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Newsbriefs: Sodium Consumption; Soy for Breast Cancer; Vitamin D

Sodium Consumption Is Up Rather Than Down
A study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual scientific session in March 2017 found that Americans with high blood pressure consumed an average of 2,900 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day in 1999 and 3,350 mg per day in 2012, for an

Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

Doctors believed many decades ago that vitamin D was good only for healthy bones and teeth, but research has since proven otherwise. Vitamin D deficiency symptoms now have been linked to numerous health problems, including heart disease, depression, and even cancer.[1] In fact, a recent study conducted by Boston University

Bothered by Muscle Spasms? 9 Tips to Put Them Behind You

Bothered by Muscle Spasms? 9 Tips to Put Them Behind You

Muscle spasms happen due to the sudden contraction of a muscle: The affected muscle pulls tight and may also feel harder than usual.

Muscle spasms can range from minor (for example, the leg or foot cramps you might experience at night sometimes) to more serious (lower back muscle spasms that might

Depression and Dementia: A Tangled Web

About 5.4 million Americans are thought to have some degree of dementia, and its destructive effects on our cognitive abilities come at huge cost to our overall wellbeing, and that of our loved ones. “The decline in reasoning and memory that accompanies dementia impairs our ability to carry out everyday

On the Lookout: Diabetes Symptoms in Men

On the Lookout: Diabetes Symptoms in Men

Diabetes symptoms in men can mirror those in women, but there are some differences, as we discuss here. It helps to first understand what diabetes is: a condition characterized by elevated blood glucose levels, which can lead to a number of serious complications.

In people without diabetes, the pancreas produces the

Lowering Cholesterol Naturally with Oregano Oil

Lowering Cholesterol Naturally with Oregano Oil

Herbs and spices have long been used for culinary purposes as well as medicinal reasons. But one herb in particular ranks high above the rest when it comes to lowering cholesterol naturally: oregano. 
Oregano was first used by the ancient Greek physicians who prescribed it for a variety of ailments. In

Ask the Doctor: Whole-Grain Foods & Diabetes; Melatonin

Q: I have had type 2 diabetes for more than 20 years. Should I eat whole-grain foods? I know they are touted for their health benefits, but they are high in carbohydrates, and years ago, I was told to limit my carbohydrate intake.

A: Carbohydrates, which were once considered by many

Gallbladder Pain Poses a Potential Problem for Seniors

Gallbladder Pain Poses a Potential Problem for Seniors

If you tend to suffer from sharp pain in your upper right abdomen after eating, and the pain radiates to your shoulder blade and back, you may have a gallbladder problem. Older adults are at particular risk, with gallbladder disease one of the most common causes of acute abdominal pain

Women With Diabetes at Higher Stroke Risk Than Men

Diabetes is associated with an increased risk of stroke in women, but not in men, according to research published online Feb. 24, 2014 in the journal Diabetologia.

Researchers analyzed data on more than 10,000 men and 19,000 women with type 2 diabetes and discovered that, as A1C levels (a measure of

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