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Northern Westchester Hospital Backs Doctor's Radio Show

MT. KISCO, N.Y. — Dr. Ed Kornel has shared his insights on the brain, spine and nervous system with thousands of listeners for more than a year on WOR-AM 710 . Now he has Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco on board as a sponsor for “Back Talk Live!” to help spread education and information to the masses.

“This gives me an opportunity to have on guests who I know, who I have worked with and who I have a personal relationship with,” said Kornel, who is the medical director of the Institute for Neurosciences at Northern Westchester Hospital.

Kornel noted that “Back Talk Live!” has always featured guests from a variety of specialties. He said it is important for him to show how issues affecting one part of the body can interplay with the brain and spine. According to a press release, topics planned for the next few weeks include:

• how cardiac issues affect the nervous system, and especially the brain• how medical professionals differentiate between spinal and orthopedic problems• which types of tumors affect the nervous system• the role of weight management and nutrition in maintaining a healthy spine and brain• the importance of pediatric care in monitoring children for spinal disorders such as scoliosis

Kornel said he most commonly answers questions relating to spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column resulting in pressure on the cord. It tends to happen as people age.

However, not all of the questions from callers actually relate to his field. Kornel said he recently had a caller on the show who was suffering from leg pain due to cellulitis. He said he thinks some people just presume pain is pain and he can help. Having doctors on from different specialties to help illustrate the interplay is something he hopes helps people understand a bit better how the nervous system and body interact as a whole.

Kornel's resume boasts a number of procedures he's pioneered in the region including one of the first percutaneous lumbar fusions and one of the first artificial disc replacements for cervical and lumbar discs. He was also involved in the care and treatment for President Ronald Reagan's press secretary James Brady after a gunshot injury, the same incident that led to the adoption of the Brady Bill promoting controls on handgun ownership.

"Back Talk Live!" airs Sunday from 9 to 10 p.m. on 710 WOR-AM.

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