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3 Vital Ingredients to Keeping Your Bones Healthy

Although osteoporosis overwhelmingly affects women, it’s not just a female problem. Osteoporosis affects more than half of U.S. adults, about a quarter of whom are men, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF). About 10 million U.S. adults have osteoporosis, the NOF reports. Another nearly 43 million U.S. adults – half of them men – have low bone mass. Osteoporosis is a disease in … Read More

8 Possible Causes for That Metallic Taste in Your Mouth

Does your mouth have the taste of old pennies? The condition is more common than you might think. A metallic taste can indicate serious illness, such as kidney or liver problems, undiagnosed diabetes or certain cancers. But these reasons are not common and usually are accompanied by other symptoms. If you are otherwise healthy, the … Read More

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Don’t Believe Everything You Read on Supplement Labels

Don’t believe everything you read on a label – especially if it’s on an herbal supplement bottle. A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Bioinformatics found four out of five herbal supplements are not what they claim. Unlike prescription drugs, there is no pharmaceutical oversight for herbal supplements. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires companies … Read More

Living on Liquids: How an IV-Only Diet Works

For most of us, the smell of our favorite meal cooking on the stove might inspire a little taste test. But for some people, taking any kind of forkful isn’t an option. Approximately 40,000 people in the U.S. rely solely on intravenous fluids (IV) to meet their caloric and nutritional needs. This therapy is known … Read More

Healthy Vitamin D Levels May Help You Fight Cancer

Doctors have long suspected that healthy vitamin D levels may help combat cancer. Now, a new study finds that people with higher levels of vitamin D who are diagnosed with cancer tend to have better survival rates — especially those diagnosed with breast cancer, colon cancer or lymphoma. They also typically remain in remission longer than patients … Read More

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Salt Debate, Techy Moms and Other News of the Week

Here is this week’s round-up of stories from around the Web featuring Cleveland Clinic experts that we know you won’t want to miss. Salt: dash or slash? We all need to cut back on our sodium intake, right? A large international study questions the conventional wisdom that most people should cut back on salt, suggesting … Read More

Fish Oil Supplements, Vitamins Won’t Lower Your Cholesterol

If you’re taking supplements like fish oil or a multi-vitamin in the hopes of improving your cholesterol counts, save your money. There are better, more effective strategies. There’s no scientific evidence that fish oil supplements will lower your cholesterol, says Julia Zumpano. Ms. Zumpano is a registered dietitian in Cleveland Clinic’s section of Preventive Cardiology.  … Read More