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ramps

Ramp It Up!

I see “ramps” on some menus this time of year. What are they and how nutritious are they? Sometimes called wild leeks, ramps (Allium tricoccum) belong to the same genus...
chronic itchy skin

Solutions for Older, Itchy Skin

Why has my skin become chronically itchy since menopause? What can I do about it? Skin typically gets drier with age due to reduced production of sebum and other moisturizing...
American Heart Association

The American Heart Association Turns 100!

You would be hard pressed to find an American adult who hasn’t heard of the American Heart Association. But while we may have heard of it, many of us...
climate change

Climate Change: Bad for the Planet, Bad for Humans

The planet is getting hotter, and 2023 was no exception. In fact, in the 174 years since global temperatures have been documented, 2023 was the hottest year ever recorded....
melasma

Blotchy Brown Patches on Face?

I have blotchy brown patches on both cheeks and on my nose. What could they be? It sounds like melasma, caused by overproduction of melanin (skin pigment). This hyperpigmentation typically...
ostrich meat

Stick Your Neck Out for Ostrich Meat?

Is ostrich meat a healthier alternative to beef—and better for the environment? Yes and yes. These enormous, flightless African birds are raised on farms around the world for their meat,...
Are colds contagious?

How Long Are You Contagious When You Have a Cold?

I have a cold and don't want to infect my family and friends. How long am I considered contagious? As a general rule, adults with a cold will be able...
sugar alcohols

Sugar Alcohols: Neither Sugars Nor Alcohol

I see “sugar alcohol” listed on quite a number of food labels, often on products boasting low sugar or low calories. What is this ingredient? Also called polyols, sugar alcohols...
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...
Argan oil

Argan Oil Is Edible—Really?

I use soap made with Moroccan argan oil, but I’m wondering if the oil is also edible. If so, is it a healthful oil? Body care products containing argan oil—from...