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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...

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, ...

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...

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...

Drugs that stop migraine pain, prevent attacks

By Hida Nierenburg, MD  |  6/14/2018

Got a migraine? Here's how to treat it. 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 rap...

Could your headache be a migraine?

By Hida Nierenburg, MD  |  6/14/2018

Migraines are very common, but their unpredictability can bring a significant amount of stress and fear to those who get them. A migraine usually begins with warnings signs that can happen hours to days before the onset of pain. P...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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...

What are gallstones? Risks, symptoms, treatment

By   |  5/25/2017

There are many people who have gallstones and it never causes them a problem. Only about 20 percent of people with gallstones will develop symptoms. However, if left untreated, the pain can be intense. Some of the risks factors in...

24/7 Epilepsy Monitoring Advances Care

By Amber Mitchell, MD  |  5/25/2017

To help diagnosis and treat epilepsy and seizures, Northern Dutchess Hospital opened an epilepsy monitoring unit in April. Under the supervisor of a neurologist, the patient is monitored continuously overnight on camera and via an...

Seasonal allergies: Here's how to deal

By Jessica Souchet, MD  |  5/5/2017

It could be a long seasonal allergy season ahead. Whether you react to tree pollen, mold spores or grass, here are some tips you can use to alleviate and control your allergy symptoms. Preventing allergy tips: Stay indoors when yo...