Fall 2013 Health Notes Features

Following are features from our Fall 2013 issue of Health Notes.










This fall, eat better!

Got the munchies? Rather than reaching for the potato chips or candy, try these quick, easy and healthy snacks:

Homemade popsicle. Mix 2 cups of your favorite fruit juice with 1/2 cup of diced fresh fruit. Add a cup of plain non-fat yogurt (optional). Pour into 3 oz. paper cups. Wait an hour-- or until slightly firm-- and insert toothpicks or popsicle sticks. Then freeze. Peel away the paper cup and you've got a delicious, healthy popsicle.

Frozen banana popsicle. For a dose of extra potassium, nothing beats a banana. Peel a ripe banana. Roll it over 1 or 2 tablespoons of roasted sunflower seeds or chopped walnuts, peanuts or other nuts. Wrap in wax paper and freeze overnight.

Asparagus "chips." No one can eat just one! Instead of potato chips, try raw or slightly steamed asparagus. It's got the crunch and taste you've craving.

In the mood for dip and chips? Instead of tortilla chips, try red, yellow, orange and green bell peppers instead. You can try some of the delicious dip recipes below to accompany the peppers.


Guacamole Dip. Dice an avocado and combine it with 1 cup of thawed frozen green peas, 2 TBSP of lemon juice, and 1 garlic clove. Mix all in a blender or food processor. Top with chopped tomatoes and diced onions.

Homemade Hummus. Combine 2 cans of drained chickpeas, 1/4 cup of lemon juice, 2-3 garlic cloves, and 3 TBSP of ground sesame seeds. Add a dash of cayenne pepper. Blend together in a food processor.

Salsa Yogurt Dip. Mix 1/2 cup of salsa with 2 TBSP of low-fat mayonnaise and 1/3 cup of non-fat plain yogurt. Add a few squeezes of fresh lemon. For more tang, add more yogurt.

Try This, Not That

Sometimes eating more healthy means making some simple substitutions. Try these.

  • Instead of salad dressing, use chopped, marinated artichoke hearts and balsamic vinegar drizzled over your salad.
  • Instead of cooking with the chicken wing and thigh, stick to the breast and drumstick. They have much less fat.
  • Instead of apple, grape or pear juice, buy orange and grapefuit juice. They're richer in vitamins.
  • Instead of acorn or spaghetti squash, buy butternut and hubbard squash. They're more nutritious because they have more cartenoids. These are the colorful plant pigments that your body turns into vitamin A.
  • Intead of mayo, use mustard or ketchup on your sandwich. Each tablespoon will save you as much as 11 grams of fat and 100 calories.

Communicating with an Alzheimer's patient

Because Alzheimer's affects a person's ability to communicate, many family members find it challenging to connect with their loved ones. However, although the diagnosis is sad, there are still ways to relate to someone with Alzheimer's. Click here for some tips for reaching out to your family member or friend who has Alzheimer's.

Is your family coping with an Alzheimer's diagnosis?

Over 6 million people in the U.S. suffer from Alzheimer's disease. That means that millions of families are trying to cope with the challenges of dementia. Continued research into finding an effective treatment for Alzheimer's is vital. That's why Clinical Research Associates is conducting a research study for Alzheimer's patients. Participants will receive either an investigational medication for Alzheimer's or an inactive placebo. Click here for more information.

What is endometriosis?

Over six million women and girls in the U.S. suffer from endometriosis. It's possible that the actual number is higher, because many women-- and their doctors-- chalk menstrual pain up to normal cramps. This is how endometriosis goes undiagnosed.

What is endometriosis? It is a disorder in the tissue that lines the inside of your uterus. This is called the endometrium. The condition happens when this tissue grows outside your uterus. In essence, the endometrium becomes trapped so there's no way for it to exit your body. The result is pain and-- in some cases-- scarring and infertility.

We are enrolling women ages 18-49 in a research study for endometriosis. Participants will receive either an investigational medication for endometriosis or an inactive placebo. Compensation is also available. Click here for more information.

About botulism

Botulism is a very serious condition which fortunately is also very rare. The condition is caused by toxins from a species of bacteria called clostridium botulinum. There are three kinds of botulism:

  • Infant botulism is the most common kind. Bacterial spores grow in a baby's intestional tract. This usually occurs between two and six months of age.
  • Food-borne botulism thrives in environments with little oxygen. Canned food is one place this type of botulism can grow.
  • Wound botulism occurs when the bacteria get into a cut. They can cause a dangerous infection that produces the toxin.

Since 9-11, there has been concern that terrorists could use botulism as warfare. One gram of the bacteria has the potential to kill 1.5 million people. WIthin the last 10 years, more and more research is being done into prevention of botulism. Clinical Research Associates is one of the sites nationwide conducting an investigational botulism vaccine research study. We will be looking for healthy participants, who will be compensated.Click here for more information about the botulism vaccine study.