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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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Concussions, head injuries: What we all need to know

Head injuries and concussions continue to ignite a fire storm among the public -- and for good reason. High school athletes sustain an estimated 300,000 concussions per year and, recently, National Football League Commissioner, Roger Goodell announced an initiative intended to increase the safety of the game, specifically by preventing, diagnosing and treating concussions and head injuries

In this Sept. 17, 2015 photo, nurse B.K. Morris, left, prepares to give the flu vaccine to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden, during an event about the flu vaccine, at the National Press Club in Washington. Kids may get more of a sting from flu vaccination this fall: Doctors are gearing up to give shots only, because U.S. health officials say the easy-to-use nasal spray version of the vaccine isn't working as well as a jab. Needle-phobic adults still have some less painful options. But FluMist, with its squirt into each nostril, was the only ouch-free alternative for children, and has accounted for about a third of pediatric flu vaccinations in recent years. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Flu season is knocking at your door

Our flu season is around the corner. And while the timing varies in different parts of the country, most flu activity -- influenza-like illness, hospitalizations, and sadly even deaths - will occur between October 2016 and run into May 2017.

Good fats promote heart health

Over time, fat has been ostracized, shamed and demonized. However, not all fat deserves this bad rap. Some fats are essential for our body, as they form the building blocks of cells and tissues.

Beat summer heat, mosquitoes, be safe

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Jeff Mayhew, right, with the Southern Arizona Rescue Association, gets his vitals checked by members of Rural/ Metro Fire Dept., north of Tucson, Ariz., Monday, June 20, 2016. Mayhew returned from the search for a missing hiker in the Ventana Canyon area. Several hikers have died over the weekend from heat-related problems. On Sunday three Germany men went hiking in the Ventana Canyon area of the Santa Catalina Mountains. One died, one is missing and the other is hospitalized, authorities said. (A.E. Araiza/Arizona Daily Star via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

It's getting hot out there

The warm months are a great time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. But as the temperatures rise, it is important to brush-up on understandings and tips to prevent heat-related illnesses.

Tips for healthy, safe summer

Schools are closing, pools are opening and BBQs are firing up as we start our summer in the greatest way by saluting in honor and remembrance the men and women (as well as the families of those) who died while serving in our U.S. military.

In this photo taken Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, a box of Cosmic Crisp apples is shown at Washington State University's Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center in Wenatchee, Wash. The apple is a brand new trademarked and focus group tested variety developed by the WSU lab over the last 20 years. For at least one decade, it will be available for planting only to Washington farmers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Dieting: healthy tips and myth busters

The battle of the bulge is one many of us are fighting - and this is the final piece in this 3-part series with respect to Weight Loss Strategies. This series is to help in making smarter choices every day, adopting healthy lifestyle changes while developing new eating habits.

In this photo taken Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, a box of Cosmic Crisp apples is shown at Washington State University's Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center in Wenatchee, Wash. The apple is a brand new trademarked and focus group tested variety developed by the WSU lab over the last 20 years. For at least one decade, it will be available for planting only to Washington farmers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Healthy choices: You are what you eat

A healthy lifestyle involves choices - and the facts are that the choices you make today is the life you will lead tomorrow. We are in the midst of a series with respect to Weight Loss Strategies- and quite simply making healthy choices is the chief agent to success.

In this photo taken Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, a box of Cosmic Crisp apples is shown at Washington State University's Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center in Wenatchee, Wash. The apple is a brand new trademarked and focus group tested variety developed by the WSU lab over the last 20 years. For at least one decade, it will be available for planting only to Washington farmers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Weight loss strategies, part 1

If you are one of the 45 million Americans who plans on losing weight this year, the rewards of a healthy weight are well worth it. Being overweight raises our risk for a number of chronic health issues, including diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver, osteoarthritis, and some cancers.

Sleep: There is no substitute

Adequate, quality sleep is vital to our health and well-being. People generally understand sleep makes them feel better but don't fully understand that its depth and breadth of importance goes way beyond a better mood or removing dark circles under eyes.

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Heart disease updates

Keeping our heart healthy is something we all need to take to heart. During February's American Heart Month, awareness is raised about heart disease - and for a great reason: Your heart is the center of your cardiovascular system. Your heart is vitally responsible for just about everything that gives your body life.

In this Dec. 11, 2014 photo, Dark Sea Salt Caramel Chocolates, currently among the most popular treats made at the R.G.W. Candy Company, are seen displayed at the company near Atlanta, Ill. (AP Photo/Herald & Review, Jim Bowling)

Chocolate: health benefits of the love potion

Our love for chocolate dates back to the Mesoamerican era, 3,500 years ago. Fast forward 2,000 years, chocolate houses opened throughout Europe and served as social clubs and meeting places for the elite. And today, it remains a prized love food of Valentine's Day for everyone -- and even throughout the year.