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1. Introduction to Arthritis

If you have pain, stiffness, warmth, swelling, or redness in a joint or joints, you may well have arthritis. Arthritis is defined as inflammation of one or more joints. It is the most common cause of disability in the United States, affecting more than 54 million Americans (about one in

Cystic Fibrosis: Understanding a Genetic Respiratory Disease

Cystic Fibrosis: Understanding a Genetic Respiratory Disease

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic or inherited disease of the mucus and sweat glands. It affects approximately 30,000 Americans, leading to chronic health problems and premature death. Advances in treatment, however, have dramatically improved outcomes in the past 20 years.

In people with cystic fibrosis, or CF, the mucus produced by

The Truth About Expiration Dates

There are two types of dates that may be stamped onto food products. By knowing what food product dates mean and which foods can be eaten past their prime, you’ll feel more confident the next time you read the fine print at the supermarket.

“Best by” or “use by” date: This

Fruit Wash: Does It Work Better Than Plain Water?

Fruit Wash: Does It Work Better Than Plain Water?

Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet means stocking up on fresh fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, produce often doesn’t come ready to eat. They must be thoroughly washed before cooking and/or eating them to protect you and your family from food poisoning. In fact, between 1998 and 2008, produce caused nearly

Cold vs. Allergies: What’s the Difference?

Cold vs. Allergies: What’s the Difference?

Ah-ah-ah-CHOO! You’re sneezing again. It’s that time of year when every other person seems to have the sniffles—nasal congestion, a runny nose, and frequent sneezing. These common symptoms most often are caused by two conditions that can be difficult to tell apart: allergies and the common cold. When it comes

5. Asthma

Asthma is a chronic disease that often starts in childhood but can occur for the first time in adulthood, even later in life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 18.4 million adults and 6.2 million children in the United States have asthma.
Asthma causes inflammation in the

Fall Allergies? Here’s How to Beat Them

Fall Allergies? Here’s How to Beat Them

When summer’s hot, sticky days give way to the cool, crisp air of autumn, the refreshing weather should offer relief from your allergies, right? Unfortunately, not. Fall allergies are a thing, and they could be the reason you can’t stop sneezing.

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology

Ask the Experts: Shingles; Fall & Winter Allergies

Q: My friend was diagnosed with shingles at 40 years old. Isn’t shingles only a concern for people over 60?

A: Shingles, a painful rash that strikes people who recovered from chickenpox in childhood, can strike people at any age. The virus lies dormant in the nerve cells for many years

Fabulous Fermented Foods

Fermented foods may be the oldest “new” food trend around. The process is as old as civilization itself, and fermented foods are consumed in nearly every culture in the world. While researchers attempt to tease out how the changes caused by fermentation actually impact health, many not-fully-substantiated health claims are

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