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Intermittent fasting plus exercise: Helpful or harmful?

Intermittent Fasting (IF) has become one of the most popular weight loss strategies. But does it really work? Can it boost your efforts to lose weight and build lean body mass? Let’s dive in to see what the research says about intermittent fasting and exercise. How intermittent fasting works There are various ways to practice …

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Male fertility 101: How to optimize sperm count and your baby’s DNA

Historically, the focus of infertility care and fertility discussions has been solely on the female, but over the last 10 years, we’ve seen more and more attention being paid to the male partner. And with good reason—the male contribution to a successful pregnancy is immense.  Think about it. Half the baby’s DNA, which many consider …

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Saving hearts and lives: A behind-the-scenes look at the heart transplant process

When the transplant team at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas gets the call about a possible donor heart, many processes and people start moving—quickly. And if multiple calls happen back-to-back, that’s where the team really springs into action. The heart transplant team has an unwavering focus on giving hope to people living with heart …

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Chest pain? You might need a cardiac CT scan

Nearly 6.5 million people visit America’s emergency rooms each year for chest pain. Additional millions of people seek out cardiologists to evaluate their chest pain, concerned they may be at risk for heart disease. If that’s you, it’s important to know what to expect when you do see a cardiologist or undergo evaluation for chest …

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How to ditch dry skin: A dermatologist’s top tips for nourished, glowing skin

Dry skin can be itchy and unpleasant. If you’ve lathered on the lotion to no avail, you’re probably fed up with dry skin. But there’s good news—you don’t have to feel like an alligator. It turns out there are a few easy ways to soothe dry skin and get it glowing again. I discuss dry …

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Newborn jaundice: Symptoms, testing and treatments parents need to know

Congratulations, you’ve welcomed a new bundle of joy into your world! However, having a newborn infant comes with a lots of questions and things to be aware of. One of these things to be aware of is neonatal, or newborn, jaundice. This will be a key aspect of your baby’s post-delivery hospital stay and first …

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My smartwatch EKG says I have an irregular heartbeat. Now what?

Every day, I’m amazed at how many of my patients own smartwatches or wearable devices. In fact, a recent study by Pew Research found approximately one in five Americans owns and wears a smartwatch. That translates to 66.5 million people. Young and old alike are wearing them for different reasons. In my practice, I’ve seen …

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I just had my first colonoscopy. Here’s what it’s really like

There were many excuses to put off my colonoscopy. I didn’t have symptoms. I’m only 53. I’m too busy. I wrote in my daily calendar probably 30 different times, “Call to make colonoscopy appointment.” But I didn’t call. What about the prep? What if the doctor finds something suspicious? I amazed myself with how many …

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