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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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A patient gets a flu shot. (Associated Press)

Brace for a big flu season

Flu season is at our doorsteps and already taking a toll with many communities reporting roughly double the amount of hospitalizations compared to the same time period as last year.

Jan DeMoure, right, looks at a checklist while shopping on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at the Food Equality Initiative with the assistance of food bank manager, Karen Miller, at the New Haven Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Overland Park, Kansas. The food pantry serves families, like Demoure,  coping with the high costs of food safe for children with food allergies or Celiac disease. (Allison Long/The Kansas City Star via AP/File) MANDATORY CREDIT

Food allergies: Gone today, here tomorrow

From sneezing, a dry cough, nausea, digestive problems to trouble swallowing, turning blue, a drop in blood pressure, loss of consciousness and more, food allergies can range greatly from mild to severe and be a potentially life-threatening medical condition.

Alex Libby, one of the subjects of the documentary film "Bully" poses for photographers at a premiere in Los Angeles, on March 26, 2012. The film is about bullying in U.S. schools. (Chris Pizzello/Associated Press)

Beware bullying: It happens everywhere

Bullying has been a part of society, but today's school environments are experiencing more incidents coupled with the continuing rise of Internet and smartphone use--setting in motion a horrific new reality for our nation's students

Managing pain

I recently read an estimate by health economists at John Hopkins University that puts the annual economic costs linked to chronic pain at $635 billion annually--far greater than for cancer, heart disease or diabetes.

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Reducing diabetes health risks

Diabetes, a group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood, takes more lives than breast cancer and AIDS combined - claiming the life of one American every 3 minutes.

In this July 18, 2008 photo, calories of each food item appear on a McDonalds drive-thru menu in New York. The Food and Drug Administration announced long-delayed calorie labeling rules Tuesday, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food "clearly and conspicuously" on their menus, menu boards and displays. Companies will have until November 2015 to comply.  (AP Photo/Ed Ou, File)

How to eat healthy when dining out

Eating out not only offers a welcomed break from cooking (and cleaning), but also provides convenience and the opportunity to enjoy a certain ambiance as well as special treats for our taste buds.

Health: Never skip breakfast

Did you eat breakfast today? Or are you one of the estimated 31 million Americans who skip breakfast because you don't feel hungry, are "too busy," or just don't want to eat that meal?

In this photo taken on Sunday, July  5, 2015, young football players exercise during a training session at a playground in one of  the yards, between tower blocks, in Moscow Russia. Preparing to host the 2018 World Cup, Russia already looks to a future generation of soccer stars and government-funded programs to provide free coaching give kids the chance to learn the basics of the game for free. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

How exercise affects your sleep

When it comes to the impact that exercise has on sleep, there are significant benefits to be gained. Facts are that while physical activity helps to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes - as well as strengthening your muscles and bones and improving your mental health and mood, just to mention a few - it also improves sleep patterns.

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Cellphones and unhealthy side effects

Just about everyone reading this would agree that mobile phones continue to greatly impact our lives everyday: We connect easily with family, friends and business associates; gain insightful information; search new places and track key data - just to mention a very few ways.

The season to prevent and protect against tick bites and Lyme disease is here.

CDC warns against ticks, Lyme disease

If you think you have everything figured out about ticks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants you to revisit "what you know" - warning that it could be one of the worst summers on record.

Probiotics: Pros and cons

Perhaps a friend or family member has talked with you about probiotics? Or you may have walked by the dairy case or health food section - and you see shakes, milk, yogurt, energy bars, ice cream (along with an array of other items) with added probiotics claiming that the product will improve your overall health. But that may not necessarily be fact.