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Cut Calories by Choosing Healthier Drinks

Although obesity research has revealed that numerous factors, including genetics and hormone levels, affect weight, cutting the number of calories consumed is still the most recommended method for losing weight. Depending on the beverages you usually drink, you can cut up to 25 percent or more of your daily calories

The “Normal Blood Sugar Range” May Be Misleading You

The “Normal Blood Sugar Range” May Be Misleading You

A fasting blood sugar test measures the amount of a type of sugar, called glucose, in your blood after you have not eaten for at least eight hours. Checking for an ideal fasting blood sugar is one of the most commonly performed tests to check for prediabetes and type 2

Alcoholic Dementia: How Heavy Drinking Can Affect Your Memory

Alcoholic Dementia: How Heavy Drinking Can Affect Your Memory

Moderate drinking (one or two glasses a day) shouldn’t affect your cognitive function and may even provide some mild benefits. But chronic alcohol abuse can lead to alcohol-induced dementia due to the combined toxic effects of alcohol and the nutritional deficiencies often associated with alcoholism. In fact, heavy drinking (more

Q&A: Lectins; Omega-3s; Carrots

Q. What are lectins, and should we avoid beans, seeds and grains since they contain lectins?
A. George S. Ellmore, PhD, an associate professor in the department of biology at Tufts University, responds: “A lawyer might answer this question with, ‘It depends.’ Lectins are proteins from plants used to store nitrogen

Nourishing Your Microbiota

Microbes—bacteria and other tiny critters not visible to the naked eye but numbering in the trillions—are busy in your body. Many of these microbes benefit you. Others have the potential to cause harm. This community of microbes is called the microbiota. Their genes are called the microbiome.
“In recent years, we’ve

Music and Meditation Help the Brain

A simple meditation or music listening program may have multiple benefits for older adults with subjective cognitive impairment (SCI), according to a recent study (Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Feb. 3). “Worsening subjective memory is marked by situations such as recognizing that you can’t remember the name of a person or

Newsbriefs: Breast Cancer; Fruits and Vegetables

Exercise Extends Breast Cancer Survival
A recent review suggests that women with breast cancer who meet current physical activity recommendations as an adjunct to standard treatment may have a reduced risk for death from their disease. The review (Canadian Medical Association Journal, Feb. 21) analyzed 67 studies, and found that 150

Get Help Fast for Heart Attack and Stroke

Many people having a stroke or heart attack don’t know it. Lack of knowledge about the warning signs means they may dismiss a stroke as a bout of dizziness, while a heart attack might be chalked up to heartburn or a pulled muscle. However, if you ignore the symptoms that

Is Twitching While Sleeping a Problem?

Is Twitching While Sleeping a Problem?

Twitching while sleeping is a common occurrence, but many people who experience these brief muscle movements aren’t even aware that they’re happening. Sometimes, however, the sudden twitching or jerking of your hand or foot is enough to awaken you. Or your spouse.

Twitching while sleeping also may be a symptom of

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