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Resistant Starch: The Latest ‘Fiber’ to Seek Out

Have you heard the one about pasta and potatoes being good for you? (There’s a catch, but it’s a pretty easy workaround and something people routinely do anyway, as...
Annual Wellness Exam

The Annual Wellness Exam: An Ounce of Prevention

On National Public Radio, there used to be two brothers, “Click” and “Clack,” who would talk about cars. Their show, Car Talk, was funny, and you could learn a...
lower blood pressure

Lifting Weights to Lower Blood Pressure

If you have high blood pressure, strength training (also called resistance training or weight training) may help lower it, according to an analysis of clinical trials published in the...
sleep and dementia

Sleep and Dementia: A Possible Connection

In May 2023, the journal BMC Medicine published a study from a UC Berkeley team on the relationship between deep sleep—also known as slow-wave sleep—and Alzheimer’s disease. The paper,...
Lp(a) Cholesterol

Why You Should Care About Lp(a)

You probably know about the need to lower “bad” LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attacks and stroke. But there’s another...
erectile dysfunction

Is Exercise the New Viagra?

Men with erectile dysfunction may get nearly as much help from a regular walk as from a little blue pill, according to new research published in the Journal of...
High cholesterol

High Cholesterol a Concern No Matter Your Weight

If I’m thin, do I need to worry about my high blood cholesterol? I feel fine, am in good physical shape, and don’t want to take medication for what...
Urinary incontinence

Urinary Incontinence: Don’t Suffer in Silence

Urinary incontinence (UI) can leave you fearing loss of bladder control every time you cough or laugh, or planning your days so you’re never too far from a restroom....
Impostor Syndrome

Are We All Impostors?

Do you ever feel as if you’re a fraud, you’re not as smart or accomplished as others perceive you to be, or you “lucked into” your successes rather than...
long Covid

The Long Road to Understanding Long Covid

Since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, some patients have recovered from an acute bout of Covid-19 but then experienced months or even years of profound fatigue, brain...