Entries in Lenox Hill Hospital (2)


Chemical Common in Plastic Containers Linked to Asthma

Photo by David McNew/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Young children exposed to a specific chemical, commonly present in plastic containers and metal cans used to hold food, may be at higher risk of developing asthma, according to a new study.

The report, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, found a link between exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) and increased rates of asthma among children, according to HealthDay. BPA has previously been linked to respiratory problems, obesity, increased blood sugar levels, and behavioral issues.

Dr. Kathleen Donohue, an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, explained to HealthDay that the link between BPA and asthma is only an association, and not necessarily a cause.

Investigators studied the levels of a form of BPA that is found in urine after exposure to the chemical in 568 women and their children. The measurements were first taken during the third trimester, and then when the children were 3, 5 and 7 years old.

During each measurement, about 90 percent of the children had some BPA in their bodies. Interestingly, the researchers found that the children exposed to BPA after birth had increased rates of wheezing and asthma.

The report found no connection between exposure to BPA during the third trimester and asthma rates.

While some experts remain unconvinced, Dr. Len Horovitz, a pulmonary specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, told HealthDay, "It is unclear what the mechanism is, but it seems clear there really is a mechanism."

Horovitz recommended avoiding BPA as much as possible to HealthDay, saying that people should "stop using number 3 and number 7 plastics, use more glass containers, more metal containers."

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Health Officials Will Not Investigate Beyonce’s Baby Delivery

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital says the birth of Beyonce's daughter did not inconvenience other parents.

While the birth of Blue Ivy Carter was “heaven” for Beyonce and Jay-Z, other new parents at the hospital have said it was the polar opposite for them. But state health officials determined Tuesday that Lenox Hill did nothing wrong.

“Staff spoke with the hospital [and] determined there were no violations,” Michael Moran, a representative for the New York State Health Department, said in an email statement to ABC News. "And we have received no complaints.”

Moran added that “no investigation is ongoing” and said he couldn’t speculate on whether an investigation would be launched if formal complaints were filed with the department.

Earlier Tuesday, Lenox Hill released a statement shooting down reports that the star couple paid $1.3 million for a luxury baby delivery suite and said that while the family, “does have its own security detail,” the hospital has, "made every effort to ensure minimal disruption to other families experiencing the births of their own children over the past three days,” and, “no security plan that we or the Carter’s security team put in place would have prevented or delayed families from gaining access to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.”

Rozz Nash-Coulon and her husband Neil, who were visiting their twin daughters in the neonatal intensive care unit the day before Blue Ivy was born, aired their grievances about Lenox Hill’s treatment in a New York Times article Monday. The couple previously vented to The New York Daily News. They described being stopped by burly, earpiece-wearing security guards with “Special Event” badges and seeing the maternity ward transformed, its windows covered and security cameras taped over.

“It was just really disgusting,” Rozz Nash-Coulon told the paper. "We really believe the hospital is culpable in this because they didn’t let us know what was happening. And the security of our children is at risk when you cover security cameras.”

Another new father, Edgar Ramirez, told the Times that security guards kept him out of the neonatal unit for three hours, while his wife and newborn waited for him.

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