Spring Cleaning Fever

Spices webSpring can represent a new day; some say it is dawn in the wheel of the year. For me, I always have a feeling of restlessness and excitement, an urgency to get outside. I look around and see what I want to accomplish to prepare my home for spring. Please note I used the word “want,” not “need.”

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Not Your Father’s Colonoscopy: Latest Methods Ease Procedure, Prep

Grandpa on beachCMYKIf it’s time for another colonoscopy, and it’s been more than five years since your last one, you might be in for a pleasant surprise, said Sarina Kapoor, MD, of St. Luke’s Gastroenterology. Advances in preparation products and the procedure have improved effectiveness and patient comfort. The rates of colorectal cancer have been falling for people 50 and older over the past 20 years, primarily because of efforts to encourage screening tests, especially colonoscopy.

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Tips To Avoid Trips to the ER During the Holidays

Colombo Adam webFew things can ruin your holiday festivities faster than an unexpected trip to the emergency room. While accidents will happen, St. Luke’s emergency medicine physician Adam Colombo, DO, says you can reduce your risk by knowing some of the more common holiday mishaps and how to avoid them.

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My Journey Into, and My Rescue From, Type 2 Diabetes

stomach sweets candy webAbout 30 years ago, after a routine blood test, my doctor told me I was pre-diabetic. I was not sure what she meant, so she explained that my blood sugar level was hovering around the lower end of the mark that is considered Type 2 Diabetes. At the time, I did not worry much because, of course, I felt I was invincible. Well, I was not invincible. Not long after the initial diagnosis, I was officially a Type 2 diabetic.

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Heartburn or Heart Attack? Learn the Difference

Modi Ronak webOne of the best things about the holidays is gathering with your family for a huge feast. Grandma’s turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes bathed in gravy, your favorite aunt’s pumpkin pie — not to mention weeks of holiday cookies. And while that all feels great going into your mouth, it may send you on a trip to the emergency room (ER). 

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Tips for Harmonious Holiday Gatherings

McFarland Maureen webIn his 1943 painting, Freedom from Want, Norman Rockwell captured what many people can only hope for their holiday gatherings. The painting shows whom we presume are Grandma and Grandpa, presenting a beautifully-roasted turkey. Gathered happily around the table are three generations of family members smiling at one another.

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