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New Physical Therapy Partnership Revolutionizes Post-Surgical Hip and Knee Rehab

Marki Flannery | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

When Katherine*, a 70-year-old semi-retired lawyer, was recently discharged from the hospital following hip replacement surgery, the hardest part of h...

Putter, Tinker and Tidy Your Way Into Better Heart Health

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 02.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

This recent news that one doesn't need to have a rigorous gym schedule or ambitious running routine to maintain heart health is very encouraging and reassuring.

An Ounce of Prevention: Restricting Minors' Access to Cigarettes in NYC

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

For young people, the dangers of smoking are not obvious; the risks are easy to ignore and do not seem to be applicable to them. It is up to those who know better -- the legal authorities, in this case -- to protect them from themselves.

Patient Privacy and High Technology: Data Control

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 12.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

Data and technology can be a blessing and a curse. More data, more transparency, more oversight, more regulations. It is a brave new digital world.

Manufactured Meat: What Do You Think?

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 12.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

Clearly, we are just in the beginning of a revolution on how and what we eat and manufacture. The future of our children, their lifestyle and health, and the health of the earth and its' inhabitants as we know it, is in transition. We can only hope it is a transition for the better.

Tips for Improving Your Next Visit to the Doctor

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

Understand what you are being told before the physician leaves the exam room. You are paying for this time with the physician, so get your money's worth.

Limiting Access to Drive Down Health Care Costs? Yes and No!

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

A properly ordered and acquired imaging examination, with an accurate radiologist's interpretation combined with collaboration between the referring clinician's input regarding the history and physical examination, constitutes optimal patient care.

Time for a Bit of Common Sense

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 05.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

If Americans are out of shape due to poor exercise, too much sugar, too much salt, etc., can the outcomes be expected to be stellar? To what degree can we hold the physicians, surgeons and hospitals responsible for reported longer length of hospital stays and poor outcomes?

GAO Reports Self-Referrals for Imaging Are Costly: Part II

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 03.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

During the fiscal year of 2010, self-referrals amounted to over $109 million dollars in extra payments from Medicare, which equates to approximately 400,000 diagnostic imaging examinations for seemingly arbitrary purposes.

GAO Reports Self-Referrals for Imaging Are Costly

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 02.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

Self-referral leads to more images, more treatment, more surgeries, etc., and contributes to the escalation in the unsustainable rising health-care costs. It is a vicious cycle. So why not just eliminate self-referral?

Energy and Sports Drinks: An Unhealthy and Perhaps Deadly Combination for Children

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

As parents, we tell our children not to drink coffee since it might "stunt your growth," but we do not tell them not to drink these caffeine-loaded energy drinks since it might kill them. The risks and severity of the dangers of these drinks are not being recognized.

Thanksgiving -- Even in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Jordan D. Metzl, M.D. | Posted 01.20.2013 | New York
Jordan D. Metzl, M.D.

Thanksgiving comes at a difficult time this year, as our region rebuilds and recovers from Hurricane Sandy. Yet, despite the hurricane's horrific impact, its aftermath has magnified a bright spot in our town: it's made New Yorkers into neighbors.

It's OK to Run Away

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 01.09.2013 | Parents
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

Children need to be on guard when dealing with adults, especially those they do not know well.

Football Season Means ACL Tears

Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano | Posted 12.14.2012 | Sports
Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are one of the more common injuries to the knee, and the incidence of such tears is even greater in high-demand athletes. Unfortunately, football stars Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets and Brian Cushing of the Texans can attest to this firsthand.

Obesity and Self-Image: Are the Two Connected?

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 12.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

Recent research shows that poor self-perception about weight actually contributes to obesity -- especially in teens.

31 New Tommy John Surgeries in MLB

Abby Sims | Posted 11.23.2012 | Sports
Abby Sims

An astounding 31 major league pitchers underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012. The repetitive demands of pitching and the nature of the motion itself -- particularly the acceleration phase -- are the primary culprits.

Full Disclosure

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 11.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

Tell your referring physician and your radiologist -- and any other health care provider you see -- about pre-existing conditions and your symptoms. The more you reveal from the get-go, the better off you will be.

CT Scans in Children: Benefit and Risks

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 10.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

CT examinations, like all medical tests, should be performed only when medically required. The results of the proposed CT or any imaging examinations should answer a clinical question and either confirm or exclude a suspected condition.

Should Your Health Be For Sale to the Highest Bidder?

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 10.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

Health care today is in a state of transition. Ultimately, good outcomes must prevail and delivery of services must be based on access to affordable quality care, not on discount shopping.

Put Your Soda Guns Away -- Rethink the Soft Drink Business

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 09.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

If nothing else, such a ban forces the consumer to stand up to get a refill, which may allow time for the individual to exercise some self-control as well as actually get a moment or two of physical exercise.

Why a Form Collecting Race, Ethnicity and Preferred Language Data?

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 08.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

To help assure quality care for all, federal mandates have been issued requiring capture of information on race, ethnicity and language data as self-reported by patients or their caregivers. New regulations require hospitals to identify/address these health care disparities.

Fewer Tests, Lower Health Care Costs?

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 08.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

Patients should participate in the process of questioning as to what medical exams are to be performed and why. Active patient involvement will have the strongest impact on helping to curtail unnecessary testing, which is contributing to the health care crisis.


Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 06.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

Bullying can happen in various forums and to individuals of all ages. Those without a voice, children, teenagers, the physically and mentally challenged, and the shy and timid are all vulnerable and in need of protection.

A Doctor Visit With 'Dr. Watson'?

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 03.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

While the power of technology will and should continue to evolve and drive health care forward, technology like avatars, diagnostic supercomputers and automated service must not be considered a replacement for human interaction.

Should Tuition Be Free for Medical School?

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 11.15.2011 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

Free medical school tuition would certainly decrease the financial burden, but I believe that it is unlikely to be sufficient to steer medical students to enter primary care practices.