Health

NYHQ ranked tops in maternity six years in a row
NYHQ ranked tops in maternity six years in a row
Health Mitchell Kirk 10/07/2012 at 7:36AM

For the sixth year in a row, New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) was awarded the Maternity Care Excellence Award from HealthGrades, a national health care rating company. During a ceremony in the hospital’s lobby, NYHQ received the top two rankings given by HealthGrades for maternity care — the Excellence Award for being in the top [...]

10 reasons to call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing heart attack symptoms
Health Queens Courier Staff 10/07/2012 at 1:38AM

COURTESY THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION Thousands of people around the country die or are left disabled after a heart attack, cardiac arrest, or stroke because they do not get lifesaving treatment in time. The American Heart Association (AHA) works with local emergency medical professionals to ensure the newest and most effective treatments are being used [...]

First drug approved to treat eye disease affecting diabetics
Health Robin Frank 10/07/2012 at 12:35AM

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first ever drug to treat a sight-threatening condition called diabetic macular edema, or DME. Everyone who has diabetes is at risk of developing the disease, which causes blurred vision, severe vision loss and sometimes blindness. The drug, Lucentis, is administered once a month via injection. “Lucentis represents [...]

Five things everyone should know about breast cancer and mammograms
Health Queens Courier Staff 10/06/2012 at 5:22AM

COURTESY NORTH SHORE-LIJ HEALTH SYSTEM October is breast cancer awareness month. In order to create greater awareness about this insidious disease, North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Myra F. Barginear, MD, shares the important things everyone should know about breast cancer and mammography so that every woman and her family members can become more knowledgeable about the [...]

What is breast cancer?
Health Queens Courier Staff 10/06/2012 at 4:21AM

Courtesy Susan G. Komen for the Cure Every day, cells in your body divide, grow and die. Most of the time cells divide and grow in an orderly manner. But sometimes cells grow out of control. This kind of growth of cells forms a mass or lump called a tumor. Tumors are either benign or [...]

What affects your risk of getting breast cancer?
Health Queens Courier Staff 10/06/2012 at 3:19AM

Courtesy Susan G. Komen for the Cure The causes of breast cancer are not fully known. However, researchers have identified a number of factors that increase one’s chances of getting breast cancer. These are called risk factors. Risk factors do not cause breast cancer, but can increase the chances of getting breast cancer. Some women [...]

Warning signs of breast cancer
Health Queens Courier Staff 10/06/2012 at 3:17AM

Courtesy Susan G. Komen for the Cure Due to the increased use of mammography, most women in the United States are diagnosed at an early stage of breast cancer, before symptoms appear. However, not all breast cancers are found through mammography. The most common symptoms of breast cancer are a change in the look or [...]

Things to consider before breast cancer treatment
Health Queens Courier Staff 10/06/2012 at 2:15AM

Courtesy Susan G. Komen for the Cure Fertility options for younger women Having a child after treatment ends Some breast cancer treatments can affect fertility. If you wish to have a child after treatment ends, talk to your health care provider (and if possible, a fertility specialist) before treatment begins. General considerations Chemotherapy can weaken [...]

Deciding Between Mastectomy and Lumpectomy
Health Queens Courier Staff 10/06/2012 at 1:13AM

Courtesy Susan G. Komen for the Cure It may be hard to decide whether to have a mastectomy or a lumpectomy (also called breast conserving surgery). First, talk to your surgeon and see if you are a candidate for lumpectomy plus radiation, or if you need a mastectomy. If both are options, weigh the risks [...]

Breast cancer survivors: After the treatment
Health Queens Courier Staff 10/06/2012 at 12:12AM

Courtesy Susan G. Komen for the Cure There are over 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States today (more than any other group of cancer survivors) While it’s tragic so many people have had breast cancer, the sheer number of survivors shows the great strides that have been made in early detection and [...]