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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Q. If a very sick patient in a hospital is put on palliative care, does that mean they aren't going to make it?

No. Recent evidence indicates that palliative care alongside standard care extends lives.

Palliative care is not the same as hospice care. Palliative care is designed to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Hospice is for the end of life.

In fact, hospice requires that a patient be certified as being six months from death, and it requires stopping most curative treatments.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Apple Crisp with a Twist

A couple weeks ago I paid a visit to a farm stand that boasts a large apple orchard.

My youngest daughter wanted to try her hand at making an apple jelly and wanted my input on the type of apples she should buy; plus, I was planning a trip to Maine and I wanted to take a couple of apple pies along with me.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Q. I understand that getting a hernia fixed today is a lot easier than it used to be. Is that true?

You get a hernia when a section of an internal organ bulges through weak abdominal muscle tissue. The protruding organ is usually the intestines. About 80 percent of hernias are located in the groin. The overwhelming majority of groin-hernia victims are men.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Cream of Broccoli Soup

As soon as there is a bit of a nip in the air, I start thinking about soup. Whether for lunch, dinner, or just a snack to ward off a couple of hunger pangs or an early autumn chill, soup is the answer. It's even better when it's easy to prepare.

This recipe is adapted from one given to me by a friend many years ago. It's thick and rich and very flavorful, thanks to a pinch of nutmeg and cayenne, but it's also just as good, and better for you, if you substitute the high fat ingredients.

Either way, this soup is a winner.

Cream of Broccoli Soup

Serves six

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Q. My skin has all kinds of small thingies on it like my father used to have. My doctor checks them out and says they are all harmless. But, what exactly are they?

As we age, most of us start sprouting an array of unwanted growths. Let's go over the common ones:

Liver spots: The official name for liver or age spots is "lentigines" from the Latin for "lentil." These are flat, brown with rounded edges and are larger than freckles. They are not dangerous.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Homemade brownies topped with JoLynn's Milky Way Bar Icing

So, if you followed some of my tips in last week's column and made the Spinach Quiche the low-fat way, you saved yourself a few calories, which is good, because this week, you're going to need the cushion.

Milky Way Bar Icing is sweet and decadent, it's more than likely you will only be able to eat one small brownie; two, and your teeth may begin to hurt, but it's worth it.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Q. My six-year-old grandson insists that I smell like an old person. Do you have any idea what he's talking about?

There was a study that suggests people can tell if you are old by how you smell. The study was done at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia.

Researchers asked volunteers between the ages of 20 and 95 to sleep in T-shirts with nursing pads sewn into the armpits.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Spinach Quiche

It's finally cool enough that I don't mind turning on the oven for awhile. Last weekend I was in need of a quick supper so I whipped up a spinach quiche. This recipe is perfect for a company lunch or, with a side of soup or salad, it's just fine for dinner.

The nice thing about this recipe is that it is very versatile. While I used spinach, you could just as easily use fresh or frozen broccoli. If you use broccoli, parboil it for a few minutes. You could also use fresh zucchini. In that case, I suggest you sauté the zucchini when you cook the onions.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Q. Is it true that sleepwalkers can't be hurt when they walk in their sleep?

This is a common misconception. Sleepwalkers (aka somnambulists) are often injured when they trip and fall in their sleep.

Another myth is that you should not wake up a sleepwalker. It is not dangerous to awaken a sleepwalker. In fact, it can be quite dangerous not to wake a sleepwalker. The only problem with rousing a sleepwalker is that the person will be disoriented for a while.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Aunt Gerry's Italian Fried Chicken and a side of Noodles and Fruit.

Many years ago, while living and working in northern New Jersey, more than an hour away from my parents, I was lucky enough to be "adopted" by my Aunt Gerry, who at the time was married to my mother's brother, and their children.

My husband was a full-time student who also worked a full-time job. I would have been alone a lot if it weren't for my Aunt Gerry, who lived just a few miles away, in Teaneck.

I spent so much time there, my uncle may have begun to think he had six kids instead of five. I ate dinner there two to three times a week at least.