8 Surprising Benefits of Sauerkraut (plus how to make it)

By |2019-07-23T12:58:33+00:00July 23rd, 2019|

Sauerkraut is a type of fermented cabbage with major health benefits. It's thought to have originated in China more than 2,000 years ago. Back then, fermentation was one of the methods used to keep foods from spoiling quickly (1Trusted Source). Sauerkraut survived the test of time to become a popular side dish and condiment in [...]

Cataract awareness

By |2019-07-23T12:38:39+00:00July 23rd, 2019|

A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye. It’s like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window. Cataracts can make it more difficult to read, drive a car (especially at night) or see the expression on a friend’s face. Most cataracts develop in people more than 55 years old, but [...]

Are you taking your medicine?

By |2019-07-23T12:33:39+00:00July 23rd, 2019|

Do you take your medicine as prescribed? Five out of 10 people don’t. Do you know you are putting your health at risk if you don’t? People don’t take their medicine as prescribed for various reasons. Perhaps you don’t understand the directions, you forget or have several medications with different regimens. The medicine doesn’t seem [...]

10,000 steps a day — or fewer?

By |2019-07-23T12:23:11+00:00July 23rd, 2019|

10,000 steps a day has become the gold standard for many people. That number has sold many step-counting devices and inspired interoffice competitions. But it’s a big number that can be hard to reach. When people continue to not hit five digits, eventually some ditch the effort altogether. Dr. I-Min Lee is an associate epidemiologist [...]

Parasites are most likely riding into southern Michigan on the fresh produce imports

By |2019-07-23T11:50:37+00:00July 23rd, 2019|

Some of their food might be exposing their customers to foodborne illness, say restauranters Joel and Heidi Gesiakowski. They’ve been letting customers of their Taste restaurant in Michigan’s South Haven know it might be making people sick. But in this instance, it’s doubtful the foodborne illnesses occurring are the restaurant’s fault. Multiple cases of cyclosporiasis [...]

Top 5 lifestyle changes to improve your cholesterol

By |2019-07-23T11:42:21+00:00July 23rd, 2019|

High cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease and heart attacks. Medications can help improve your cholesterol. But if you'd rather first make lifestyle changes to improve your cholesterol, try these five healthy changes. If you already take medications, these changes can improve their cholesterol-lowering effect. 1. Eat heart-healthy foods   CC0 License Pixabay [...]

Peter Hotez: Defending Vaccines

By |2019-07-22T12:43:17+00:00July 22nd, 2019|

Peter Hotez Back in the 1980s, when I was an MD/PhD student in New York, I learned a lot about biochemistry and molecular pathogenesis of infectious diseases. I also gained some understanding about the culture of science (mostly through diffusion). At that time, the culture said that directly engaging public audiences was a risky endeavor, [...]

How an omega-6 fatty acid may keep heart disease at bay

By |2019-07-22T12:24:50+00:00July 22nd, 2019|

New research in a mouse model zooms in on the cellular mechanisms that may explain the cardiovascular benefits of a specific kind of omega-6 fatty acid. A plethora of studies have tackled the role of omega-3 fatty acids in heart health. With about 18.8 million adults in the United States taking fish oil supplements in the hope that they [...]