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Dr. Nina Radcliff

Dr. Nina Radcliff

Dr. Nina Radcliff is dedicated to her profession, her patients and her community at large. She is passionate about sharing truths for healthy, balanced living as well as wise preventive health measures.

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Seasonal allergies: Nip them in the bud

With spring temperatures warming up, you may find yourself among the estimated 50 million people throughout our nation afflicted with puffy, itchy eyes; a scratchy throat; sneezing and coughing; or even shortness of breath. Reports are that local hospitals, clinics and doctor's offices are seeing high volumes of people suffering from allergies this season.

Asthma : What to know and what to do

Do you or someone you love continue to have a dry hacking cough that seems it just won't go away? Does it seem to get worse after laughing, physical activities, or crying? Is there frequent coughing, especially at night?

Becoming a doctor? The costs and the rewards

Recently, I was asked to speak on a topic assignment with a national television news organization with respect to a countrywide breaking story titled: "Nine out of 10 Physicians Unwilling to Recommend Health Care as a Profession, Exacerbating Anticipated Physician Shortage."

During February's American Heart Month, many of us will "Go Red For Women" so we can raise awareness, encourage action, and save lives that are lost too early. (AP Photo)

American Heart Month: Take good care of your ticker

Keeping our heart healthy and strong at every age is indeed as the American Heart Association underscores, "what we all need to take to heart." February is designated American Heart Month, dedicated to cardiovascular health and raising awareness about heart disease.

Stock your pantry with these basics

As we continue to set aim to make healthy choices - our kitchens are central in helping to promote and support healthy eating. In fact, our refrigerator, freezer and pantry - if not properly stocked with staples - could be contributing to sabotaging our best efforts.

What's in your freezer?

What's in your freezer?

Generally speaking, healthier eating is made a lot easier when we have good options readily available. Last week, we spotlighted what essentials should be in our refrigerator. This week, we will discuss our freezers and next week we'll take a look at the pantry.

Joel Ng, 5, joins her dad, Ulane Eng (second from left), for meditation Sunday on the Mall as Falun Gong practitioners and their supporters mark the 10th anniversary of a Chinese crackdown on the spiritual movement. It has gained millions of followers since its 1992. founding. (By Astrid Riecken/The Washington Times/File)

Health and the art of meditation

While you most likely made healthy resolutions for this New Year to watch what you consume and to be more physically active, my hope too is that you take aim to cultivate habits that will help reduce chronic stress and anxieties in your life with a goal to increase happiness and overall life satisfaction ... with greater joy and peace!!

This June 22, 2010 photo released by Sesame Workshop, "Sesame Street" characters Elmo, second from right, and Super Grover, right, pose with four new muppets representing healthy food groups; fruits, vegetables, dairy, and grains as part of their "Food For Thought: Eating Well on a Budget" initiative in New York. Sesame Street continues to attract millions of viewers after 45 years on the air, appealing to both preschoolers and their parents with content that is educational and entertaining. The show has kept up with the times by making its segments faster-paced, by fine-tuning messages, and by keeping a steady flow of appearances by contemporary celebrity guests. The show first aired Nov. 10, 1969. (AP Photo/Sesame Workshop, Richard Termine, File)

Make 2017 your healthiest year

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." - Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Reese Orr, far left, has his hat secured by his father, Chad Orr, of Milwaukee, as they and Orr's sister, Macy Rea Orr, center, and friend Eleanore Lawton, walk into school at John Greenleaf Whittier Elementary School, in Milwaukee, Wis., on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. Overnight Monday into Tuesday, a blast of arctic air blew into Wisconsin and is dropping temperatures to dangerous levels. The bitterly cold air will settle into southern Wisconsin Tuesday through Friday. (Mike De Sisti  /Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Your Arctic blast to-do list

Across our nation, temperatures are being replaced with below-average readings - as much as 20 to 30 degrees colder than average - and colder storm weather is forecast into the new year.

A diver dressed as Santa Claus feeds fish during the annual Christmas event at Tokyo's Sunshine International Aquarium in Tokyo, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

'Tis the season to stay healthy and safe

Along with the joys of the season, the holidays call us to shop at busier than usual stores; attend special parties and events; as well as travel for extended amounts of time with planes, trains and automobiles to visit family and friends.

Smiling group of young people enjoying cocktails at Christmas.

Cheers to Happy and Healthy Holidays!

It is that special time of year - where sugar plums not only dance in our heads but also join "Auntie's" favorite pie along with tables filled with tempting delights, at every turn. And if you have concerns about tipping the scales, it is for good reason.