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How Much Sleep Do I Need?

Plenty of scenarios might prompt you to wonder, “How much sleep do I need? No, seriously, exactly how many hours are required for me to be fully functioning but also not spend my whole life in bed?” Maybe this thought arises as you start yet another true crime documentary when you should already be sleeping. […]

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Kirsten Gillibrand Faces Opioid Bill Backlash From Disability Community

Following backlash from patients with chronic pain and people in the disability community, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday found herself backpedaling on her recently introduced legislation to put a time limit on opioid prescriptions. The 2020 presidential contender sought to help “end the opioid epidemic” with legislation she introduced with Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) […]

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Hyperinsulinemia: Is It Diabetes?

Is hyperinsulinemia a form of diabetes? Answer From M. Regina Castro, M.D. Hyperinsulinemia (hi-pur-in-suh-lih-NEE-me-uh) means the amount of insulin in your blood is higher than what's considered normal. Alone, it isn't diabetes. But hyperinsulinemia is often associated with type 2 diabetes. Insulin is a hormone that's normally produced by your pancreas, which helps regulate blood […]

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Getting Tested for MTHFR Gene Variants Is All the Rage—But Here’s Why I Don’t Suggest It

Depression. Autism. Breast cancer. Alcoholism. Type 1 diabetes. Heart disease. What do these supposedly have in common? Many alternative health websites like to talk about a supposed link between these conditions and a gene called MTHFR—but there's no indisputable evidence that the link really exists. If you’re unfamiliar with the MTHFR gene, it stands for […]