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There are 490 documented positive pregnancy outcomes after use of ginger root during pregnancy registered with the European Medicines Agency (EMA).  Data indicates that no malformation or fetal toxicity was associated with the use of ginger root during pregnancy.  But, because they require a minimum of 1,000 cases to determine safety, the EMA still advises […]

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Dysmenorrhea, also called menstrual cramps is one of the most common problems in menstruating women.  There are two types of dysmenorrhea: Primary and secondary.  Primary dysmenorrhea includes lower abdominal/uterus/pelvic pain during the menses and in the absence of any known pelvic pathology. On the other hand, secondary dysmenorrhea is caused by a disorder in the […]

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Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is one of the most common skin infections.  Many individuals do not know they have the virus, because they have never had an eruption. In fact, about 80% of the U.S. population has asymptomatic HSV. Herpes simplex viruses are categorized into two types: herpes type 1 (HSV-1, or oral herpes) and […]

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Turmeric and its main bioactive component, curcumin has previously reported benefits in liver injury and cirrhosis.  The current randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled trial investigated the effects of curcumin supplementation on health-related quality of life in patients with liver cirrhosis. The study included 70 patients, ages 20-70 from a gastroenterology outpatient clinic in Iran.  The patients had […]

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The winter solstice began today, Tuesday, 12/21/2021, 10:59 a.m., EST.  The solstice happens twice a year, once in each hemisphere.  The winter solstice is the day with the shortest amount of daylight and the longest night of the year when the Sun is at its lowest point in the sky. In the Northern Hemisphere where […]

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When it comes to yams and sweet potatoes…. I admit to what seems like group confusion—me, other vegetable shoppers, produce managers, chefs and my mother. The confusion starts with the problem that in the United States, the terms “yam” and “sweet potato” are used interchangeably, but they are actually completely different vegetables. Yams are starchy […]

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Uterine fibroids (aka leiomyomas) are a common benign uterine tumor that originates from the smooth muscle of the uterus.  They are not cancerous growths.  The incidence in general, in U.S. women is about 9.6% of the female population, but it is more common in black women with an incidence of 18.5% (and possibly other nonwhite […]

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Depression is worldwide, and over 264 million individuals suffer from it across the world. Depression is one of the most commonly occurring mental health disorders occurring in adults and children. [i]  According to The World Health Organization, depression is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide.  [ii] Depression is a common mental health condition […]

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