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On that November Sunday in 2015, Stephanie Thomas Nichols was 40 miles into her drive home to Townsend, Del., from her vacation cabin in Western Maryland when she felt an odd sensation in her upper body."No pain, just pressure, heaviness,'' recalls … more
Q: My friends and I are all getting older, and I've noticed that some of them are on statins to lower their cholesterol. My doctor chose a fibrate for me, Lopid (gemfibrozil). What's the difference between statins and fibrates, and what's special … more
Even the words themselves — heart failure — sound frightening and hopeless, as if the end is near and nothing can be done. But nothing could be further from the truth. Millions of Americans are learning that heart failure, while it's a … more
By Dr. Maurice Geurts, Grace Cottage Family HealthFebruary is the month of Valentine's Day, when we focus on emotions of the heart. February is also American Heart Month, a time when we are encouraged to consider the mechanics of this important … more
`Forks Over Knives' Movie at Grace CottageTOWNSHEND - It's no secret that diabetes is now occurring in epic numbers. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that over 9 percent of Americans are affected. Other chronic diseases are also … more
BELLOWS FALLS — Representatives from Windham County's community coalitions traveled to Washington, D.C. in early February to collaborate with 3,000 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates from throughout the country for the … more
"I'm 78 and have been given a terminal diagnosis. I also had a pacemaker implanted years ago to keep me alive —do I have the right to have it removed now?""I'm 16 and have a drug addiction. I developed a skin abscess from needle use and have … more
Ah, processed foods. The term has become a sweeping generalization for anything that comes in a bag or a box. Even my nutrition advice usually includes the general statement "eat less processed food and choose fresh food instead." But that sentence … more
Luck may play a role in determining who ends up taking prescription opioids long-term, according to a study released Wednesday that found a link between the prescribing habits of hospital emergency room doctors and extended use of narcotic … more
Q: Do hospitalized patients really get better care from female doctors compared to men, as a new study — and now many headlines — claim? A: My initial reaction when I saw this study was one of denial. As a man, I viewed the study — … more
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