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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Q. Is napping in the afternoon a good idea?

No doubts about this one. Napping is a very good idea.

In a study published in The Archives of Internal Medicine researchers found that people who napped regularly had a 37 percent lower coronary death rate than those who never napped. The study was done on more than 23,000 Greek men and women ages 20 to 86.

The curiosity of the study's authors was piqued by low rates of heart disease in European and Latin American countries where siestas are an integral part of their lifestyles.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Butternut Squash Soup

Remember Pavlov's dog? The dog hears a bell and starts to drool, thinking food will soon appear.

I'm just like that dog in that I feel a nip in the air, and I start to let's just say my mouth waters thinking of soup.

Today's recipe is adapted from one I received from my colleague Chris Parker, who is not only an excellent reporter, she's an excellent cook.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Q. I'm 78 and I'm forgetting things more often now. Should I be worried?

For starters, worrying is a waste of time. If you think your forgetfulness is the sign of the onset of Alzheimer's, get to a doctor for a check-up.

The scary truth is that Alzheimer's begins with difficulty remembering the familiar people, things, events. Or, you start having trouble doing simple arithmetic in your head. These annoyances are common to seniors with healthy brains, so most of us don't get too worked up over them.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Sautéed Mushrooms served over grilled London broil.

I can't take one ounce of credit for this recipe; it is all my husband's. What I can do, is attest to how delicious it is.

While I don't remember all the details of how he came up with this recipe or why, I do recall that he used Tawny Port wine when he created it. We had two bottles, which my uncle had given us over the past two Christmases.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Q. Are there vaccinations for older people? Which ones should I get?

To get the appropriate vaccinations for you, discuss the subject with your physician.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers these general recommendations for seniors:

Ÿ Influenza vaccine to protect against seasonal flu.

Ÿ Tdap vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. Tetanus, sometimes called lockjaw, affects the nervous system. Diphtheria is a respiratory disease. Pertussis is commonly known as whooping cough.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
@$:KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Homemade Apple Sauce

When life gives you apples way too many apples what can you do? You make applesauce of course!

In last week's Comfort & Joy column I shared that I had gotten carried away with all the wonderful apples available after a recent stop at a local orchard. In the past few weeks, I've made several apple pies, apple crisp, cheddar and apple soup, sauteéd apples, you name it. The other day we even stuffed a whole chicken with two heads of garlic, a couple sliced onions and a handful of quartered apples; it was delicious.

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