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Are eggs good or bad for you?

Are eggs good or bad for you?

For several decades, the humble egg has been maligned because of its cholesterol content and the concern that eating eggs raises coronary heart disease risk. Most of this concern appears to be theoretical, however, since more recent data from population studies indicates that moderate egg consumption does not significantly raise cholesterol levels, nor does it ...
Why do I wake up to pee?

Why do I wake up to pee?

Nocturia is defined as “excessive urination at night”. Normally, the amount of urine the body produces goes down at night, reducing the need to urinate for the 6 to 8 hours that people are sleeping. Since waking to urinate on one occasion during the night is generally considered to be “normal”, having nocturia generally implies ...
Is listeria a real concern?

Is listeria a real concern?

Listeria monocytogenes, or Listeria for short, is a bacterium that causes an infection called listeriosis. Recently, Sabra Dipping Co. voluntarily recalled 30,000 cases of its Classic Hummus because of possible Listeria contamination.  Just prior to that, several people became infected with Listeria due to contamination of Blue Bell ice cream.   As of this writing, no ...
Can someone really die of loneliness?

Can someone really die of loneliness?

Cigarette smoking, obesity, and alcoholism are all well-known causes of premature death.  Recently, two closely related risk factors—social isolation and loneliness—have also been identified as being important in causing early mortality.  Social isolation can be characterized by living alone, having few social network ties, or having infrequent social contact. These issues are considered to be ...
What is Osteoarthritis?

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis affecting up to 27 million Americans.  In OA, cartilage that lines the joints breaks down.  With loss of this natural cushion, the bones begin to rub together, damaging the joint. Symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain, swelling and reduced range of motion.  OA can develop in any ...
What are the risk factors for melanoma?

What are the risk factors for melanoma?

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, occurring in over 3.5 million people each year.  Three of the most common types of skin cancer are squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma.   Of these, the least common, but most serious is melanoma. What is melanoma?—Melanoma is a cancer ...
Is a gluten-free diet better?

Is a gluten-free diet better?

The term “gluten-free” is increasingly being seen attached to foods in restaurants and grocery stores throughout the U.S.  Even food items such as bottled spring water, fruits and vegetables, and eggs are being labeled “gluten-free” without ever containing gluten to begin with.  With millions of Americans making a change to eating gluten-free products, what are ...
Will my metabolism really slow with age?

Will my metabolism really slow with age?

Metabolism comprises a number of biochemical processes that are necessary to maintain life.  One type of metabolism (catabolism) produces energy by breaking down complex molecules. The breakdown of carbohydrates during digestion is an example of a catabolic process.  The other type of metabolism (anabolism) is constructive, such as when muscle mass is increased. Anabolic processes ...

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