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What is occupational therapy?

April is Occupational Therapy Month What is occupational therapy? Occupational therapy is defined by the American Occupational Therapy Association as “the therapeutic use of work, self-care, and play activities to increase develop...

Oral Cancer 101: A Guide to Risks, Symptoms and Treatments

By Al Haitham Al Shetawi, MD, DMD   |  4/5/2018

There were 49,670 new oral and oropharyngeal cancer cases in 2017, according to the American Cancer Society. Dr. Al Haitham Al Shetawi, MD, DMD, a maxillofacial, head and neck surgeon at Health Quest Medical Practice gives an over...

Colorectal cancer: Who is at risk, and how can it be prevented?

By Pranat Kumar, MD  |  3/20/2018

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and it is important to learn more about the disease and how it can be prevented or best treated. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United Stat...

The physical therapist's guide to running

By Drew Matsen, PT, DPT, OSC, CSCS  |  3/9/2018

I work as a full-time outpatient physical therapist at Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Conn. I mostly work with patients suffering from orthopedic injuries. These range from general back pain to sports injuries, including from running....

Pelvic or abdominal bulge could be a sign of a hernia

By Lee Farber, DO  |  3/6/2018

About 1 million hernia repairs are performed each year in the United States, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A hernia occurs when an internal part of the body pushes through a weakness in the tissues that hold ...

5 lifestyle changes to help prevent cancer

February is National Cancer Prevention Month , an annual movement dedicated to educating the public on the fact that up to 50 percent of cancers develop from preventable causes. I interviewed Rosie Rosati of the Mesothelioma + Asb...

High blood pressure, the silent killer of FDR

Through the centuries, U.S. presidents have had many different ailments, including some that remained secret during their term or completely undetected. When president Franklin Delano Roosevelt died in 1945, for example, it was pr...

Get patriotic with this Presidents' Day workout!

By Drew Matsen, PT, DPT, OSC, CSCS  |  2/15/2018

Iconic presidents like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were very strong in their principles and leadership skills. In honor of Presidents' Day, we present a patriotic workout inspired by our forefathers to give you physical ...

My aging parent: How to prevent malnutrition

By Peter Fish, MD  |  2/13/2018

Geriatric patients often lose their sense of taste and appetite. As a result, they eat less and don't get enough nutrients. Caregivers need to understand that loss of appetite and weight is a normal part of aging, and that medical...

Rethink indoor tanning beds this winter

By James Nitzkorski, MD  |  2/2/2018

Tanning is a multibillion-dollar industry, so of course they would have you believe artificial tanning is safe. It is not safe. The truth—proven by scientific research—is the longer people use sunbeds, the greater their risk, espe...

Mindfulness about eating is critical step in losing weight 

By Jenna Godfrey  |  1/17/2018

Armed with a good knowledge of proper nutrition, you might think you are ready to start a new weight-loss program or tackle your New Year's goal to shed a few pounds. But self-awareness is a key part of the process. Take a look at...

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 ...