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Simple steps toward a healthier heart

Change can come one step at a time; and the steps don’t have to be large ones. Increasing the amount of vegetables and fruit in your diet doesn’t have to mean a plateful or Brussel sprouts. A bowl of fruit or green salad atop the dinner plate gets the meal off to a good start.  

Recipe: Zucchini, squash and lemon pasta

Craving Italian food, but want to skip the heavy, traditional sauces that are loaded with calories? In the  

Do dietary supplements really work?

The men’s health section in most pharmacies and nutrition stores tend to follow a pattern: Rows and rows of bottles filled with natural dietary supplements. Saw palmetto, horny goat weed, ginkgo biloba – they all are purported to have a positive impact on male health, and people are willing to pay a lot of money  

16 tips for diabetic meal planning

Meal planning is a must for people with diabetes. Advance planning is the easiest way to make sure  

Stay healthy this fall

It is officially the first day of fall, which is a relief to those of us who are  

Simple scratch-and-sniff may help doctors screen for Alzheimer’s disease

Physicians rely upon an array of sophisticated tests to diagnose their patients, but new research indicates a simple, inexpensive and non-invasive test may help doctors catch Alzheimer’s early in the disease’s progression. A study funded by the National Institute on Aging and presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in July showed how a  

What happened to FluMist?

For most kids – and their parents, who used to be able to happily confirm to their kids  

Suffering from chronic stress?

Constant stress is just not good for you. It may not have a direct impact on the heart…  

A pediatrician’s top 9 tips for keeping baby safe

Dr. John LaCount has been a pediatrician for 27 years – 20 of those with St. Elizabeth Physicians’ Florence office – and he’s also the father of five children himself, so he knows a few things about babies and baby safety. Here, in conjunction with September as Baby Safety Month, LaCount shares his top nine tips  

PrimeWise session spotlights new therapy for post-menopausal women

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, Dr. April Tillery, a board-certified gynecologist and certified menopause practitioner, will talk about the problem “nobody wants to talk about” and the Mona Lisa Touch, a new therapy that is bringing patients long-awaited relief. Roughly 85 percent of all post-menopausal women experience vaginal dryness that can result in itching and burning  

Video: How to enjoy spaghetti squash

Spaghetti squash, which is harvested early in the fall, is in season now and ready to be enjoyed by your family. It could not be any easier to prepare, either; Karah Stanley, a dietitian with the St. Elizabeth Physicians Weight Management Center, demonstrates in the video below. It’s tasty with a little salt and pepper or  

Want better sleep? Start exercising more

How are you sleeping? Do you go to sleep quickly after you get in bed? Do you feel  

Have arch or heel pain in the mornings? It could be plantar fasciitis

When I had plantar fasciitis, I didn’t know it at first. I woke up one morning after a run and swung my legs out of bed. As soon as I touched the floor, though, I felt a sharp pain on the bottom of my right foot. The pain continued with each step, but I decided  

A shirt that can tell it’s time to call the doctor?

Smart shirts that record your heartbeat while you sleep or exercise can give your doctor a heads-up about what’s happening with your body’s most critical muscle. Technology – incorporated into shirts, sports bras, watches and even detection devices half the size of your cell phone – can detect rapid, slow or irregular heartbeats, said Dr. James P.  

A PSA on prostate cancer testing

Prostate cancer is the second-most common form of cancer among men, and it’s the second-leading cause of cancer