Central Jersey Health & Life - April 2010

This Spud's For You

They're the culinary equivalent of great jeans, a "humble" pleasure that offers instant comfort, goes with almost everything and on occasion can be dressed up to dazzlingly chic effect.

Down-Home Delights

Live jazz music, low lights, white linens ... and baby-back ribs that prompt a furtive finger-licking?

Battling genetic diseases

The baby was in grave danger, no doubt about it. Debra-Lynn Day-Salvatore, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Institute for Genetic Medicine at Saint Peter's University Hospital, remembers the infant she saw 10 years ago as if it were yesterday.

Voice of empathy

The journey that took Tabiri Chukunta from a small Nigerian village to his present role as director of community outreach for Saint Peter's Healthcare System has all the makings of a modern Odyssey, and perhaps its key moment was the day he "died."

Fashion compassion

Fashion expert and New Brunswick native Lloyd Boston can still recall the most terrifying day of his tv career: "i made over a local New Jersey woman on The Morning Show With Mike and Juliet," says the style guru.

'Crazy' cures that work

PSSSST! Over the back fence, your neighbor tells you about an ingenious, easy, drug-free treatment for a common malady, and she swears it's legit. You nod, but you're mentally rolling your eyes, thinking for sure her "cure-all" is bunk. Still, every once in a while a silly-sounding cure actually works wonders.

Colon Surgery, Improved

The key trend in surgery in the past two decades has been the use of minimally invasive, laparoscopic procedures.