Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Health Link

Prehabilitation: Be Proactive; It Can Make a Difference

Many of us either have had experience with or at least have heard of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation, sometimes called “rehab,” is often prescribed post-surgery or after one has sustained mental, emotional or physical injury. Recently, a program of “prehabilitation,” already employed for a number of years prior to surgery, has been


Let’s Talk About Stigma

It’s great to be part of a community. It can make you feel like you’re not alone, like you’re among people who get you and your life experience. In a community, especially our various Jewish communities, you have people to turn to, who will mobilize for you and share your joys and your challenges.


Chores, Every Child’s Six-Letter Dirty Word

Part II

In my last column, I began a multi-part article on how to successfully get children to do their chores. I explained the importance of adopting an authoritative (not authoritarian) parenting style, one in which you, the parent, approach your child as the person in charge,


ER Reduces Radiation Exposure in Children with Suspected Appendicitis

New York—Physicians can safely reduce the use of computed tomography (CT) scans in children who have a suspected appendicitis by performing an ultrasound first, according to preliminary results of a retrospective study presented at Touro College Research Day.

Organized by the Touro Research


Keeping Your Children Safe in the Summer

This month I wanted to discuss some safety issues related to the rapidly improving weather. First I’d like to talk about sun safety. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause serious skin damage in a relatively short period of time so protection is always necessary for your children when they are outside. I’m frequently asked about the


Sefirat HaOmer: An Analogy for Self-Improvement

Having just celebrated Lag B’Omer, we find ourselves inching closer to the culmination of Sefirat HaOmer (counting of the Omer). The seven weeks that comprise Sefirat HaOmer connect the exodus from Egypt to receiving the Torah at Har Sinai (Mount Sinai). In other words, these two events (the exodus and receiving the Torah) are


Open Enrollment Is Over but I Need New Coverage Now: What Can I Do?

Many of us are stumped as we call to purchase health coverage and are turned down being told that open enrollment is closed until November or coverage in January. The key to remaining ahead in the ever-evolving world of healthcare is to know what your options are.

If you would like to get a new plan and


New Medical School Graduates Make Their Parents Proud

It’s an ongoing Jewish tradition that all parents (not so) secretly hope that one of their children will become a doctor. Free medical advice aside, parents recognize the capacity to deeply impact people’s lives through medicine.

For parents and their children everywhere, graduating from


Not Your Parents’ Cataract Surgery

In my 20 years as an ophthalmologist, nothing has given me more gratification than the ability to remove a cataract and restore someone’s vision. A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens that occurs with advancing age. Trauma, certain medications and diseases can also cause cataracts, but like wrinkles, anyone who lives long enough


Healing Is Not So Black and White

“…colors are metaphors for the continuous actions, stemming from higher roots.” – The Ramak, Pardes Rimonim

Physics tells us that our perception of color is not the true color of the object; rather, what we see is the color that the object actually rejects. In other words, look


Getting Your Best Sleep: A Q&A With Jonathan Simhaee, MD, Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Forty-five percent of Americans say that poor or insufficient sleep affected their daily activities at least once in the past seven days, according to the National Sleep Foundation’s inaugural Sleep Health Index™. That coincides with the over 70 million Americans who suffer from disorders of sleep and


Why Won’t My Doctor Prescribe Antibiotics?

Q: My 4-year-old has had fever and a runny nose for one week with thick, yellow mucous and a cough. His throat culture was negative and my pediatrician does not want to give him antibiotics. I have been into the office twice in the last week and I just left my doctor another message. Why does he insist on giving me such a hard time? Why