Eye exam saves a life!

A teenage boy’s trip to the ophthalmologist turned out to be a visit that ultimately saved his life. Seeking only a prescription for contact lenses, Nick Myers ended up in an ambulance for emergency treatment for leukemia. The eye doctor first observed that even with glasses, Nick’s best vision was only 20/25 in both eyes […]

Pump up your diet with pumpkin

Ponder the pumpkin – the iconic symbol of fall and while people think of jack-o-lanterns and pumpkin pie, they probably don’t think of pumpkin as a health food. But pumpkins are more than a porch decoration; they are packed with fiber and nutrition. When it comes to fiber, pumpkins pack a punch. One cup of […]

Say it ain’t so, Lance……Armstrong throws in the towel

Our heroes, one by one, fall back to earth. The Black Sox, Pete Rose, Mark McGuire, Barry Bonds, Joe Paterno, and now, Lance Armstrong. As an avid bicyclist, I always felt I could ride just a little bit faster and a little bit harder when I was wearing my Lance Armstrong U.S. Postal Service bicycle […]

Study finds that diesel engine exhaust causes lung cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published findings from their recent study that reveal that diesel engine exhaust causes lung cancer. Despite the findings, the agency is not setting guidelines on what level of exposure is carcinogenic. Such guidelines will need to be set by national and international regulatory agencies. Lung cancer accounted […]

Obamacare Sets Back American Health Care

Yesterday’s Supreme Court Ruling sets back a long-term viable solution for American health care. But not for the reasons you might think. For-profit insurance companies were at the middle of the entire debate, and they shouldn’t have been. Here’s what really happened: 1. Some people couldn’t afford health care because private companies kept raising rates […]

AMA Supports Mammography Screening for Women over 40

Back in 2009, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a controversial recommendation that it is unnecessary for women under the age of 50 to get routine screening mammography. This announcement set off a frenzy of debate and this week, the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates announced its support of routine […]

Many benefits to cataract surgery

A body of research has shown that many health problems associated with old  age, including memory loss, cancer, and heart disease, may be attributed to aging of the eye. The gradual yellowing of the lens and narrowing of the pupil that naturally occur over time were previously thought to have only ocular effects. Now, researchers argue […]

Medical Marijuana: Legalize AND Control It

I recently read an article in the LA Times about the medicinal use of marijuana, and the CA Medical Association’s adoption of a “legalize it” stance. Wouldn’t it be great if the medicinal value could be separated from the drug’s high? During my glaucoma fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center, we actually performed a study […]

Ugly Brother Tries to Ruin Things Again!

The Journal of the American Association, which stated that taking high doses of Vitamin E could increases a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer by 17%. Unusually, the findings came from a trial which was attempting to prove just the opposite.