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The Blue Mountain Health System gala committee dons their Kentucky Derby hats during the media event on Wednesday, Committee members are, seated from left, Jeannine Siegmond; Dr. Richard Lizak and Alicia Shutack-Silliman, honorary hosts for the evening; and Romaine Biege. Standing, Nancy Matyas, Lisa Johnson, Sylvia Goral, Denise Kennedy, Dr. Deb Smith, Kay DeMatte, and Joe Guardiani.

"And they're off ..."

In honor of the 140th annual Kentucky Derby on May 3, Woodstone Country Club in Danielsville will be transformed into a smaller scale of the prestigious event during the 17th annual Blue Mountain Health System gala.

Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m.; dinner is at 7; and the casino opens at 8.

The charity ball, which is the largest fundraiser for the hospital, will benefit the Summit Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lehighton and the new 11-bed Summit at Palmerton.

The Blue Mountain Health System gala committee dons their Kentucky Derby hats during the media event on Wednesday, Committee members are, seated from left, Jeannine Siegmond; Dr. Richard Lizak and Alicia Shutack-Silliman, honorary hosts for the evening; and Romaine Biege. Standing, Nancy Matyas, Lisa Johnson, Sylvia Goral, Denise Kennedy, Dr. Deb Smith, Kay DeMatte, and Joe Guardiani.

"And they're off ..."

In honor of the 140th annual Kentucky Derby on May 3, Woodstone Country Club in Danielsville will be transformed into a smaller scale of the prestigious event during the 17th annual Blue Mountain Health System gala.

Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m.; dinner is at 7; and the casino opens at 8.

The charity ball, which is the largest fundraiser for the hospital, will benefit the Summit Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lehighton and the new 11-bed Summit at Palmerton.

Luca Giorgio Pacitti
A son, Luca Giorgio Pacitti, was born at 2:27 p.m. Feb. 3, 2014, at St. Luke's University Hospital in Bethlehem to Carla and Joseph Pacitti of Bethlehem. He weighed 9 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 21 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Gregg and Cleo Baran of Hometown. Paternal grandparents are Joseph and Christine Pacitti of Barto and the late Patricia Ann Pacitti.

Q. What is the definition of constipation?

The clinical definition of constipation is any two of the following symptoms for at least 12 weeks (not necessarily consecutive) in the previous year:

Ÿ Straining during bowel movements

Ÿ Lumpy or hard stool

Ÿ Sensation of obstruction or incomplete evacuation

Ÿ Fewer than three bowel movements per week.

Those reporting constipation most often are women and adults age 65 and over.

Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints in the United States.

(This is the second of two columns about changing your appearance. The first was on plastic surgery. This one is about cosmetic procedures.)

Cosmetic procedures are used to make the skin look more youthful. Many dermatologists perform cosmetic procedures. Here are some examples:

Microdermabrasion uses tiny, fine particles or a very hard diamond-tipped wand to slough off cells from the top layer of the skin and encourage new skin growth.

Laser resurfacing uses high-intensity light to zap and improve the look of wrinkles and scars by tightening loose skin.

Q. What is the most common type of cosmetic surgery?

(This is the first of two columns on changing your appearance.)

I was surprised by the answer to this question. I guessed facelift and was wrong.

My wife, Gale, answered correctly without hesitation. Breast augmentation is the leader. She talks to more women, I guess.

Women outnumber men by about 9 to 1 for undergoing cosmetic surgery.

Q. Is a TIA dangerous?

TIA stands for "transient ischemic attack." A TIA is an interruption in the flow of blood to a part of your brain.

Its symptoms are the same as for a stroke. A TIA lasts anywhere from minutes to many hours. It goes away and leaves no apparent permanent effects.

If you have a TIA, your chances of having a stroke are increased nine times. Treat a TIA like an early warning and get to your doctor immediately for a checkup.

A stroke, which is also called a "brain attack," is caused by a blood problem in the brain.

This Mar. 3, 2014 photo shows spiced hazelnut ingberlach in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Candy making can confound even the most careful home cook.

Luckily, Passover gives us an excuse to make a simple candy that is delicious and requires little fuss. And you don't need to celebrate Passover to appreciate it.

Ingberlach is a traditional Jewish candy flavored with ginger and honey. It also can contain nuts and other ingredients and is reminiscent of a sticky, chewy caramel popcorn cluster.

This March 3, 2014 photo shows herbed matzo stuffed roasted chicken in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Why is it that we only stuff poultry one day a year?

Let's face it, stuffing takes an already delicious dish roasted poultry and makes it even more so by adding flavorful, fat-soaked carbs to the mix.

Yet outside of Thanksgiving, few of us ever think to stuff and roast a bird. Admittedly, most of us don't have the time to prepare a stuffed turkey on a weeknight. But why not try a chicken?

The beauty of a roasted chicken is that aside from about 15 minutes prep, nearly all of the time is hands off.

This March 3, 2014, photo shows zucchini crab cakes with lime aioli in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

To help get us in the mood for spring, we've given a seasonal makeover to the classic crab cake.

We started by adding the fresh flavor of shredded zucchini. It melts into the bolder flavors of the other ingredients, yet still keeps the crab cakes tasting light.

For a binder, we skipped the usual bread and instead used mashed potato, which gives the finished crab cakes a light and fresh texture.

For a topping, we created a simple lime aioli, which lends a vibrant tang.

This March 3, 2014, photo shows spring corn soup in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

The warm days and cool nights of spring can make for challenging dinners.

During the days, we want to be outside enjoying the sun, but the evenings call for something warm and comforting. Trouble is, warm and comforting dinners require time at the stove.

Our solution? A quick and easy soup that is jammed with fresh vegetables and comes together in about 30 minutes.

We combine seasonally perfect asparagus with the sweet taste of frozen corn and a heap of fresh thyme. The result is light, yet fresh and filling.