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Balance the binge: Holidays don’t mean you can’t splurge at festive meals

This Sept. 15, 2014, photo shows super fast roast turkey in Concord, N.H. ìThe Thanksgiving turkey is the centerpiece of the meal, but despite its being cooked every year for generations, it still causes anxiety. The annual conundrum? Getting a flavorful turkey that also looks good, and the rest of dinner, on the table before the grandparents fall asleep,î Tyler Florence writes in his new cookbook, ìInside the Test Kitchen.î (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) ORG XMIT: NHMM315

Mark that Thanksgiving calendar page in red — the annual holiday food binge is about to begin. It’s that time of year when we subject ourselves to a weeks-long eating frenzy, followed by a relentless and punitive New Year’s resolution diet. One local diet expert is hoping we can change our ways.… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Nov. 24, 2014

I am finishing my cancer treatment soon. What can I expect in regards to follow-up care? After treatment, choose a doctor to provide follow-up care to check for reoccurrence or for problems that may develop due to treatment. This may be your oncologist, a medical specialist or your family doctor. Your choice might be limited or… Continue reading →

Alzheimer’s Q&A, Nov. 24, 2014

With my mother’s Alzheimer’s disease progressing, I am planning on talking with my siblings over Thanksgiving about her continual care. How can I organize a plan of care to include the entire family? The phrase, “it takes a village” is so appropriate in the care of an individual with Alzheimer’s disease. The care takes participation from… Continue reading →

Breaking the links to obesity: Parents get lesson in healthy eating for their kids’ sake

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Alfredia Johnson, center, fills out an eating habits survey before the start of a meeting of the La Capitale Links Chapter on Wednesday at Winbourne Elementary School. With Johnson are her nephews Keiron Williams, 7, left and Tahj Carter, 9, right.

Parents have the power to make their kids walk right, talk right and speak right. They can also make sure they eat right. Learning to be a positive influence on their children was the goal for two dozen mothers and fathers who joined the three-month National Obesity Initiative from the La Capitale chapter of The… Continue reading →

Alzheimer’s Q&A, Nov. 17, 2014

Is marijuana an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease? Medical marijuana is mainly used as a pain killer and in the United States it is regarded as a medical drug only in Colorado and Washington, D.C. In several states, including Arizona and Rhode Island, medical marijuana is approved for use in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and agitation.… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Nov. 17, 2014

Can you explain the different types of lung cancer to me? There are two major types of lung cancer: small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. The types are named for how the cells look under a microscope. It is important to distinguish between the two types because the cancers act… Continue reading →

‘Fitness is a way of life’: Mary Elizabeth Norckauer, 90, still racking up Senior Olympic gold medals

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Mary Elizabeth Norckauer works out on a captain's chair at the YMCA on South Foster Drive on Nov. 3. Norckauer is a 90-year-old senior Olympian who as a life-long athlete, has competed in archery, pistol shooting, track and field, and long distance running. She also was a professional ice skater in the 1940s and 1950s and played professional baseball during World War II. She recently won nine gold medals at the Louisiana Senior Olympics and surpassed six world records for her age group.

In her 90 years, Mary Elizabeth Norckauer has barely sat still. She’s been a professional ice skater, ballet dancer, champion archer and pistol shooter, baseball player, competitive runner and could soon be a Senior Olympics record holder. Last month Norckauer competed in nine events in the Louisiana Senior Olympic Games and… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Nov. 10, 2014

What should I know about cancers of the head and neck? Most head and neck cancers originate in the moist tissues that line the head and neck area such as the regions of the mouth, nose, and throat. Head and neck cancers are often identified by the area in which they originate:… Continue reading →

Alzheimer’s Q&A, Nov. 2014

After a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, what is the typical life expectancy? This is a common question when Alzheimer’s is first diagnosed, especially since there is no prevention, maintenance or cure for the disease. A precise answer is difficult, but doctors and researchers usually tell their patients the disease lasts an average of 7 to… Continue reading →

The biggest lessons: Pennington study of TV’s ‘The Biggest Loser’ finds metalbolism might be taking heavy hit

NBC photo by Trae Patton -- Pennington Biomedical Research Center researchers worked with NBC's 'The Biggest Loser' to study the metabolic rates of contestants on the weight loss show. From left, Jen Widerstrom helps Rondalee Beardslee with a workout on season 16 of 'The Biggest Loser.'

Weight loss never looks easy on “The Biggest Loser,” NBC’s hit reality show about obese contestants working hard to drop 100 pounds or more. Contestants run, hike and lift weights for hours a day, then carefully monitor their diets to lose as many pounds as possible in competition for a $250,000 prize.… Continue reading →

Alzheimer’s Q&A, Oct. 20, 2014

I am worried about my mom who has been caring for my dad who has Alzheimer’s for a couple of years. What are some signs of caregiver stress or burnout? If you pointed out to your mom that you feel she is overwhelmingly stressed or suffering from caregiver burnout, she would most likely deny it, which… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Oct. 13, 2014

How likely is a man to get breast cancer? Breast cancer in men is rare, making up less than 1 percent of cases. Although men have less breast tissue than women, cancer can still occur in the breast cells. Breast cancer in men is more commonly seen in those ages… Continue reading →

Cyclocross: Burgeoning bicycle sport as much about fun culture as it is racing

Photo provided by Rhea Aldridge --A cyclocross racer navigates a loose dirt pile during a race. Man-made and natural obstacles are a major part of cyclocross racing.

Kimberly Clements was showing off purple bruises on her biceps and legs, earned in a weekend of bike racing. “I fell down a hill really hard,” she said, laughing about the crash with her training partners. It was just a part of cyclocross, a growing form of bicycle racing on short, fast courses… Continue reading →

Flip your food: Cooking show gives health options to local favorites

Photo provided by Triple 7 Public Relations -- Chef Jeff Henderson shoots a segment of 'Flip My Food' in New Orleans recently while Heather Yowler watches.

Keep it simple, Jeff Henderson says. Embarking on his fourth television cooking series, the Las Vegas chef says “Flip My Food” is all about taking an original dish and making it a little healthier. And that’s possible even with the calorie-rich cuisine for which Louisiana is famous. The syndicated show, which travels to a different… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Oct. 27, 2014

Is inflammatory breast cancer different than other types of breast cancer? Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare but very aggressive type of breast cancer in which the cancer cells block the lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. Unlike other breast cancers, there is rarely a distinct lump in… Continue reading →

Alzheimer’s Q&A, Oct. 27, 2014

Why is respite care an important plan of action in caring for someone with Alzheimer’s? Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can be extremely stressful. Respite care provides a needed a break from the day-to-day responsibilities and can restore the caregiver’s energy and support a balanced daily life. Additionally, respite care can delay admission… Continue reading →

La. entrepreneur hopes ‘Iconic’ builds new genre

Photo provided by Be Well Nutrition Inc.Billy Bosch, a Baton Rouge native, markets the

A new protein drink now on the shelves in New Orleans could help establish an entirely new genre of beverage. The Louisiana-born co-founder of the Iconic healthy “lifestyle beverage” promotes his product as a “snack drink.” “It’s a whole new realm of drink, and one that we think is on the rise,” said Billy… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Oct. 20, 2014

Are there any known benefits to yoga for cancer survivors? There are ongoing studies exploring the benefits of yoga for cancer patients. MD Anderson recently released results that demonstrated yoga regulated stress hormones in breast cancer patients undergoing radiation. Those practicing yoga also reported less fatigue and better general health after their… Continue reading →

Alzheimer’s Q&A, Oct. 13, 2014

My partner, who is 65, has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Do most agencies support LGBT families? In January 2011, the first Baby Boomers turned 65. The vast expansion of this aging population — the 78 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 — will put tremendous, unaffordable strains on government programs, such as Medicare and… Continue reading →

Comfort food for muscles: Trio of remedies will help with workout recovery

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNONBasic Chicken Noodle Soup is an easy-to-make choice for those just learning to cook. -- Chicken Noodle Soup for

Forget the gel packets, technologically advanced sports drinks and special powders. All the nutrition you need for a tough workout may already be in your kitchen. A steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup could be the best preparation for exercise, and pickle juice or chocolate milk may help your body recover afterward, according to Neil… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Oct. 6, 2014

What is a breast cancer screening? The two most common types of breast cancer screenings are clinical breast exams (CBE) and mammograms. Other tests, such as MRI, might be used in screening high-risk individuals, but this is not common. CBE’s are generally performed on women of all ages every one to three years… Continue reading →

Alzheimer’s Q&A, Oct. 6, 2014

What is frontotemporal dementia? Frontotemporal dementia, sometimes called Pick’s disease or FTD (frontotemporal degneration), is a rare form of dementia that causes death of brain cells in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. This type of dementia significantly changes an individual’s personality, before memory and speech problems. FTD differs from other… Continue reading →

Shake the Salt Habit

Photo provided by American Heart Association  --  Cheesecake Dainties feature won ton wrappers sprinkled with crushed graham cracker to create minibaskets for the cheesecake-style filling

Put down that salt shaker and check the amount of sodium in the prepared foods you buy. That’s the message the American Heart Association is promoting during National No Salt Week, which begins Friday and runs through Oct. 10. “The goal for No Salt Week is to ask people to remove the salt shakers from… Continue reading →

N.O. karate standouts say skills strengthen family, work life

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Sharon Brown, left, and Raymunda Semana spar at Tulane University's Reily Center in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. The two will be part of the USA team for the Shoto World Cup Karate Championship Tournament in October.

You might say these parents are just like everyone else. They put on their pants one leg at a time. But when they tie a black belt around their waists, they become parents with, ahem, super powers. Dimitri Papadopoulos, Sharon Brown, Devin Fadaol and Raymunda Semana are karatekas, or practitioners of karate. They are… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Sept. 29, 2014

How does HPV relate to cancer? Human Papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. While there are many different strains of HPV, according to the National Cancer Institute, only 16 are considered high-risk and account for approximately 5 percent of all cancers worldwide. Virtually all cases of cervical cancer are caused… Continue reading →

Alzheimer’s Q&A, Sept. 29, 2014

Is there a link between getting concussions and developing Alzheimer’s? A concussion is traumatic brain injury that changes the way your brain functions. When the skull is jolted or impacted by a hard surface, the brain shifts, slamming against the skull, causing damage and swelling to the brain. If treated correctly, the brain will heal. If… Continue reading →

Is DNA key to your diet?: New weight-loss concept tests DNA to tailor diet to metabolism

With its well-earned reputation for culinary — and other — excess, New Orleans seems an unlikely base for a cutting-edge weight-loss business. “Or,” said GenoVive founder Vic Castellon, “maybe that makes it the perfect place.” Or, maybe it doesn’t matter. Ever heard that some people stay trim because of good genes? Castellon’s company puts a… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Sept. 22, 2014

What can you tell me about Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma? Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is one of a group of cancers called lymphomas. Lymphoma is a general term for cancers that develop in the lymphatic system. Non-Hodgkin’s disease accounts for the majority of lymphomas and is subdivided into about 60 other subtypes. The two major subtypes of non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas… Continue reading →

Alzheimer’s Q&A, Sept. 22, 2014

What can I expect as my mom now experiences the later stages of Alzheimer’s? The later stage of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can be very distressing for you and your family, and a time you should enlist support from others, complete advance directives and make decisions on hospice and palliative care. Because each individual… Continue reading →

An APP a day ...keeps the doctor at bay

Photo provided by The O-Bar uses technology to help patients navigate medical issues.

The automatic doors made a whooshing sound as Gloria Bienemy stepped into the health clinic for her appointment. But instead of seeing a nurse, Bienemy met with technology specialist Braden Lemon at a sleek counter topped with glossy iPads and began reviewing health-focused computer apps. The futuristic scene is called the OBar. A nod… Continue reading →