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Stay active and healthy this winter

As soon as the gloom and cold of winter hits the Hudson Valley, the urge to stay indoors bundled under blankets becomes reality for many people. And for those battling a cold, stomach virus or the flu , exercise is the last thing ...

Attitude of Gratitude

By Allison Gould, LCSW-R  |  12/20/2017

In my therapy practice, I often encourage patients to keep a gratitude journal, writing down three things they feel grateful for every day. Time and again, my patients have responded so positively to this exercise that I decided t...

Who knew? History of the flu

By Peter Fish, MD  |  12/11/2017

Many people see the flu as nothing more than a seasonal annoyance. However, as history has shown, this illness can become a massive threat to global health. The more you know about the history of the flu, the better you can help p...

Is it a cold or the flu?

By Shantala Sonnad, MD  |  12/11/2017

The flu affects 5-20% of the U.S. population each year, but many people are still unclear on the symptoms. There are thousands of searches conducted each month on the differences between the flu and a common cold. This search quer...

What’s reflux and how can I get relief

By Brian Binetti, MD  |  12/7/2017

  Reflux is a disease. Not a bad meal choice. Also called gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, it is caused by a weak muscle in your esophagus that allows acid and bile to flow from the stomach back up into the throat. N...

You could have high blood pressure under new guidelines

By Amit Patel, MD  |  12/5/2017

Recently, I met with a healthy, robust patient who exercises regularly. Two weeks prior to our office visit, this person would not have had high blood pressure, which is the measure of pressure in one's arteries. But due to newly ...

Metabolic rate and weight loss: What you should know

By Zubair Jafer, MD  |  11/16/2017

Can you eat whatever you want without gaining weight? Or do you eat very little and have trouble keeping the weight off? Every person requires a different amount of calories per day to maintain their current weight. Some people ar...

Thanksgiving recipes with a healthy flair

By Health Quest  |  11/15/2017

Thanksgiving recipes with a healthy flair What does a registered dietitian's Thanksgiving menu look like? We asked our experts across the hospital system for the healthy holiday recipes they look forward to the most. These recipes...

What is sepsis? – Q&A with an expert

By Diane Kantaros, MD  |  10/20/2017

Diane Kantaros, MD Sepsis Committee Chair, Vassar Brothers Medical Center Associate Vice President of Medical Affairs, Quality Systems Q: What is sepsis and why do I hear about it in the news so much? A: Sepsis is an overwhelming ...

Midwives through the centuries

By Jenna Smith, CM  |  10/16/2017

Midwives have attended women during childbirth since the beginning of civilization, as far back as 5,000 BC. Through the centuries, midwives have held the same belief — that women’s bodies know what to do and babies know, too. We ...

Clinical Research: Investigating medication interference with heart failure, cardiac rhythm disorders

Clinical trials, the study of medical treatment in humans, are performed to determine the safety and effectiveness of a specific treatment, which can include drugs, devices and techniques. Investigating various treatments allows d...

Being afraid can be good for you

By Amit Patel, MD  |  10/12/2017

Fear is an emotion that we are all faced with at one point or another in our lives. Beneficial effects of fear include the heightening of our awareness and the release of hormones such as adrenaline, also known as epinephrine. Thi...

How to spot a concussion – and what to do next

By Vickie Donaldson, DPT, MPT  |  10/12/2017

It's that time of year again — football season — and we are hearing more about concussions. However, the truth is concussions are not exclusive to football or contact sports. They can happen to "anyone, at any time, anywhere," as ...

Top 5 conditions rheumatologists encounter

By Kristin Logee, DO  |  9/28/2017

Rheumatologists treat patients with bone and joint disorders, such as osteoarthritis and gout. We also deal with autoimmune diseases that affect the joints and other organ systems. Autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system,...

What every woman needs to know about ovarian cancer

By Heidi Godoy, D0  |  9/25/2017

Ovarian cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the tissues of the ovary. It is the is the leading cause of death from all gynecologic cancers and the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths amon...

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 ...