Category Archives: diet/nutrition

Vegetable garden replaces smoking room

BY SUSAN KEETER Ronald Jackson remember when people congregated in the smoking room at Toomey Abbott Towers, a public-housing high-rise in Syracuse. That ended in 2015, when the Syracuse Housing Authority enacted a smoke-free policy for its nine building complexes. … Continue reading

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Recipe: Broccoli, Garlic and Lemon Penne

Ingredients 1/2 pound penne pasta 5 cups broccoli florets or 1 12-ounce bag frozen broccoli florets 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 10 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth Grated zest of 1 lemon Salt and freshly ground … Continue reading

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No bread, no dairy, no meat: Living with PKU means eating lots of vegetables, fruits

BY SUSAN KEETER Ezekiel Sanford was 2 days old when his Binghamton pediatrician told his parents: “You have to take him to Upstate.” A routine blood test showed that Ezekiel had a rare inherited disorder called phenylketonuria, or PKU, which … Continue reading

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Resident physician sees increasing awareness of a common mental disorder

BY JIM HOWE Upstate graduate Nicole Cifra, MD, trained with a mentor who told her of his early years as a doctor, some 35 years prior. When he heard a patient had anorexia, he had no idea what that was … Continue reading

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Setting an example: Pediatric gastroenterologist/amateur cook eats lots of vegetables, grains

  BY AMBER SMITH As a child growing up in Kashmir, India, Prateek Wali ate mostly locally grown vegetables and farm-raised animals. In the snowy winters, his family dined on kidney beans, turnips, hearty grains and other foods that stored … Continue reading

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Recipe: Apple and Pear Salad With Almonds and Blue Cheese

Here’s a light and tasty way to enjoy fruits that are available in Central New York during the winter months. Ingredients 1 Anjou pear, cored and sliced 1 Fuji apple, sliced 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 ounce red onion, … Continue reading

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Books to nurture the spirit

How to define and achieve wellness Kaushal Nanavati, MD, explains how nutrition, physical exercise, stress management and spiritual wellness “are the roots of health, peace and contentment” in “Core 4 of Wellness,” a book he published in May. “You must … Continue reading

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Where cancer patients can find advice for eating right

Upstate registered dietitian nutritionist Maria Erdman recommends these resources for help eating well during and after cancer treatment. She also sees patients who are referred by physicians. Reach her at 315-464-3607. — The National Cancer Institute makes the booklet “Eating Hints: … Continue reading

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Coping with mouth sores from cancer treatment

  BY AMBER SMITH What they are: Mouth sores that develop during chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment are called “oral mucositis.” They look like burns. Often they appear on the inside lining of the mouth or lips. You may notice them … Continue reading

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Assessing that ‘ounce of prevention’

“The way you live your life affects your chances of getting cancer,” Upstate graduate Peter Greenwald, MD, emphasized at the 12th annual Upstate Cancer Symposium in September. Greenwald, the associate director of prevention at the National Cancer Institute, gave a … Continue reading

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