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15 Jun How to Talk to Your Doctor or Nurse

You might worry about what’s wrong with you. You might feel annoyed because you’re not getting other things done. Then when you see your doctor or nurse, the visit seems to be so short. You might have only a few minutes to explain your symptoms and concerns. Later that day, you...

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13 Jun Obesity or Overweight: What’s The Difference?

Rogers Cain MD, RPh. Obesity means having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for his or her height. Overview Obesity...

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29 Oct ‘Incredible’ editing of life’s building blocks

Scientists have demonstrated an "incredibly powerful" ability to manipulate the building blocks of life in two separate studies. One altered the order of atoms in DNA to rewrite the human genetic code and the instructions for life. The other edited RNA, which is a chemical cousin of DNA and unlocks the information...

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14 Jul Genomic Study Seeks Clues to Help Explain Breast Cancer Disparities

Using one of the largest collections of tumor samples from African Americans with breast cancer, researchers have surveyed the molecular characteristics in these tumors and compared them with those of white women with breast cancer. The study results, which appeared in JAMA Oncology on May 4, confirmed previous findings that, compared...

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28 Mar Know Your HIV Status

Marc H. Morial I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished together over the past eight years. Here and around the world, over 18 million people are receiving the treatment and care they need — millions of infections have been prevented. What once seemed like an impossible dream, the dream of an...

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25 Mar What are Carbohydrates?

Rogers Cain MD, RPh. Carbohydrates are one of the main types of nutrients. The primary function of carbohydrates is to provide energy for the body, especially the brain and the nervous system. An enzyme called amylase helps break down carbohydrates into glucose (blood sugar), which is used for energy by the...

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