About the Author

Dawn Bialy

Dawn Bialy

Dawn Bialy is Executive Editor of the Weill Cornell Medical College Women’s Health Advisor and Executive Editor of Weill Cornell Women’s Nutrition Connection. She also has contributed to health publications associated with the Cleveland Clinic, UCLA, and Mount Sinai. Bialy also has served as Managing Editor for special health reports on nutrition and diet from The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.
Bialy strives to provide readers with science-based, practical actions they can take to improve their health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New College of Florida and is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists. Her pet peeve is misleading claims made by food and supplement manufacturers.

Articles by Dawn Bialy

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Newsbriefs: Red Meat; Magnesium; Nuts

Red Meat Consumption and Colorectal Cancer
Lifestyle factors like red meat consumption and smoking are associated with an increased risk of polyps, small growths in the colon that can develop into colorectal cancer. Further, a study that appeared Nov. 15, 2016 in the journal Gut revealed that eating red meat is

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Making the Move to Healthy Fats

You read and hear a lot about dietary fats these days: Some are “good,” some are “bad,” and there are conflicting recommendations about how much is safe to eat. How do you sort this out when you’re in the grocery store, or it’s time for dinner?
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5 Easy Steps to Healthy Dinners

Do you frequently draw a blank when asked, “What’s for dinner?” If so, here’s a step-by-step strategy that will help you plan a week’s worth of healthy dinners.
Step ➊: Write It Down
One way to achieve a goal is to put your plan in writing. You can create your weekly healthy dinner

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Newsbriefs: Lutein; Vegetarian and Vegan Diets; Afib Risk

Lutein May Help With Healthy Brain Aging
Consuming lutein—a pigment found in leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, and egg yolks—has been linked to the preservation of “crystallized intelligence,” which is the ability to use the skills and knowledge you acquire over a lifetime, according to a study published in

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Eating for Energy: Foods for Fuel

Energy drinks, energy bars, candy, and processed snacks fill the grocery and convenience store shelves and promise to provide quick and delicious energy. The problem with many of these products is that the boost of energy relies on refined grains, sugar, and caffeine. While these choices can provide a quick

Finding Help: Fibromyalgia Pain and Treatment

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Finding Help: Fibromyalgia Pain and Treatment

In the world of medicine, fibromyalgia is a relatively new disease. The first controlled study that validated the symptoms of fibromyalgia was published in 1981, and the American Pain Society issued the first treatment guidelines for fibromyalgia pain in 2005.

“Fibromyalgia is a generalized soft tissue pain syndrome characterized by widespread

UHN Blog: What Is Nutrition? Our Practical Diet Guide Explains

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UHN Blog: What Is Nutrition? Our Practical Diet Guide Explains

The term “nutrition” has a variety of definitions, some more scientific than others. For the purposes of this blog, my answer to “What is nutrition?” is simple: the foods and beverages you consume to keep your body healthy and functioning. The nutrients in those foods and beverages are what provide you

Gallbladder Attack: What Does it Feel Like?

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Gallbladder Attack: What Does it Feel Like?

If you experience sudden pain in the middle or upper right section of your abdomen, you may be having a gallbladder attack. The pain may last a few minutes to a few hours, and it may lessen or disappear, only to recur. Or, the pain may be located in your

Finding High-Protein Foods from Plant Sources

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Finding High-Protein Foods from Plant Sources

Some plant foods contain fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and healthy fats, along with a significant amount of protein. Studies suggest that adopting a plant-based diet lowers your risk of chronic disease and extends your life. Many health experts recommend including a few meatless meals that contain high-protein foods from plant

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Get COPD Diagnosed Early to Preserve Lung Function

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a term for lung diseases that include emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Women are 37 percent more likely than men to have COPD, and it is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. COPD is undiagnosed in many patients who have it, but