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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Q. What is the value of taking hormones for menopause?

To help control menopause symptoms, there is Hormone Therapy (HT) or Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).

The most comprehensive evidence about taking hormones after menopause comes from the Women's Health Initiative Hormone Program sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Cancer Institute.

The WHI Hormone Program involved two studies the use of estrogen plus progestin (a synthetic progesterone), and the use of estrogen alone.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Sweet & Sour Chicken with Vegetables

This week's recipe comes from my husband, Jim, although I'm not going to give him all the credit.

While he created it, I inspired it.

I had a hankering for sweet and sour chicken the other night, but being in the middle of a long-term project, no time to make it.

Not only that, we didn't have most of the ingredients in the house that I like to include when I make it, such as sweet pickles and pineapple chunks.

Plus, he wasn't in the mood for dredging the chicken in the cornstarch batter and deep frying it. (A very messy, long process, but also very good.)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Q. I've been very hungry recently. Someone told me that this is a symptom for diabetes. Is that true?

An intense hunger is one diabetes symptom. Here are others: frequent urination, strong thirst, fatigue, unintended weight loss, slow-healing sores, dry and itchy skin, numbness or tingling in your feet, and blurred vision. However, some people with diabetes do not have symptoms.

Diabetes mellitus is a group of diseases characterized by high levels of blood sugar. Diabetes can create serious health problems, but diabetics can control the disease.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

No matter who ends up running up and down the field, holding the Vince Lombardi trophy Sunday evening, you can be the real big winner.

You may not get a trip to Disneyworld out of the deal, but you are sure to garner the love and adoration of all those gathered around your heavily-laden buffet table and your big screen TV.

OK. Maybe not love and adoration, but your pals will go home satisfied with smiles on their faces; unless of course, their team loses.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Q. What bacteria causes athlete's foot?

Athlete's foot is not caused by bacteria. It is caused by tinea, a fungus that also can give you jock itch and ringworm. You can catch it from another person, from animals or wet surfaces such as the floors of public showers.

Athlete's foot symptoms include dry skin, itching, burning, scaling, inflammation, and blisters. If blisters break, tissue becomes exposed and this can be painful.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Corn Fritters

Talk about comfort food! This is a longtime favorite from my mother.

It was also one of the side dishes she was often asked to include when she catered parties or events.

Corn Fritters are easy to make and pretty quick as well. Just keep your eye on them as they cook, so that they don't burn.

We really enjoy them as a side dish with pot roast if we're not having mashed potatoes. The truth is, they're good with just about anything. I would even eat them on their own and would be very content.

Corn

Fritters

One-half cup flour

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Q. Are all blood thinners the same?

Blood thinners reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by reducing the formation of blood clots in your arteries and veins.

There are two main categories of blood thinners: antiplatelets and anticoagulants.

Antiplatelets prevent blood cells called platelets from forming a clot. Anticoagulants affect your body chemistry and lengthen the time it takes to form a blood clot.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Jim's Chili

Last week we asked our readers what their favorite comfort food was on cold winter nights.

While macaroni and cheese was the number one vote-getter, chili was a close second. And why not? It's one of those dishes that warms you both inside and out.

Recipes for chili comes in many different varieties.

Put a dozen cooks in a kitchen and ask them all to make chili, and I guarantee you will have 12 very different recipes.

It's no different in my house, where there are only two cooks me and my husband, Jim.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Q. I'm a 73-year-old woman. How much calcium do I need?

Women who are older than 50 should be consuming 1,200 milligrams of calcium a day. Older women need plenty of calcium to prevent osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. Osteoporosis leads to an increase risk of bone fractures typically in the wrist, hip, and spine. One in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Italian Wedding Soup is a great combination of flavors and good for whatever ails you.

There's no denying it, when it's cold, most of us want soup. Wrap your hands around a hot mug of soup and it will warm you inside and out.

And if you're feeling poorly there's some truth to that old adage that chicken soup is "Jewish penicillin." Scientists have discovered that there are health benefits, which include clearing of congested nasal passages by inhaling the steam from a hot bowl of soup. And even those who don't believe that, have agreed, that the love that comes along with the offer of homemade soup is also good for what ails you.