David Bernstein

David Bernstein, MD, is a columnist for Long Island Weekly and chief of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

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Can New York Reach Target Hepatitis Elimination Goals?

The World Health Organization has established the goal of the elimination of hepatitis C infection by 2030. The elimination targets are to diagnose 90 percent of people with hepatitis C, treat 80 percent of those...

I Am Afraid

I am afraid to take a walk. I am afraid to take the subway. I am afraid to drive to work. I am afraid, I am afraid, I am afraid. These are the statements that...

The Lesser Known: Hepatitis D

Viral hepatitis is common and the best-known viruses causing hepatitis are types A, B and C. Little known, but important, is delta hepatitis or hepatitis D. While delta hepatitis affects about 15-20 million worldwide compared...

Hepatitis B: Don’t Forget Me

In the world of COVID, hepatitis B, a common and potentially deadly virus, should not be forgotten. It can cause both acute and chronic disease. Although not commonly seen, some people with acute hepatitis B...

COVID-19 Rounds Out 2020

2020 is over and perhaps that is the only good thing that we can say about it. If I had an eraser and could erase the year in its entirety, I surely would. It is...

COVID-19 And Vaccines

Vaccination against disease is one of the major advances in medicine and has helped prevent disease in countless individuals. Despite the importance of vaccination, many people in our country do not get the routine vaccinations...

How COVID-19 Can Affect The Liver

The question always arises regarding COVID and the liver. While COVID causes abnormal liver tests in more than half of infected patients, the vast majority have no long-term liver sequalae. What has affected the liver...

How Does Your Skin Look?

The skin is the window to the body and many systemic diseases manifest with specific skin findings. Many liver problems will manifest on the skin and an astute observer can diagnosis liver conditions by carefully...

Abnormal Liver Tests Explained

The most common reason for abnormal liver tests in the United States are fatty liver and medication induced liver injury. People with underlying liver diseases may be at greater risk of this but many times,...

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Travel Diary: Long Island To Montreal, Part II

Bellies full of Martha’s delicious soft serve, we started on our 2 hour, 45 minute drive to Montreal. Crossing the border into Canada, we...

Beer Essentials

Everyone loves an ice cold, frosty brew. Or if you’re European, a warm ale or stout. Whatever your prefer, beer drinking has become an...

Christmas Eve Avian Fish Feast

  Longboat Key, Florida Christmas Eve, 2013   Christmas Eve morning on the Longboat Pass drawbridge, where the Gulf of Mexico meets Sarasota Bay, the wind is unmerciful...

Day Of Infamy: Anton Answers The Call

It happened 18 years ago and shockingly enough, memories of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, will someday be as distant and forgotten...

Planned Parenthood Launches Telehealth Services Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) has launched virtual healthcare services to connect patients to providers without having to visit a health center.  
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