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What You Should Know About Stevia

It’s been 11 years since the FDA granted GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status to purified extracts of the stevia plant, clearing the way for stevia to be marketed as a calorie-free sweetener. Although no health concerns have been raised during its 10-plus years in wide circulation in the U.S., it’s good idea not to go…

Combo Nicotine-Replacement Therapy Boosts Odds of Quitting Successfully

One form of nicotine-replacement therapy (NRT) works about as well as another, but a recent study found that combining two of these treatments may give you the best chance of kicking the habit.

Use of Alternative Medicine in Prostate Cancer Grows

Despite a lack of scientific support, use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by men with prostate cancer has more than doubled in the United States since the mid-1990s. If you’re one of those men, be sure your doctor knows.

Osteoarthritis Knee Pain Should Not Be a Barrier to Exercise

If you have knee osteoarthritis, don’t use your sore knees as an excuse to stop exercising. That’s the message from a study by Canadian researchers published in Arthritis Care & Research.

Keys to Keeping Weight Off When You Have Prediabetes

People with prediabetes who are overweight or obese can lower their risk of progressing to type 2 diabetes by losing weight. But shedding pounds for good isn’t easy. Findings from a 15-year study reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine show what might help.

Yoga: A Natural Blood Pressure Reducer

Yoga often combines physical poses, breathing techniques, and meditation. In recent years, yoga has grown in popularity for both its gentle, low-impact approach and its associated health benefits, including lower blood pressure.

Poor Sleep Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Chronic poor sleep can cause or contribute to many serious health problems. Notably, sleep helps support the immune system; one week of poor sleep can lower resistance to infections and impair wound healing. Studies have also strongly linked poor sleep to increased risk of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart attack, cognitive impairment, depression, anxiety disorders,…

Pancreatic Cancer Patients Are Missing Out on Care

Many patients with noncurable pancreatic cancer are not being given treatments that can lengthen their lives and reduce symptoms, a study published in 2019 in CMAJ suggests.

The Other Bad Cholesterol

Lipoprotein(a), or Lp(a), is the bad cholesterol you’ve probably heard little about. But under new guidelines, your doctor may start measuring it. Elevated levels of this type of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) particle are linked to a heightened risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and other cardiovascular complications.

Anticoagulants Reduce Dementia Risk in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

Increasing evidence indicates that atrial fibrillation, the most common type of arrhythmia, is associated with cognitive dysfunction. A study published in Neurology finds that in older adults, anticoagulants may help protect cognitive function and delay the onset of dementia in these patients.