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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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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.

H2Ohhhhhh: Why you should drink up

You may know that water makes up about two-thirds of who we are - but did you know it influences 100 percent of the processes in our body? Yes, we are made of about 70 percent water! But did you know that our muscles and kidneys are about 75 percent water? Lungs about 83 percent Brain cells about 85 percent? And even our bones are approximately 30 percent. That probably explains why we just feel better when we are drinking enough of it, everyday.

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."