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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Q. Are nuts really good for your heart?

The Harvard Men's Health Watch reports that studies show healthy men, and those who have already suffered a heart attack, can reduce cardiovascular risk by eating nuts regularly.

Here are some facts about nuts:

Ÿ Fiber. All nuts contain fiber, which helps lower your cholesterol. Fiber also makes you feel full, so you eat less.

Ÿ Some nuts contain plant sterols, a substance that can help lower your cholesterol.

Ÿ Nuts contain mono- and polyunsaturated fats known to benefit the heart.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Loaded Rice Pilaf

Looking for an elegant side dish for your Christmas feast? How about a simple, but filling, meat-free weeknight dinner?

Loaded Rice Pilaf may be just what you're looking for.

For years this was my go-to company dish, served alongside my Chicken Marsala or Chicken Normandy, and is adapted from a recipe by Chef James Beard. It makes a great side dish for roast beef or Salisbury steak.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Q. What exactly does glaucoma do to your eyes?

Glaucoma is defined as a group of diseases that can damage the eye's optic nerve, which carries images from the eye to the brain. Here's how glaucoma works:

A clear fluid flows through a small space at the front of the eye called the "anterior chamber." If you have glaucoma, the fluid drains too slowly out of the eye and pressure builds up. This pressure may damage the optic nerve.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

As of today we are just three weeks away from Christmas, and if you are anything like me (and just about everyone else I know), you're pretty busy about now.

There's decorating to do, as well as shopping, gift wrapping, writing Christmas cards, grocery shopping, meal planning, cookie baking and maybe even a party or two.

I'm exhausted just writing that.

But wait; in addition to all that extra work, you still have a hungry family sitting around the table, waiting for dinner.

Not to worry. I've got you covered.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Q. How successful are heart transplants?

The survival rates for heart transplants have improved steadily since the first successful human heart transplants were done in the late 1960s.

Almost 9 out of 10 patients survive the first year following a heart transplant. After five years, the survival rate drops to about 7 in 10.

After 10 years, the rate drops again to about 5 in 10. After 20 years, about 1.5 in 10 are still ticking.

Approximately 2,300 heart transplants are now performed each year in more than 150 heart-transplant centers in the United States

Friday, November 29, 2013
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Your bird isn't even in the oven yet, but no matter, we're still going to talk about leftovers.

Almost everyone I know who makes Thanksgiving dinner makes much more than is needed for the number of people gathered around the table. Admit it or not, they're cooking for the leftovers.

In fact, I remember Dr. Corky Sweeney telling me years ago that although he would go out to dinner on Thanksgiving Day, he would always make a turkey with all the trimmings that morning. Why? For the leftovers, of course!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Q. It seems to me that arthritis is a catch-all term for all kinds of aches and pains. What exactly is arthritis?

Arthritis, which comes in more than 100 different forms, is inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout are the three most common forms of arthritis among seniors. Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent. None is contagious.

Osteoarthritis

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Family favorites for Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I'm sharing several recipes this week. One is my own, for Caramelized Sweet Potatoes, a simple recipe, but with a hint of maple syrup to just give it a little something extra.

The recipe for Hot Bacon Dressing and Mem's Pumpkin Pie are both from new TIMES NEWS editor Marta Gouger, and they are both delicious! Marta gave me the recipes last week and I made both of them.

And if you don't believe me, I brought the pumpkin pies to the office and we had rave reviews all the way around, from the crust to the filling.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Q. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was in the news a while ago for getting obesity surgery. What exactly did he have done and does it work?

Gov. Christie had Adjustable Gastric Band (AGB) surgery which limits food intake with a band around the top of the stomach.

The size of the restriction can be adjusted with a circular balloon inside the band. AGB works mainly by decreasing food intake. The snugger the band, the less hungry people feel.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Chicken Marsala

Here is a somewhat simple dish that's a longtime family favorite as well as a perfect dish for company.

I often make Chicken Marsala for birthdays and for years it was my go-to dinner party dish. It was also a dish my mother would make.

The only difference between hers and mine is that she detested butter, and I say "Butter? What's not to love?"

This recipe incorporates a combination of butter and oil, plus a little kiss of butter at the very end, that adds to the generous richness of the final flavors.

Try it! I think you'll like it.

Chicken Marsala