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What are the risks of vaping?

It looks like a flash drive and can be charged in a USB port, but it’s not a data storage device.  Instead, it delivers high levels of nicotine, making the product extremely addictive. Vaping rates have surged among teens. In 2018, a national tobacco youth survey found that over 3.6 million middle school and high

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The Best-Kept Secret to Great Skin: Aloria Skincare & Laser Center

By Andrea Walker-Leidy Sponsored by Aloria Skincare & Laser Center Every woman has her beauty “secret”: The secret to smoother skin. The secret to the perfect eyebrows. The secret to preventing wrinkles. For thousands of women, though, that secret is Yvonne Gevargesian, founder and CEO of Aloria Skincare & Laser Center. Gevargesian has been in

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Adjusting to a new normal: a story of Alzheimer’s disease

This is the second of a two-part series from The Indian Scene. Last week, we told the story of one family and a life-changing diagnosis. This week, we’ll follow them as they navigate their new normal, and explore the financial and logistical realities of Alzheimer’s and caregiving. A difficult thing about Alzheimer’s disease is that

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Love, Care and a Life-Changing Diagnosis: A Story of Alzheimer’s Disease

This is the first of a two-part series from The Indian Scene. In this installment, we’ll tell the story of one family and a life-changing diagnosis. Next week, we’ll follow them as they navigate their new normal, and explore the financial and logistical realities of Alzheimer’s and caregiving. Sumi Mehta’s husband was worrying about her.

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The keto diet is popular. But is it something you should try?

This keto diet has been around for a while. It has established uses in helping children with epilepsy (seizure disorder), but more recently the diet has gained momentum as a weight loss trend. Before you get on the keto wagon, here’s what’s important to know. The ketogenic diet is essentially a diet very low in carbohydrates,

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Her beautiful big brown eyes: a daughter’s journey with dementia

I walked outside the neurologist’s office of the renowned institution where I had just been told of the devastating diagnosis for my mother. After explaining her condition to me in a low-lit, sterile examining room, the eyes of his training residents on me, he said, “You can give her the diagnosis in a way she

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Is the Whole 30 diet right for you?

Whole30 promises life changing results. Behind Whole30 is the idea that certain foods leads to digestive system issues and less energy. To help with these issues, Whole30 strips these foods from your diet for 30 days to let your body heal while promising that you will feel like a new person. Rules: For 30 days

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The Dixit diet plan has gone viral in India. But does it actually work?

In 2012, Dr. Jagannath Dixit noticed that he was putting on weight. Dixit, a medical doctor based in India, has been teaching in state government medical colleges in Maharashtra for decades. Like any true scientist, he began experimenting—testing out a variety of diets with mixed results. “The result of these experiments was that I would

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Medical Spa Star Laser Improves Skin and Overall Wellness

Sponsored by Star Laser In the world of spa medicine, Dr. Lakshmi Palakurthi operates in a league all her own. As owner of Troy-based medical spa Star Laser, she has focused on services that are not only personalized but work to treat the whole person. “I believe in treating inside out and outside in,” she

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The measles outbreak: is it safe for your family to travel?

Many patients have been coming to my office bringing their young children for well child checks and complaining that due to the measles outbreak, they are opting not to travel.  Here is some advice for those who don’t want measles to stand in the way of  vacation. Give the vaccine early– If your child is

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