux. It could actually be GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease.
If you’re the parent of a toddler, you might have breathed a sigh of relief once the “terrible 2’s” were over. But wait…just as you thought all the tantrums and tears and diabolical behavior was behind you, here come the “terrible 3’s,” which in many ways are worse than the 2’s. To help you make it through these difficult years, we offer this blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below).
Did you know the word “toddler” comes from “toddle,” which means to walk unsteadily, much like a child at this age. Makes sense! Here at Westchester Health, we really enjoy watching toddlers reach exciting milestones and helping parents navigate the changes that come with those milestones. But sometimes, things don’t go as expected and a child may have developmental delays. To calm parents’ fears and also offer guidance as to what to look for at this age, we recommend this blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below).
Often when people hear the word cholesterol, they think it’s something that’s bad for you. In fact, though, your body needs cholesterol to produce hormones (such as cortisol, testosterone, progesterone and estrogen) and vitamin D. The liver also uses cholesterol to make bile, which plays an important role in the processing and digestion of fats.
Although women are at greater risk of osteoporosis, men get this potentially debilitating bone disease, too. In fact, as Baby Boomers age (currently the largest U.S. generation), more men will get this disease as the number of men above the age of 70 continues to increase and life expectancy continues to rise. So that men can be more informed about their risk of developing osteoporosis and hopefully take steps to lower it, we at Westchester Health offer this blog of facts, guidelines and preventative measures.