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Community cancer rates

A cancer cluster is defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as “a greater than expected number of cancer diagnoses in general; larger number of a particular kind of cancer within the area; and a larger number of a cancer diagnoses within a given population of people living in that area (e.g., race, ethnicity, age group or gender, etc.)” One occasionally hears about suspected clusters in our own area.  Read more

Simple Fare: Vegetarians and vegans beware: This column is not for you

When I was a teenager, I was responsible for many of my family’s meals. With my mom in daytime graduate school (having completed her college degree at night; she’s now a Ph.D. psychologist, author, senior Pilates Silver instructor, who has, in her recent years, taken up weight training and, by her own admission, is an overachiever, unlike me), I practiced the art of family dinner-making on a regular basis. Nightly, maybe, several times weekly, at least, I can’t remember.  Read more

Dietary behaviors and weight management

An excerpt from the Sullivan County Public Health Department’s 2013-2017 Community Health Assessment by Holloran Consulting, Inc.

Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

Among survey respondents, 46.4% ate fruits and/or vegetables daily. Only 26 respondents, or 3.5% of the total sample, never ate fruits and/or vegetables. The most cited reason for not eating fruits and/or vegetables was that respondents do not like them. Other reasons included the expense of fresh fruits and vegetables, their availability, their quality, and the time it takes to prepare them.  Read more

Simple Fare: From my mother’s kitchen

When I was a child growing up, we always sat down for dinner. Not only did we sit down together, we had a rule that no one could leave the table until everyone was done with their meal. Our meals always ended with dessert—mostly ice cream or pudding—that I tended to eat very slowly. And this would drive my older brother crazy.

I can’t remember if my mother excused him or hurried me through my dessert. But what I do remember is the relatively simple home-cooked meals that we enjoyed together.  Read more

Normal aspects of aging

“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else”

— Margaret Mead

I have always appreciated this quote when discussing aging issues with patients. Each of us varies widely in terms of our physiology at any age, but there are common changes associated with normal aging. More important for each of us is whether a change in body function represents a potential illness. This article will describe common body changes and what might represent a developing health problem.  Read more

Caregivers' retreat offers respite

CLARYVILLE, NY — The Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County Caregiver Resource Center (CRC) will offer a free wellness retreat for people with early- to middle stage Alzheimer’s disease and their family caregivers in Sullivan County and Orange counties. The Caregiver Respite Rest and Retreat will be held on Wednesday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Frost Valley YMCA on 2000 Frost Valley Rd.  Read more

Simple Fare: Tuna noodle casserole

I like to cook. I like to look in my pantry, at the sales at the grocery store, at the leftovers in my refrigerator and concoct different recipes. I like to imagine what something might taste like. I often, because of the unique nature of leftovers, put together one-of-a-kind dishes. It’s a hobby. It’s a source of relaxation.  Read more

Summer skin care

Winter is passing and many of us are now planning our summer vacations, trips to the beach and getting that nice “healthy” glow associated with a tan. Our exposure to the sun comes with a heavy price. This article will cover the effects of sun exposure, myths and facts associated with suntan lotions and potential danger signs of skin changes associated with cancer.

External changes associated with sun exposure  Read more

Five questions to ask your doctor about managing pain

One in 15 patients who get prescription painkillers (also called narcotics or opioids) after surgery end up using them long-term, which can result in tolerance, dependence and addiction. A lack of doctor-patient communication about postsurgical pain management may be partly to blame, according to a new national survey. To help foster these important conversations, the Postsurgical Pain Control: Voice Your Choice campaign was launched to raise awareness of pain control choices and empower women to discuss treatment plans with their doctor before surgery.  Read more

Thandar Win joins CRMG

HARRIS, NY — Thandar A. Win, MD, has joined the Catskill Regional Medical Group (CRMG) Primary Care office to provide outpatient behavioral health services.  Read more

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