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Understanding the Pneumonia Vaccine
Monday, October 08, 2012

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Last month, I encouraged you to consider getting the influenza vaccine to protect you and your loved ones from contracting the flu, a potentially deadly upper respiratory infection. As a follow-up, I would like to address a similarly important (and vaccine-preventable) illness: pneumococcal pneumonia.

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Stopping the Flu Starts with You
Wednesday, September 05, 2012

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It’s hard to believe, but autumn will be here before we know it! Between wrapping up summer trips, getting the kids back to school, and starting to plan for the holidays, your health may be the furthest thing from your mind. But it’s important to remember one easy step you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones during this time of year: getting the influenza vaccine.

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Summer Safety for Your Eyes
Wednesday, August 08, 2012

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Summer is in full swing, and by now you’ve probably put in a lot of hours outdoors. After being cooped up for what seemed an unending winter, I know I had a bit of cabin fever and couldn’t wait to spend some time in nature. In a recent column, we addressed the importance of skin protection to prevent cancer and limit age-related skin diseases. But I don’t want you to forget about another very important organ that needs protection from UV rays: your eyes.

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Vitamin D: Are You Getting Enough?
Tuesday, July 03, 2012

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When sunlight strikes our skin our bodies make vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin.  In warmer climates, 15 minutes of sunlight each day may be sufficient to get enough vitamin D.  If you live in New Jersey, however, it may not be that simple. Many Americans living in northern parts of the country are deficient in this vital nutrient after a winter spent indoors.

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No Guilt Summer Eating
Monday, April 16, 2012
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Boardwalks, amusement parks, and summer carnivals serve some of the most fattening foods imaginable. With cheesesteaks, funnel cake, custard, and pizza at every turn, it’s hard to resist the temptation to indulge. While a few bites of even the most unhealthy food can fit into a healthy diet, there are some options that are worse than others. Here’s how some favorite food choices stack up:
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