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Our health tips to tackle the new school year!

By Health Quest  |  8/8/2019

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...

Get In Shape For Surgery

Don’t let the wait before orthopedic surgery drag on. Pass the time by getting your body into shape through exercises tailored specifically for you. This can be done through a prehabilitation program, which is for pre-surgical con...

Recent study shows a healthy lifestyle is beneficial in decreasing the
risk of dementia

By Paul Wright, MD  |  7/25/2019

As a practicing neurologist, I am frequently asked to see patients with memory impairment. I also see many patients who are concerned about possible future memory issues due to a family member having Alzheimer's disease. Most of u...

Moms use 'laughing gas' to get through labor 

By Kate DeSa, RN  |  7/3/2019

Expecting women often craft well thought out plans for the births of their babies. Now, moms who are due to give birth at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck have an additional option to consider – nitrous oxide.  It's ju...

Drugs that stop migraine pain, prevent attacks

By Hida Nierenburg, MD  |  6/27/2019

You may need a prevention medication, which is used to decrease the frequency, severity and duration of your attacks. You may also need a rescue medication that helps eliminate pain more rapidly, usually within two hours. Preventi...

Keeping your health and wellness a priority

By Hang Park, MD  |  6/21/2019

Today's men have a lot of responsibility surrounding their jobs, families and communities. As a result, they may push aside their own health needs. It is vitally important for men to take care of their health to prevent complicati...

Drowning Prevention Tips

By Christina Mezzone, MD  |  6/19/2019

Health Quest Medical Practice Pediatrician Dr. Christina Mezzone shares some drowning prevention tips to consider this summer. In 2017, there were 3,709 unintentional drowning fatalities in the United States, of which 424 occurred...

Diabetes and Men's Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 30 million people in the U.S. living with diabetes, a chronic disease that affects the way a body processes blood sugar causing a host of health complications....

Breastfeeding preparations help with expectations, goals

By Geralyn Turner and Helen Scoville  |  5/31/2019

We've all seen this. In books, pictures and breastfeeding videos, nursing mothers appear completely confident, serene and "natural" – and their babies are nursing beautifully without any indication that this took time. That's not ...

Medical Mission: Saving Lives and Making an Impact

By Erica DerBoghossian  |  5/16/2019

Erica DerBoghossian is a nurse with the Maternal Child Health team at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. This past April, she took personal time to embark on a medical mission with Healing the Children Northeast, Inc....

Spring has sprung: Are you ready to keep your voice healthy?

Welcome to the Hudson Valley – lush, green, beautiful and full of pollen! Waking up and sounding like a frog is in your throat does not help you experience this beautiful time of year.  So, what can you do to combat voice dif...

What You Should Know as Measles Cases in the U.S. Surge

By Valerie C. Cluzet, MD  |  4/23/2019

What You Should Know as Measles Cases in the U.S. Surge From January 1 to April 19 of this year, there were 626 cases of measles confirmed in 22 U.S. states, representing the second largest number of reported cases in the nation s...

Medical Residents Expand Health Quest Patient Care Team

There are many steps to becoming a doctor. Under the new Health Quest Graduate Medical Education program, we are involved in the third step. We provide residency training to people who have graduated medical school with a degree i...

Weight-loss surgery success relies on nutrition support

By Erik Morabito, Guest Blogger  |  2/26/2019

The Summer of 2017 was a tremendous turning point in life for me. At the age of 41, morbidly obese and in failing health, I finally took back control of my life and made an appointment with the Bariatric Program at Health Quest's ...

Three steps for self-love through nutrition

By Roufia Payman, DT, CDN  |  2/26/2019

If you could do a few little things today to be healthier, I have three tips: eat five cups of vegetables every day, drink more water and really be mindful of what you eat. To love your heart, you need to eat better. Eat Vegetable...

Caring for Someone with a Rare Disease

February 28th is Rare Disease Day. I interviewed Emily Liptak of the Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center to discuss how to care for someone with a rare disease. Caring for someone with a rare disease may seem like a daunting ...

The Power of Love

By Amber Mitchell, MD  |  2/5/2019

The power of positivity is underestimated. It can change your outlook on life.  Words of encouragement and love may change your brain, according to research by Dr. Andrew Newberg, director of research at the Marcus Institute ...

Healthy Eating Tips for Super Bowl Sunday

By Alexandra Nichols, RD, CDN  |  1/25/2019

When we think of the Super Bowl, we typically think of food, beverages and football. Alexandra Nichols, a bariatric registered dietitian at Vassar Brothers Medical Center and Putnam Hospital Center, offers some helpful tips to hel...

Regular screenings for cervical cancer can save lives

By Elizabeth Lucal, MD  |  1/24/2019

Visiting the gynecologist is usually not a woman's favorite appointment. Yet, this is when you are regularly screened for cervical cancer, which only women can develop. January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, a good time to fa...

Pediatrician Dr. Christina Mezzone shares some tips on keeping children safe in the car this winter season.

Pediatrician Dr. Christina Mezzone shares some tips on keeping children safe in the car this winter season.   It's that time of year when tots look so adorable bundled up in thick, puffy coats and snowsuits. What may not be c...