Recently, genetic testing for inherited diseases has become a popular topic in health news, and reports in the New York Times and other outlets have mentioned a “breast cancer gene” that is passed down from generation to generation.
In fact, there are two genes that play a role in breast cancer, known as BRCA1 and BRCA2. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health, these genes belong to a class of genes that produce proteins that suppress tumors. (For more on the BRCA genes, see this fact sheet from the NCI.) A person with a mutation on these genes is at significantly higher risk for developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and possibly other cancers. The mutation is inherited.
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Many adults avoid eating peanut butter, for one of two reasons: Either it seems like it belongs in the realm of kiddie foods (see: PB&J, ants on a log), or it’s considered an unhealthy food because of its fat content. But if you’re armed with the right information, you can reap many health benefits from this creamy, irresistible spread.
Although peanut butter gets a bad rap for being high in fat, the majority of it comes from monounsaturated fats, aka the good stuff for which olive oil is perennially praised. And as part of an overall low-fat diet, fats are known to increase satiety, so you feel full and satisfied. Peanut butter also is high in protein, low carb, and cholesterol-free.
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Whether because of a move to a new city, a change in health insurance, or the retirement of a favorite practitioner, having to find a new doctor is a task few people enjoy. The relationship you have with a doctor is built on trust, and in many cases that trust has built and deepened over time. So when you have to shop for a new doctor, where do you even begin?
A helpful analogy to keep in mind is a job interview process—when looking for a new doctor, you’re effectively “hiring” someone to fill a position in your life. Think about the traits you want from this expert, and ask yourself what matters most to you: Do you want a doctor whose office is close to your home? Is it important for the doctor to offer weekend and/or evening appointments? If you’re looking for a family doctor, consider the needs and preferences of your partner and children as well.
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The summer season may be officially over but temperatures are still warm enough for grilling to be de riguer. Unlike frying or sautéing, grilling is a cooking method that does not require the addition of fat; in addition, during grilling fat cooks out and falls away from food, which means that fewer calories and less fat end up on your plate. When you prepare foods on the grill, nutrients are not lost the way they can be in boiling, poaching, or braising (which all involve cooking food in a liquid)—meaning that the foods retain their vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. For all these reasons, grilling is one of the healthiest ways to cook. What’s more, many foods cook quickly on the grill, making this a time-saving way to prepare your meals.
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We’ve all been there: It’s 5:30 p.m. on a weekday, you just got home from work, you’re sapped and stressed from a long day and a frustrating commute, your stomach’s growling—and you reach for something quick. A bag of chips, a handful of candy . . . whatever’s in reach will do. But if you’re trying to feed your family (and yourself) nutritious foods, or if you have fitness or weight-loss goals, this mindless emergency snacking won’t do at all.
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From picking out first-day-of-school outfits to reuniting with friends after a long summer, back-to-school is a period of new beginnings and happy returns to familiar routines for parents as well as children. During this transition, be sure to remember the steps you need to take to keep your little (or not-so-little) one in good health. Read more »
Sometimes it’s quicker – and seemingly cheaper – to eat fast foods, or processed meals. But with smart shopping and meal planning, you can eat delicious, healthy meals that are also affordable. Learn the steps you can take to pack your pantry full of nutrition while stretching your dollar with this free online seminar, Eating Healthy on a Shoestring Budget.
Organic eating, for example, can be more expensive, but do you have to eat everything organic? Learn about the foods where you should choose the organic options versus the non-organic options you can keep in your cart — and how to find the best price for both.
How knowledgeable are you when it comes to food labels? This is one of the first steps when it comes to shopping smart. The food industry often makes claims on its labels that seem to indicate a product is healthy, when it may not be at all. For example, a product that “contains fruit juice” may, in fact, consist mainly of corn syrup or sugar. This online seminar will help you sift through all these claims.
If a label has a long list of ingredients, it’s probably heavily processed and unhealthy. Processed foods require multiple ingredients to make, and also to extend their shelf life. Not all processed food is unhealthy, though. The American Dietetic Association has a spectrum where food falls from minimally processed—like bagged spinach—to heavily processed—like frozen chicken nuggets.
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It’s no secret that vegetables are paramount in a healthy diet. They are a great source of vitamins, nutrients and fiber and they even help prevent certain diseases and obesity. Still, sometimes it can be hard to work several servings a day into your diet—especially if you’re tired of simple salads and vegetable stir fries or just not a fan of the food group. Whether you’re bored of the standard veggie dish or looking for a way to get more into you and your family’s diets, these tips are bound to help. Read more »
Summer is in full swing, and even if you’re not hitting the beach, chances are you’re spending more time outdoors. While enjoying the sunshine is one of this season’s great pleasures, it’s important to remember that increased sun exposure can cause serious damage to the skin, so don’t forget to apply sunscreen. For information on the new FDA guidelines on sunscreen, check out this video. Read more »
Whether you work in an office or at home, it’s easy to rack hours of chair-time while firing away at the day’s tasks. Unfortunately, these hours of sedentary behavior can wreak havoc on your health, even if you exercise regularly outside of work. Learn simple ways to keep moving throughout the day with this free online seminar. Read more »