Google Contact Lens to Monitor Diabetes

Smart lenses could monitor diabetics’ glucose levels Those living with Diabetes might have some good news to cry about, literally. Google’s laboratory, Google X, is in the developing stage of creating a contact lens that measures glucose levels through diabetics’ tears. The company revealed a functional prototype on January 16 that could replace the current glucose monitors implanted under the skin.  The company also hopes to replace the painful finger-pricking

Biologic Therapy in Crohn’s Disease

Andrew DuPont, MD and Atilla Ertan, MD Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that is suspected to result from a dysregulated immune system in genetically predisposed individuals, which can lead to abdominal pain, diarrhea, and malnutrition. Intestinal inflammation and subsequent symptoms tend to recur over time and can lead to other complications, such as fistulas, abscesses, and strictures. Previously, only limited treatment options existed; however, over the

Exercise to Stay Young at Heart

Is it true that exercise does more for your body than beef up your muscles and help you shed excess fat? When it comes to your health, the answer is an emphatic “Yes!” In fact, skipping out on the recommended 30-60 minutes of vigorous physical activity per day can do more harm than you think. Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for coronary artery disease, a leading cause of

Generic Drugs: Are they as good as Brand Names?

Generic drugs are copies of brand name drugs that have exactly the same dosage, intended use, effects, side effects, route of administration, risks, safety, and strength as the original drug. In other words, their pharmacological effects are exactly the same as those of their brand name counterparts. FACT: The FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) requires generic drugs to have the same quality and performance as brand name drugs. •

Mental Health Assessments: What to Expect

A mental health assessment gives your doctor an overall picture of how well you feel emotionally and how well you are able to think, reason, and remember (cognitive functioning). Your doctor will ask you questions and examine you, and some of the questions may be in writing. Your doctor will pay attention to how you look and your mood, behavior, thinking, reasoning, memory, and ability to express yourself. Your doctor

Function or Aesthetics? Both.

    Traditionally the focus of dentistry has been on biological care such as cavities, gum disease and overall oral health.  Treatment planning was solely based on these factors and aesthetics was the very last factor, often being not a factor at all.  With the new generation of dentistry there is a new shift towards balancing health, function and beauty. A beautiful smile today is more important than in the

United Cerebral Palsy of New York City Celebrates Women Contributing to Their Cause

Taking the lead on issues surrounding cerebral palsy as well as other disabilities, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC) took the time to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of women who have had a significant positive impact on society during its 13th Annual UCP of NYC Women Who Care luncheon. The event held at Cipriani, 42nd Street, New York City on May 7th, 2014 was sponsored

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Linked to Increased Gout Risk

Overview People with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis are far more likely to develop gout – a painful form of inflammatory arthritis – than people without these conditions, according to a large, prospective study published online recently in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition in which skin cells build up rapidly, causing thick, red skin overlaid with silvery patches called scales. An estimated 25 percent of people

Women’s Health

Most of the women avoid alcoholic drinks and sushi when they are pregnant – all for the best of the baby. But what they often forget is the safety of the routine beauty products they regularly use. According to Andrew Healy, MD, an obstetrician at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, any substance absorbed by the skin can reach the blood stream and then cross the placenta. Hence whatever the beauty

Healthy Heart

Things That You Can Do to Ensure a Healthy Cardiovascular System   Do you know that the leading cause of death worldwide is cardiovascular disorder? But in reality, such mishap can be prevented if you are only mindful of your health. You need to know that the physical condition of your arteries determines the potential for future adverse cardiovascular events. As Sir William Osler said “You’re only as old as