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COVID-19 vs. flu: How to tell the difference, and what to do if you get sick

Although your healthcare clinician may be able to help you figure out which illness you have, the best thing to do is avoid getting sick in the first place Summary: COVID-19 and flu symptoms are similar, so it may be difficult to ...

Coconut oil: The skinny on saturated fat

The consumption of coconut oil has caused controversy in the health and nutrition world over the last few years.  Recently, it has made its way to the top of list of questions asked by patients, family members and friends. Th...

Detox diets: Do they actually work?

You may have heard of some of the popular detox diets in the media, such as the Master Cleanse, the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse or the Lose 1 Pound a Day diet. Some of these require a person to consume specific liquids at certai...

Make the switch to meatless meals for better health

By Roufia Payman, DT, CDN  |  5/4/2020

If you could make one small change today to improve your nutrition and overall health, here’s what it is: Spend one day a week as a vegetarian. Simple as that. Beginners tend to think vegetarians just eat vegetables and fruits. An...

Helpful tips for a healthy holiday season

By Patricia Shannon, MD  |  11/26/2019

Tis the holiday season. With it comes not only fun and excitement, but stress, overeating and dread. Eating foods that are usually off limits, trying to be everything to everybody and spreading ourselves too thin can lead to sickn...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Stop the fuss: Tricks for kids to eat vegetables

By Roufia Payman, DT, CDN  |  6/14/2018

If you have a young, picky eater in your family, you are probably all too familiar with the meal-time battle, prolonged dinners, the pinched noses and endless whining. But forcing a child to gag down foods that ...

Family fitness for summer

By Dorothy Page, MD  |  6/5/2018

It's June and if you are the average parent then you know what is happening before the end of the month. School's out! Now that you've taken two minutes to scream silently in your mind, wring your hands and bury your face in your ...

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....

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 ...

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...

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...

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...