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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

Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Tips to Stave Off Frostbite and Hypothermia

Jack Frost may nip your nose but sometimes he takes a bite. The result is frostbite which can range in severity from superficial freezing of the top layer of your skin (“frostnip”) to severe and...

January 6, 2014

Laser Toy Dangers

Lasers are cutting edge. They’re used in all kinds of products -- from music players and printers, to surgical tools. But use of lasers in toys has the FDA worried and, as a parent and a physician, I...

December 20, 2013

Ask Dr. Sandy: Do Wedge Inserts Help Ease Knee Pain

If your knees don’t hurt yet, good. But chances are they will. Arthritic knee pain hits nearly half of us by 85. Can orthotics -- wedge-shaped insoles -- help? They change your knees weight bearing...

December 5, 2013

Dr. Sandy Says: Early Detection Saves Lives

There’s new hope for diagnosing lung cancer early and saving lives. The US Preventive Services Task recommends low dose CT scans -- computed tomography -- to detect cancer early and increase lung...

December 2, 2013

Ask Dr. Sandy: Do Flu Shots Have Additional Benefits?

Flu season is here. If that isn't reason enough to get a flu shot, maybe this will persuade you: A new study in the journal Heart found flu vaccination may help prevent heart attacks. Researchers...

November 27, 2013

Stopping Smoking: The Importance of Youth Counseling

Kids and tobacco – any kind of tobacco -- is a deadly combination. In far too many cases, it’s also illegal: every day in the U.S., nearly 4000 kids under 18 smoke their first cigarette -- even...

November 22, 2013

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: Fruits and Diabetes

Fruits taste good. And do you good. A study in the British Medical Journal finds eating more of some of them could lower risk of type 2 diabetes. But be careful. Some fruits can actually raise risk...

November 14, 2013

Dr. Sandy Says: HPV Vaccination is Vital

We can prevent nearly 30,000 cancers each year. The target is HPV – the Human Papilloma Virus. Transmitted sexually, it causes cancer, in men and women. 79 million Americans are infected, and 14...

November 11, 2013

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