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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

(This is the second installment of a three-part series on breast cancer.)

The most common breast cancer symptom is a lump. Other symptoms include swelling, skin irritation, nipple pain or retraction and an unusual discharge.

Early diagnosis saves lives. The combination of a mammogram, a clinical breast exam and self-exams is recommended by healthcare experts to reduce breast-cancer deaths.

A mammogram is a breast x-ray. If mammography finds an abnormality, confirmation by biopsy is required. In a biopsy, a tissue sample is taken for analysis.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Peach-Glazed Pork Roast combines the tanginess of roasted garlic with the sweetness of maple syrup and peach jam.

Generally, I can take pork or I can leave it. But when it's well made, which usually means well-seasoned and roasted with tons of garlic, I'm more amenable to eating it.

And that's exactly the case with this recipe. I got slammed with some horrible late-winter cough and chest cold recently, and ended up spending a couple days in bed.

My husband, bless his heart, came to the rescue, knowing I would need a recipe for this column. To give credit where credit is due, this is one of his creations.

Not only does he get a thumbs-up, I'm nominating him for Husband of the Year.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

(This is the first installment in a three-part series on breast cancer)

Breast cancer is second behind lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer death in women. The chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time in a woman's life is about 1 in 8.

The female breast is composed primarily of milk-producing glands (lobules), ducts that connect the glands to the nipple, and soft tissue. Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that has grown from breast cells.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bursitis occurs more often as we get older.

Repetitive motions are the worst things for people who tend to get bursitis. Other causes include joint trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and infection.

Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa, which is a small sac filled with fluid. We each have about 160 of these bursae, which act as shock absorbers and grease for our joints. They are buffers between bones and overlapping muscles or between bones and tendons/skin. When bursae become inflamed, they can ache.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Q. Who are the people most liable to be bitten by a dog?

More than 60 percent of the people who are bitten by dogs are children. The elderly are second. And people such as mail carriers and meter readers are third.

Children often don't know how to act around dogs and frighten them into aggressive behavior. Older people are more prone to being bitten by an aggressive dog because they tend to be slower and weaker than younger adults. Mail carriers walk onto property the dogs consider their domain to defend.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Asparagus Frittata with Ham and Cheese

With spring just around the corner, I wanted to focus on a recipe that featured that cruciferous harbinger of the season: asparagus.

One of my favorite ways to feature seasonal vegetables is in a frittata. Added bonus? It's a one-dish meal.

I found a basic recipe, and as usual, decided to mix it up. It called for a cheese I don't like and a few herbs I also didn't care for. I decided to add some ham for added protein, and Swiss cheese, just because.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Q. I usually get a bit lightheaded when I stand, but this feeling is much worse when I get up from the dinner table. I don't drink. Any ideas?

There's a possibility you have "postprandial hypotension," or, in layman's language, low blood pressure after a meal. This is a senior malady; few younger people experience this. Other possible symptoms include dizziness, blurred vision, nausea and fainting. I recommend going to a doctor to have your symptoms checked.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Q. I get a lot of gas and someone told me it would help if I stopped chewing gum all the time (ex-smoker).

That sounds like bunk to me. What do you think?

It's not bunk. When you chew gum, you swallow more often and some of what you're swallowing is air.

In addition, artificial sweeteners such as sorbitol that is found in some gums can give you gas.

But, what exactly, is gas?

Most people produce between a pint and a half-gallon of gas each day. Oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen from swallowed air make up a large part of gas or "flatus."

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Q. Are older people more anxious than younger people?

Because the stresses of health problems, losses and and other major life changes build up as we get older, we tend to become anxious. Some surveys suggest that one in five older adults suffer anxiety symptoms that require treatment.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Q. I'm tired most days and I never feel rested. Could I have sleep apnea?

I urge you to get to a doctor for a diagnosis because sleep apnea can be a serious disorder. High blood pressure is common in sleep apnea. Sudden drops in blood oxygen levels that occur during sleep stoppages increase blood pressure and strain the cardiovascular system, raising the risk of heart failure and stroke.

About 18 million Americans have sleep apnea. It's much more common in older adults and men. Apnea is Greek for "without breath."