Halloween is meant to be the spookiest time of year, but no parent wants to experience a real scare on the special night. Stony Brook Children’s experts share tips and tricks on how to steer clear from hidden health and safety dangers.
The CDC’s Get Smart campaign involves a number of initiatives to prevent antibiotic resistance, manage existing antibiotics to preserve their effectiveness and help healthcare providers and families understand when prescribing an antibiotic is appropriate — and when it is not.
In early December, the Center of Disease Control officials warned that the year's flu season could result in more fatalities than in other years. CDC Director Tom Frieden noted that the dominant flu strain circulating this season, H3N2, tends to lead to a greater number of hospitalizations and fatalities than other strains. About half of the flu samples tested in the early stages of this year's flu season were a new H3 subtype of the virus that this year's vaccine is not well prepared to fight.
It’s the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ – but it is also one of the busiest times of year for the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center at Stony Brook University Hospital. As the holidays approach, doctors at the Burn Center are urging people to take extra precautions and to eliminate potential dangers that could lead to serious burn injuries. “Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, we see a significant increase in patients coming in with burns,” said Steven Sandoval, MD, Medical Director, Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center, Stony Brook University Hospital. “Holiday celebrations should be full of joy, but if not careful, could quickly turn tragic.” Dr. Sandoval says many of these burns and injuries can be preventable and shares some tips for a safe holiday season.
A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, health officials announced yesterday. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the unidentified man left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the United States on September 20. At that time, the individual did not have symptoms, but several days later, he began to feel ill. He went to a local emergency department, but was discharged and went home. As he continued to be symptomatic, he went to the emergency department of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where is was admitted and isolated on Sunday.
A respiratory virus that has sent hundreds of children to hospitals in Missouri is causing alarm across the Midwest and beyond. So far, ten states have contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for help investigating clusters of the virus that's being blamed for the illness. Although health officials say they're still figuring out what's going on, the bug that appears to be causing most of the concern is Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). Many of its symptoms are very common and could be confusing parents with sick children.
Sleep, or lack thereof, and technology often go hand in hand when it comes to school-aged kids. Nearly three out of four children (72%) between the ages of 6 and 17 have at least one electronic device in their bedrooms while sleeping, according to a National Sleep Foundation survey. Children who leave those electronic devices on at night sleep less—up to one hour less on average per night, according to a poll released by the foundation earlier this year.
Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens.
Delaying the start of the school day until at least 8:30 a.m. would help curb their lack of sleep, which has been linked with poor health, bad grades, car crashes and other problems, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said in a new policy, which outlined chronic sleep deficits in our nation’s adolescents.
Babies and young children can sleep so peacefully that it may be tempting to leave them alone in a car while you run a quick errand. This, however, must never be done. It can lead to heatstroke, serious injury, and death. Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. It has claimed the lives of more than 600 children since 1998, and that number grows close to 40 more each year.
Most people associate arthritis with aging, but the fact is, one in 1,000 children is diagnosed with juvenile arthritis. Stony Brook Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Rheumatologist Dr. Julie Cherian addresses the most common questions from parents — and discusses what they can do if they suspect their child may have arthritis.
As the digital age began to forever change how news and information were transmitted, Stony Brook University School of Journalism faculty members considered the following challenge: “Could they create an educational model that would prepare the next generation of news consumers to navigate the new, emerging information ecosystem and discover for themselves what news was trustworthy?” They met this challenge by working with the University to create the nation’s first Center for News Literacy, which is the subject of new paper published by “The Brookings Institution” this month.
STONY BROOK, NY, JULY 15, 2014 – The facts couldn’t be clearer: Car accidents are the number-one cause of accidental deaths in children ages 0-19 nationally. The AAA auto club says the 100 days of summer (from Memorial Day to Labor Day) are the deadliest for teenage drivers and their teen passengers. It's a time when schedules are looser; trips involve friends and fun rather than school and structured activities; and curfews may be less strict.
For many Americans, summer means fun in the sun; kids are out of school, adults are on vacation and it's time for outdoor activities. But with all these pleasures of the season comes injuries and increased visits to the emergency department.
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in males, with about 240,000 diagnoses expected this year. And there are 2.5 million people currently living with this disease. Recently there have been some dramatic changes in the way prostate cancer is diagnosed and treated. Wayne Waltzer, MD, Chairman, Department of Urology, Stony Brook Medicine explains these major medical advances and what they mean for men across the nation.
With miles of beaches and acres of pools, Long Island is the ideal place to enjoy the delights of the summer. But along with the fun of swimming, body surfing or just paddling around come some real dangers — including the risk for drowning. Statistics show that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury and death for children ages one to four, and that drowning can occur in as little as two inches of water.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. An estimated 1.7 million people in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. And almost half a million emergency department visits for TBI are made annually from the ages of birth to 14 years of age.
Hypertension is estimated to affect more than 50 million Americans and is the leading causes of cardiovascular disease, end-stage renal disease, and cerebrovascular accidents. And although it is more common in adults, hypertension affects nearly 5 percent of the pediatric population. For High Blood Pressure Awareness Month, Dr. Robert Woroniecki, Division Chief of Pediatric Nephrology and Hypertension, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and Dr. Katarina Supe-Markovina, Director of the new Pediatric Hypertension Center, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, are shedding some light on a growing health problem among our country’s youth.
On Earth Day, April 22, not only will everyone on the planet be able to bond on Twitter with Stony Brook University’s three Indianapolis Prize finalists – Russ Mittermeier, Carl Safina and Pat Wright – they will also be able to watch a live webcast of the University’s first ever “Tweet-Up” featuring these three remarkable conservationists.
Sharon Nachman, MD, a pediatric HIV specialist at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, is a co-author of new NIH-issued guidelines for the prevention, treatment and management of opportunistic infections in HIV-infected children.