Gastritis: An In-Depth Review

Acute gastritis affects 8 out of every 1,000 people, while chronic gastritis affects 2 out of 10,000 people.  Types and Causes of Gastritis Erosive gastritis is inflammation and wearing away of the stomach lining. It typically develops slowly in otherwise healthy people. Nonerosive gastritis is inflammation of the stomach without compromise of the stomach lining. …

Stone Fruit: So Much More Than Peach Pie

What is a Stone Fruit?  Oh, midsummer—the temperatures can be a bit much for me, but I love stone fruit. Peaches, plums, cherries, and apricots are at their best now. The more aromatic and soft to the touch, the better when it comes to these gems. Some surprising stone fruit (drupe) family members include dates,…

Berries: 5 Reasons to Add Them to Your Grocery List

When it comes to summer produce, it’s hard to beat berries in terms of both taste and nutrition. Now is the perfect time to pick up a basket of these gems. This handout covers five of the top reasons for savoring berries. 8 Easy Ways to Add Berries to Your Meals Add them to a…

Research Fast Five for January 2021

Cardiology Not surprisingly, eating fried food is now unquestionably linked to an increased risk of major heart disease and stroke, according to a pooled analysis of data published online in the journal Heart. The researchers concluded that the risk increases with each additional 114 g serving per week.  The researchers pooled data from 17 studies…

The Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Insider

Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of autoimmune arthritis. Although there is no cure, many medications and non-pharmaceutical treatments can significantly improve the quality of life. Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) can push RA symptoms into remission. Biological therapies work even more quickly than DMARDs by suppressing the immune system. Scientists have also studied treating…

Rheumatoid Arthritis: There is Good News!

What is rheumatoid arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that can cause pain, swelling, inflammation, and destruction of the joints. Initially, the smaller joints such as the fingers and feet are most likely to be affected. Over time, however, the disease may progress and affect larger joints, including the knees and shoulders. Usually, unlike…

Brush Up On Your Oral Health

Most everyone knows that poor oral care can result in tooth decay and gum disease, but did you know that your oral health is linked to your diabetes and heart disease risk? Plaque is a bacteria-laden film that can accumulate on your teeth and gums if you aren’t diligent about brushing and flossing. This plaque…

Know Your Options: Allergy Medications and Shots

Anyone who has allergies knows how miserable they are, causing sneezing, runny nose, and congestion, rash, itchiness, hives, or swelling, depending on the type of allergy. Besides obviously avoiding anything that leads to irritation and allergy symptoms, it’s important to understand the various types of treatment available to you.

The Essential Guide to Zinc

In 1963, zinc was officially designated as an essential nutrient. It sure is! Our bodies can’t store zinc, so we have to consume enough zinc-rich food every day. Perhaps best known for it’s importance to the immune system, zinc is also involved in hundreds of enzymes needed for regulatory and metabolic functions. This handout about…

Gallstone Disease

Luckily, most people with gallstone disease will never have symptoms and won’t know that they have stones unless they are found incidentally during testing for another problem. However, for those individuals who are symptomatic, the pain can be terrible. While some people are genetically predisposed to forming stones or are merely unfortunate, some proactive steps…