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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...

Goodbye seasonal sadness: Stay motivated while combating the winter blues

By Shantala Sonnad, MD  |  12/13/2018

I am sure we are all on the same page this time of year—feeling frozen, cranky and upset it is pitch black before we even leave the office! Winter is nearly here and with temperatures in the teens, we are often tempted to forego t...

Exercise and Diabetes

By Indrani Dhar  |  12/7/2018

While many of us are aware how important it is for people with Type 2 diabetes to eat healthy and take medications as prescribed to maintain blood glucose levels, it is equally important for them to incorporate exercise into their...

You're never too old to get vaccinated

By Michael Dubin, MD  |  11/14/2018

With the new school year here, many of us are busy parents making sure our children are up-to-date on all the necessary vaccines. But it's important to note that the need for immunizations does not end in childhood. Adults may req...

Take charge of your health gynecological health as you age

By Susan Parisi, MD  |  9/6/2018

As you age, your body experiences a variety of changes. Dr. Susan Parisi, a gynecologist with Sharon Hospital Medical Practice, discusses common gynecological health concerns and questions for women. Q1: Why do I need an annual wo...

Rehabilitation program focuses on driver independence, safety

By Kimberly Puffer Wranovics  |  8/23/2018

In August, Northern Dutchess Hospital launched a new program called Driver Rehabilitation to better meet the needs of senior drivers and drivers with medical challenges. The program has three parts: There is a physical evaluation ...

Northern Dutchess Hospital’s interventional radiology offers alternative to surgery

By Emil Shih, MD  |  8/20/2018

With cancer, fibroids, liver disease, kidney blockages and other complex medical issues, interventional radiology can be used as an alternative to surgery. Northern Dutchess Hospital has opened its interventional radiology suite, ...

Surgeons offer narcotic-free surgery, reduce pain and risk of addiction

By Brian Binetti, MD  |  7/25/2018

Opioids are a powerful drug commonly used for pain management, or anesthesia, during surgery. But, they can be dangerous, as they can be addictive for some surgical patients. Many surgeons at Health Quest Medical Practice are offe...

Ways to reduce your risk of breast cancer

By Lyda Rojas, MD  |  7/23/2018

There is a common misconception that breast cancer is hereditary when in fact 15 to 20 percent of cases are the result of familial or genetic predispositions. That means that 80 to 85 percent of women who get breast cancer have no...

Medical massages heal the body, decrease pain

Massage therapy is one of the simplest and most basic avenues to prevent illness and maintain a strong, healthy and vital body and mind. Massage hastens the body's natural inclination toward health and balance by generating circul...

Keep children's asthma symptoms at bay this summer

By Michele Goldman, FNP  |  7/9/2018

Summer has finally arrived, and that means outdoor fun, exercise and new adventures for families. However, a change in routines, activities, caregivers and environments can impact children with asthma. Summer preparedness While en...

Poison ivy can threaten spring and summer activities, but it doesn’t have to spoil the great outdoors.

By Shantala Sonnad, MD  |  6/28/2018

Education is the key to preventing the itchy, red rash caused by this leafy nuisance. Should you still come in contact with the waxy, three-leafed plant, read on to find out how to prevent and treat poison ivy. Everyone should hav...

Farmers Markets: Where Food is Medicine

By Indrani Dhar  |  6/28/2018

Farmers markets are now cropping up throughout the Hudson Valley and if you haven't been to one yet, there's plenty of time to grab your reusable bag and head outdoors for some fresh, wholesome fruits and vegetables all season lon...