Heart Walk" Event Raises $325,000
a call to "Change Tomorrow. Today," 3,000 walkers from
across Long Island raised $ 325,000 to help save lives from heart
disease and stroke at the American Heart Association's 15th annual
Long Island Heart Walk.
to our walkers, donors, volunteers and sponsors, we have achieved
our goal of bringing awareness to the issues of heart disease and
stroke," said Michael J. Dowling, President and CEO of the
North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and chairperson of
the Long Island Heart Walk. "The determination and selflessness
of everyone involved is such a strong testament to what the Heart
Across the nation, more than 1.5 million people will participate
in this year's Heart Walk events in over 500 locations.
more information, call your American Heart Association at 516-777-8447
or visit www.americanheart.org.
Nassau Hospital Chief To Chair L.I. Council
Nassau Communities Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer
Joseph A. Quagliata was recently appointed chairman of the board
of directors of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council (NSHC), the
advocacy association which represents Long Island's 23 not-for-profit
and public hospitals. He will serve a two-year term that is effective
in photo: Past Chairman Tom Ockers (left) with Joseph Quagliata.
Nassau Hospital Features A La Carte Dining
standard-setting food services for patients and their visitors has
always been a priority at South Nassau Communities Hospital.
the recent implementation of a new program called Ala Carte Dining,
patients are now enjoying and benefiting from a food service program
that combines the personal preferences of a home cooked meal with
the meticulous preparation, presentation and delivery of a quality
up by Executive Chef Stephen Bello, CEC, AAC, Mary Graffagnino,
Chief Dietician, John Alexander, Food Service Director, and the
members of Food and Nutrition Team, the Ala Carte Dining allows
patients to order from a restaurant-style menu featuring an array
of delectable selections.
addition to its expansive menu, Ala Carte Dining employs a quick
and simple process to place orders and take full advantage of its
flexibility. Patients review the ala Carte menu and then phone in
their orders to Food and Nutrition Technicians. After clinical screening
the orders are electronically sent to the main kitchen. The orders
are then prepared by a trained culinary staff and delivered to the
asked what motivates him each day, Chef Bello profoundly stated,
"There is no greater pleasure to a chef than satisfying people
through the application of food. I am fortunate to be able to apply
my craft at a hospital that realizes the vital contribution of food
services to the quality of the care it delivers."
Ally In Preventing Asthma Attacks
have probably seen a person in the midst of an asthma attack, either
in real life or in comedy sitcoms and movies. They have a hard time
breathing because their airways are more sensitive than that of
other people. This demeanor is often mimicked in shows and movies
with slapstick humor but breathing problem is no laughing matter.
with breathing disorder have to stay away from allergens, such as
animal fur and feather or flower's pollen grains, that may trigger
allergic reactions. Children who usually play outside may not instantly
notice or momentarily forget that they have to veer away from potential
breathing irritants. The last thing they know is that they're already
having a hard time breathing and are in dire need of an effective
and research experts plainly explain that asthma occur in people
who have delicate airways which can easily react to certain allergens.
Since it is a chronic condition, people with breathing problems
have to deal with it from childhood to adult life. This condition
is also hereditary so if you are a mother who has a breathing disorder,
you should make it a point to check with a pediatrician if your
child inherited your breathing problem.
telltale signs your child has a breathing disorder if he or she
wheezes and coughs a lot and is allergic to cats or similar things.
The child may also experience shortness of breath and the feeling
that his or her chest is tightening. Don't undermine these signs
so that you can immediately give your child the extra care he or
she needs. But the good thing is that there are certain medications
one can take to prevent hard-to-breathe attacks.
treatment includes inhalers, nebulizers, and doctor-prescribed drugs.
For younger patients, physicians explained that the child can both
use inhalers and nebulizers which are equally effective. However,
inhalers are more child-friendly in a way because it is more convenient
to use compared with nebulizers which are power-generated. Inhalers,
either the dry power kind or the metered-dose type, are also cheaper
alternative reliefs for asthma attacks.
kind of medication you use, doctors advise patients to make sure
they are doing the medication application the right way. Patients
have a choice which kind of medication to use according to their
budget and the severity of their breathing conditions. It is a case-to-case
basis; a medication which works for a particular patient may not
be as effective for another patient.
is best to consult physicians first before subjecting yourself or
your loved one to a certain medication.
When To Call 911 For A True Emergency
emergencies do not happen very often. When they do, you want to
get help fast. That's why 911 was created -- to make it easy to
get help for yourself or someone else. Making the right call --
in a medical emergency -- can be easier when you follow these guidelines:
Call 911 immediately for a true medical emergency. This includes
when someone is badly hurt, suddenly sick or anytime someone's life
is in danger.
you are ever in doubt that someone is having a true medical emergency,"
said Samuel Okonta, MD, chairman of Emergency Medicine at St. John's,
"you should call EMS by dialing 911."
If someone is suffering the following symptoms, call 911 when someone:
Is badly hurt, suddenly sick or any time someone's life is in danger;
Has trouble breathing; is suffering symptoms of a stroke like difficulty
speaking, weakness or numbness of one side of the body and limbs;
is fainting; Has bleeding that will not stop; Has severe or persistent
vomiting, has sudden, severe pain anywhere in the body; Is coughing
up or vomiting blood; Has suicidal or homicidal feelings; Is involved
in a serious car accident, fall or other violent trauma.
the dispatcher answers, briefly describe the type of incident you
are reporting. Remain calm and answer any questions the dispatcher
may have. Then stay on the line until the dispatcher tells you it
is all right to hang up.
Not to Call 911
911 system has a finite number of ambulances and personnel. Calling
911 when it is not an emergency can put an undue burden on the EMS
system and could cost someone their life or limb. When the ambulance
responds to unnecessary calls, response to true emergencies may
not call 911 when you: Have a doctor appointment and you need transportation;
Have a scraped knee; Need a prescription filled; Need transportation
to another area of the city. If you call 911 in error, do not hang
up the telephone. Instead, stay on the line and explain to the dispatcher
that you dialed by mistake and that you do not have an emergency.
discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center
of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes or goes away
and comes back. The discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure,
squeezing, fullness pain. Discomfort in other areas of the upper
body. Can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back,
neck, jaw or stomach. Shortness of breath. Often comes along with
chest discomfort. But it also can occur before chest discomfort.
Other symptoms may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea,
Fit Means Keeping Active
inactivity and sedentary lifestyle predispose individuals to countless
different chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and
cardio respiratory fitness intensifies the risk for mortality in
individuals with and without underlying chronic disease. On the
contrary, recent findings reveal that life long daily aerobic exercise
efficiently attenuates risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes
mellitus. In fact, the differences in determinants of cardiovascular
risk, namely heart left ventricle and atrium compliance, between
exercising and sedentary adults are so profound that some speculate
that excessive morbidity associated with aging may be more related
to sedentary lifestyle than senescence.
pathophysiology through which sedentary lifestyle accelerates disease
progression appear to be related to arterial stiffening and insulin
resistance. It is unclear whether the negative influence of physical
inactivity on the determinants of cardiovascular risk emerge only
late in life or whether they are present on young individuals.
is important to determine whether sedentary lifestyle whether physically
inactive, young, otherwise healthy men and women show different
antecedents of cardiovascular disease -- such as arterial stiffness,
vascular endothelium relaxation and insulin sensitivity relative
to their physically active counterparts.
number of research programs show that age related decrease in arterial
compliance and vascular relaxation are ameliorated with life long
endurance training. Aside from the prophylaxis of cardiovascular
disease achieved by chronic daily aerobic exercise, stamina training
is also the foundation in the prevention of diabetes.
In a general perspective, the similarities between the cardiovascular
and metabolic responses to chronic aerobic exercise and prolonged
physical inactivity are quite astonishing. Evidence shows a close
relationship between metabolic dysfunction and cardiovascular disease.
of the underlying biochemical mechanisms through which sedentary
lifestyle leads to cardiovascular disease is through a progressive
increase in insulin resistance.
Beach Medical Center's Health Fair A Hit
Hundreds of residents visited the LBMC Health Fair on the boardwalk
July 23 to get free health care information and testing.
annual health fair is held to promote preventative health maintenance
and to provide accessible health screening services to the community.
of the hospital offered services such as cholesterol and blood pressure
screenings, nutritional advice, physician and pharmaceutical consultations,
information on senior care and more, all free of charge.
enjoyed spin art painting, playing games, and eating lollipops.
City Council members were on hand to meet, greet and promote good
above: City Council Vice President Rob Tepper with his children,
Emily and baby William, Council Member Denise Tangney, Council President
Lenny Remo and LBMC CEO Douglas L. Melzer at the Health Fair.
Hearing Opens New Center
Hearing Solutions celebrated the Grand Opening of their new location
at 556 Merrick Road in Rockville Centre.
Hearing Solutions provides hearing aid solutions that address specific
hearing needs, budget and cosmetic issues.
of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented a Certificate
of Recognition to owner and hearing aid wearer, Karen Renick and
welcomed members of the staff.
(l-r) are Steward Birnbaum, Siemens Hearing Instrument, Tom Prezioso,
Hearing Data Specialist, Karen Renick, owner, Councilwoman Dorothy
Goosby, Barbara Olsen, staff member, Lisa Donofrio, staff member,
Lisa Rossi, staff member, Alice Rosenberg, hearing aid customer.
Maternity Unit At South Nassau
South Nassau Communities Hospital has opened the doors of its North
Addition, which features a standard-setting Maternity Unit that
is centered on providing the very best maternity care -- right from
mother, newborn and the family are at the center of the planning
and designing of our new state-of-the-art maternity center, ensuring
that they enjoy every moment of this special time with the assurance
that our experienced team is on-hand every step of the way," said
Robert Hock, MD, Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at South
experience the entire birth process in the comfort of the Unit's
beautifully appointed private LDR suites, which are equipped with
the most current monitoring and labor equipment. Knowing that family
and friends will be waiting to celebrate the birth, the Unit includes
a centrally-located spacious waiting with comfortable lounge chairs
and a view to the nursery so that everybody can be together when
the new addition is introduced for the first time.
you are an expecting parent or would like to see for yourself, call
(516) 377-5310 to arrange a personal tour.
Health Opens New
Local Facility In Roslyn
a ribbon-cutting ceremony last month, Passport Health officially
opened its doors in the greater New York Metropolitan Area, offering
travel health and other services to residents of Nassau, Suffolk,
Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.
Leader in Travel Health Services Passport Health provides a wide
range of travel-related health services, including consultations,
immunizations, and travel health supplies. With daily updates from
the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Health and other
sources, Passport Health provides up-to-the-minute information on
what health issues exist for any destination in the world.
learn more about Passport Health, call (516) 626-2004.
Flexibility In Five Minutes A Day
her book, "Life and Death in Shanghai," Nien Cheng describes
her life in China during Mao's Cultural Revolution. Because she
and her late husband had worked for a foreign firm, her home and
all her possessions were confiscated by the Red Guard, her daughter
was tortured and then killed, and she was imprisoned and held in
solitary confinement for six years. Ms Cheng was in her fifties
when all this happened.
in prison were terrible and several times she came close to death.
Describing one on her lowest points, when she barely had the strength
to stand, she writes: "...I thought that if I was going
to survive the Cultural Revolution, I must discipline myself with
physical and mental exercise. Inspired by my own resolution, I stood
up rather abruptly. Dark shadows almost blinded me, and I had to
sit down again. But from that day onward, I devised a series of
exercises that moved every part of my body from my head to my toes,
and did them twice a day. At first the exercise exhausted me, and
I had to interrupt it with frequent periods of rest. Also I had
to avoid the prying eyes of the guards, as exercise other than a
few minutes of walking in the cell after meals was forbidden. Nevertheless,
I managed to exercise each day and after a few months recovered
my physical strength somewhat, as well as my feeling of well-being."
years later, the political situation in China shifted and Ms. Cheng
was released from prison. Despite all the hardships she had been
through, her health quickly improved. Her friends commented that
she looked much younger than her actual age. Eventually she moved
to the United States.
was fascinating for me to read about Ms Cheng's system of movement
exercises because it closely parallels a procedure described in
the book "How to Learn the Alexander Technique -- A Manual
for Students" by Barbara and William Conable. This book emphasizes
a procedure the Canables have named "body-mapping" --
essentially a systematic process of exploring on your own body precisely
how the major joints and muscle groups work.
is not the sort of study one usually associates with anatomy --
what I think of as "anatomy at a distance," that is learning
about the human body without relating it to the body of the student
who is doing the learning. Nor is it at all like the detailed study
of cadavers done in medical schools.
is all about the practical application of basic anatomical knowledge
to yourself as a living organism, learning about how you function
at rest and in movement.
their book, the Conables write: "In recent years some (Alexander
Technique) students have expressed a longing to do flexibility work
but have assumed they couldn't devote enough time to it. To one
of these students I said one day, 'Well, you could do worse than
simply put your joints through their range of movement each day.'
He came back a week later and said, 'I did what you suggested and
it was amazing.'
was that?' I asked.
my joints through their range of motion each day.'
showed me how much flexibility he had gained in a week doing that,
and we began to systematically play with the idea. Sure enough,
it works like magic and takes only about five minutes a day, with
no necessity that the five minutes be consecutive. The student simply
begins with the joint of the head and the spine...rotating the head
and tilting, then moves on the the jaw...then on to the ribs, moving
them at their joints with the vertebrae by taking a good breath.
Then the student moves all four joints of the arm structure and
the hand joints. Then the spine, bending forward, backward, to each
side, spiraling, and twisting. Then the hip joint, knee, and ankle
and the foot joints. That's it. Done correctly this routine increases
flexibility faster than anything I know, and I have wondered and
wondered why. I now think two factors contribute, first the quality
of attention brought to the movement, which is the kind of attention
that makes it possible for the body to learn from each movement.
Second, some of the movements are ones that many people rarely make,
like rotation at the upper arm joint with the shoulder blade and
rotation at the hip joint. The body seems to delight in these movements
and the availability seems to free the joint."
If you¹d like to become more flexible, the experiences of Ms Cheng
and of Baraba Connable¹s students point to a simple, efficient and
effective way to achieve that goal..
Brave New World Of Long-Term Care
can no longer rely on Medicaid to pay for long-term care. The Deficit
Reduction Act passed by the Senate on December 21, 2005 has now
closed Medicaid loopholes. This legislation reduces direct Medicaid
spending by $6.9 billion over the 2006-2010 periods and by $28.3
billion over the 2006-2015 periods. These savings would be achieved
mostly by allowing states to trim benefits for Medicaid enrollees
and letting states impose higher cost-sharing requirements.
with equity of $500,000 or more will NOT be eligible to qualify
for Medicaid nursing home benefits, and states presently have the
option to raise that limit to $750,000. In an effort to become
Medicaid eligible and qualify for nursing home benefits, individuals
historically have transferred assets for less than market value;
there will now be increasing penalties for this wide spread abuse
of the system. Home equity, treatment of large annuities and modification
of the "income first" rule are also effected by this legislation. Additionally,
the look back period for transferring assets can now be 5 years
rather than 3 years.
is unthinkable that professional advisors continue to recommend
Medicaid planning to clients who have the financial resources to
plan for their potential long-term care needs. Given the choice
of "owning our future" or placing our fate in the government's
welfare system, the answer should be obvious. And If there is a
state that is doing everything wrong it is New York. New Yorkers'
taxes are 72 percent above the national average because Albany forces
a larger portion of Medicaid costs onto the counties than any other
state government does. New York's annual $42 billion expenditure
on Medicaid is $2 billion more than Texas' and California's expenditures
combined. In addition there is $5 billion in Medicaid fraud that
Albany is not pursuing. If we have any hope of New York property
taxes being reduced, the abuses in the Medicaid system must be aggressively
addressed and litigated. Medicaid originally intended to help the
indigent and disabled is now paying long-term care for people who
have creatively and legally divested themselves of their assets.
continued abuse of the Medicaid program will most certainly impact
generations of Americans. It is unconscionable that attorneys
who specialize in elder care position clients by shifting assets
and disavowing family obligations and responsibilities in order
to get the state to shoulder the cost of long-term care. This enormous
segment of the population must begin to assume responsibility for
the expense of their own long-term care.
For more information, call Marc D. Kaye of Long-Term Care Funding
of New York at (516) 897-3000.