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Nutrition

Nutritional Supplements that Help--and Hurt--Your Health

Consuming nutritional supplements can be great if you aren’t getting enough calories, protein, vitamins, etc. — but too much can also put a person at risk for malnutrition.

Man reading expiration date on a bottle of vitamins.
Supplements

Is it Safe to Take Expired Calcium, Magnesium or Zinc?

If you find expired supplements in your medicine cabinet, there's likely no risk in taking them, but you should still throw them out.

Thyroid blood profile.
Tests

My TSH Says I’m Fine – Now What?

Besides T3, T4, and TSH, what other thyroid tests should my doctor perform? Your TSH, and even your T3 and T4 tests, don’t always give the full picture.

Toilet seat
Prevention

Can You Get Herpes From...? Your Questions Answered

First of all, don’t panic. Learn just how the herpes virus is transmitted and whether you’re at risk from things like toilet seats and towels.

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Living With

How Do People With RA Work A Full-time Job?

'I sometimes can't help but feel like: What is wrong with me? Is it just me? Does anybody else feel this way? What kind of jobs do people with RA have?'

Red pills.

What is Neurobion Forte?

A reader asks about taking Neurobion Forte in place of mecobalamine and folic acid after a stroke. Here's what you should know.

Woman with cold experiences heightened symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Symptoms

Can the Flu Make My RA Symptoms Worse?

When you have rheumatoid arthritis, getting a cold or the flu can add stress to your immune system and make your symptoms worse.

Doctor discussing a patient's lung capacity from the results of a pulmonary function test.
Complications

What Does It Mean To Have Decreased Lung Capacity?

Lung capacity can be drastically decreased by respiratory conditions like COPD and asthma. Learn more about the complications of having a reduced lung volume.

Diabetic woman checking her blood sugar levels.
Diagnosis

Is 81 mg/dL A Normal Blood Sugar Level?

I woke up this morning with a massive headache. After 3 cups of coffee, I still had the headache. I just checked my blood sugar, and it was 81. Is this normal?

Unsweetened applesauce for a pancreatitis diet.
Pancreas

Diet for Pancreatitis

When you are recovering from pancreatitis, your doctor may put you on a soft, bland diet. Expect to load up on foods like applesauce and scrambled eggs, and to avoid spicy foods.