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Age More Healthfully
    The Question on Everyone's Mind: What Can I Do to Age More Healthfully? 
Suzanne D. Fields, MD, geriatric medicine specialist, answers questions on this topic.
ALS–Stony Brook's Comprehensive Care Clinic
What Should You Know About ALS?         
Rahman Pourmand, MD, Professor of Neurology, describes the Stony Brook approach to ALS.
What You Should Know About Alzheimer's Disease         
According to the National Institute on Aging, between 2.4 million and 5.1 million Americans currently have Alzheimer's Disease. However, as the population ages, the number of cases is expected to climb. Lory Bright-Long, MD, a geriatric psychiatrist, who is the Medical Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center of Long Island and Darlene Jyringi, MPS, a gerontologist who is the Program Director of the Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center of Long Island address some of the most common questions about Alzheimer's.
Anal Cancer
Learn About the Signs and Symptoms of Anal Cancer         
One of the cancers that receives less attention than others but is just as important to be aware of is anal cancer, which occurs in 1 in 600 adults nationwide. Survival rates are greatly affected by how early it is detected. Dr. Paula Denoya, a colorectal surgeon with a specialty in anal cancer, talks about what people need to know and what they can do right now about this disease.
Atrial Fibrillation
What You Should Know About Atrial Fibrillation          
Atrial fibrillation or AFib is a type of arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat – and it’s a common, serious but treatable cardiac condition. AFib affects more than 2.5 million people in the U.S. AFib makes it five to seven times more likely you’ll have a stroke than the general population. Clots caused by AFib can also travel to other parts of the body, and cause damage. Dr. Eric Rashba explains how AFib can be managed, as well as the latest treatment approaches.
Bariatric Surgery
What You Should Know About Bariatric Surgery
Dr. Aurora Pryor shares what is involved in bariatric surgery, Stony Brook's approach and procedures offered.
Shaping the Future of Obesity Treatment
The impact of bariatric surgery can be life changing. How do you choose the program right for you? Surgeons Aurora Pryor, MD, and Dana Telem, MD, provide insight into the work being done at the nationally accredited Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center – and some of the factors that make the program, and its physicians and other health professionals – unique.
What You Should Know About Diabetes and Obesity
Aurora Pryor, MD, talks about the relationship between diabetes and obesity.
Bone Marrow and Blood Stem Cell Transplant Services
The Importance of World-Class Bone Marrow and Blood Stem Cell Transplant Services
Michael W. Schuster, MD, Director, Bone Marrow and Blood Stem Cell Transplantation Program; Director, Hematologic Malignancies, discusses this topic.
Brain Injury
What You Need to Know About Preventing Brain Injury in Children
Michael Egnor, MD, shares steps that parents can take to help prevent brain injury in their children.
What You Should Know About Traumatic Brain Injury
Marc J. Shapiro, MD, FACS, FCCM, Chief of General Surgery, Trauma, Critical Care, and Burns, discusses what you need to know about traumatic brain injuries and, most important, how to prevent them.
Answers to Common Questions About Breast Cancer Treatment
Brian O'Hea, MD answers some of the most common questions women ask after they have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The bottom line is that every woman's situation is different, and treatment needs to be tailored to the type of cancer, personal and family history, tolerance levels for treatment and personal preferences. Dr. O'Hea's perspective, as one of the area's premier breast cancer surgeons, gives women information to serve as discussion points with their doctors.
Brain Tumors
What You Need to Know About Brain Tumors
According to the National Cancer Institute, brain tumors account for 85 to 90 percent of all primary central nervous system tumors. And although an estimated 22,850 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with tumors that originate in the brain and spinal cord this year, expert care is available close to home. Dr. Kowalska is one of the few neurologists who is board certified in both neurology and neuro-oncology, and Dr. Gutman is a neurological surgeon with expertise in treating the broad range of brain tumors.
Breast Imaging
print What You Need to Know About Breast Imaging
Statistics indicate that one in eight females will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. While we cannot predict who will develop the disease nor can we prevent the disease, we can detect breast cancer in its early stages when it can be most effectively treated. Stony Brook Radiologist Dr. Roxanne Palermo talks about your best defense: appropriate screenings.
Car Safety – Child and Teen
What Parents Need to Know about Child and Teen Car Safety
The facts couldn’t be clearer: Car accidents are the number-one cause of accidental deaths in children ages 0-19 nationally. And in New York State, Suffolk County has the highest teen death rate from auto accidents. Motor vehicle accidents are also responsible for an alarming proportion of disabling injuries. The experts at Stony Brook Children’s want you to not only be aware of this problem, but also to take action to keep your children and teens safe.
After Cancer: What Can Children Expect?
Thanks to major medical advances in the past decade, 90 percent of kids who had cancer during childhood survive. And with this encouraging news comes a question that most parents never considered during those intense weeks and months of treatment: What are the long-term effects of the disease and/or the therapies? Dr. Laura Hogan, an expert on pediatric cancer survivorship, talks about what they are and how to address them.
Collaborative Approach Helps Women at High Risk for Cancer
While genetic testing has existed in some form for the past 30 years, awareness of its availability has recently been heightened through education and media exposure. This leads to many questions: Do I need to be tested, what type of test is right for me, where do I start, what steps should I take, and where should I go if I need treatment? Drs. Michael Pearl and Barbara Nemesure explain how a newly created program for those at high risk for breast and ovarian cancers can answer these questions.
Cardiac Imaging for Children
What You Need to Know About Specialized Cardiac Imaging for Children
Most children’s hearts are healthy. But if there is a suspected problem, because pediatric heart problems are indeed so rare, it is vital to quickly and thoroughly investigate them. Dr. James Nielsen explains what parents need to know.
Cervical Cancer
Cervical Cancer: Prevention, Detection and Treatment
January marks Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, which draws attention to this highly preventable disease. Drs. Michael Pearl and Joyce Varughese, gynecologic oncologists at Stony Brook University Cancer Center, want women to stay informed on how they can protect their cervical health, as well as what options are now available for treatment.
Child Life Services
What Every Parent Should Know About Our Child Life Services – 3/14
Michael Attard, MA, CCLS, Child Life Specialist, at Stony Brook Children's Hospital explains how Child Life Services can help make children and their families comfortable during their healthcare experience.
Children's Cancer
Helping Young Patients at Home, at School and in the Community
At Stony Brook Children’s, our care goes far beyond the walls of our hospital and into the child’s home, community and school. That’s because we believe that good health — especially with children — requires more than access to expert physicians and advanced services. It also needs to be supported by good habits, a safe environment and attention to all of the factors that contribute to a child’s physical, social and emotional growth and development. That’s where our School Intervention and Re-Entry Program for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders comes in. Debra Giugliano, RN, MS, a pediatric nurse practitioner with an education background, started this program, which has become a national model.
Children's Emergency Care
Common Questions About Pediatric Emergency Care
Parents need to know what type of emergency care is available for their children if they become acutely ill or injured. Sergey Kunkov, MD, Director of the Pediatric Emergency Department (ED) at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, provides some important information about pediatric emergency care.
Children's Obesity
What Parents Need to Know About Their Child’s Weight
Today, one in three children can be classified as overweight or obese, which puts them at risk for serious health problems. Rosa Cataldo, DO, MPH, Director of the Healthy Weight & Wellness Center at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, discusses what parents can do now to keep their child at a healthy weight and get them on the road to a healthy life.
Children's Weight & Wellness
What Parents Need to Know About Their Child’s Weight
Today, one in three children can be classified as overweight or obese, which puts them at risk for serious health problems. Rosa Cataldo, DO, MPH, Director of the Healthy Weight & Wellness Center at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, discusses what parents can do now to keep their child at a healthy weight and get them on the road to a healthy life.
Chronic Venous Disease
What is Chronic Venous Disease (CVD) and What Can You Do About It
More than 80 million Americans suffer from varicose veins or spider veins. Left untreated, these diseased or abnormal leg veins can get progressively worse and cause other complications. But as Dr. Gasparis explains, treatment options are available.
print What You Need to Know About Virtual Colonoscopy
Colonoscopies are one of those necessary screenings that people tend to keep putting off — despite the fact that if detected early, colorectal cancers have extremely high survival rates. In recent years, an alternative to the traditional colonoscopy has emerged as an option for many patients. It’s called virtual colonoscopy, and Radiologist Dr. Matthew Barish talks about its benefits and risks.
Colorectal Cancer
Colon and Rectal Cancer: Prevention and Treatment
Roberto Bergamaschi, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery and Chief, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, and Paula I. Denoya, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, answer questions on what you need to know about this highly treatable and often preventable cancer.
Colorectal Cancer: Highly Preventable, Highly Treatable
Paula I. Denoya, MD, Chief, Colorectal Surgery discusses this topic.
Dental Health
Giving Children on Long Island Increased Access to State-of-the-Art Dental Care
Dr. Maria Ryan discusses why dental health is key to overall good health, what a children’s hospital can offer, and how Stony Brook Children’s has made access to dental care a priority for the children of Long Island.
What You May Not Know About Dental Health Could Surprise You
Maria Emanuel Ryan, DDS, PhD, discusses what you can do to maintain optimal oral health but also underscores the surprising connection between oral health and overall health.
What You Should Know About Diabetes and Obesity
Aurora Pryor, MD, talks about the relationship between diabetes and obesity.
What You Need to Know About Diabetes in Children
Pediatric endocrinologists, Thomas A. Wilson, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, and Jennifer Osipoff, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, discuss diabetes in children and the treatments available at Stony Brook Children's Service.
What You Should Know About Epilepsy and Seizures
Mary Andriola, MD, Director, Child Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, and the Long Island Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, shares what everyone should know about epilepsy.
What You Need to Know About the Flu: Your Top Questions Answered
Concerned about flu season? Wondering if you and your children should get vaccinated? Saul Hymes, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases with Stony Brook Children's Hospital, addresses the most common concerns about flu season and, more importantly, what you can do now to protect yourself and your children.
Colon Cancer: Early Detection Is Key
Colon cancer causes more than 600,000 deaths annually worldwide and is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. However, with timely screenings, this cancer can be prevented. Dr. Chris Lascarides, a board-certified gastroenterologist at Stony Brook University Digestive Disorders Institute, talks about what people need to know about this disease.
Understanding, Diagnosing and Treating Women's Gastrointestinal Health Issues
Dr. Isabelle von Althen describes the gender-specific differences that exist in caring for and treating gastrointestinal conditions and disorders in female patients.
Gynecological Cancer
The Importance of a Gynecologic Oncologist
Gynecologic cancer accounts for about 10 percent of annual cancer deaths for women in the United States. Dr. Michael Pearl and fellow gynecologic oncologist Dr. Melissa Henretta explain how women can benefit from knowing more about the role of a gynecologic oncologist.
Gynecologic Cancer Fact Sheet
What You Need to About Handwashing
Francina Singh, RN, BScN, MPH, CIC, a registered nurse with a master's degree in public health and a certification in Infection Control, and Director of Healthcare Epidemiology, talks about why handwashing is so important, especially in a hospital environment.
Head and Neck Cancer
Innovative Minimally Invasive Techniques for Head and Neck Cancer
Ghassan J. Samara, MD and Mark F. Marzouk, MD, surgeons in the Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery explain the newest techniques to treat head and neck cancer.

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