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5 ways to kick the common cold

By Catherine Agricola, MD  |  3/15/2017

The change of seasons from late winter to early spring is a tricky time for preventing colds. In February and March, there have been many cases of common colds, flu, sore throats and respiratory illnesses in the mid-Hudson Valley....

Kicking off Munch Madness!

By Health Quest  |  3/13/2017

There can only be one winner! Inspired by the March Madness NCAA basketball tournament, we pitted fruits and vegetables against each other in this delicious and nutritious bracket. You’ll see some popular picks, along with a trend...

As heart disease deaths rise, diet and exercise are key

By Shalin Patel, MD  |  2/15/2017

For the first time since the early 1990s, the number of Americans dying from heart disease has gone up, according to a recent report card issued by the federal government. In 2015, the No. 1 killer took more than 633,000 lives, ac...

For your Valentine: Grilled salmon with avocado dip

Making your own Valentine's Day dinner puts you in control of the nutritional content! This grilled salmon recipe is the perfect way to show some love for your special someone … and your heart. The American Heart Association recom...

Why I became a cancer advocate

I have the best job in all of healthcare. As vice president of oncology services at Health Quest, I come to work every day to help fight cancer. Cancer has no boundaries. Today, World Cancer Day, and every day, I vow to advocate f...

Heart healthy tips everyone should know

By Sarah Levin, MD  |  2/2/2017

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., yet many people don’t know all the facts. There are not always symptoms with heart disease and it is not limited to just people over 50. While a family history of heart dise...

A guide to a healthy voice

By Becky Connolly and Nahida Unwalla  |  1/23/2017

Cough drops are often the go-to soother when the throat starts to feel sore. But did you know mentholated drops are not good for your vocal cords and can actually cause harm? An estimated 17.9 million adults in the U.S. have voice...

Healthy pregnancy habits can prevent birth defects

By Kimberly Henderson, DO  |  1/20/2017

An infant born with a cleft lip. A child with Down syndrome. A stillborn with a heart abnormality. Many of us know someone affected by a birth defect. A baby is born with a major defect every 4 1/2 minutes in the United States, ac...

4 good habits to start in 2017

By Michael Dubin, MD  |  1/13/2017

How does one define a good quality of life? Some people say it’s about happiness, but once we try to define what happiness means, it turns into a philosophical discussion. So, in practical terms, we may need to remember our state ...

Accomplish Your Your Goals in 2017

By David Cho, MD  |  1/10/2017

The time has come again to resolve to accomplish goals and make better decisions in the coming year. The best New Year’s resolutions are ones that impact your health, from getting fit and making smarter food choices to staying on ...

A nutritionist’s guide to healthy holiday eating

By Roufia Payman, DT, CDN  |  12/8/2016

The holidays bring tempting pastries, pies, cookies and (ultimately) weight gain. This guide from Northern Dutchess Hospital certified nutritionist can help you navigate the holiday season in a healthy way!  ...

Avoid toy-related injuries this holiday

By Zacharias Chasin, MD  |  11/28/2016

Toys make for a merrier Christmas and Hanukkah. Yet, an estimated 251,800 children were treated in U.S. emergency departments for toy-related injuries in 2014, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Last holiday...

Urgent Care or the Emergency Room?

By Shantala Sonnad, MD  |  11/14/2016

More than 100 million Americans go to the emergency room every year. While most of us visit the ER only for true emergencies, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common reasons people visit the ER...

When the nurse becomes the patient: My breast cancer story

By Rikki Clayton, RN (BSN) at VBMC  |  11/4/2016

My name is Erika Clayton; my nickname is Rikki. I am the mother of two wonderful boys, Gavin and Lukas. This is my story. The year 2015 was one of the hardest of my life. While lying in bed in June, I had an itch under my right br...

Preparation is key when hypoglycemia strikes without symptoms

By Margaret Apedo, MD  |  10/25/2016

Irritability, dizziness, shakiness, sweating, chills, rapid heartbeat and blurred vision are some of the warning signs that your blood sugar is dropping rapidly. Diabetics with these symptoms could be experiencing hypoglycemia and...

The sister story behind the Dyson Breast Center

By Sarah Bradshaw-Colomello  |  9/28/2016

“I always felt they would find something and they did.” Routine mammograms helped save 64-year-old Christine Mitchell’s life. Within two years, she would be diagnosed twice with breast cancer, then fight cancer with radiation, che...

Finding vegetables you like to eat

By Roufia Payman, DT, CDN  |  9/22/2016

For many people, eating vegetables can be a chore. It doesn't have to be, though. Adding new or different vegetables to your plate can actually be exciting. Since no single vegetable can provide us with all of the nutrients we nee...

5 exercises to improve balance

Good balance is important for fall prevention, especially in seniors.  Falls and fall related injuries could limit your activities or make it impossible to live independently. The following exercises will help to strengthen y...

Back to school checklist

By Carolyn Nemec, MD  |  9/20/2016

Make sure your child has a healthy start to the school year! HQMP primary care physician Dr. Nemec has created a printable back to school checklist with essential health-related tips to keep in mind. Dr. Nemec’s Poughkeepsie offic...

What kind of yoga is right for you?

By Elizabeth Levine, MD  |  9/12/2016

Are you interested in a practice that offers an exploration toward all that is possible within you? The benefits of yoga are vast and include relaxation, strength, empowerment, insight, grounding, release, healing, connection and ...