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What are gallstones? Risks, symptoms, treatment

By   |  5/25/2017

There are many people who have gallstones and it never causes them a problem. Only about 20 percent of people with gallstones will develop symptoms. However, if left untreated, the pain can be intense. Some of the risks factors in...

24/7 Epilepsy Monitoring Advances Care

By Amber Mitchell, MD  |  5/25/2017

To help diagnosis and treat epilepsy and seizures, Northern Dutchess Hospital opened an epilepsy monitoring unit in April. Under the supervisor of a neurologist, the patient is monitored continuously overnight on camera and via an...

Exercise is medicine for many aliments

A good dose of daily exercise is one of the best treatments for people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Parkinson's disease: Tai Chi can be an effective exerc...

Seasonal allergies: Here's how to deal

By Jessica Souchet, MD  |  5/5/2017

It could be a long seasonal allergy season ahead. Whether you react to tree pollen, mold spores or grass, here are some tips you can use to alleviate and control your allergy symptoms. Preventing allergy tips: Stay indoors when yo...

What you need to know about sleep

Sleep is your body's way of refueling for another day. However, many Americans are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. This lack of sleep doesn't just make you feel tired the next day – it can ultimately lead to poor heal...

13 ways to get more steps in your day

Most of us have heard we should take 10,000-plus steps a day, but where did that number come from? Most people assume it must have come from the American Heart Association, the American Medical Association or the National Institut...

Botox treatment for migraines

By Shany David, MD   |  4/5/2017

Most people associate Botox with its cosmetic or age-reversing properties. But in the 30 years Botox has been in medical use, many new therapeutic benefits have been discovered. Although Botox is derived from a neurotoxin it is sa...

The complete home fall prevention checklist

By Vicki Seppell, Physical Therapist  |  4/5/2017

Winter is a time of year when people are more aware about risks for falling – largely due to the conditions brought on by inclement weather.  However, fall prevention is something to maintain a healthy awareness of year round...

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...