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Antioxidants: Your Body’s Health Warriors

You may have seen TV commercials and read advertising headlines about the power of antioxidants—nutrients that act as disease fighters in the body. But before you load up on special drinks or supplements that claim to hold the power of antioxidants, realize that these nutrients can be consumed best by

News Briefs: Blood Sugar Levels & Pancreatic Cancer; Depression & Brain Aging; Gut Bacteria & Pleasure Eating

Elevated Blood Sugar Levels Associated With Pancreatic Cancer
Patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer can develop elevated blood sugar levels up to three years before their cancer diagnosis, according to the results of studies by Mayo Clinic researchers published in the journal Gastroenterology. “Pancreatic cancer is rapidly fatal after its diagnosis, with average

The Gut Microbiota

The gut microbiota—a community of trillions of bacteria and other microbes that live in the human digestive tract—may have a powerful impact on human health. The study of the microbiota (or microbiome) is a major frontier in nutrition research, as scientists work to understand how these organisms interact with our

Bristol Stool Chart: What It Can Tell You About Your Health

Bristol Stool Chart: What It Can Tell You About Your Health

Do you use the Bristol Stool Chart? It’s a human-poop evaluation guide developed at the British Royal Infirmary in 1997. It can help you determine if your feces are normal. The Bristol Stool Chart—also called the Bristol Stool Scale—s widely used in clinical settings, especially with patients battling irritable bowel

4. Who Is at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease?

Simply getting older raises your risk for Alzheimer’s, but age alone does not mean a slow decline toward dementia. Beyond age, there are certain factors that may further increase risk. Most likely, several factors interact to set off the chain of events that cause Alzheimer’s disease. The process may begin

This Just In: Coffee & Longevity; Type 2 Diabetes; Metabolic Syndrome

People Who Drink Coffee May Live Longer
After studying data on more than a half-million people in the UK Biobank, a team of researchers, led by the National Cancer Institute, found that people who drank coffee—any quantity, any kind—had a lower incidence of death over the 10-year follow-up period than people

What’s Causing Your Middle Back Pain?

What’s Causing Your Middle Back Pain?

Like the upper back, the mid-back region is very stable, and this stability gives it some protection from injury. But the same underlying conditions and circumstances that can result in upper back pain also can result in middle back pain. These include:

Poor posture: This is a major risk factor

7. Diseases and Disorders of the Pancreas

The pancreas is a six-to-eight-inch-long organ that extends horizontally behind the stomach near the upper portion of the small intestine. It supports the small intestine by producing enzymes needed to help digest fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Its other major role is producing the hormones insulin and glucagon. Both hormones work

2. Diagnostic Tests

In many cases, a digestive disorder can be diagnosed from common symptoms, a physical exam, and simple blood tests. But many digestive disorders share symptoms, making diagnosis tricky. Plus, some diseases, like colon cancer, need to be detected before symptoms appear so they can be effectively treated. In these incidences,

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