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A short history of the pacemaker

By Lawrence Solomon, MD  |  9/15/2017

The history of the pacemaker dates back hundreds of years. Electrical activity within the heart was discovered during the 1800s, but devices for artificially controlling the heart’s rate did not occur until the 20th century. With ...

Our health tips to tackle the new school year!

By Health Quest  |  8/22/2017

It's that time of year again to dust off the alarm clock, hunt down those school supplies and reinstate routines. We know the excitement — and anxieties — that come with going back to school. To help parents, Health Quest staff of...

Back-to-school germs and health

By Scott Costley, MD  |  8/18/2017

Schools are notorious for being germ-spreading zones. Close quarters, sharing items and seasonal viruses are to blame for outbreaks of back-to-school illnesses, including gastrointestinal problems, colds, viruses and flu. On avera...

Chocolate: To eat or not to eat

By Aarti Campo, MD   |  8/18/2017

Does eating chocolate make you healthier? Some research has tried to prove yes, but be cautious before diving into a box of bonbons. An ongoing discussion about the health benefits of chocolate has followed the publication of the ...

Learn the Latch: Breastfeeding Tips

Nursing shouldn't hurt, but sometimes it does. Sensitivity and tenderness are normal, but painful nipples are a sign the baby is not breastfeeding correctly. By improving how the baby latches onto the breast, moms can get back to ...

Color your stress away: Coloring books for adults

By Erika N. Camilli, LCAT  |  8/1/2017

Coloring isn’t just a pastime associated with kids anymore. Adult coloring books have gained popularity over the past few years for their stress-relieving abilities. Like meditation and other relaxation techniques, coloring is a s...

A healthy weight is more than a size

Society puts too much pressure on being a certain weight or wearing a size 0.  Numbers on a scale or a clothing tag aren't necessarily good indicators of what your healthy weight should be. When striving for a healthy weight,...

Commonly asked questions about sleeve gastrectomy

By Brian Binetti, MD  |  6/28/2017

What is a sleeve gastrectomy? The sleeve gastrectomy has quickly become the most popular weight-loss surgery performed nationwide. Named after the shape the stomach resembles at the conclusion of the procedure, about 80 to 85 perc...

Slide into summer safely: playground tips

By Catherine Agricola, MD  |  6/28/2017

Summer has finally arrived and the playground is a great way to spend free afternoons with children. But, sometimes, children get hurt at the park. They may fall and sprain an ankle or need stitches after a bad cut from a piece of...

Summer grilling: Can it be tasty AND healthy?

By Michael Dubin, MD  |  6/22/2017

During the summer months, we spend time outdoors enjoying the company of our families, friends and tasty, grilled food. How tasty it is depends on the talents of the cook. How healthy it is depends on our habits and knowledge of w...

The importance of being a healthy dad

Being a Dad is the most gratifying thing in the world. My wife and I always knew we wanted to be parents from when we started dating in high school. When my son was born, I could not have been any happier, and my daughter is the m...

6 early warning signs of Alzheimer's disease

By David Shany, MD  |  6/8/2017

Sometimes forgetfulness is a typical age-related change. It's not unusual to misplace something or struggle to recall a person's name. However, when someone becomes concerned about a loved one's significant behavioral change, it c...

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...