Monday, May 20, 2019

Health Link

Toothbrushes: How Do I Choose?

From the time we’re young, we’re taught that using a toothbrush regularly is one of the best ways to keep our teeth and gums healthy. We hear that echoing of our parents, and now many of us as parents to our children, “Don’t forget to brush your teeth.” Seems simple enough. But have you gone to the toothbrush aisle

Do I Really Need to Floss?

Since we are now in the season of spring cleaning, “turning over” and scrubbing our tiles with old toothbrushes, I figured it’s time to take another look at how we clean our mouths. Brush, floss, rinse...you’ve heard it many times leaving the dental office, but the question is: what do you do with that priceless advice?

Researchers: Fertility Treatments Do Not Increase Cardiovascular Deaths in Women

Beer Sheva—Women undergoing fertility treatment are not at greater risk for future cardiovascular complications or death, according to a new study by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Soroka University Medical Center.

The study was recently presented at the 36th Society for Maternal-Fetal

Chores, Every Child’s Six-Letter Dirty Word

If you’re like a lot of parents, you tend to brace yourself when telling your children to clean up or to do chores. You know you’re being reasonable and fair. You know all children need to learn responsibility and good habits. So, it isn’t that you question yourself. It’s just that, perhaps, you expect a lot of push-back

Chazkeinu: Peer Support for Those Struggling With Mental Illness

The Jewish community has begun to wake up and take notice of the unmet needs of individuals dealing with depression and other forms of mental illness. Chazkeinu is an organization that began as the brainchild of a few women who had never met each other, but connected with the help of divine intervention. Through a common acquaintance and a

Shaare Zedek ER Chief Addresses Hundreds at Women’s Health Day

Terrorists don’t discriminate, and Shayna Gold learned that firsthand. At 18, Shayna was enjoying her gap year in Israel until she found herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. A terrorist unleashed a barrage of bullets in Jerusalem and Shayna was shot in the chest. As the ambulance pulled away, the crew had a

ARCC and Columbia Medical Center Launch Testing for the Breast Cancer Gene

To test for the BRCA (breast cancer) susceptibility gene or not? That vexing question is one faced by many women, including Orthodox Jewish ones. But women—even those who have been advised by their doctors to go for the testing—too often feel ill-equipped to make an informed decision about whether testing is right for

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

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