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Free Brain Health Fair Coming to Philly May 9

Ever think you'd get the chance to hold a human brain in your hands? The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is hosting its annual Brain Health Fair in Philadelphia this year, giving local residents the chance to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the many wonders of the brain. The fair is part...

Monday, April 29, 2019 - 12:38pm

A look inside Columbia Care's first Brooklyn medical marijuana dispensary

While most of us think of courthouses and upstanding businesses when it comes to the neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights, that perception may change as Columbia Care has opened its very first medical marijuana dispensary in the borough this past Saturday — on 4/20, of course! Already a huge success in...

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 12:52pm

Is it time to 'outsource' your meal prep?

Danielle is like most New Yorkers trying to maintain a consistent health and fitness lifestyle in spite of consistently increasing hours spent at her office. A 4:30 a.m. alarm kick-starts her day, where it’s to the gym by 5:15 to squeeze in a mix of weights and spin which precedes her anything-...

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 9:21pm

US investigates seizure risk with electronic cigarettes

U.S. health officials are investigating whether electronic cigarettes may trigger seizures in some people who use the nicotine-vaping devices. The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it has reviewed 35 reports of seizures among e-cigarettes users, particularly young people. Regulators...

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 2:06pm

Health Department confirms first Mass. measles case of 2019

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed that a person was diagnosed with measles in greater Boston on Sunday and that the individual had visited multiple restaurants and stores throughout Eastern Massachusetts during the infectious period, potentially exposing the public...

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 12:20pm

Protect yourself against colon cancer

When the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons revised its colon cancer screening age to 45 from 50, it made major news. We talked to Dr. Sanghyun Kim, Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, for more information. Protect yourself against colon cancer...

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 3:07pm

Prescriptions for healthy food might save lives - and money

Healthy food prescriptions written for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries might lower the risk of costly chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and at the same time lower the costs of care, a new study suggests. The prescriptions would even come with a 30 percent discount...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 2:01pm

Get to know your gallbladder

You’ve almost certainly heard of the gallbladder, but likely only when someone you know needs to have it removed or is experiencing pain due to gallstones. To find out more, we talked to Dr. Matthew Dong, assistant professor of surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. What is the...

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 2:58pm

U.S. minorities consume less but suffer more from pollution: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. air pollution is disproportionately caused by white consumers, while African-Americans and Hispanics are burdened most by the emissions, a peer-reviewed study showed on Monday. On average, African-Americans are exposed to about 56 percent more fine particulate matter...

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 11:09am

An inside look at life as a transplant surgeon

There are only a few jobs that can defy the laws of life and death. Transplant surgeons have the unique ability to take an organ or an appendage and have it come back to life after attaching it to a patient in need. We spoke with Joshua D. Mezrich, M.D., the author of “When Death Becomes Life...

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 4:58pm

How Pennsylvania’s economy can benefit from the legalization of recreational marijuana

Business is booming for dispensaries in Pennsylvania since the sale of medical marijuana went into effect last February. According to a recent report by Philly.com, medical marijuana dispensaries have grossed $132 million in total sales over the past year, while the Commonwealth has collected more...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 5:43pm

The subtle signs of a heart attack

Now that he’s an “ambassador” for WW (formerly Weight Watchers), actor and director Kevin Smith has been doing press and talking about his 58-pound weight loss. The actor was prompted to shed the pounds after he suffered massive heart a year ago at age 47. He didn’t see it coming. For Heart...

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 4:47pm

Understanding the ins and outs of getting your medical marijuana card in Pennsylvania

A lot can change in a short amount of time. It seemed like it was only yesterday when marijuana was considered a non-starter in the larger mainstream conversation. But now, many states are beginning to legalize marijuana for either medical or recreational use. In February of 2018, Pennsylvania...

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 5:00am

Why blacks and Hispanics are at higher risk of heart disease

February, the month of Valentine’s Day, is also, fittingly, American Heart Month. Most people know this, thanks to numerous awareness campaigns and activities like walks and other fundraisers. What people might not know is that while heart disease is the leading killer for all Americans, African-...

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 12:24pm

What you need to know about your thyroid

Everyone is probably aware that they have a thyroid gland, and that it is related to metabolism, but many people don’t know how it functions in the body. January is Thyroid Awareness Month, so we spoke to Dr. Terry Davies, professor of medicine, endocrinology, diabetes and bone disease and...

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 12:07pm

Sorry, chia! Moringa is the next big thing for health, weight loss and skincare

Move over quinoa. Matcha, you had your moment in the sun. Superfoods (we see you, turmeric) are bowing down to the next kale, moringa. What is moringa? Besides your next superfood obsession? Moringa oleifera is also called drumstick tree, horseradish tree, ben oil tree or benzoil tree. Not just...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 5:06pm

You're not imagining it: There are more food recalls than ever

It seems like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announces at least one food recall a week, ranging from contaminated dog food and romaine lettuce to chocolate and sausages. While we aren't actually seeing a new recall every week, they are on the rise. A new report from the non-...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 12:50pm

Bauer's Candy recalled for possible hepatitis A contamination

Bauer's candy sold in stores and online nationwide is now being recalled by FDA due to possible hepatitis A contamination. The FDA is advising people not to eat any Bauer’s Candies Chocolate or Caramel Modjeskas that were purchased after November 14, 2018. These products are available...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 11:54am

Scrotox: Millennial men are Botoxing their balls. Here's why

Botox is popular among people looking to improve the appearance of their faces, but there is an emerging trend in the world of plastic surgery that gives Botox a new purpose. It's called Scrotox, and as the name suggests, it's for your balls, guys.  According to experts, more...

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 9:49am

Ask Mount Sinai: Protect yourself from cervical cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death among women in the U.S. Increased screening via Pap smears caused the number of deaths to drop dramatically. Human papillomavirus vaccines are also helping: According to the Centers for...

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 3:41pm