What is quercetin and how can it help?

By Bridget Cassady
Posted on July 01, 2021

Quercetin (pronounced kwer-set-in) is highly studied for its role in numerous biological and antioxidant actions in the body. Many are interested in this supplement for its potential to reduce disease risk. Is this supplement a “must-have” or will our normal diets do? Foods with a high quercetin content include onions, apples, berries, kale and tea. Estimates of the average... READ MORE

Can flossing fend off heart disease?

By Thomas Salinas, D.D.S.
Posted on June 30, 2021

Dear Mayo Clinic: Will taking care of my teeth help prevent heart disease? A: Some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke could be linked to the inflammations and infections that oral bacteria can cause. Based on that evidence, there appears to be an association between oral health and heart disease. But the association is not well understood. While taking... READ MORE

Learning to live well with ‘long-haul’ illness

By Jennifer Crystal, Harvard Health Blog
Posted on June 29, 2021

When we get an acute illness like the flu or a cold, we feel sick for a week or two and then get back to our usual lives. This is how illness is “supposed” to go. But what happens when illness doesn’t fit this bill? What do patients with chronic conditions like diabetes or multiple sclerosis, or with persistent symptoms of Lyme disease or long-haul COVID-19, do when they can’t... READ MORE

Stroke survivors can help future recovery

By Margaret Foster
Posted on June 28, 2021

A stroke can be permanently debilitating. Every year, of the nearly 800,000 Americans who have a stroke, only 10% make a full recovery, according to the American Stroke Association. In fact, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine are studying stroke survivors in... READ MORE

Low- and regular-dose aspirin safe, effective

By Marilynn Marchione
Posted on June 25, 2021

Thousands of heart disease patients recently enrolled themselves in an unusual study that required them to track their health online as they took low- or regular-strength aspirin. The study concludes that both doses seem equally safe and effective for preventing additional heart problems and strokes. But there’s a big caveat: People had such a strong preference for the lower dose that... READ MORE

No evidence CBD relieves chronic pain

By Shafik Boyaji, M.D.
Posted on June 24, 2021

If you ask health care providers about the most challenging condition to treat, chronic pain is mentioned frequently. By its nature, chronic pain is a complex and multidimensional experience. Pain perception is affected by our unique biology, mood, social environment and past experiences. Given the ongoing challenges of chronic pain management coupled with the consequences of the opioid... READ MORE

Most with hearing loss don’t see a doctor

By Margaret Foster
Posted on June 22, 2021

About 48 million Americans have some form of hearing loss, whether from illness, military service or too many loud concerts. Worldwide, 1 in 4 people will experience hearing loss by 2050, according to the World Health Organization’s first World Report on Hearing, released this year. In May, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) announced that its recent poll of 2,500... READ MORE

How dairy stacks up to plant-based beverages

By Alexandra Butterbrodt
Posted on June 21, 2021

Dear Mayo Clinic: Since I was a kid, I’ve been drinking milk with breakfast and dinner as my primary beverage. But looking in the grocery store coolers these days, there are so many options other than cow’s milk. Are plant-based milks like soy or almond milk healthier options? A: Dairy (cow’s) milk and plant-based beverages like soy and almond milks all can be healthy choices.... READ MORE

Choose the healthiest canned foods

By Jessica Ball, M.S., R.D.
Posted on June 18, 2021

Whether you’re trying to eat healthy on a budget or consolidate trips to the grocery store, canned foods are pantry essentials. If you know what to look for, canned foods can make for nutritious additions to meals and snacks. As a bonus, canned foods are typically much cheaper and last longer than their fresh or frozen counterparts. Here are a few of the best healthy canned foods to keep... READ MORE

Exercise helps fibromyalgia — here’s how

By Kelly Bilodeau
Posted on June 17, 2021

If you have fibromyalgia and you’re in pain, exercising is probably the last thing you feel like doing. Many people with fibromyalgia already struggle to get through their regular daily activities. Adding exercise on top of that may seem insurmountable. And pain and exhaustion can make it difficult to start and stick with regular workouts. Experts agree, however, that exercise is... READ MORE