Health

Natural ways to lower blood pressure

(METRO) High blood pressure is a big problem. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly one in three adults in the United States has high blood pressure. In Canada in 2014, slightly less than 18 percent of Canadians ages 12 and older reported being diagnosed with ...

All-American picnic fare

Pack a blanket, a cooler, a picnic basket and the kids and have the time of your life this July 4th. If you and the family are planning to reserve a spot to view some Independence Day fireworks, a picnic is the perfect way to celebrate. Whether you make it a tailgate party or simply choose a ...

The perfect summer Salmon Corn Chowder

By KATIE WORKMAN Associated Press Certain foods just need to be made and eaten at least once a summer. Corn chowder (or chowdah, as my in-laws would say) is one. And if you are in a place where the ears of fresh sweet corn are piled high at the market (often for pennies an ear), then ...

Why buy barbecue sauce when you can design your own?

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN Barbecue sauce is one of the most versatile sauces out there_it can be served as a dipping sauce or a topping, brushed onto protein and vegetables during cooking, or stirred into beans and shredded meat after cooking. Further contributing to its versatility is the ...

Beckon twilight with a tasty summer cocktail

Perhaps nothing is more relaxing on a warm summer night than sipping a cocktail as the sun sets. Some cocktails, such as the following recipe for "Blueberry Crush" from Susan Elia MacNeal's "Infused: 100+ Recipes for Infused Liqueurs and Cocktails" (Chronicle Books), even evoke the twilight ...

Changes in heart’s shape can lead to abnormal heart rhythms

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband had pacemaker surgery in December following a diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Three weeks later, he developed edema in his lower legs. He was treated by his doctor with a diuretic. At his six-week pacemaker checkup, we brought it up to ...

New evidence that viruses may play a role in Alzheimer’s

By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON — Viruses that sneak into the brain just might play a role in Alzheimer's, scientists reported Thursday in a provocative study that promises to re-ignite some long-debated theories about what triggers the mind-robbing disease. The ...

Early planning helps patients with dementia and their families

A diagnosis of dementia, a significant loss of intellectual abilities such as memory, can feel overwhelming to both the patient and their loved ones at first. Learning about the specific condition, such as Alzheimer’s disease, and how it progresses, can help everyone feel more confident ...

Asparagus sings with tomato sauce

By ELIZABETH KARMEL Associated Press It's time to revisit grilled vegetables! I was recently tagged in a post where the author said that she was taught to grill vegetables dry and then season them when they come off the grill. I don't know what she was grilling and she seemed very happy ...

The key to making pasta with shellfish that isn’t flavorless

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN For a recipe with a handful of ingredients, pasta with shellfish is awfully hard to get right. We love the combination of tender pasta and succulent shrimp or bite-size bay scallops, but all too often the shellfish is overcooked and tough and the pasta is boring ...

Make delicious deviled eggs without the strain or torment

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN The best deviled eggs start with the best hard-cooked eggs. Conventional wisdom insists that older eggs peel more easily than fresh eggs but we wanted to be able to start with eggs of any age and still end up with flawlessly smooth peeled results. Instead of a ...

Mexican pulled pork without the hassle

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN Traditional carnitas, Mexico's version of pulled pork, is fried in gallons of lard or oil. The results are tasty, but who wants to deal with all that hot fat? We wanted restaurant-style carnitas tender chunks of lightly crisped, caramelized pork, subtly accented ...

Easy breezy summer pasta

When it comes to summer meals there are so many options. Grilling is a favorite cooking method and really nothing is more satisfying than a juicy burger or steak hot off the grill. And then there is chicken roasting on a beer can or slathered in barbecue sauce served with all the sides…a ...

Celebrate with a chocolate peanut butter ice cream pie

By KATIE WORKMAN Associated Press If you want to end a summer celebration or gathering with a big old bang, you would be hard pressed to pick a better dessert than an ice cream pie. Somehow, ice cream stuffed into a pie crust just seems so much more festive and decadent and sultry than ...

UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven welcomes new orthopedic surgeon

LOCK HAVEN — Wingrove T. Jarvis, M.D., recently joined UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven as an orthopedic surgeon, providing operative and non-operative treatments for conditions of bones, muscles and joints. Dr. Jarvis earned his medical degree from University of the West Indies Medical School, ...

You can’t go wrong with flank steak and charred corn salsa

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN Charred corn salsa combined with cumin-scented flank steak is a winning match. We wanted all the char and perfectly seared steak without having to step outside to grill, so we turned to our cast-iron skillet. We cut the steak into fourths to increase its surface ...

Brighten up your day with a strawberry dessert

Yes! Local strawberries are ripe for the picking. I know this because last Saturday my neighbor gifted us a quart of berries he’d picked that morning. I made a buttery shortcake, cleaned and sugared the berries, and on Sunday, while it was pouring down rain, we enjoyed fresh strawberry ...

The secret to an ultra-chill sorbet

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN Raspberry sorbet is refreshing_but it's often too icy to be worth eating. For smooth scoops, we froze a small portion of the base separately, adding it back to the rest before churning. Because this small amount froze so rapidly, there wasn't enough time for large ...

r Making Life Better

You can do a lot with this tender-topped vegetable Asparagus is one of the first garden vegetables we see at farmer’s markets and is a sure sign that more fresh vegetables are to follow. As a child, I liked asparagus only if it was smothered in cheese sauce and served on toast, but over the ...

Regaining language skill after a stroke

You’re having a conversation and the word you want to say is right on the tip of your tongue. It’s a frustrating experience that everyone has now and then. But for someone who has suffered a stroke, communication issues can be much more severe and long-lasting. Stroke victims often know ...