“Miracle Baby” Tests Positive for HIV Virus

By Kristen M. Leccese

Back in the spring, we wrote a blog about a baby girl born in Mississippi who appeared to be “cured” after being born with the HIV virus.

Immediately after birth, the baby received high doses of antiretroviral drugs and showed no signs of HIV a few weeks later. This pointed to [...]

Bad Teeth, Bad Genes?


By Lydia Patel


We all know that good teeth matter. That’s why the dental industry racks in billions of dollars each year from cleaning, treatment, care and cosmetic procedures. Scientists say the health of your teeth depends on a combination of your genetics and dental hygiene. What’s interesting, though, is that 60% of oral [...]

Health Spotlight: Ebola Virus on the Rise


By Lydia Patel


The World Health Organization is currently exploring various options on how to reduce the rapid spread of the Ebola disease that is currently affecting all areas of the world. The WHO reports there have been 759 cases, including 467 deaths, in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia as of June 30th. The [...]

Summer food Safety tips


By Lydia Patel


It’s scorching hot out and for most of us, this is the season to entertain friends and family. It’s reported that summer time is where the number of food poisoning cases triples. Food poisoning happens from cooking, preparing, transporting. At any one of these phases, bacteria can get into your food [...]

Cheers! New Study Shows That Moderate Alcohol Consumption is Heart-Healthy


By Lydia Patel


Bottoms up! Studies show that moderate consumption of alcohol may lower your risk of having a heart attack, getting an aneurysm in the aorta, or suffering other heart conditions. But moderation is key – a safe amount of alcohol that may help your heart is one drink for women and two [...]

Vaccines for Children: Safe and Highly Recommended


By Lydia Patel

If the safety factor of vaccines is something you’ve debated about in the past, here is your answer – vaccinations for children have been deemed 100% safe and totally recommended, according to a study that screened over 20,000 scientific titles and 67 papers on vaccine safety. The review appears in the latest [...]

Healthy Recipes: Celebrate the 4th with Red, White and Blue Foods!


By Kristen M. Leccese

If you’re hosting a barbeque for the 4th of July, you’re probably looking for some patriotic foods to match your American flag décor. But you don’t have to give in and simply buy the red, white and blue junk food lining the supermarket shelves this time of the year! Here are [...]

Health Spotlight: Kidney Stones Increase During the Summer


By Lydia Patel


There’s more that comes with the summer than pool parties, BBQs and days at the beach. New research is showing that highly painful kidney stones seem to increase during the summer months. For those who haven’t suffered from kidney stones, this might not be a major concern – but kidney stones [...]

Health News: Big Win for the Big Drinks!


By Lydia Patel


It’s official! The ban on sugary drinks here in New York has been overturned. On Thursday, the Court of Appeals upheld lower court rulings that the city’s Board of Health exceeded its authority in 2012 by enacting former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on large sugary beverages.



This has been [...]

Women’s Health Spotlight: 3-D Mammogram Technology


By Lydia Patel & Kristen M. Leccese


Research shows that digital breast tomosynthesis, better known as 3-D mammography, has the ability to detect more invasive and possibly more dangerous cancers than a traditional digital mammogram.




3-D mammography is significantly more detailed than traditional mammogram techniques. During the 3-D section of the [...]