Do eggs increase ovarian cancer risk?

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Q. Do eggs increase ovarian cancer risk? A. Right now, the research does not show any strong link between eggs and ovarian cancer risk. There have been a few studies that have found a modest...
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Health Talk: Weight Loss and Exercise

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Q: I have been sticking with my exercise program for three months and haven’t lost a pound of my excess weight. What am I doing wrong? A: First, congratulations on starting and, most important, continuing...

Do Vegetarian Meals Need to Include Foods with Complementary Protein

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Q: When eating vegetarian meals, is it important to choose food combinations that provide complementary protein? A: You are referring to the fact that most plant foods have incomplete protein, meaning they are low in...

Comparing Plant-Based Milks to Cow’s Milk

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Q: How does almond milk compare nutritionally to soymilk and cow’s milk? A: For people avoiding cow’s milk due to allergy, lactose intolerance or other reasons, almond milk and soymilk are two of the most...

Health Talk: How Can I Get More Active While Taking Care of My Children?

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Q: I need to get more active, but how can I when I don’t have anyone to watch my young children while I work out, and I don’t get much exercise when I try...

Effectiveness of Spot Reducing

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Q: My friend says that spot reducing exercises can’t really target fat at particular areas of the body. Is that true? A: Exercises that focus on particular body parts can be very effective at strengthening...

Interval Training and Exercise Recommendations

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Q: Is it true that interval training is better than regular aerobic forms of exercise? If so, how does that fit with the recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity? A: Interval Training – technically...

Tai Chi and Health Benefits

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Q: It seems like more and more people are trying Tai Chi. Does this kind of slow exercise really have any health benefits? A: Tai Chi (pronounced tie-chee), which originated in China as a martial...

Popularity of Kale in Recipes

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Q: Recipes and nutrition articles everywhere are promoting kale, a vegetable I never even heard of until recently. Is it really that great? A: Kale is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, along with...

What is Moderate Physical Activity?

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Q: How hard do I have to be working for activity to be considered “moderate”? A: The intensity of activity considered moderate depends on your level of fitness. A simple recommended way to tell whether...

I Want to Lose Weight, but When I Get Too Hungry, I Overeat.

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Q: I want to lose weight, but when I get too hungry, I overeat. How can I tell when to ignore the urge versus when it’s time to eat before I’m too hungry? A: It’s...

Is Alcohol Helpful or Harmful to Blood Pressure?

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Q: Is alcohol helpful or harmful to blood pressure? A: The most important lifestyle influences on keeping a healthy blood pressure are weight control, regular exercise, limiting sodium consumption from salt and (especially) from processed...

How Can I Avoid Overeating at Family Gatherings

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Q: How can I avoid overeating in response to people pushing food at me during family gatherings? A: Family dynamics vary, so an approach that works in one family might not do well in another....

Do Those Elastic Tubes and Bands Really Work for Strength Training?

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Q: Do those elastic tubes and bands really work for strength training? A: Yes, elastic tubes and bands are now available for virtually all levels of strength training, and they’re inexpensive and easily stored. You...

Does Exercise Improve or Worsen Arthritis of The Knees?

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Q: Does exercise improve or worsen arthritis of the knees? A: Osteoarthritis, the most common type of knee arthritis, is when cartilage in the knee breaks down due to wear-and-tear. Current clinical guidelines identify exercise...