Blood-thinning medications called anticoagulants have long been recommended for managing atrial fibrillation (Afib), an abnormal heart rhythm that raises the risk of stroke. Until 2010, the only available oral anticoagulant was warfarin (Coumadin®), and it remains the most commonly prescribed anticoagulant due to its efficacy and low cost. But in
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As many as 45 million Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): a chronic condition that results in abdominal pain, bloating, and bouts of diarrhea and/or constipation. It’s thought that stress may contribute to the symptoms, and many people with IBS report relief through “mind-body” therapies like meditation and cognitive
By now you may realize—because all of the body’s systems are interconnected—that there is usually more than one cause con-tributing to your fatigue. When one of your body’s systems is out of balance (if, for example, your HPA axis is malfunctioning be-cause of chronic stress), then other systems (like your
Vitamin E benefits in the body are widespread. Learn how reducing triglycerides and cholesterol will help you get the most out of this important vitamin.
Q: I recently saw an advertisement in the paper that said all baby boomers should get a Hepatitis C screening. I’m a 68-year-old male and I feel fine. Do I really need this test?
A: Hepatitis C is a serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Many people
Dietary supplements—the nonprescription vitamins, minerals, botanicals, amino acids, and enzymes that line drugstore shelves—aren’t always what they seem. Because the FDA uses only postmarket surveillance, problems like undeclared, unapproved, and potentially dangerous pharmaceutical ingredients can go unnoticed until after a product is already in your home. Supplements are classified as
Just as no winter is complete without cold and flu viruses circulating, research suggests that no cold and flu season is complete without an uptick in acetaminophen (Tylenol) overdoses. A recent study found that the odds of exceeding the recommended dose for the drug jumped significantly during the cold and
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
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