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  • Getting your protein from plants

    It's an easy way to increase your fiber, vitamins, and minerals. When it comes to getting protein in your diet, meat isn't the only option. Mounting evidence shows that reducing meat and increasing plant-based proteins is a healthier way to go. "A diet...
  • News briefs: Fish oil supplements ineffective for heart health?

    Do fish oil supplements reduce the risk of heart disease? There are many studies of this question, and they don't all come to the same results. A study published May 9, 2013, in The New England Journal of Medicine found that omega-3s in a fish oil...
  • Bad mix: Blood thinners and NSAIDs

    Take the lowest dose of NSAIDs and stop using them as soon as possible. Blood thinners are usually given to people at risk for developing blood clots from conditions such as abnormal heart rhythms. Use of these lifesaving medications requires caution...
  • Depression: Is it just a slump or something more?

    It's important for both your physical and emotional well-being to get help as soon as you suspect it. It's normal to get the blues occasionally, but if things turn a little blacker, it may be time to take your symptoms more seriously. One in 10 people in...
  • News briefs: Avoid a potential trigger for Parkinson's disease

    More than a million Americans have Parkinson's disease, which is more than the number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and Lou Gehrig's disease combined. Parkinson's kills brain cells that produce dopamine, a nerve-...
  • Maintaining independence: Don't overlook foot and ankle health

    To stay moving you need to get moving. Follow these top five strategies to be more active. You might not give much thought to the health of your feet and ankles, but it's crucial to your mobility and independence. "Most people ignore problems with...
  • Meditation offers significant heart benefits

    It helps reduce stress and anxiety, which can lower heart rate and blood pressure while reducing harmful hormones. There's more to heart attack and stroke prevention than medications, exercise, and diet. The latest research confirms that people who...
  • Fall vaccination roundup

    A flu shot may not be enough; you may be ready for other vaccinations. With autumn approaching, it's time to review your vaccinations and see if you need any updates. Here are the shots to consider: - Influenza: Soon it will be time to get your annual...
  • State-wide gun ownership tied to suicide deaths

    State-wide gun ownership tied to suicide deaths
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Twice as many Americans commit suicide in states where most households have a gun than in states with low rates of gun ownership, according to a new study. Several studies have linked gun ownership to the risk of suicide by...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Treating depression and anxiety can aid pain relief

    Q: Can pain be caused by depression and anxiety? A: People with depression and anxiety do experience more pain than average. We don't know the exact cause. But we do know that pain can be more severe or last longer. And it can be harder to treat. Up...
  • In medicine, more care may not be better

     In medicine, more care may not be better
    The dull whir of the computer running in the background seemed to have gotten louder as the patient fell quiet. She was a young woman, a primary-care patient of mine, seeking a referral to yet another gastroenterologist. Her abdominal pain had already...
  • Tips on hydrating for a marathon

    Tips on hydrating for a marathon
    Rules on drinking and eating for a marathon have been fluid over the past three decades. Here's the latest advice from experts. • When you feel thirsty, drink. "Listen to your body," exercise scientist Tim Noakes wrote in his book on overhydration,...