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Ask Dr. Sandy: Help for Seniors

A new study in the journal Health Affairs shows organizations making home deliveries to needful seniors saves millions each year, by helping keep those seniors out of nursing homes. In Atlanta, Meals...

January 8, 2014

Ask Dr. Sandy: Can Kids Use E-Cigs?

There’s a lot of buzz about e-cigs – electronic cigarettes. They look like cigarettes, but aren’t. Battery operated, they create a vapor. Not smoke. E-cigs are marketed as an alternative to...

November 21, 2013

Ask Dr. Sandy: Should I Take Probiotics?

We usually think of bacteria as being bad. The truth is, many bacteria are good, but antibiotics kill them all, which can lead to overgrowth of genuinely bad bacteria. A new study finds taking...

August 28, 2013

Ask Dr. Sandy: Are Infant Sleep Positioners Safe?

An infant sleep positioner may seem like a good idea. They're said to improve babies' sleep and prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). BEWARE! These devices are dangerous and the FDA says don...

August 7, 2013

Ask Dr. Sandy: Should Parents Encourage Kids To Clean Their Plates?

Clean your plate. Growing up, I heard that a lot from my mom. She wanted to make sure I ate a well balanced diet. And it worked then...But maybe not now. Portion sizes have gotten bigger....

July 24, 2013

Ask Dr. Sandy: Weight Loss Myths Debunked

From fad diets to unregulated potions promising quick and easy ways to lose weight, there is a lot of mis-information about obesity. A new study debunks some of these weight loss myths. Here's the...

July 12, 2013

Ask Dr. Sandy: How Much Exercise?

The CDC says all adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity each week plus muscle strengthening exercises at least 2 days per week. You decide what to do -- just do...

June 26, 2013

Ask Dr. Sandy: Legal Drug Abuse

Is it okay to take antibiotics, even if you don't have a bacterial infection? The frightening fact is antibiotic misuse is dangerous to your health. Taking antibiotics needlessly increases chances of...

June 5, 2013

Ask Dr. Sandy: No Smoking in the OR

Should you quit smoking before an operation? Any reason to stop smoking is a good one. Surgery is especially so. People who smoke are more likely to have problems after an operation. These increased...

May 30, 2013

Ask Dr. Sandy: Does A.M. Mean Awful Morning?

Pregnancy can be the best of times...or the worst -- if you have morning sickness. The majority of women (70-85%) suffer nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Well, expectant ladies, you are in luck...

May 22, 2013