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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Q. Is it true that licorice can interfere with some medications?

Some forms of licorice may increase the risk for digoxin toxicity.

Digoxin is used to treat heart failure and arrhythmias. Licorice may also reduce the effects of blood pressure medications or diuretic drugs (water pills).

These are just a few of many drug-related interactions that can occur in your body.

Drug interactions fall into three categories. There are drug reactions with foods and drink, dietary supplements and with other drugs.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Oven-Roasted Vegetables are super easy and super tasty.

We love vegetables, so figuring out ways to serve them so that my kids would eat them was never an issue.

Boiled, baked, fried, sautéed it didn't matter.

Which makes me wonder how it is, that up until a couple years ago, I had never had them roasted.

I don't know exactly why roasting vegetables makes them taste even better, but it does. They are sweeter and the flavors are just more intense. All you really need is a splash of olive oil, salt and pepper, and you have a terrific side dish.

This is perfect for feeding a crowd because it goes a long way.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Q. In soap operas, the writers love to include characters with amnesia who don't remember their identities.

Is it common for someone to actually forget who they are?

It's extremely rare. People with amnesia usually are aware of their identities. A person's identity is among the most durable long-term memories.

Amnesia, which means loss of memory, comes in several forms.

The most common type is anterograde amnesia. People with this form have trouble learning and making new memories.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Chicken with Vegetables

Since I started this column I've included many recipes from my mother, lots of my own, and several from friends and readers.

I've also included many from my husband who enjoys getting adventurous in the kitchen. Sometime he comes up with great dishes that we will make over and over. Other times, he creates some real stinkers. (Last week's franks and beans with mushrooms, garlic and sweet-hot mustard and his deconstructed guacamole salad come to mind.)

A couple weeks ago, however, he came up with this chicken dish, and I'm more than willing to give credit where credit is due.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Q. Does wine have real health benefits?

There is evidence that wine has health benefits, but here's an important statement from the American Heart Association:

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Nachos Grande is a fun way to make any day Cinco de Mayo.

I don't have one drop of Mexican blood. No matter. I would eat Mexican food every day of the week if I had the choice. And not just the Americanized versions either. I've eaten in authentic Mexican restaurants I remember one particularly excellent one in Princeton, N.J. and have truly loved the food.

The dish I'm featuring this week is so easy, it's hardly a recipe. You pretty much just assemble it.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Q. Do older people get dandruff more often?

No. Dandruff affects people of all ages across all ethnic groups. Dandruff often occurs after puberty and is most common in people in their early 20s. It continues into middle age. However, it does also affect many seniors.

Dandruff is a common, non-contagious skin condition that causes flakes of dead skin to appear in the hair. It is estimated that half of all people will be affected by dandruff at some point in their lives.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The U.S. Administration on Aging found that more than a half-million people over the age of 60 are abused or neglected each year.

About 90 percent of abusers are related to the victims. People older than 80 years suffer abuse and neglect two to three times their proportion of the senior population.

Almost four times as many new incidents of abuse, neglect and/or self-neglect were not reported as those that were reported and substantiated by public authorities.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
@$:KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS  Margherita Pizza ready to go into the oven.

With Good Friday this week, I thought this was the perfect time to unveil my mother's secret weapon.

If she wanted to see any of us, she usually just had to say one word, and we'd all come running.

Pizza.

She didn't order from the local pizzeria, or pick up some premade crust and a jar of sauce.

Everything was made from scratch and it was, in my humble but biased opinion, the best.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Q. What is the definition of constipation?

The clinical definition of constipation is any two of the following symptoms for at least 12 weeks (not necessarily consecutive) in the previous year:

Ÿ Straining during bowel movements

Ÿ Lumpy or hard stool

Ÿ Sensation of obstruction or incomplete evacuation

Ÿ Fewer than three bowel movements per week.

Those reporting constipation most often are women and adults age 65 and over.

Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints in the United States.