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New emergency care at Sharon Hospital

SHARON -— The medical options at Sharon Hospital are growing exponentially now that it has joined Health Quest, the New York State not-for-profit group of four hospitals with headquarters in LaGrangeville.
Sharon joined Health Quest last August, and the new parent company had promised upgrades to services available to patients in most departments — including billing. 
Doctors and staff were interviewed at the end of December, for updates on some of the new menu items available to Northwest Corner residents.

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How to get moisture in your body

I’m sick. You probably are too, or have been, or have someone in your house or close community of friends who is sick. 
I’m also dehydrated, because I’m older now and my body naturally retains less fluid; because it’s cold and dry everywhere; and because, as noted, I’m sick.
Chicken broth is the answer, as is so often the case.

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Emergency department in-house now at Sharon Hospital

The medical options at Sharon Hospital are growing exponentially now that it has joined Health Quest, the New York State not-for-profit group of four hospitals with headquarters in LaGrangeville.
Sharon joined Health Quest last August, and the new parent company had promised upgrades to services available to patients in most departments — including billing. 

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How to preserve vitamins — and citrus fruit

At this time of year, everyone needs some vitamin C because everyone is on the edge of catching a cold or flu (everyone). 
Also at this time of year, there are lots of enticing citrus fruits at the grocery store. Clementine oranges (and the many new iterations of the clementine, such as Halos, Cuties and Satsumas) are abundant at every supermarket, and relatively inexpensive. This year’s crop, based on a completely limited and personal survey of available product, seems to be sweet and juicy. 

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A sweet ending to the holiday season

Chestnuts are like the doctors of the nut world: Above all, they do no harm.
Unlike so many luscious, rich, dense, sweet foods, chestnuts are not bad for you. In some ways, they’re even good for you. They have a wee bit of manganese, a mineral that helps keep your skeleton fit and healthy. They have a fair amount of vitamin C (12 percent of your daily dose if you eat an ounce of them) and potassium (5 percent). 

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Santa Baby

Santa Claus stopped by the festively decorated Sharon Health Care Center on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 16, with boots and bells, spreading joy to residents and children — and one particularly serene baby.

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Face masks and the common cold

They’re more commonly worn by Asians, but those disposable flu-season face masks have been showing up on some Northwest Corner faces this flu season. 
And by the way, the flu season has officially begun, according to Sharon Hospital, and because it’s starting slightly earlier than usual, it’s expected to be a worse year than normal. 

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Adding acupuncture as a way to ease chronic pain

NORTH CANAAN — Despite success in alleviating the pains of his patients through chiropractic, Dr. Peter Markowicz wanted to be able to do more to help them. 
And so after 15 years as a chiropractor (and seven years at the Chiropractic Center of Canaan, which he bought from Dr. David Godwin in 2010, with his business partner at the time, Dr. Monica Nowak), he decided it was time to add some new tools to his healing kit — specifically, the needles of an acupuncture practitioner. 

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Foods won’t live forever in your fridge

If you still have food left over from Thanksgiving, it’s time to throw it out. I’m sorry, it just is.
But let’s talk about what to do with leftovers from your end-of-year holiday parties (and obviously this information also applies to all your leftover food, every day of the week).

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The conundrum with carrots

Carrots seem so simple but I’m having a hard time cooking them. They come out mushy and limp. They taste bad. They look bad. It’s all bad.
I’ve learned a few things in my effort to cook this most simple side dish.

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