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Bored by Everyday Yoga? Exotic Options Abound in City

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

The many options available under the umbrella of yoga include not only widely accepted forms, but more avant-garde ones: nude yoga and yoga for canines, among others detailed below. While some practitioners find certain of the newest varieties to be too far-fetched "A ploy to commercialize yoga," one veteran yogi said others contend that they preserve a millennia-old tradition of innovation among yogis."The practice was creative since its inception," a yoga instructor at Equinox, Adam...



Salt Is Next on City's Hit List

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

New York City's health tsar, who has already waged war against tobacco, trans fats, and calories, appears to have chosen his next public enemy: salt.Voicing cautionary tales about high blood pressure that can be caused by eating too much salt, officials from the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in recent months have used editorials, public testimony, and educational campaigns to mount a push for regulation of sodium levels in food."In many ways, high blood pressure is a forgotten...



With Ovarian Cancer, Awareness Can Be a Key

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Standing among shutterbug tourists and lunching Wall Streeters, Judith Gordon may have looked unremarkable in a black shirt and khaki shorts, but her very presence must be considered exceedingly remarkable: She is an eight-year survivor of ovarian cancer who is disease free.Fifty-five percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer die within five years, according to the National Ovarian Cancer Alliance. It is a weighty statistic to ponder in September, National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month...



Founding Dean Named for CUNY School of Public Health

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

A former top official at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Kenneth Olden, has been appointed founding and acting dean of the proposed CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College.Previously, Dr. Olden headed the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program, both parts of the NIH. He recently served as Yerby Visiting Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health."Dr. Olden is a distinguished scientific leader and cancer researcher," CUNY's...



Dramatic Rise In Childhood Diabetes Found

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

A dramatic rise in the number of North Dakota children with Type 2 diabetes a form of diabetes normally seen in adults provides more evidence of a link between the disease and childhood obesity, experts say.The likely connection between an increase in obesity and Type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents has come to light only in the past decade, and officials still are working to compile nationwide trend data and study the best ways to treat youth with Type 2.A lead investigator of an...



A Brooklyn Gym Offers Authenticity, Not Amenities

Mon, 22 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Visitors to Gleason's Gym won't find flat-screen televisions hanging from the rafters or stacks of fluffy towels lining the countertops. There's no smoothie bar or day spa in sight at this venerable boxing gym, where the barbells are rusting and the weight-lifting benches are held together with masking tape.The 71-year-old institution, founded in the Bronx and now situated in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood, prides itself not on technology or amenities, but on the scores of champion prizefighters...



Upstate Hospitals Aim To Hire City Doctors at Fair

Mon, 22 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

In a bid to address a physician shortage, hospitals in upstate New York will seek to recruit New York City doctors at a job fair slated to take place this week.The Where to Practice open house, set for September 28, is sponsored by the Greater New York Hospital Association. So far, more than 30 hospitals and health care organizations are scheduled to attend the event, which aims to attract medical residents. Earlier this year, the Paterson administration launched a loan forgiveness program...



To Love, Honor, Obey And Study Nursing

Mon, 22 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Christine Tassone Kovner was 25 years old and a student at the University of Pennsylvania when she first laid eyes on Anthony Kovner, a professor 11 years her senior. Their shared interest in health care gave way to mutual attraction, romance, and 11 months later marriage.Nearly 38 years hence, the Kovners, both professors at New York University, are as committed to health care management as they are to each other. In recent years, their work has focused on the nursing shortage in New York...



$3B Study Seeks a Prevention 'Blueprint'

Mon, 8 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

For the doctor behind a $3 billion national study of children's health, Philip Landrigan, the idea of identifying environmental triggers for common diseases is a priceless endeavor.



Study: Obese Adolescents Are Plagued by Liver Disease

Mon, 8 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

TRENTON, N.J. A new and disturbing twist on the obesity epidemic, some overweight teenagers have severe liver damage caused by too much body fat, and a handful have needed liver transplants.Many more may need a new liver by their 30s or 40s, experts say, warning that pediatricians need to be more vigilant. The condition, which can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure or liver cancer, is being seen in kids in America, Europe, Australia and even some developing countries, according to a surge of...



Older Brains May Get Distracted, Not Slow Down

Mon, 8 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

People become confused more easily as they age because they succumb to distractions and not because their brains are slowing down, a small-scale American study suggests.Scientists found that the reason older people took longer to complete simple tasks was that they found it more difficult to filter out irrelevant information and concentrate fully on the matter in hand. The findings help explain why many people start to show signs of mental decline in their 60s even if they are free of dementia...



Exercises for the Under-18 Set

Mon, 8 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Personal trainers, customized running programs, and group fitness classes aren't the exclusive domains of the over-18 set. The city is home to a wide range of creative exercise programs for toddlers, children, and teenagers. Details about several of these programs follow.Karma Kids YogaFor the city's youngest yogis, there's Karma Kids Yoga a West Village yoga studio that offers parent-child programs for infants and drop-off classes for children ages 3 to 18.Children learn yoga movements...



Primary Care Boost on Tap For Lower Manhattan

Mon, 8 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Lower Manhattan's only hospital is planning an $8 million wellness center to offer primary care services to tens of thousands of downtown residents and Wall Street employees.New York Downtown Hospital's Wellness and Prevention Center, the beneficiary of a $5 million grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., will feature an MRI machine and a designated women's health program. The 10,000-square-foot space is projected to open in 2010, and use of the MRI machine will begin next year.Citing...



A New Kind of Supersizing Tempts at Healthy Salad Bars

Mon, 25 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

While many prepared dishes at Whole Foods can be healthful, an analysis conducted by a laboratory on behalf of The New York Sun found that filling the containers can result in a single meal containing large percentages of the Food and Drug Administration's recommended daily allotment of calories, fat, and sodium.



America's Obesity Problem Takes Another Helping

Mon, 25 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

New Yorkers are getting fatter again.According to a new report, New York is the 37th most obese state, and the state's adult obesity rate last year grew to 23.5% from 22.4% the year before.In a comparison of state obesity rates, Mississippi ranked first on the list, with a 37.5% rate. Colorado was last, at 18.4%. The obesity rate did not decline in any state, according to the report, "F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America," published by the Trust for America's Health and...



An Unusual Method for Keeping Limber

Mon, 25 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Exercise physiologist and soft-tissue specialist Susan Hitzmann asks clients a series of questions when they come in for consultations or to sign up for their first group classes: Do you wake up feeling vibrant? Are your joints working optimally? Do you feel alert throughout the day?"The answer is almost always, 'Not really' or 'Not since high school,'" she said.Many of those clients report eating right and exercising regularly, but doing nothing to care for the body's connective tissue, which...



Listening to Music May Give Immune System a Boost

Mon, 25 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Listening to music can give your immune system a boost and may help fight off disease, researchers have discovered.Scientists found that after volunteers had listened to just 50 minutes of uplifting dance music, the levels of antibodies in their bodies increased.They also found that stress hormone levels, which can weaken the immune system, decreased after being exposed to the music. The scientists tested 300 people, asking them to listen to the dance music or to a random collection of tones...



Radioactive Dye Used To Prove Alzheimer's

Mon, 25 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

On some mornings Rose Chuderewicz, 80, can't remember how to get dressed. She writes notes to remind herself to do daily tasks, then forgets to read them.Her memory loss could have resulted from a stroke, mental illness, Parkinson's, or Alzheimer's, a disease the World Health Organization says affects about 18 million people globally and is likely to double by 2025. Doctors at the University of Pittsburgh, using a novel brain imaging procedure, confirmed Alzheimer's, the relentless destroyer of...



New Yorkers Discover Way of the Samurai

Mon, 18 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

On any given day, New Yorkers seeking a challenging aerobic and upper-body workout crowd into city exercise studios to spend the better part of an hour making broad slashing and skewering movements, all the while wielding 2- to 3-foot swords. The battle-worthy sequences are the core of the popular group fitness phenomenon called Forza, in which a weapon of the ancient Japanese warrior class doubles as a fitness prop.These samurai-inspired Forza classes are not as daunting, or as dangerous, as...



Mount Sinai Appoints a President

Mon, 18 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Mount Sinai Hospital has tapped its chief operating officer, Wayne Keathley, to be president following the resignation of Dr. Burton Drayer. Dr. Drayer, who was named president of the hospital in 2003, announced his intention to step down several weeks ago in order to focus on his roles as chairman of Mount Sinai's department of radiology and chairman of the board of the Radiological Society of North America.Since 2003, Mr. Keathley has served as chief operating officer and executive vice...