Monthly Archives: March 2014

A Balanced Vegetarian Diet Is Good for All

A balanced vegetarian diet is healthy and nutritionally adequate at any stage of life, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence and for athletes, according to the American Dietetic Association. The same is true for a vegan diet. The association added that by reducing saturated fat and cholesterol and increasing fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, soy… Read more »

Teen Girls’ Fitness: More Crucial than Fat Concerns

Promoting teen girls’ fitness can hinder cardiovascular disease in the future, according to a new report in the medical journal Obesity Review. Fitness is the ability to perform physical activities that require aerobic capacity, endurance, strength and/or flexibility. It is a significant marker for future health. Genetics plays a role, but exercise is the primary… Read more »

Knee Surgery in Kids May Cause Arthritis Later

Young patients who undergo knee surgery may experience early arthritis in the knee, according to a study presented at a recent meeting of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine in New Orleans. The study followed 32 children who underwent ACL reconstruction (knee surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament) between age 12 and 16…. Read more »

Reduce Cancer Risk with a Healthy Diet

You can reduce cancer risk–including colorectal cancer, breast cancer and others–with a diet that is high in vegetables, fruit and whole grains and low in red and processed meats. Regularly eating food with good-for-you nutrients also reduces other health threats, like cardiovascular disease. Obesity is also a risk factor for many forms of cancer (breast;… Read more »

Selfies: More than Just a Picture?

“Selfie:” the common act of taking a picture of yourself with a smart phone, has climbed its way to the forefront of pop culture, even if it’s not an entirely new phenomenon. Warhol and Van Gogh were right there with self portraits, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell released a selfie this past week… Read more »

Colonoscopy Dramatically Decreases
Colon Cancer Rates

Colorectal cancer incidence rates dropped 30 percent in 10 years among adults 50 and up, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). US patients older than 65 saw the largest decrease. ACS credits the trends primarily to widespread colonoscopy screening. The practice has almost tripled among adults ages 50 to 75, from 19 percent in… posted in: Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer tags:


A Fresh, Innovative Vegan Recipe

For Meatless Monday, why not break from the usual routine with “Earth Strong” Tempeh over Eggplant with Carrot Puree and Jicama Slaw with Blackberry Coulis? It is a vegan recipe, which means it uses no animal products of any kind–not even honey. A creation by Forest Hill Hospital’s Chef Gary DeFreitas and Chef Dale Lyons… Read more »

Living with Acquired Brain Injury

A full-day program, Living with Acquired Brain Injury: The Critical Roles of Family and the Interdisciplinary Team, will bring together patients, their loved ones, their caregivers and their clinicians. Together, they will explore the interdisciplinary, integrative treatment of acquired brain injury. Acquired brain injury (ABI) refers physical issues that can cause neuro-cognitive, physical and psychosocial… Read more »

The Resilience of the Human Brain

The resilience of the human brain comes to the forefront as we celebrate Brain Awareness Week. Survivors are making headlines by showing just how amazing the brain is: For instance, former US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Formula 1 race car driver Michael Schumacher survived traumatic brain injuries, and actress Sharon Stone suffered a severe brain… Read more »

Re-Resolution: Easy-Does-It Exercise

With the best intentions, people jump into a vigorous training program—especially on January 1—only to lose interest quickly. This is usually because the exercise is too much like work or we do too much, too soon. New Year’s resolutions like that are hard to keep! Try a more realistic re-resolution to make exercise part of… Read more »