Sheila Dougherty

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, 3:07 PM

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, 2:56 PM

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, 4:47 PM

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, 12:24 PM

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, 12:07 PM

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, 3:36 PM

How to have a peaceful holiday

The holidays are supposed to joyful -- but for many, the time is anything but. Political divisions, family tensions, the pressure to spend can be overwhelming. We talked to Dr. Igor Galynker, associate chairman for research in the department of psychiatry, and founder-director of the Richard and...

Thursday, December 20, 2018, 8:36 PM

Staying healthy during cold and flu season

Cold weather is here, and so is cold and flu season. Most of the time, you just have until a cold or flu runs its course, but not always. We talked to Dr. Nicholas Genes, associate professor of emergency medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to find out where to go when, and why...

Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 11:26 AM

Everything you need to know about lung cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is “the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.” Lung Care Awareness Month is winding down, but the issue never stops...

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 4:18 PM

Ask Mount Sinai: Managing weight as you age

The last few weeks of the year are filled with celebrations — Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, to name just a few. And those celebrations are filled with food. Though managing weight is a year-round business, holidays celebrated with rich food — followed by the evergreen New Year...

Monday, November 12, 2018, 1:10 PM

Ask Mount Sinai: Understanding diabetes

November starts this month, and brings with it National Diabetes Awareness month. According to the  In 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes. To understand more about the condition, we spoke with Dr. Grenye O’Malley and Dr. Deena Adimoolam, both assistant...

Monday, October 29, 2018, 1:09 PM

Ask Mount Sinai: What you need to know about breast cancer treatment

You’d have to be a hermit to not know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- pink is everywhere. What many people might not be aware of is how much information about breast cancer treatment is outdated or false. We talked to Dr.  J. Jaime Alberty-Oller, surgical breast...

Monday, October 15, 2018, 3:16 PM

Ask Mount Sinai: Thyroid cancer. Know the risks

According to the American Cancer Society, 54,000 new cases of thyroid cancer will be diagnosed in 2018 — and 75 percent of those will be in women. Even though women are, for unknown reasons, at higher risk of getting thyroid cancer, anyone in any age group can get the disease. We talked to Dr...

Friday, September 28, 2018, 4:36 PM

Ask Mount Sinai: What you need to know about food poisoning

Stomach ache, vomiting, fever -- they’re symptoms of many conditions, and we’ve all had one or more of them at some point. But a common cause is food poisoning, and it’s something we hear about all the time: supermarkets and restaurant chains make headlines regularly for...

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 4:41 PM

Back to School: Why kids need to play more than one sport

School is just back in session for most kids, and with the start of the academic year comes decisions about extracurricular activities. While sports are healthy and character-building, focusing on a single sport might not be the way to go for every kid. We talked to Dr. Alexis Colvin, an associate...

Thursday, August 30, 2018, 12:33 PM

Ask Mount Sinai: The eyes have it

The eyes are the windows to the soul -- and if they’re not properly cared for,  those windows can get scratched, blurry or broken. We talked to two experts from  the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai,  Dr. Sumayya Ahmad, a cornea surgeon, and Dr. Erin Walsh, co-...

Monday, August 13, 2018, 3:57 PM

Ask Mount Sinai: Resilient Kids

“Kids are resilient” is an oft-repeated phrase of divorcing parents and others observing upset in a child’s life. Is it true? It depends. We asked Dr. Jacob Ham, Director of the Center for Child Trauma and Resilience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, to talk about...

Monday, July 30, 2018, 5:09 PM

Water is your body’s best friend in summer

Hydration is important every day, but it takes on increased urgency in the summer months. “Dehydration is the lack of both water and electrolytes, and an effective hydration strategy should involve replacing both,” says Dr. Nikolas Harbord,  assistant professor, medicine,...

Monday, July 16, 2018, 6:37 PM

Stay healthy in the summer heat

Summer may be less than a month old, but we are already feeling the heat -- a lot of fit. We talked to Dr. Elizabeth Garland, director of the Division of Preventive Medicine and Community Health and associate professor, environmental medicine and public health, pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine...

Monday, July 2, 2018, 2:45 PM

Ask Mount Sinai: Protect yourself from ticks this summer

Most people know ticks are carriers of Lyme disease, and that if you have a pet, a monthly preventive is a must. Those are serious matters, but they aren’t the only ones; according to a report last month from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “illnesses from mosquito, tick,...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 10:00 AM