Saludos con los Drs. Pimentel: Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know this month is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month? While only men have prostates, women should continue reading in order to learn more about the physiology of the men in their lives.

Where is the prostate located?
The prostate is a small gland located under the bladder and in front of the rectum. The urethra—the tube that carries urine and semen out of the body—runs through the prostate.

What does it do?
It helps control the flow of urine and produces fluid that aids in fertilization and sperm transit.

What causes prostate cancer?
There are various risk factors that contribute to prostate cancer. Some risk factors include advanced age, genetics, lack of exercise, unbalanced diet, ethnicity and obesity.

How often should men get checked?
There are 2 main screening exams: The prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal exam (DRE). Men at the age 50 should begin having a conversation with their doctor about cancer screening. If risk factors are higher than average then speaking with a doctor sooner is recommended.

Saludos con los Drs. Pimentel: Going Gluten Free

You hear a growing number of celebrities many of your friends going on a gluten-free diet. If you are thinking about trying this diet, here are a few things you need to know. First, what is gluten? Gluten is a category of storage proteins found in wheat, barley, and rye. The gluten proteins are found in the mature seed of cereal grasses, which is what we call the “grain.” Second, what harm does gluten cause? Well, gluten is the cause of the chronic digestive disorder, celiac disease, which is a gluten allergy that causes inflammation damage to the lining of the small intestine. If you experience constant stomach cramps, diarrhea, and bloating then you may be suffering from gluten sensitivity. As always, consult your doctor to be sure.

Foods to avoid in a gluten-free diet

  • All wheat-based flours and ingredients
  • Pasta
  • Bread
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Cakes
  • Muffins
  • Crackers
  • Beer
  • Gravy
  • Dressings

Foods that are gluten free

  • Unprocessed beans, seeds and nuts
  • Meats, fish and poultry
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Most dairy products
  • Corn and cornmeal
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Soy

Miss Universe 2013 to Attend Cielo Latino Event



The Latino Commission on AIDS will pay tribute and recognize the following leaders during the 19th annual Cielo Latino benefit, including:

  • Janssen, Business Leadership Award
  • Maria Mejia, Dennis deLeon Voz de Compromiso Award

Actor Rosie Perez is honorary chair and entertainment will be provided by International salsa sensation Jose Alberto “El Canario”. Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler will participate in the program as the 2014 Madrina of the Latino Commission on AIDS.

The Cielo Latino Gala raises funds in support of the Latino Commission on AIDS to create and promote HIV & AIDS service programs and initiatives aimed at education, prevention, and treatment of HIV & AIDS for Hispanic/Latinos, as well as to build capacity among other organizations serving Latino communities throughout the U.S. and the US Territories.

The Cielo Latino Gala will take place on Wednesday, May 14, 2013, 6:30-7:30 PM (red carpet), 7:45 – 9:30 PM (awards program) at Cipriani Wall Street- 55 Wall Street- New York, New York 10005 (Media are invited to set up between 5:30-6:30pm).

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Designing a World without AIDS” is the theme for the Annual Gala Cielo Latino, an evening of Solidarity, Action and Commitment to raise awareness of the impact of AIDS amongst Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and continue the journey to reach an AIDS-free generation. The Latino Commission on AIDS believes that by coming together, the Latino community will send a strong message of hope and action that will overcome any challenge in reaching healthy communities free of stigma and discrimination.

For press credentials to cover the Red Carpet ceremony or the Awards Program, please contact Roy Cosme 212-807-1337 x10 or For more information on Cielo Latino, visit

Saludos con los Drs. Pimentel: Consider This Before Becoming A Vegetarian

The basic definition of a vegetarian is a person who excludes animal products from his or her diet. That means no beef, no chicken, no turkey and definitely no pork. While the idea of becoming a vegetarian may be scary (imagine a world without bacon) there are various “levels” of vegetarianism. Some vegetarians consume dairy products, some eat fish and some are part-time vegetarians, cheating every now and then. There are many health benefits to removing meat from your diet, such as lower rate of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer, as well as increased energy, improved digestion and healthy skin.

Vegetarianism isn’t for everyone, but if you want to give it a try here are a few things to think about:

  • Consider vitamin supplements.
  • Look for protein replacements.
  • Revolutionize your grocery list.
  • Embrace tasty substitutes like veggie burgers and almond milk.
  • Weight loss is a possibility.
  • Easing into it and not converting all at once is perfectly fine.
  • There is plenty of information and an abundance of recipes at your fingertips.
  • Many restaurants offer vegetarian dishes.
  • You may feel good about yourself and many animals will be happy.

Saludos con los Drs. Pimentel: Hyperhidrosis

It’s the New Year and you’ve decided to make good use of your gym membership. But there is something on your mind and it’s making you feel a bit insecure about pounding the treadmill or borrowing a yoga mat. Your armpits, your hands and your face—they sweat more than usual. In fact, excessive sweating is affecting your daily life. If this is so, you may be suffering from hyperhidrosis.

A Few Causes

  • Anxiety
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Certain medications
  • Substance abuse
  • Menopause
  • Infections
  • Glucose control disorders

What can you do about it?
1. Try a strong antiperspirant.
2. See your doctor for a proper diagnosis and ask about the following:

  • Topical medications.
  • Botox injections to block the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. However, this could be a costly treatment with only temporary effects.
  • ETS (Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy) surgery. Consider this as a last resort as it is invasive and can cause several side effects.
  • Saludos con los Drs. Pimentel: My Head Hurts!

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    Do you know that your brain cannot feel pain? It does not contain pain receptors or have a sensory system—so isn’t it a funny thing that we get headaches at all? And as you may have experienced, there are many different types of headaches. Here are a few types of common headaches and easy ways to relieve them. However, you should speak with your doctor if you experience chronic pain.

    Migraine—A headache that may include vomiting, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound.
    Treat it

    • Turn out the lights!
    • Place your hands in cold water or place an ice pack on your head.
    • Make sure you get a good night’s rest.

    Sinus Headache—Inflammation in the air pockets above the nose causing decreased mucus drainage and increased pressure.
    Treat it

    • Drink plenty of water.
    • Use a humidifier or a saline nasal spray.
    • Employ relaxation techniques and stretches for the head and neck.

    Menstrual Headache—Fluctuations in hormone levels just before or after the cycle.
    Treat it

    • Take feverfew, an herb with anti-inflammatory properties.
    • Exercise but not too rigorously.
    • Make ginger tea or add ginger to your food.

    Saludos con los Drs. Pimentel: Back to School


    It’s back to school time! While most families are out shopping for school supplies, uniforms, nice shoes and sneakers, many are forgetting about preparing students for the physical and mental return to school. Adults may have forgotten (and thankfully, right?) about the anxiety and stress that can be associated with going back to school. Here are a few tips to help students make a smooth transition from summer fun to fall studies.

    And hey, we understand the modern family has changed significantly, so we’ll say “the student” instead of “your child.”

    • Begin planning the fall schedule inclusive of physical activities in addition to academic courses. Communicate this schedule to the student so that he/she is aware of what to expect.
    • Get that youngster to bed by 10pm, at the latest, and make sure everyone is up early each morning. Do this at least two weeks before school begins. The student should have 8 hours of rest.
    • Create a sense of enthusiasm and excitement about returning to school. If the student is attending a new school, visit the area ahead of time in order to develop a sense of familiarity and security.
    • Encourage the student to make new friends. Get to know the student’s friends too.
    • Know what vaccinations are required for the student and be sure he/she is up to date on all doctor visits. This includes a trip to the dentist.
    • Plan healthy snacks for lunch and after school. These are critical hours of the day when students need healthy boosts of energy.

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    Saludos con los Drs. Pimentel: La Hiedra Venenosa

    Llegó el verano y te alistas a disfrutar del sol y del olor dulce del aire libre. Buscas la aventura escalando montañas o acampando en la noche bajo las estrellas. Y de repente sucede. Haces contacto con una planta y notas una mancha roja en tu piel, hinchazón y picadura con sorpresiva intensidad. Si no tuviste precaución, entonces te has expuesto a la hiedra venenosa. El contacto con estas hojas produce un sarpullido que lo causa un aceite de resina llamado urushiol que produce esa planta. Esta resina se halla en las hojas, los tallos y las raíces de la hiedra venenosa, el roble y el zumaqué venenoso.

      Reconozca los síntomas:

    • Picadura en la piel
    • Manchas rojas
    • Pequeños bultos o amplias zonas brotadas
    • Ampollas llenas de agua
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    • El sarpullido quizás se desarrolle de 1 a 5 días después de entrar en contacto con la hiedra venenosa.
    • No es contagioso.
    • Si no se atiende, el sarpullido puede durar de 10 a 21 días.
    • “No toque las hojas de los árboles…” Si un tallo tiene ramitas o tres hojas lo mejor es no tocar. Esta es una manera de identificar la hiedra venenosa.

    • Lave inmediatamente la zona del cuerpo que entró en contacto con la planta.
    • Tome una ducha con agua fría o póngase paños de agua fría para calmarse.
    • Loción calamina y antihistamínicos pueden ayudar contra la picazón.
    • Si su cara o genitales han sido expuestos a la hiedra venenosa entonces visite su doctor inmediatamente.

    Saludos con los Drs. Pimentel: Staying Hydrated


    With the hot weather among us, it’s very important to stay hydrated especially in the subways, working outdoors, and participating in outdoor activities. The circulation in your body helps to dissipate heat, but when the air temperature is higher than 90°F, cooling by sweat is the only way to prevent the body from overheating. Cooling through evaporation, or sweating, is only possible when your body has been provided with enough fluids. If your body hasn’t consumed enough fluids to sweat and cool itself, your body core temperature will rise and begin to destroy tissues and organs. We know its scary stuff but here is some very important information to prepare for the summer heat. Stay cool!

    If you aren’t hydrated enough it can result in:

    • Dizziness
    • Fainting
    • Digestive problems
    • Fatal collapse of the circulatory system

    Ways to prevent dehydration and heatstroke:

    • Eat light meals more often instead of a single large meal
    • Eat water-filled foods like watermelon, oranges, pineapple, grpes, raspberries, grapefruit, celery and coconuts
    • Keep a water bottle with you at all times
    • Wear breathable cotton clothing

    What to do if you’re feeling dehydrated:

    • Get out of the sun and seek shelter immediately
    • Begin to reintroduce fluids to the system, cool water is the best
    • Apply cooling compresses to the neck, wrists and inner thighs
    • Seek medical attention if you are suffering visible effects

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    Project Sunshine y UnitedHealth Group se Asociaron para Organizar un Carnaval de la Primavera en el Centro de Excelencia para el Asma de East Harlem

    I: Miss EE. UU. ayudo con su presencia a alegrar a los pacientes y sus familias D: En el 2010, los jóvenes de hasta 17 años de edad inclusive en East y Central Harlem tenían tres veces más posibilidades de ser hospitalizados por problemas relacionados con el asma que los jóvenes que vivían en otros vecindarios de la Ciudad de New York

    IZ: Miss EE. UU. ayudo con su presencia a alegrar a los pacientes y sus familias
    DE: En el 2010, los jóvenes de hasta 17 años de edad inclusive en East y Central Harlem tenían tres veces más posibilidades de ser hospitalizados por problemas relacionados con el asma que los jóvenes que vivían en otros vecindarios de la Ciudad de New York

    Voluntarios de UnitedHealth Group organizaron un Carnaval de la Primavera el miércoles 10 de abril de 2013 para los pacientes y sus familias en el Centro de Excelencia para el Asma de East Harlem en conmemoración del Mes Nacional del Voluntario. Project Sunshine ofrece programas que educan y entretienen a los niños y adolescentes que enfrentan problemas médicos y a sus familias. Juntos, los voluntarios ofrecieron actividades manuales creativas, entretenimiento, maquillaje de rostro, premios y juegos para niños de todas las edades con el objeto de brindar alivio de las tensiones y la monotonía del tratamiento.

    El Centro de Excelencia para el Asma de East Harlem (EHACE, East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence) tiene el compromiso de reducir la cantidad de hospitalizaciones relacionadas con el asma en un 50 por ciento, así como aumentar la actividad normal de los niños y adolescentes con asma mal controlada. Entre los invitados especiales estuvo la Miss EE. UU. Nana Meriwether y 35 voluntarios del programa de capacitación para la gestión de UnitedHealth Group.

    “La relación de UnitedHealth Group con Project Sunshine está en sintonía con nuestra misión de ayudar a las personas a llevar vidas más saludables y nos da la oportunidad de aprovechar la energía de nuestra sorprendente fuerza laboral y su pasión por el voluntariado”, expresó la Dra. Sandra Nichols, jefa médica de UnitedHealthcare Northeast Region. “Estamos contentos de poder llevar una fiesta interna a los pacientes del EHACE que les permita ser niños”.

    Desde que esta asociación nacional comenzó en los inicios del 2012 con Project Sunshine, 4,500 voluntarios en UnitedHealth Group han creado 15,550 Kits de Artes y Manualidades y
    2,050 tarjetas Sunny Grams para pacientes pediátricos de todo el país. Estos voluntarios dinámicos también participaron en 28 eventos en hospitales.