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The Addictive Nature of Sugar

Columnist: Rajina Ranadive, M.D.
Feb, 2020 Issue

Several times during the day when I meet with patients, I find myself teaching them how to read labels. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Americans age 6 and older consume about 14 percent of their total daily calories from added sugars. So many packaged foods contain hidden sugars, such as energy drinks, fruit juice, sweetened coffee and teas, granola bars, salad dressing, bread and yes, even fat-free yogurt.

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Making the Most of Your Doctors Visit

Columnist: Rajina Ranadive, M.D.
Jul, 2018 Issue

Before your first visit with a primary care physician, there’s a lot of information you’ll want to gather. Be sure to take your previous medical records with you. (Some physicians ask that you drop this information off before your visit. If you have a digital copy, it’s best you drop it off in advance, so it can be downloaded and included in your chart.) Your medical record should include any previous diagnoses, treatments, imaging done of your body, laboratory results and immunization history.

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Do You Need a Multivitamin

Columnist: Rajina Ranadive, M.D.
Apr, 2018 Issue

If you take a multivitamin every day, then you’re part of multi-billion dollar industry that has been marketing various health claims. As consumers, we spend an average of $14 billion a year on tablets that contain vitamins and minerals. Many people take a multivitamin because they believe it gives them more energy, or makes them feel better. Others take multivitamins to supplement what they believe is a poor diet. Still others believe taking a daily multivitamin is a preventive measure against the common cold or flu or to prevent chronic diseases.

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The Impact of Opioids

Author: Rajina Ranadive, M.D.
Jan, 2018 Issue

The opiate crisis is affecting everyone. It’s crucial that we protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community from opiate abuse, misuse, addiction and overdose. The best way to do that is with information, so we can recognize this when it happens to us or to someone we care about. Opiates, which include prescription pain medications such as hydrocodone, codeine, oxycontin, fentanyl and heroin, killed more than 33,000 people in the United States in 2015. Six out of every 10 drug overdose deaths involve an opioid.

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How Often Should Women Get Mammograms?

Columnist: Rajina Ranadive, M.D.
Oct, 2017 Issue

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Plant Power

The Economist called 2019 “the year of the vegan.” Indeed, we are seeing more and more plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy on grocery store shelves and restaurant menus. Many people...

Kid Safe? The Vaccination Debate

Measles, mumps, chicken pox and other childhood diseases of yesteryear are making headlines again in the United States. Formally prevalent viruses and bacterium affected thousands of lives before a sc...

Managing Workplace Stress

If you’re not stressed at your job and workplace, consider yourself lucky. In a recent Gallup poll, 55 percent of Americans said they are stressed during the day, 20 percent higher than the worl...

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