About the Author

Cindy Foley

Cindy Foley

Cindy Foley became part of Belvoir Media Group when she helped launch the award-winning publication Michael Plumb’s Horse Journal in February 1994. Previously assistant editor at The Chronicle of the Horse, Foley remained Horse Journal’s editor-in-chief through the publication’s final issue in December 2014.

The daughter of a family doctor and a graduate of LeMoyne College with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Foley was asked in 1992 to help a friend manage his medical practice. In the years that followed, she built an expertise in medical management, patient education, medical billing, HIPAA, and navigating Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurance plans. She has written several articles and patient-education pamphlets for medical practices and helped develop two medical websites. Her management career included oncology, obstetrics, and gynecology. She is currently office manager for a prominent uro-gynecologist in Syracuse, N.Y.

In 2015, Foley's Horse Journal connection and her avid love of dog agility led to writing and special projects for Belvoir Media Group’s The Whole Dog Journal. She has three Papillon dogs and three horses that keep her busy when she’s not busy at her desk or reading mystery-suspense novels.

Articles by Cindy Foley

How Much Exercise Do I Need? Even Experts Disagree

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How Much Exercise Do I Need? Even Experts Disagree

How much exercise do we need? The U.S. National Library of Medicine is clear about it: at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise every day—that’s 210 minutes a week— and strength-training exercise twice a week.

Aerobic exercise is continuous physical activity using large muscle groups for a sustained period (a

Bristol Stool Chart: What It Can Tell You About Your Health

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Bristol Stool Chart: What It Can Tell You About Your Health

Do you use the Bristol Stool Chart? It’s a human-poop evaluation guide developed at the British Royal Infirmary in 1997. It can help you determine if your feces are normal. The Bristol Stool Chart is widely used in clinical settings, especially with patients battling irritable bowel syndrome.

Poop, or more politely

Pseudogout May Be Linked to Dehydration

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Pseudogout May Be Linked to Dehydration

Despite its name, pseudogout is real. It’s not gout, but there’s good reason it’s called “false gout.” Like gout, pseudogout is inflammatory arthritis caused by an excess of crystals in the joint fluid.  And, like gout, it hurts, leaving your joint swollen and red.  While gout is often triggered by

Stress Quiz: The Right Type Can Help Ease Anxiety and Pressure

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Stress Quiz: The Right Type Can Help Ease Anxiety and Pressure

With apologies for sounding like a high-school valedictorian discussing success, I’ll start at the top: Before you take a stress quiz, you need to know what stress is. Merriam-Webster says stress is a state “of bodily or mental tension resulting from factors that tend to alter an existent equilibrium.”

That

The Search for Healthy Hair Vitamins

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The Search for Healthy Hair Vitamins

Hair vitamins in your diet are more important than any topical hair vitamins for a thick head of silky, shiny hair. After all, the only part of your hair that’s living is the follicle, and it gets required hair vitamins through the hemoglobin in your blood (hint: adequate dietary iron intake

True Cushing’s Disease Is Rare, But Damaging

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True Cushing’s Disease Is Rare, But Damaging

Cushing’s disease is caused by excess cortisol in the blood. It’s rare: According to the National Institutes of Health, only 40 to 70 people out of 1 million have Cushing’s disease. Most are women between the ages of 30 and 50, but men and even children also get Cushing’s disease.

Cortisol

Strep Throat Symptoms in Adults

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Strep Throat Symptoms in Adults

Strep throat symptoms in adults usually mean a visit to a doctor is in order. The organism that causes strep throat symptoms in adults is highly contagious and can lead to a painful sinus infection as well.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says a person with strep throat

Swollen Feet? The Condition Can Require Prompt Medical Attention

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Swollen Feet? The Condition Can Require Prompt Medical Attention

Swollen feet can be a normal inflammatory reaction due to overuse or a strain—the result of taking a bad step, for example. But swollen feet can also indicate a life-threatening medical condition, such as congestive heart failure. It’s important to determine whether there’s a known cause (like stepping in a