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Take a Look at Leeks

The Folklore. Native to the Mediterranean and the Near East, leeks have been cultivated for thousands of years. Ancient Greeks and Romans used them for food, and medicinally, for nosebleeds and sore throat. Roman Emperor Nero ate them to improve his singing voice, earning him the nickname Porophagus, or leek

Blood Thinners: Balancing the Benefits and Risks

So-called “blood thinners” (anticoagulant drugs) can help prevent dangerous blood clots in people with the abnormal heart rhythm atrial fibrillation (AFib), in which the atria (the upper chambers of the heart) beat irregularly and ineffectively. “This causes blood to pool in the atria,” says Jonathan Halperin, MD, director of clinical

Determining Which Anti-Clotting Drug is Best Suited for You

For half a century, warfarin (Coumadin) was the only oral medication option to help lower the risk of blood clots in people diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AF) or other conditions that raise the risk of clot formation. But in recent years, new anticoagulant medications have been developed and approved for

Is There Such Thing as an Arthritis Diet?

Is There Such Thing as an Arthritis Diet?

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveal that approximately 52.5 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis, including osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and gout. Arthritic diseases may be mild in some people but can be debilitating in others. Symptoms characterized by joint pain, swelling, and stiffness

Rally ‘Round Rhubarb!

The Folklore. Rhubarb pairs so perfectly with strawberries and other sweet fruits in tarts, jams, cobblers, and pies that it’s known as the “pie plant” and is often mistaken as a fruit. However, this ancient vegetable traces back to 2700 BC China, where it was used medicinally as a laxative

How Probiotics May Benefit Your Health

Probiotics are a hot topic in the world of health and nutrition—but what are they, and what do they do?

“Basically, probiotics are live microorganisms—bacteria or yeasts—that exert beneficial effects on our health,” says Susan Bowerman, MD, RD, co-director of the Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA. “Probiotics are believed to

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