Author: Shady Grove Medical Center

Peripheral Arterial Disease Awareness Month

You probably don’t spend much of your day thinking about your legs or feet, but they can tell you a lot about your overall health. September is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) awareness month and a great reminder to be mindful of the symptoms associated with the disease. PAD develops when the arteries that supply oxygen-rich blood to internal organs and limbs become completely or partially blocked as a result of plaque buildup. If left untreated, PAD can result in limb loss, heart attack or stroke. According to the American Heart Association, PAD affects 8 million to 12 million people...

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How to Properly Dispose of Prescription Medication

It’s a common dilemma. You’ve been prescribed medication, taken it as directed, but still have some left after finishing your course of treatment. Or maybe you’re cleaning out your medicine cabinet and have found some expired medications hiding in the back corner. What’s the Correct Way to Get Rid of Your Old Medicine? “The proper disposal of prescription medication is crucial to help reduce harm from accidental exposure or intentional misuse,” said Joie Damico, Director of Pharmacy for Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center. Patients have options when it comes to the disposal of unused or expired medication, including:...

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Tips for Viewing Today’s Partial Solar Eclipse in Maryland

Today, for the first time in nearly a century, a total solar eclipse will cross the U.S. Partial Solar Eclipse in Maryland Here in Maryland, we’ll have partial coverage with about 80 percent of the sun covered during the event.  The partial eclipse will last between two to three hours and the total eclipse, for those within the path, will last just under three minutes.   Safety Tips for Viewing Today’s Eclipse Because it’s a once in a lifetime event, you may be tempted to sneak a peek without glasses, but those few seconds could cause a lifetime of...

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Your Summer First-Aid Checklist

Summer is in full swing, which means your family is probably hitting the beach, lake or park. With summer fun, also comes the opportunity for injury and it’s important to be prepared with a fully stocked First-Aid kit. What Supplies Should I have In My First Aid Kit? Use the following list as a baseline to decide what supplies to have in your personal First Aid kit: 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches) 1 blanket 1 breathing barrier with one-way valve 1 instant cold compress 2 pair of nonlatex gloves 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets Scissors 1 roller...

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Endive with Goat Cheese, Strawberries and Walnuts

The theme for our recent Aquilino Cancer Center cooking class was nuts. Nuts provide many health benefits. They are a great source of unsaturated fats, phytosterols (plant-derived compound structurally related to cholesterol) and fiber. They also offer vitamins and minerals. People who eat nuts also tend to weigh less, possibly because nuts enhance satiety or suppress hunger. Endive with Goat Cheese, Strawberries and Walnuts is a nice appetizer salad that you can bring to cookouts and potlucks this summer. It is a very simple recipe and looks awesome on a party platter. The star in this dish is walnuts,...

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