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“Normal” Urine Color: 50 Shades of Yellow

Pretty much everyone knows his or her normal urine color (or subtle range of urine colors). If the shade changes a great deal, however, we can become a little alarmed. But hold on. While urine color is a centuries-old diagnostic tool, many shades of yellow can be perfectly normal, even … Read More

How Far Does a Sneeze Travel?

As long as we frequent public places—grocery stores, malls, plazas, restaurants, offices, schools, airports, train stations—it’s bound to happen. Someone walking toward us lets loose with a spontaneous sneeze. Can the germs suddenly floating in the air make us sick? To answer that question, let’s first address this one: How … Read More

Getting Accurate Blood Pressure Readings at Home

The American Heart Association recommends that anyone with hypertension should be monitoring blood pressure at home. Monitoring at home is the best way to see if your treatment is working to control your blood pressure. [1,2] Home monitoring may also help your doctor diagnose hypertension. Some people tend to have … Read More

Low Blood Sugar at Night: Nocturnal Hypoglycemia

You know it is important to have tight control of you blood sugar with diabetes. Tight control is how you prevent diabetes complications. One of the dangers of tight control is letting your blood sugar get too low, called hypoglycemia. [1] The most dangerous time for hypoglycemia is when you … Read More

Breathing To Lower Blood Pressure

Close your eyes and sit up straight. Take a deep breath while you count to five, then count to five again as you exhale. Go ahead and try it right now for six breaths. It feels good, doesn’t it? Breathing to lower blood pressure can be an effective strategy. Here’s … Read More

Symptoms of Caffeine Withdrawal—Worse Than Headaches

Do you have a caffeine addiction? It's not uncommon. As little as 100 milligrams of caffeine a day, the amount in about 12 ounces of coffee, can lead to symptoms of caffeine withdrawal — e.g., headaches and marked fatigue—when caffeine consumption is discontinued. Higher daily doses of caffeine (the average … Read More

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 cooking oil? Many people would probably give the answer that olive oil is … Read More

Swollen Feet May Require Medical Attention

Swollen feet can be a normal inflammatory reaction due to overuse or a strain—the result of taking a bad step, for example. But swollen feet can also indicate a life-threatening medical condition, such as congestive heart failure. It’s important to determine whether there's a known cause (like stepping in a … Read More

Natural Remedies for Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common sleep-related breathing disorder, affecting 3 percent to 7 percent of the population. In obstructive sleep apnea, the airway narrows and/or collapses, and individuals stop breathing for brief, repeated periods throughout the night. This causes reductions in the body’s oxygen levels and disrupts normal … Read More

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