Slow weight loss can improve fatty liver

By Irun Bhan, M.D.
Posted on April 09, 2021

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the most common cause of liver disease in the United States, and is estimated to affect up to a quarter of adults in the world. It is defined by excess fat accumulating in the liver, and usually occurs in people with obesity, high blood sugars (diabetes), abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels, or high blood pressure. These disorders often run... READ MORE

Which is better: Olive oil or coconut oil?

By Emily Gelsomin, Harvard Health Blog
Posted on April 07, 2021

Coconut oil has developed a cult-like following in recent years, with proponents touting benefits ranging from body fat reduction to heart disease prevention. Sadly for devotees, the evidence to support these assertions remains rather sparse. But there is plenty of research to suggest that other plant-based oils have advantages over their animal-derived counterparts, particularly when it ... READ MORE

Natural ways to improve your eyesight

By Suzy Cohen
Posted on April 02, 2021

Just imagine what it would be like to read with more clarity, and be able to focus your eyes better and see the leaves on the trees without squinting! How about reading a book without discomfort? We live in a time where we can correct many eyesight problems with professional help. For people with problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, there are eyeglasses, contact ... READ MORE

Study tests ketogenic diet for Parkinson’s

By Margaret Foster
Posted on March 30, 2021

Can a special high-fat diet help people with Parkinson’s disease? Although researchers haven’t found a cure for the degenerative disease, they’ve found ways to slow its progression — from medication to exercise such as boxing. This year, scientists at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke are studying the effects of a specific diet on Parkinson’s... READ MORE

COVID-19 News

By The Associated Press
Posted on March 29, 2021

Don’t mix vaccine with painkillers It’s best to avoid taking painkillers before or after a COVID-19 vaccine, unless you routinely take them for a medical condition. Although the evidence is limited, some painkillers might interfere with the very thing the vaccine is trying to do: generate a strong immune system response. Vaccines work by tricking the body into thinking it has a... READ MORE

Fast, easy and flavorful citrus chicken

By America’s Test Kitchen
Posted on March 24, 2021

There are several steps you can take to elevate lean chicken breasts for a weeknight meal. We started with a bold citrus vinaigrette. For an intense hit of citrus flavor, we used lemon juice enhanced with both lemon and orange zest. Then, pounding the chicken breasts to an even thickness ensured that they cooked at the same rate and stayed juicy. A little cinnamon and cumin rubbed... READ MORE

Mushrooms offer variety of health benefits

By Kaley Todd, M.S., R.D.N.
Posted on March 22, 2021

The ancient Greeks believed mushrooms provided strength for warriors in battle, and the Romans perceived them as “food of the Gods.” For centuries, Chinese culture has treasured mushrooms as a health food, labeling them as an “elixir of life.” Traditional Chinese medicine continues to highly value mushrooms, believing they offer numerous health benefits, and play a role in... READ MORE

Helping your brain recover from chemo

By Jorg Dietrich, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard Health Blog
Posted on March 18, 2021

Some of the most common symptoms experienced by cancer patients are memory problems, difficulties with multitasking, and reduced attention and concentration. Historically, cancer patients with these symptoms were often diagnosed with depression. But research over the past decade has revealed that many cancer patients experience such symptoms as a consequence of specific damage to the... READ MORE

The best exercise, meds for osteoporosis

By Matthew Drake, M.D., Ph.D
Posted on March 17, 2021

Dear Mayo Clinic: What are the latest medications or exercise recommendations for women who want to avoid osteoporosis? I am 55 and went through menopause a few years ago. A: Although some bone loss is inevitable after menopause, developing a regular exercise routine can be useful in limiting that loss. Medications can be used to limit bone loss, too, but they are not necessarily for... READ MORE

Preparing to part with a dying loved one

By Steven Shefter
Posted on March 16, 2021

The following is an excerpt from the book Preparing to Part: Love, Loss and Living, written by Steven Shefter after his wife, Susan, died of a terminal illness. The book both describes his family’s particular experience and draws general lessons that might be helpful to others facing a similar situation. As time was drawing to an end for Susan, she said to me, “Steve, I’m afraid I... READ MORE