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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Q. Whenever I drink a little too much wine, I find that I wake up at night and my heart seems to race for a while. Can wine do that?

The short answer is yes. But, first, it sounds like you haven't told a doctor about this. And you should immediately. What you're describing could be atrial fibrillation. The risk of atrial fibrillation increases with age, particularly after age 60.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Country superstar's new  book an entertaining dream

Things get hectic this time of year. Not only are we looking for gifts, we're also looking for fun, easy ways to entertain.

Because we're so busy, we also want to make simple weeknight meals because other than those marathon cooking days, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, we just don't have time to spend in the kitchen.

I think Martina McBride might have the answer to your problems.

The country singer superstar recently published a beautiful cookbook and entertainment guide that offers an array of recipes for special gatherings and family-friendly options.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Q. Is it my imagination, but am I getting fewer fevers than I did when I was younger?

The immune system doesn't function as efficiently in older adults as it does in younger people.

The body's fever response to infection is not always automatic in elderly people. More than 20 percent of adults over age 65 who have serious bacterial infections do not have fevers.

This brings us to germs, which are defined as microbes that cause disease. Infectious diseases caused by microbes are the leading cause of death.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Q. What exactly is congestive heart failure?

If you have congestive heart failure your heart can't pump enough blood. This condition develops over time. It is the number one reason people over age 65 go into the hospital.

Heart failure is most common in older people, and is more common in African-Americans. Men have a higher rate of heart failure than women. But, because women usually live longer, the condition affects more women in their 70s and 80s.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Deliciously Decadent Macaroni and Cheese

I've never been one to believe that comfort food has to be rich and fattening to be satisfying. Usually, for me at least, it's all about the memories that food evokes.

I get just as excited about a salad of curly endive dressed with red wine vinegar and lots of garlic as I do about a homemade cavatelli covered in a thick marinara.

But there are days when I want something that will make me feel good, at least when I'm eating it, even though I know the guilt will come soon enough.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Q. I heard that marijuana helps glaucoma. I'd like to try it, but won't I get in trouble?

Marijuana can help your glaucoma and it could get you in trouble because there are legal restrictions upon its use.

If you are interested in trying medical marijuana for your glaucoma, discuss this treatment with your doctor. (I could write an entire column on the marijuana laws, but I'll stick to the health issues.)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Q. Does caffeine bother you more the older you get?

Sensitivity to caffeine the pick-me-up in coffee tends to increase as you get older. Children metabolize caffeine quicker than adults.

About 90 percent of Americans consume caffeine daily. More than half of all American adults consume more than 300 milligrams of caffeine every day, making it America's most popular drug.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Chicken with Pineapple and Vegetables

This recipe is a creation from my husband, with whom I'm happy to share kitchen duties.

Jim enjoys being creative, and here's a simple recipe he came up with earlier this week.

My favorite part is the sweetness from the pineapple.

Serve it on a bed of rice, and it's practically a one-dish meal.

Chicken with Pineapple

and Vegetables

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 cup flour

Half teaspoon salt

Quarter teaspoon black pepper

Quarter teaspoon garlic powder

1 medium sweet onion, chopped

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Q. Does fiber in your diet reduce cholesterol?

There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is acted upon by the normal bacteria in your intestines. Insoluble fiber is not digested by the body and promotes regularity and softens stools. Wheat bran, whole grain products and vegetables are good sources of insoluble fiber.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Leftover Hash

It's been a busy week and I did a lot of cooking, but all of it was for recipes I've already shared here, like my homemade meatballs and spaghetti sauce. We also had our annual cookbook judging, so time was pretty short and so was my imagination, not to mention my energy level.