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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

(Our last column was about dry eyes. Today, we go over some treatments for the condition.)

Tears are necessary for overall eye health and clear vision. Dry eyes are common in people older than 50. A lack of tears is more common among women, especially after menopause.

The treatment for dry eyes depends upon the cause.

First, physicians have to determine if a disease is the underlying cause. Then the disease is treated.

If a medicine you're taking for another condition is causing dry eye, your doctor may recommend switching to a different drug.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
@$:KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Fried Zucchini with Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce

A few weeks ago I got a little carried away buying zucchini at my favorite farm stand.

After making the usual dishes, I still had some left, so I tried to come up with something different. I recalled having a fried zucchini appetizer at a restaurant once, and really enjoying it.

I played around with a couple different methods until I had something that was crunchy on the outside and soft, but not mushy, on the inside.

Panko breadcrumbs, and a method of "double breading," helped create the perfect combination.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Q. My eyes are dry a lot. Is this something common when you get older?

If your eyes seem to have become drier than normal, you should visit an eye doctor for a checkup. It's always better to have a professional examine you when you experience a troublesome bodily change.

Dry eyes are common in people older than 50 because our production of tears diminishes as we age. A lack of tears is more common among women, especially after menopause.

The tear film in your eyes has three basic layers: oil, water and mucus. Problems with any of these can cause dry eyes.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Liz's Red Sox Salad

Earlier this month I enjoyed a visit from a dear friend and her son from Maine. Liz, in addition to being a mom, wife, teacher, doctoral candidate and Red Sox fan, is a terrific cook. During her visit, she offered to whip up a salad one night, and it was amazing.

The recipe is essentially hers, but to give credit where credit is due, she admits to adapting it from a dish she tried at Jerry Remy's Sports Bar & Grill, which is located in Boston, right behind Fenway Park. She tried it earlier this year when she and her husband took their son to his first game at Fenway.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Q. When seniors gather, it doesn't seem to take long before we get to our aches and pains. You must get more than your share of that.

My friend, Pete, has instituted a colonoscopy rule. He insists that, if a bunch of us geezers are talking about aches, maladies and visits to the doctors, everyone has to change the subject as soon as someone uses the word colonoscopy. Usually we switch to grandchildren, which is a lot more fun.

But, while we are on the subject of colons ...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS

I've been singing the praises of local farm stands and farmer's markets lately, and this week is no different.

I stopped at a farm stand for corn on my way home from an appointment on a recent Friday evening, and the bins of fresh string beans, tomatoes and eggplants were calling my name.

You already know what I did with the green beans and the tomatoes, but what about those eggplants?

I've tried ratatouille. The word that rhymes with that phooey! sums up my opinion on that dish.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Q. I have had some nasty allergies all of my 72 years. Usually, my head gets clogged up. Recently, my ears became involved and I experienced vertigo for the first time. Is this common?

We have to define terms first. Vertigo is the feeling that either you or your surroundings are spinning. It is more than being just lightheaded or dizzy, because you are subjected to the illusion of movement.

If you feel your body is moving, you have subjective vertigo. When you sense that your surroundings are moving, you have objective vertigo.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Tomato Salad is best when made with fresh ingredients, including local tomatoes. It's the taste of summer in a dish.

Here's another dish that can really only be enjoyed during the summer, and only with fresh tomatoes.

It's so good, however, it's worth waiting for.

Growing up in New Jersey, we always had fresh tomatoes from the garden. And when my son was small, we would have them all over the yard as well.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Q. Is there anything I can do about all these wrinkles?

The common causes of wrinkles include genetic influences, normal aging, sun exposure and smoking.

People who smoke tend to have more wrinkles than nonsmokers of the same age, complexion, and history of sun exposure. Cigarette smoking causes biochemical changes in our bodies that accelerate aging.

Here's some advice from the American Academy of Dermatology about reducing the signs of aging:

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Slice zucchini and onion thinly, then sauté in 2 tablespoons of oil.

By now, I bet anyone with a garden has zucchini coming out of their ears or at least close to it.

There are lots of recipes for that bumper crop, but this one is my absolute favorite. It's a dish my mother used to make, and I have made for years.

Sautéing caramelizes the zucchini and the onion, giving it a certain sweetness, which is enhanced by a pinch of salt and a little bit of heat from the pepper. This dish is a pleasing combo for all your taste buds.

It can be served as both a side dish or a main dish.