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Biotin: What Is It, and How Much Is Optimal?

While biotin is hailed as the supplement for healthy nails and hair, it can also help with those who have diabetes and multiple sclerosis. However, it can also interfere with medications for those with hypothyroidism. Here’s what you need to know.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

The Great Kratom Controversy

Is this botanical substance a dietary supplement with pain relieving properties — or is it an addictive drug?

By Stephanie Stephens

10 Foods on the MIND Diet

This menu may help cut your risk of dementia, the latest evidence shows.

By Peter V. Rabins, M.D., M.P.H.

Climate Change Continues to Fuel World Hunger

The number of hungry people worldwide increased to 821 million in 2017, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018.

By Diane Domina

Why Narcolepsy and Eating Disorders Go Hand-in-Hand

It makes sense, really — sleep has a big influence on how hungry we feel and the type of food we choose to eat. So, when our sleep is erratic it can mess with our metabolism and urges to binge.

By Martin Reed

Why Your Gut Bacteria Matters for Heart Health

Did you know that the bacteria in your gut, also known as gut flora or gut microbiota, affects the health of your heart?

By Lisa Nelson, RD, LN

Can Drinking Milk at Breakfast Lower Your Blood Sugar All Day?

Having high-protein milk at breakfast can lower blood sugar into the afternoon, a finding that could provide benefits for managing type 2 diabetes.

By Diane Domina

Mom's Lifestyle and Child's Obesity: Five Ways to Reduce Risk

Mothers can change their lifestyle to reduce their child developing obesity. Find out how BMI, diet, smoking, and alcohol affect children’s’ risk for obesity.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

How Vitamin D Affects Your RA

Vitamin D is important for managing rheumatoid arthritis, but too much vitamin D can also be toxic. Here's how to make sure you're getting the right amount.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Survivors Reduce Cancer Death Risk with Diet

Cancer survivors can lower their risk of cancer-related death in the future by up to 65 percent through a diverse, low fat diet.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.