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Nutrition

5 Essential Nutrients to Eat Every Day

Your body needs calcium to help muscles and blood vessels contract and expand, to secrete hormones and enzymes, and to send messages through the nervous system. Not enough calcium can lead to an increased risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures. You ...

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What Your Heart Rate Says About Your Health

Stress can definitely trigger a fast heart rate, but some people have a condition called tachycardia, which is when you have a resting heart rate above 85 beats per minute. Most of the time, tachycardia is caused by an abnormal heart rhythm. If you e...

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7 Post Baby Body Quirks

It’s common for feet to grow a half size during pregnancy and sometimes stay that way. The extra weight carried during pregnancy may actually flatten the arch of the foot, making the foot up to a half inch longer. The hormone relaxin, which relaxes t...

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What's the Latest Research?

We asked Dr. Nathan Fountain, director of the F.E. Dreifuss Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at the University of Virginia School of Medicine to discuss what we know about epilepsy and what patients might expect in the future. What role do hormones pla...

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Understanding Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral arterial disease—also known as P.A.D.—is a common, yet serious, disease. It occurs when extra cholesterol and other fats circulating in the blood collect in the walls of the arteries that supply blood to your limbs. This buildup—called pla...

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7 Things You Didn't Know About C-reactive Protein and Your Heart

C-reactive protein (CRP) is a substance produced by the liver that increases in the presence of inflammation in the body. An elevated CRP level is identified with blood tests and is considered a non-specific “marker” for disease.

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Prevention

Can Chives Prevent Prostate Cancer?

Eating allium vegetables like chives can help prevent prostate, stomach, and colorectal cancers, thanks to their rich organosulfur compounds.

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Nutrition

5 Superfoods to Add to Your Morning Smoothie

Maca is a root from the cruciferous family (kale, broccoli, cabbage) that grows in the mountainous regions of Peru (and other parts of the Andes.) It has been celebrated as an energy booster, a hormone regulator/modulator and an aphrodisiac. Some peo...

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5 Causes of Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a disorder with many possible causes. Anything that disturbs the normal pattern of neuron activity – from illness to brain damage to abnormal brain development – can lead to seizures.

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An Amino Acid You Need to Watch

Homocysteine is an amino acid released as the body digests dietary protein, and at high levels, it can be harmful to your health. Too much homocysteine in your blood is linked with a greater risk of heart disease, stroke (blood clots), and complicati...