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Minimizing Your Risk of Gestational Diabetes
Esther Entin, M.D.

Four lifestyle changes can reduce women's risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy by 80%. Read more >


And the Winner of Best Weight-Loss Diet Is...
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Weight loss may be the new Holy Grail. But which plans really help? Pick one that is right for you. Read more >


Junk Food Changes the Brain, But Healthy Foods Can Bring It Back
Alice G. Walton

Too much junk food may wire the brain for unhealthy choices. But you can change this. Read more >


Children‘s Lunch Boxes Fail Nutrition Test
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Tips for sendings kids to school with healthy lunches they'll enjoy. Read more >


The Childhood Obesity Crisis: Who Is in Denial?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Kids can have inaccurate ideas about their own weight. Parents, too. What helps. Read more >


Skip the Hotdogs; Help Your Heart
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Processed red meats raise the risk of heart trouble — and death — by a lot. Have a fish taco. Read more >


Sugars' Hidden Identities Create Problems for Consumers
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When we can't trust the labels on our soft drinks to report sugar content accurately, it spells trouble. Read more >


Researchers Dispute Claims that Supplements Offer Little or No Benefit
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Several studies find nutritional supplements provide little or no benefit. But not everyone agrees. Read more >


Climate Change: A Threat to Human Nutrition
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Rising CO2 levels can interfere with photosynthesis, robbing some foods of important nutrients. Read more >


Parents' Over-Feeding Can Encourage Infants' Overeating
Esther Entin, M.D.

Overfeeding babies sets the stage for lifelong weight problems. It's easy to avoid the pitfalls. Read more >


Weight in Kindergarten Predicts Obesity Later in Life
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

If your child is overweight, he or she needs your help. The weight isn't going to come off naturally. Read more >


Reader Beware: Study Results May Be Overstated
Neil Wagner

Scientists often overstate their findings. It's about attention. Read more >


Frustrated Football Fans Find Consolation in Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Win or lose, NFL teams' records affect their fans' eating patterns...for better and worse. Read more >


Soda Consumption and Bad Behavior
Esther Entin, M.D.

It's not clear what it is in soda that brings on aggression and hostility, but the link is there. Read more >


NVC -- Cerebral Blood Flow and Mental Processing: The Case for Cocoa
Charlotte LoBuono

Our brains use blood the way a Formula 1 car guzzles gas. Cocoa appears to help keep blood flowing. Read more >


Help Navigating the World of Dietary Supplements
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Consumers now have help navigating the uncharted waters of the enormous supplement market. Read more >


Game-Changing New Report on Sodium Stirs Controversy
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

While eating too much salt can be dangerous, taking in too little is perhaps even riskier. The IOM and AHA face off. Read more >


A Shift Away from Fast Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Americans are eating less fast food. You can guess what group eats the most. Read more >


New Guidelines to Help Prevent Food Allergy in Children
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

New guidelines recommend babies be gradually exposed to allergenic foods early to avoid wheat, egg, and other allergies. Read more >


Confirmed: The Cardiovascular Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Olive oil, nuts, a glass of wine, what's not to love about the Mediterranean diet? It prevents heart attacks, too. Read more >


Popular Misconceptions (and a Few Facts) about Obesity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A study in The New England Journal of Medicine shows we know less than we think we do about dieting. Read more >


Finding the Sweet Spot: Milk Intake, Vitamin D and Iron
Esther Entin, M.D.

Cow's milk offers vitamin D but also contributes to low iron. New research offers a guideline. Read more >


Tea's Many Health Benefits
Charlotte LoBuono

Tea is a plant food. And much like a serving of fruit or vegetables, it provides important health benefits. Read more >


Are Cooking Shows Making Us Fat?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Are cooking shows, with their exotic locales and gorgeous food, contributing to our waistlines? Read more >


What You Need to Know About Apples
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Autumn is a good time to rediscover apples. Don't take these health dynamos for granted. Read more >


Genetically Modified Food: An Overview and History
Neil Wagner

In the U.S. genetically modified foods are patented and immune from scientific investigation. No wonder some feel there's a danger. Read more >


Ratcheting up Herbicide Use Encourages Resistant Weeds
Neil Wagner

Genetically modified crops help potent herbicides succeed. But now super weeds are taking over. Read more >


Bringing Your Nutritional Makeover Home
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Planning meals is key to your nutritional makeover. Eating out? Bag some food before you begin. Read more >


Nutrition 101 -Part 2
The First Three Steps to a Nutrition Makeover
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Small steps work best when you start a nutritional makeover. Read more >


Nutrition 101: Finding Reliable Sources of Nutrition Information
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

What's the difference between a registered dietitian and a nutritionist? It's not a joke; it's important. Read more >


The Health Effects of Caffeine
Charlotte LoBuono

Coffee, or more generally, caffeine, offers many protective effects; except when it comes to fertility. Read more >


Big Beverage vs. A Big Health Problem
Harry A. Levy, M.D., M.P.H.

Is the move to restrict serving sizes of soda in NYC a bad idea or a bold way to begin tackling obesity? Read more >


Helping Kids Lose Weight
Alice G. Walton

Helping your child lose weight is tricky. You may want to start by changing your own behavior. Read more >


Breastfeeding as a Public Health - and Family – Issue
Esther Entin, M.D.

Breastfeeding has so many health benefits, it's like a miracle drug. But work and family can be obstacles. Read more >


Why We Overeat and What We Can Do About It
Alice G. Walton

Eating should be simple: Eat when you are hungry, then stop. If only food weren't so pleasurable. Read more >


Gluten-Free Diets: Reality Check
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Gluten is bad news for some people. Are you one of them? Read more >


It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (If You Keep Your Head about You)
Alice G. Walton

Why are the holidays responsible for so many accidents and ER visits? We count the ways and offer help. Read more >


Phytochemicals: The Protection Packed in Plant Foods
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Phytochemicals protect plants, and they appear to do the same for us. And they are easy to find. Read more >


Vitamin and Mineral Supplements: Risks As Well As Benefits
Neil Wagner

Some studies of supplements actually found they increase the risk of death. But it may depend on how you crunch the numbers. Read more >


Antioxidants Explained
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating a wide variety of plant foods is the best way to fend off the oxidation that "rusts" our cells. Read more >


The Animal-Free Diet: The Pros and Cons of Vegetarianism and Veganism
Alice G. Walton

Vegan or vegetarian, there are risks and benefits to these food lifestyles. Two experts offer help. Read more >


Eating Disorder or Disordered Eating?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating disorder or disordered eating? The distinction is fuzzy, but stopping early is key. Read more >


Sports and Energy Drinks: Not Kids Stuff
Esther Entin, M.D.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has come out with a warning about sports and energy drinks. Why? Read more >


Coffee May Reduce the Risk of Cancer - But It Depends on the Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Coffee reduces the risk for cancers — some cancers, anyway. But is coffee always good for you? Read more >


Food for Thought: What the Ultimate Organ Needs to Stay Healthy
Alice G. Walton

Some foods can help you feel, think and remember better. You may know about blueberries, but curcumin? Read more >


Nutrition for Athletes
Lona Sandon, M.Ed., R.D.

Elite athletes can teach us all a lot about eating right. Who knew chocolate milk was the perfect recovery drink? Read more >


The Skinny on Fat: How to Tell the Healthy from the Harmful
Alice G. Walton

"Fats" is not just a 4-letter word. It pays to be able to tell the good from the bad. Read more >


The Best of 2010: Health Tips to Take With Us Into 2011
Alice G. Walton

Planning for a healthier 2011? We pull together some of the top health news stories of this past year. Read more >


Managing Obesity: A Work In Progress
Lawrence J. Cheskin, M.D., and Scott Kahan, M.D., M.P.H.

Two physicians discuss the risks of obesity. Learn to recognize the behavioral triggers behind overeating and overcome them. Read more >


Breast Milk: The Best Food Money Can't Buy
Esther Entin, M.D.

For most babies, breast milk is the best milk, but it is important to supplement with vitamin D. Read more >


What's Good Health Information?
Leslie Carr and Tom Gilbert

Becoming an informed consumer of health information is as important to your health as any exercise, drug or health plan. Read more >


Understanding Scientific Studies
Tom Gilbert

It is important to know if the information you are gathering on the Web is from a credible source. Read more >


Selenium: A Trace Element with Real Potential
Mark Sutter, M.D. and Jennifer Brown, M.D.



Vitamin C, Nutrition and Disease
Yi Li, B.Sc., and Herb E. Schellhorn, Ph.D.



What's the Big Deal About Zinc?
Ian J. Griffin, M.D.

A possible role for zinc as a treatment for the common cold remains to be proved. Read more >


How Sweet It Is: Sweeteners in Health and Disease
Edward Saltzman, M.D.



The Detection and Management of Osteoporosis
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Author's Note: I would like to thank Dr. Read more >


Vitamin E Supplementation: Should You or Shouldn't You?
Joel Mason, M.D.

Recently, there has been considerable media attention as to whether or not vitamin E supplementation is safe or helpful. Read more >


Malnutrition in the ICU
Joel Mason, M.D. and Scott Epstein, M.D.



Vitamin K: The Last Frontier in Vitamins
Edward Saltzman, M.D.

Vitamin K has been shown to protect blood vessels and bones. Green leafy vegetables are among the richest sourcesof vitamin K in the diet. Read more >


Fighting the Fad - Low Carbohydrate/High Protein Diets
Edward Saltzman, M.D.

Very low carbohydrate diets may be effective for some, but their long-term benefit remains questionable. Read more >


Soy and Menopausal Health
Mark J. Messina, Ph.D.



Iron Deficiency Anemia: Risk, Symptoms and Treatment
Elizabeth M. Ross, M.D., L.D.N.

Spoon-shaped fingernails may mean you are iron deficient. Read more >


Gallstones and Complications: Detection and Treatment
Nicole D. Simpson, M.D., Tommy Yen, M.D.,* and Aijaz Ahmed, M.D.



Malnutrition and the Cancer Patient
Robert M. Russell, M.D., and Joel Mason, M.D.

Before you begin chemo or radiation therapy, you may benefit fromaggressive nutritional support. Read more >


Good Health to Diet For: Blood Pressure and Nutrition
Robert M. Russell, M.D. and Paolo M. Suter, M.D.

Some people are "salt sensitive." If they increase their salt, they increase their blood pressure. Read more >


Vitamin A, Retinoids and Carotenoids: What's the Bottom Line?
A dialogue between Robert Russell, M.D., and Joel Mason, M.D.

In the last three years, Dr. Read more >


Can Diet Prevent Colorectal Cancer?: A Dialogue
Robert M. Russell, M.D. and Joel B. Mason, M.D.

Alcohol increases your risk of colon cancer. Read more >


Osteoarthritis
Yusuf Yazici, M.D., and Akgun Ince, M.D.

Strengthening exercises for the quadriceps can help relieve symptoms of knee arthritis. Read more >


Losing Propositions: A Discussion of Popular Diets
Robert M. Russell, M.D., Edward Saltzman, M.D., and Helen Rasmussen, M.S., R.D.

Drinking sufficient fluids and taking in enough fiber are the keys tosuccessful weight loss. Read more >


The Graying of Society: Nutrition, Vitamins and Aging
Robert M. Russell, M.D., and Joel B. Mason, M.D.

The elderly need to drink at least 8 servings of water or equivalent liquids every day. Read more >


Vitamin Supplements — Too Much of a Good Thing?
Robert M. Russell, M.D., and Joel B. Mason, M.D.

A young woman who I recently treated, influenced by several reports in the local paper about beta-carotene's cancer and heart disease preventive benefits, began taking a single tablet of supplemental beta-carotene on a daily basis. Read more >


Where's the Fat?
Eli Ipp, M.D.

We are constantly reminded to watch our weight. Read more >


How Much Protein Do You Need?
Robert M. Russell, M.D., and Carmen Castanada Sceppa, M.D., Ph.D.

Amino acid supplements are not digested and absorbed into the body as readily as amino acidscoming directly from food sources. Read more >


Folate: New and Exciting Clinical Implications of an Old Vitamin
Robert M. Russell, M.D., and Joel Mason, M.D.

The B vitamin, folate, has certainly come a long way in the 50 years since it was first identified and synthesized in the 1940s. Read more >


Lowering Your Cholesterol: Diet or Drugs?
Ernst John Schaefer, M.D., and< Robert M. Russell, M.D.

Smoking, hypertension and diabetes are the key culprits in hardening of the arteries. Read more >


Exercise, Nutrition and Health
Miriam Nelson, Ph.D., and Joel Mason, M.D.



Obesity: State-of-the-Art Update
Joel Mason, M.D., and Edward Saltzman, M.D.



Diet and Heart Disease
Robert M. Russell, M.D., and Alice H. Lichtenstein, D. Sc.

Alice H. Read more >





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