Health & Nutrition ·

Aortic aneurysm prevention: Jeff Green and his aorta

Last week the Boston Celtics announced that forward Jeff Green will miss the 2012 season due to an aortic aneurysm, set to be operated on next month. Jeff is lucky. An estimated million other Americans have aortic aneurysms, but most don’t know it, and their first symptom may be their last. In...

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Vitamin D: Shedding some light on the new recommendations

Earlier this year, the U.S. Institute of Medicine upped their official vitamin D recommendation for most adults from 200 to 600 IU a day. Where did they get the original number, why did they triple it, and why are there those who recommend people take thousands a day rather than hundreds? Though...

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Beans & Gas: Clearing the air

More than a decade ago, the Quarterly Journal of Medicine published a review entitled: "Vegetarian Diet: Panacea for modern lifestyle disease?" The answer was in the affirmative, noting those eating vegetarian appear to have less obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, high...