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Weill Cornell Medicine Blog Articles
Menopause is a normal change in a woman's life that begins when her period stops. A woman reaches menopause when she has not had a period for 12 months in a row, usually when she is between 45 and 55 years of age.
Unlike COVID-19 or the flu, polio is entirely and permanently preventable. In fact, until this year, there had not been one case of polio that originated in this country since 1979.
COVID-19 continues to plague individuals and communities across the country, but long COVID is a scourge all on its own for at least 1 out of 5 Americans who previously had the shorter, acute version of the disease, according to recent government estimates.
By late July, the World Health Organization (WHO) had documented cases of monkeypox in nearly 80 countries and territories. The virus has been spreading so rapidly that the WHO designated it a global health emergency, one that demands a coordinated international response.
In August 2020, Kim Kittay and her three sons were visiting friends in the Hamptons for the weekend. On Saturday night, her youngest son, Ezra, wasn't feeling well. Then, on Sunday morning he seemed fine and spent the day at the beach, but after dinner that evening, he vomited.
The term "dysphagia" may be unfamiliar to most of us, but its symptoms are all too real if you experience it. The word simply means "difficulty swallowing." During June-Dysphagia Awareness Month-we have an opportunity to learn about a process we all take for granted, and what can go wrong with this most seemingly natural of functions.
The New York City Commission on Human Rights has received a seven-fold increase in reports of anti-Asian harassment, discrimination and violence since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unsurprisingly, the rise of racially motivated attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) living in the U.S.
Gone are the days when a woman was labeled "barren" when she failed to get pregnant within the first year or two of marriage. And gone is the time when she and her partner were forced to accept a future of permanent infertility.
For people with celiac disease, the ingestion of gluten, a protein found in certain foods and non-food products, results in damage to the small intestine.
For opera singers, Broadway performers and public speakers, the voice is a professional asset, comparable to a surgeon's hands or a pilot's vision. But most of us tend to take our voices for granted-unless something goes wrong.
Editor's Note: This article was published prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it precedes the advent of physical distancing, but the accessibility to health care offered by telemedicine is more relevant than ever.] Technology has played an increasing role in connecting us for the past two decades.
Ah, the joys of pregnancy! While some women sail right through it, others endure morning sickness, varicose veins and hemorrhoids, to name just a few common afflictions of that blessed state. And a history of eczema may add one more source of distress into the mix.
LRA-Supported Researchers Developed a Model to Predict Full-Blown Lupus Nephritis Down the Road A new study funded by the Lupus Nephritis Trials Network with support from the Lupus Research Alliance has proposed a set of standardized measures that promise to improve the way clinical trials in lupus nephritis (LN) are structured and how clinical researchers report their results.
With the COVID-19 virus in our midst, the new normal bears little resemblance to life as we knew it just a few short weeks ago. The constraints of social distancing have affected every aspect of our lives. Our homes are now multi-purpose sites where many of us are working, teaching and maintaining our connection with others beyond physical walls.
How am I ever going to talk to a girl, much less hold her hand? Am I ever going to go on a date? And even if I do, will she even want to touch someone like me? Will she feel ashamed to introduce me to her parents?
Carol Greenspun was told she'd probably outgrow her eczema once she reached puberty. That didn't happen. Then, her doctors predicted she'd find relief during and after pregnancy - another hormonal inflection point - but four pregnancies later, that didn't happen either. More recently, she hoped menopause would shake things up.
The eerie absence of historic signage marking the New Deal's achievements in New York City is striking, especially given the city's favored status as a recipient of New Deal funding. Between 1936 and 1937, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) funneled one-seventh of its total monies to New York City, earning it the nickname of the "47 th state" among Washington insiders.
By Margaret W. Crane As F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote in The Great Gatsby, "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." Most of us welcome that feeling of a fresh start that comes right after Labor Day, so it makes sense that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ...
Profile of a physician/scientist and alumnus of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program
Special issue of NYU Medical Center's internal newsletter
NYU Medical Center's Dermatology Newsletter
Nutrition column for patients with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
Celebrating the 125th anniversary of a historic black Catholic church in Harlem
Multi-author study of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis in chlidren