Too Much Salt Is Bad — For Your Heart and Your Sleep

Eating a meal that’s high in sodium at dinnertime can contribute to sleep disturbances, in part due to an increase in blood pressure and fluid retention. The result may be restless sleep, frequent awakenings and not feeling rested in the morning.

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How Your Genes Affect Your Reaction to Drugs

Your doctor prescribes a medication. If you have a high risk of negative side effects, do you ask for something else instead? If you know the drug won’t work well for you, do you request more options? These questions aren’t just hypothetical. They’re at the heart of pharmacogenomics. Pharmacogenomics is the study of how your … Read More

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Love It or Hate It — The Great Cilantro Debate

Why do some love cilantro and some hate it? It may surprise you to learn that people who dislike cilantro tend to have a gene that detects the aldehyde part of cilantro as a soapy smell and taste, But whether you love it or hate it, cilantro has many health benefits.