Child Heart Disease on the Rise

Written by Dr. Cynthia Paulis on . Posted in Healthy Manhattan, News Our Town, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, Special Sections, West Side Spirit

Let’s face it: Children are getting fatter, and as the obesity rate rises in this nation, so too does heart disease. Years ago, in my neighborhood, I used to watch the children get off the school bus, dump their books and go outside to play until it was dinner time. Now they get off the [&hellip
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The New Holistic Approach for Pain Management

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Dr. Sanjay Bashki, a pain treatment specialist, said he looks for “red flags” to avoid addiction in his patients. By David Gibbons Pain management was pioneered by a Seattle anesthesiologist, Dr. John Bonica, in the 1970s, and its growth into an organized, accredited medical specialty was mostly shepherded by his colleagues in the field. So you would imagine these doctors to be masters of the numbing effects of various painkilling drugs. While this is [&hellip
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Using Medicaid to Get Needed Home Care

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By Roy Herndon Smith People often call a geriatric care manager when they are in crisis. Unfortunately, lack of information or faulty information about Medicaid often contributes to the crises. For example, George’s 85-year-old father, Tom, who was healthy and living alone, was out shopping when he stumbled, fell and could not get back on [&hellip
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House Calls in the 21st Century

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By Laura Shin Dr. Alexander Krishtul began visiting his patients in their homes several years ago as a favor. It became so popular that he made it a regular part of his business. Today, house calls are a defining part of his practice and are also his favorite. “I love it,” said Krishtul, physician at [&hellip
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Keep the Beach Fun by Avoiding Ticks & Lyme Disease

Written by Dr. Cynthia Paulis on . Posted in Healthy Manhattan, Special Sections

Summer is upon us, when Manhattanites flee the sweltering heat of the city for the beautiful beaches of Long Island and Fire Island, where woodland creatures, deer, raccoon, mice and opossums wander amidst densely wooded areas, spreading the threat of Lyme disease. July is peak season for Lyme disease because it’s the time when ticks [&hellip
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Understanding Artificial Insemination and IVF

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by Laura Shin Trying to conceive a baby can be a challenging time for some couples, and when it comes to understanding the different fertility treatments that are available, it can be even more stressful. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is an effective and well-known procedure. It involves removing eggs from the woman’s body, fertilizing the [&hellip
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The Book on Viagra and Other ED Drugs

Written by Dr. Cynthia Paulis on . Posted in Healthy Manhattan, Sex & Relationships, Special Sections

By Dr. Cynthia Paulis Erectile dysfunction or impotence occurs when a man can no longer get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. If this is an ongoing problem, it can be a sign of a serious health condition that needs evaluation, such as heart disease or poorly controlled diabetes. Oftentimes treating the [&hellip
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The ABCs of Men and Vitamins

Written by Ashley Welch on . Posted in Healthy Manhattan, Lifestyle, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, Special Sections, West Side Spirit

When it comes to vitamins and minerals, many men are not getting enough nourishment. According to the USDA, men ages 31 to 50 need to eat 350 percent more dark green vegetables and 150 percent more fruit per day than they currently do in order to meet federal dietary guidelines. Ideally, more fruits and veggies [&hellip
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