Friday, June 23, 2017

Health Link

Does Your Next Dental Visit Make You Anxious?

You are not alone! For years I never truly understood it. I grew up going to a family dentist and never minded my visits. I would brush my teeth and go to my check-up like any other doctor appointment. Yes, I had my share of childhood cavities like all of us, but I got through it, and I actually liked him. He was young, cool, talked about

Can Canceling My Gym Membership Help Me Exercise More?

Dear Coach Gila,

What are your thoughts on exercise? I enjoy cooking, preparing healthy food for myself and my family, and trying out new recipes. I don’t really enjoy exercising. I find the machines boring, I have two left feet and I’m embarrassed to take group classes.

Must You Be Nearsighted?

Are you doing all that you can to reduce or eliminate your degree of nearsightedness?

Some call it nearsightedness, some myopia and still others use the British term, short-sightedness. In any case, it all means the same thing. Vision at far distance is blurred, while vision at near distance is

What French Women Know About Postpartum Care

After delivery, newborns are closely followed by a pediatrician every few weeks to make sure they are developing well and are healthy. The mother’s body’s job is largely considered completed when the maternity-ward bracelets come off. All energy and focus shifts to the infant who (surprising to no one) is far more demanding outside the

White Plains Resident Dr. Meira Orentlicher Receives American Occupational Therapy Association Accolade

White Plains resident Meira L. Orentlicher, Associate Prof. and Coordinator of Research and Development for the Occupational Therapy Dept. at Touro College School of Health Sciences, is the recipient of the Roster of Fellows Award given by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The Award recognizes members who have made

All About Sensitive Teeth

Since this is the time when many of my patients take vacation, a few interesting questions have been brought to my attention in the past few weeks. These questions are associated with travel and climate change. Yes, these environmental changes can affect our mouths and especially our teeth.

Suicide: The One Word We Should Never Avoid

Local suicide and mental health professionals and volunteers talk about the need to rid the Jewish community of any stigma connected to mental health.

Suicide is not a word that comes across with ease.

Yet, as Shoval Gur-Aryeh, PhD, a clinical

Depression and Suicide Prevention Resources

If you, a friend or family member experiences thoughts about doing self-harm, call 911 immediately, and/or use the following resources:

Refa’enu.org

ElijahsJourney.net

Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

I’m Making a Shiva Call–What Should I Say?

Nothing.

According to Jewish custom, when you sit down in front of a mourner you are supposed to let the mourner begin the conversation. What would you say? Almost anything you say could be misunderstood because you don’t know what state of mind the mourner is in. Also, when speaking with a mourner you

Will They Last Forever? What to Expect From Our Mouths...

Happy new year to all my readers. As we begin 2016, it's time for dental reflection, introspection and resolutions. Was 2015 a good year for your mouth? How have your teeth been holding up as far as their health and restoration? How was your diet? Did you have good hygiene? Did you go every six months for your recommended

Is Anger a Negative Emotion?

“Hillel said: ‘Be as the students of Aharon–loving peace and pursuing peace, loving people and bringing them closer to the Torah’” (Pirkei Avos). Does this mean we should teach our children to be so peaceful that they consciously suppress their anger?

I once saw an adult patient who presented

What’s With Those Wisdom Teeth?

A question that is asked almost every day in my office involves the topic of wisdom teeth. From teenage years through adulthood, these unique teeth perplex patients and doctors alike. When do we get them? Why do we have them? Why don’t some erupt? Do we need them? Can we keep them? Should they stay, or should they go? And

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