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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Q. Any suggestions for dealing with tinnitus?

Most tinnitus a symptom, not a disease comes from damage to the microscopic endings of the hearing nerve in the inner ear.

People who suffer from tinnitus hear phantom noises that include not just ringing but whistling, hissing, buzzing, roaring and clicking. Tinnitus is most common in people over 65.

Besides treatments such as hearing aids, drugs and therapy, there are techniques for dealing with tinnitus. Here are some:

Music: Many people find focusing on music helps them ignore their tinnitus.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Q. How serious is angina?

Angina pectoris or simply angina is the medical term for chest pain or discomfort usually caused by coronary artery disease. Angina is a sign that someone is at increased risk of heart attack, cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death. If you get angina, you should get medical attention immediately.

Angina (pronounced "an-JI-nuh") hits when the heart doesn't get enough blood. This usually happens when there is a narrowing or blockage in one or more of the vessels that supply blood to the heart.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Grown-up Egg Cream

When I was a kid we would visit my mother's family in Bayonne, New Jersey, several times a month.

One of the things I looked forward to was visiting my Aunt Francie, because if I was really good, my cousin Grace would often take me across the street to the corner luncheonette for a chocolate egg cream.

I can still picture the lunch counter where we would sit on the tall metal stools with their thick padded seats, standing on our tiptoes to reach the tops of our straws.

Every few sips we might take a spin around on our stool until we were almost dizzy.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Mimi's Hot Fudge Sauce

When I was in my early teens, my best friend Toni and I would often take the bus from New Brunswick, New Jersey, into Manhattan where we would go and visit her grandparents Mimi and Pampaw.

We'd arrive around suppertime on a Friday evening, and as soon as dinner was cleared away the ingredients were always waiting for us to make hot fudge sauce. In the freezer there was always a half-gallon of vanilla ice cream.

Never in my life have I had an ice cream topping that was this delicious.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Q. Is it true that licorice can interfere with some medications?

Some forms of licorice may increase the risk for digoxin toxicity.

Digoxin is used to treat heart failure and arrhythmias. Licorice may also reduce the effects of blood pressure medications or diuretic drugs (water pills).

These are just a few of many drug-related interactions that can occur in your body.

Drug interactions fall into three categories. There are drug reactions with foods and drink, dietary supplements and with other drugs.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Oven-Roasted Vegetables are super easy and super tasty.

We love vegetables, so figuring out ways to serve them so that my kids would eat them was never an issue.

Boiled, baked, fried, sautéed it didn't matter.

Which makes me wonder how it is, that up until a couple years ago, I had never had them roasted.

I don't know exactly why roasting vegetables makes them taste even better, but it does. They are sweeter and the flavors are just more intense. All you really need is a splash of olive oil, salt and pepper, and you have a terrific side dish.

This is perfect for feeding a crowd because it goes a long way.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Q. In soap operas, the writers love to include characters with amnesia who don't remember their identities.

Is it common for someone to actually forget who they are?

It's extremely rare. People with amnesia usually are aware of their identities. A person's identity is among the most durable long-term memories.

Amnesia, which means loss of memory, comes in several forms.

The most common type is anterograde amnesia. People with this form have trouble learning and making new memories.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Chicken with Vegetables

Since I started this column I've included many recipes from my mother, lots of my own, and several from friends and readers.

I've also included many from my husband who enjoys getting adventurous in the kitchen. Sometime he comes up with great dishes that we will make over and over. Other times, he creates some real stinkers. (Last week's franks and beans with mushrooms, garlic and sweet-hot mustard and his deconstructed guacamole salad come to mind.)

A couple weeks ago, however, he came up with this chicken dish, and I'm more than willing to give credit where credit is due.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Q. Does wine have real health benefits?

There is evidence that wine has health benefits, but here's an important statement from the American Heart Association:

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Nachos Grande is a fun way to make any day Cinco de Mayo.

I don't have one drop of Mexican blood. No matter. I would eat Mexican food every day of the week if I had the choice. And not just the Americanized versions either. I've eaten in authentic Mexican restaurants I remember one particularly excellent one in Princeton, N.J. and have truly loved the food.

The dish I'm featuring this week is so easy, it's hardly a recipe. You pretty much just assemble it.