About the Author

Daniel Pendick

Daniel Pendick

Daniel Pendick is former Managing Editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter. He also has served as Executive Editor for Harvard Men’s Health Watch and has contributed to a variety of Belvoir Media Group's special health reports and other publications. Pendick also teaches English as a Second Language at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland.

In previous positions, Pendick co-founded Rutgers Memory Loss & the Brain, served as science writer and blogger for NASA, and worked as Associate Editor at Astronomy Magazine. He was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT in 1998-99.

Articles by Daniel Pendick

How Long Does a Cough Last?

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How Long Does a Cough Last?

Have you ever had a bad chest cold and then, for weeks after, spent much of your day coughing and hacking? After a week or so, you may have wondered, “How long does a cough last?”—and whether something was really wrong. In the meantime, the cough disturbs your sleep and

Research Sheds Light on Vitamins For Eyesight

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Research Sheds Light on Vitamins For Eyesight

Thanks to the landmark Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS and AREDS2), we know that high-dose vitamins for eyesight supplements containing vitamin C, vitamin E, copper, zinc, and the antioxidant beta-carotene helped slow disease progression in people who were at risk for developing advanced age-related macular degeneration, or AMD. We also

Plant Protein vs. Animal Protein: Which Is Best for Your Health?

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Plant Protein vs. Animal Protein: Which Is Best for Your Health?

Nutrition experts stress the importance of overall “diet quality” as opposed to demonizing and avoiding particular foods or even entire food groups. “Quality” means that what you eat provides the energy and essential nutrients you need for an active, healthy life. All sources of protein, for example, are not created

Alcohol Abuse: When Drinking Becomes a Problem

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Alcohol Abuse: When Drinking Becomes a Problem

Full-blown alcohol addiction, commonly known as alcoholism, doesn’t happen all at once. Typically, alcohol abuse—a pattern of harmful drinking—begins the process. Abuse then progresses to dependency and addiction. The danger signs are well understood: They can provide a chance at early intervention, although problem drinkers face many challenges in overcoming

Blood Pressure Medication: Which Is the Right One for You?

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Blood Pressure Medication: Which Is the Right One for You?

A third or more of Americans have high blood pressure, or hypertension. What is high blood pressure? When the heart pumps, the pressure against the walls of your arteries is abnormally high. The excess pressure, if not controlled, puts you at risk for heart attack, stroke, kidney damage, and other serious

What’s the Healthiest Oil? The Winner Is…

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What’s the Healthiest Oil? The Winner Is…

Liquid vegetables oils—for example, olive oil and soybean oil—are celebrated as healthy unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fatty acids, when substituted for saturated fats, support general heart health. But for cooking, baking, or dressing salads, what is the healthiest oil?

Many people would probably answer “olive oil.” This cornerstone of the Mediterranean eating

Organic vs. Non-Organic Foods: What’s the Difference?

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Organic vs. Non-Organic Foods: What’s the Difference?

In examining the question of organic vs. non-organic foods, let’s start with the key word here: “organic.” Technically speaking, organic means that something comes from living (or formerly living) matter. That includes you and me, the birds and the bees, your morning cup of coffee or tea, and anything that

The Kombucha Craze: Health Benefits of a Popular Brew

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The Kombucha Craze: Health Benefits of a Popular Brew

Kombucha is a sweet, slightly bubbly, mildly acidic fermented tea reminiscent of sparkling cider. The ancient medicinal brew is one of the fastest-growing products in the “functional beverage” market, touting a rich mix of beneficial microorganisms and antioxidants. Proponents tout kombucha’s benefits for aiding in digestion, fighting harmful bacteria, reducing inflammation,