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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 ...

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...