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Friendships Matter if You Want to Lose Weight
Friendships Matter if You Want to Lose Weight FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you're trying to lose weight, it might be a good idea to hang out with thinner people, a new study suggests. Researchers made the discovery in analyzing a survey of more than 9,300 Americans between the ages of 18 and 65. Overweight people who want to drop weight are less likely to succeed if they only socialize with other overweight people. Though they may be more comfortable with plump peers, they're more apt to...
First Days of Preseason Practice Pose Big Heat Risks for College Football Players
First Days of Preseason Practice Pose Big Heat Risks for College Football Players FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As college football players trade in their beach towels for helmets and padding, new research shows their risk of developing sports-related heat illness shoots up. In particular, during the first 14 days of preseason play these athletes face a greater than usual risk for a specific type of heat illness called exertional heat illness (EHI). EHI is a serious and potentially life-thre...
FDA Recommends All Blood Donations Be Tested for Zika
FDA Recommends All Blood Donations Be Tested for Zika FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Friday that the nation's entire blood supply be routinely screened for the Zika virus. In February, the FDA recommended testing of donated blood and blood components only in areas where Zika was actively spreading, but agency officials now say that universal testing is needed to further protect those who get donated blood. "There is still much uncertainty r...
For Uncontrolled Tremor, Ultrasound Instead of Brain Surgery?
For Uncontrolled Tremor, Ultrasound Instead of Brain Surgery? THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with uncontrolled shaking caused by a condition called essential tremor may get relief with a new noninvasive ultrasound procedure, a study finds. The movement disorder involves involuntary tremors in the hands or feet, and sometimes the voice is shaky, said Dr. Max Wintermark, a professor of neuroradiology at the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center in Palo Alto, Calif. "It's called 'essent...
Free Testosterone Does this test have other names? Free T-index What is this test? This test measures the amount of unattached, or "free," testosterone in your blood. Testosterone is a male sex hormone (androgen) that helps male features develop. Testosterone is made in the testes and the adrenal glands. It causes the changes that occur in boys during puberty. Testosterone helps hair and muscles grow. It also helps the penis and testes grow. Testosterone also causes a boy's voice to deepen. Men continue...
Free and Bound T4
Free and Bound T4 Does this test have other names? Total T4 concentration, thyroxine screen, free T4 concentration What is this test? This test measures the level of the hormone thyroxine (T4) in your blood. The thyroid gland makes T4 and also T3 (triiodothyronine) in response to thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). TSH is made by the pituitary gland in your brain. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland near the base of your throat, above your collarbones. T4 is found in the body in two forms: free T4 an...
Free and Bound Triiodothyronine (Blood)
Free and Bound Triiodothyronine (Blood) Does this test have other names? Triiodothyronine test, T3 test, thyroid function test What is this test? This blood test measures the level of the hormone triiodothyronine (T3) in your blood. The thyroid gland makes the hormones T4 (thyroxine) and T3 in response to thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). TSH is made by the pituitary gland. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland near the base of your throat, above your collarbone. T3 and T4 help to control your ...
Free Light Chains (Blood)
Free Light Chains (Blood) Does this test have other names? Serum free light chain assay, Freelite What is this test? This test looks for signs of antibodies called immunoglobulins in your blood. Immunoglobulins are made by white blood cells called plasma cells to help protect you against infection and illness. Plasma, or myeloma, cells are found in your bone marrow. Light chains, also called Bence Jones proteins, make up part of the structure of immunoglobulins. Immunoglobulins are also made up of heavy...
Free T 4 Does this test have other names? Free thyroxine test What is this test? This test measures the levels of free T 4 , or free thyroxine, in your blood. A free T 4 test is used to find out how well your thyroid is working. T 4 is one of two hormones produced by the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck. Some T 4 in your blood is bound to proteins, and some T 4 circulates freely, or unbound from proteins. Testing for unbound T 4 is more accurate than testing for bound T 4 . The free T 4 te...
Free Androgen Index
Free Androgen Index Does this test have other names? FAI What is this test? A free androgen index (FAI) is a ratio figured out after a blood test for testosterone. It's used to see whether you have abnormal androgen levels. Both men and women make male hormones called androgens, which include testosterone. During puberty, testosterone helps children develop into adults. As you age, levels of this hormone can fall. This causes health problems for both men and women. A testosterone test is a blood test th...
Fragile X Syndrome (Amniotic Fluid)
Fragile X Syndrome (Amniotic Fluid) Does this test have other names? FMR1 test, molecular Fragile X diagnosis, Fragile X DNA test What is this test? This test checks a sample of your amniotic fluid to find out whether your fetus may have fragile X syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. Fragile X syndrome often causes intellectual disability, behavior and learning challenges, and autistic disorders. This prenatal test isn't a common one. But if you or your partner has this syndrome or is a known carrier of t...
Follicle-Stimulating Hormone Does this test have other names? FSH What is this test? This test measures the level of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). FSH is an important hormone made in your pituitary gland. Hormones are chemical messengers that travel through your blood. Your pituitary gland is located on the underside of your brain. FSH is made in the front part of your pituitary gland. If you are a man, FSH travels to your testicles. There, it tells the cells in your testicles to make sperm. If yo...
Folate Does this test have other names? Vitamin B-9, folic acid test What is this test? This is a blood test to measure the concentration of folate in the liquid part of your blood, called serum, or in your red blood cells. The concentration in the red blood cells will be higher than in the serum. Folate is a B vitamin naturally found in: Leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, kale, collards, and romaine lettuce Citrus fruits and juices Dried beans, lentils, and peas Yeast Liver Asparagus Broccoli Whe...
Fluphenazine Drug Level (Blood)
Fluphenazine Drug Level (Blood) Does this test have other names? No. What is this test? This blood test measures the amount of the medicine fluphenazine in your blood. Fluphenazine is an antipsychotic medicine used to treat schizophrenia and Tourette syndrome. Fluphenazine helps you think more clearly. It also improves social exchanges, paranoia, and disposition. It can also help reduce involuntary movement related to Huntington chorea. The medicine can take up to 6 weeks to work as it should. Fluphenaz...
Fetal Fibronectin Does this test have other names? fFN What is this test? This test measures the amount of fetal fibronectin (FFN). FFN is a protein made during pregnancy. It's found between the lining of your uterus and the amniotic sac that's protecting your baby. Fetal fibronectin works as a glue to hold the amniotic sac to the uterine lining. This test helps find out whether you're at risk for premature delivery. The protein is found in cervical and vaginal fluid during the first half of your pregna...
Ferritin (Blood) Does this test have other names? Serum ferritin level What is this test? This test measures how much iron is in your blood. Ferritin is a protein that stores iron. Red blood cells need iron to form normally and carry oxygen around your body. Other parts of your body, such as your liver, bone marrow, and muscles, also need iron. Low levels of ferritin lead to iron-deficiency anemia. This means you have too few red blood cells. Iron deficiency can come from a poor diet or blood loss. Or y...
Fecal Occult Blood Test
Fecal Occult Blood Test Does this test have other names? FOBT, stool occult blood What is this test? A fecal occult blood test checks a stool sample for blood that can't be seen with the naked eye. Blood in the stool is a sign of bleeding in the digestive tract. This could indicate cancer, polyps, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, or inflammatory bowel disease, also called colitis. Why do I need this test? The American Cancer Society recommends that all men and women at average risk for colon cancer start sc...
Fecal Fat Does this test have other names? Fat in stool, fecal fat stain, quantitative stool fat What is this test? This test measures the amount of fat in your stool. Having too much fat in your stool is called steatorrhea. If you have too much fat in your stool, it may be a sign that food is moving through your digestive system without being broken down and absorbed properly. This is called malabsorption. Having a fecal fat test is the best way to find out if you have malabsorption. You can develop ma...
Factor XII Does this test have other names? Coagulation factor XII, F12, FA12-human, HAE3, HAEX, HAF, Hageman factor What is this test? This test measures the amount of a protein called coagulation factor XII in your blood. A deficiency in factor XII is a rare bleeding disorder, but it causes abnormal clotting rather than bleeding. Factor XII is part of a group of proteins that act in a specific order to create a blood clot after an injury. Factor XII is often called Hageman factor. Factor XII floats fr...
Factor XI Does this test have other names? FXI, factor XI deficiency test, test for hemophilia C What is this test? This test measures the amount of factor XI in your blood. Factor XI is a protein that plays an important role in blood clotting. If you don't have enough factor XI, you may have a condition called factor XI deficiency. This is a rare bleeding disorder. It is also known as hemophilia C. Hemophilia C is a bleeding disorder that can range from mild to moderate. If you have hemophilia C, your ...
Factor X Does this test have other names? Factor assays, clotting factor tests What is this test? A factor X test is a blood test that checks for a deficiency in a protein in the blood called factor X. This protein helps with clotting. Your body has a number of protein clotting factors. They are identified by Roman numerals. A deficiency of factor X in the blood is a rare bleeding disorder. It affects about 1 person in 1 million. When it occurs, it can lead to abnormal or excessive bleeding. Why do I ne...
Factor VIII (Antihemophilic Factor A)
Factor VIII (Antihemophilia Factor A) Does this test have other names? Antihemophilia factor A test, AHF, factor VIII:C, coagulation factor test What is this test? This test measures the activity of factor VIII, a blood-clotting protein. The test can find out whether you have hemophilia A or another clotting disorder. Hemophilia A is the most common severe bleeding disorder. Von Willebrand disease is the most common of all bleeding disorders. In hemophilia A, blood does not clot as it should. This puts ...
Factor V Does this test have other names? Factor V assay, clotting factor tests What is this test? A factor V test is a blood test that checks for a deficiency in a protein known as factor V. Factor V is a protein that helps your blood to clot. Having too little factor V causes a rare bleeding disorder. Your body has a number of protein "clotting factors." They are identified by Roman numerals. Factor V deficiency is an inherited disorder. It is called an autosomal recessive gene disorder. This means bo...
Factor IX (Antihemophilic Factor B)
Factor IX (Antihemophilic Factor B) Does this test have other names? Hemophilia B, Christmas disease, factor IX hemophilia, FIX, factor IX deficiency test What is this test? The factor IX test is part of a larger screening test to find out which type of bleeding disorder you have. Factor IX is a protein that helps your blood clot. If you are lacking this protein, you may have a bleeding disorder called hemophilia B. Hemophilia B is found mostly in males. When people with hemophilia gets cut or injured, ...
Factor II Does this test have other names? Factor II assay What is this test? This test measures how much of a protein called factor II is in your blood. It can help find out whether you have a bleeding or blood clotting disorder. The test can also screen for liver problems. Factor II, also called prothrombin, is made in your liver. Prothrombin must be present in your blood for a clot to form. Prothrombin and other similar proteins are called coagulation factors. Prothrombin is also called factor II bec...
Factor I Does this test have other names? Factor I (fibrinogen), serum fibrinogen, functional fibrinogen What is this test? This test measures the level of a protein called fibrinogen in your blood. It helps find out whether you have a bleeding or blood clotting disorder. Fibrinogen is an important protein made by your liver. If you have bleeding anywhere in your body, fibrinogen is released from your liver and travels to the site of bleeding to help form a blood clot. Fibrinogen is also called coagulat...
Family Support for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Family Support for Autism Spectrum Disorder A diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is difficult for both your child and you. Some children with autism spectrum disorder have a lesser degree of impairment than others. Odd or inappropriate behaviors, problems with communication, and repeated routines and rituals that accompany autism spectrum disorder can make life challenging for the entire family. The importance of support It's critical that parents of a child with autism spectrum disorder have a good ...
Fanconi Anemia What is Fanconi anemia? Fanconi anemia is a blood disorder. With this condition, the bone marrow doesn't make enough blood cells. Or it makes defective blood cells. Bone marrow is the spongy material inside bones. It makes white and red blood cells, and platelets. Red blood cells carry oxygen through the body. White blood cells help fight infection. Platelets help with clotting. All these cells die after a certain amount of time and constantly need to be replaced. Fanconi anemia is a very...
Frontotemporal Dementia What is frontotemporal dementia? Frontotemporal dementia (FTD), a common cause of dementia, is a group of disorders that occur when nerve cells in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain are lost. This causes the lobes to shrink. FTD can affect behavior, personality, language, and movement. These disorders are among the most common dementias that strike at younger ages. Symptoms typically start between the ages of 40 and 65, but FTD can strike young adults and those who are o...
First Trimester Fatigue
First Trimester Fatigue Is it common to be so tired in the first trimester of pregnancy? Feeling dog tired, can’t summon the energy to do much of anything, and craving your bed? For many women, the extreme tiredness of the first trimester is quite a surprise. And it’s an especially hard transition for those who are normally go-getters with lots of energy. Women who usually need only 6 hours of sleep at night often find they need nearly double that during these first weeks of pregnancy. And, for others, ...
Friedreich's Ataxia What is Friedreich's ataxia? Friedreich’s ataxia is a rare, inherited, degenerative disease. It damages the spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and the cerebellum portion of the brain. This conditions tends to develop in children and teens and gradually worsens over time. Unsteady, awkward movements and a loss of sensation due to nerve injury develop as the disease progresses. ANerv_20140304_v0_001 The condition is named after Nicholaus Friedreich, the German doctor who discovered it in ...
Folic Acid for a Healthy Baby
Folic Acid for a Healthy Baby What is folic acid? Folic acid, or folate, is a B vitamin. The word folate comes from folium the Latin word for leaf. Folate happens naturally in food, particularly in dark, green leafy vegetables. Folic acid is the synthetic form supplied in multivitamins and foods fortified with folic acid. Researchers discovered folate’s importance in preventing anemia about 70 years ago. But only in recent years have they learned of the link between folate deficiency and certain birth d...
Food Intolerance After Gastric Band Surgery
Food Intolerance After Gastric Band Surgery What is food Intolerance after gastric band surgery? If you are severely obese, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is a type of weight-loss surgery that can help you lose at least half of your extra weight. During the surgery, your doctor places a band around the top section of your stomach, in the area where your food goes, to reduce the size of your stomach. This makes you feel full more quickly, and it helps you to not eat too much food. After t...
Fluocinolone Acetonide Otic drops, oil
Fluocinolone Acetonide Otic drops, oil What is this medicine? FLUOCINOLONE (floo oh SIN oh lone) is a corticosteroid. It is used to reduce swelling, redness, and itching of the ear. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is only for use in the ears. Wash your hands with soap and water. Do not insert any object or swab into the ear canal. Gently warm the bottle by holding it in your hand for 1 to 2 minutes. Lie down on your side with the affected ear up. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper to ...
Febuxostat Oral tablet
Febuxostat Oral tablet What is this medicine? FEBUXOSTAT (feb UX oh stat) is used to treat gout. People with gout have too much uric acid in their body. This medicine works to lower how much uric acid the body makes. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your docto...
Fluvoxamine Maleate Oral capsule, extended-release
Fluvoxamine Maleate Oral capsule, extended-release What is this medicine? FLUVOXAMINE (floo VOX a meen) is an antidepressant. It is used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not cut, crush or chew this medicine. You can take this medicine with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking ...
Fosaprepitant dimeglumine Solution for injection
Fosaprepitant dimeglumine Solution for injection What is this medicine? FOSAPREPITANT (fos ap RE pi tant) is used together with other medicines to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer treatment (chemotherapy). How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for injection into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. What side effects may I notice from r...
Fluticasone Furoate Nasal spray
Fluticasone Furoate Nasal spray What is this medicine? FLUTICASONE (floo TIK a sone) is a corticosteroid. This medicine is used to treat the symptoms of allergies like sneezing, itchy red eyes, and itchy, runny or stuffy nose. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for use in the nose. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Shake well before using. Do not use more often than directed. Make sure that you are using your nasal spray correctly. Ask you doctor or health care provider if ...
Fosamprenavir Calcium Oral suspension
Fosamprenavir Calcium Oral suspension What is this medicine? FOSAMPRENAVIR (FOS am pren a veer) is an antiretroviral medicine. It is used with other medicines to treat HIV. This medicine is not a cure for HIV. It will not stop the spread of HIV to others. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Shake well before using. Adults should take this medicine without food. Children should take this medicine with food. Use a specially marked s...
Fentanyl Citrate Buccal tablet
Fentanyl Citrate Buccal tablet What is this medicine? FENTANYL (FEN ta nil) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat breakthrough cancer pain that your long acting pain medicine does not control. Do not use this medicine for a pain that will go away in a few days like pain from surgery, doctor or dentist visits. The medicine is used only by people who have been taking an opioid or narcotic pain medicine for at least a week. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the direction...
Fluticasone Propionate Topical lotion
Fluticasone Propionate Topical lotion What is this medicine? FLUTICASONE (floo TIK a sone) is a corticosteroid. It is used on the skin to reduce swelling, redness, itching, and allergic reactions. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. Apply a thin film of medicine to the affected area. Do not cover with a bandage or dressing unless your doctor or health care prof...
Fluconazole Oral tablet
Fluconazole Oral tablet What is this medicine? FLUCONAZOLE (floo KON na zole) is an antifungal medicine. It is used to treat certain kinds of fungal or yeast infections. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. This medicine has been used in children as young as 6 months of age. What ...
Fractures in Children
Fractures in Children What is a fracture? A fracture is a partial or complete break in the bone. When a fracture happens, it is classified as either open or closed: Open fracture (also called compound fracture). The bone exits and is visible through the skin, or a deep wound that exposes the bone through the skin. Closed fracture (also called simple fracture). The bone is broken, but the skin is intact. Fractures have a variety of names. Below is a listing of the common types that may happen in children...
Femoral Anteversion What is femoral anteversion? Femoral anteversion is an inward twisting of the thigh bone, also known as the femur (the bone that is located between the hip and the knee). Femoral anteversion causes the child's knees and feet to turn inward, or have what is also known as a "pigeon-toed" appearance. It is typically detected when the child is 4 years to 6 years old. Intoeing is also often noticed by parents when their child begins to walk, but it may be present in different aged childre...
Factors Contributing to Congenital Heart Disease
Factors Contributing to Congenital Heart Disease What causes congenital heart disease? A congenital heart defect (CHD) is a heart problem which is present at birth. It is caused by abnormal formation of the heart during fetal development. In most cases, when a baby is born with congenital heart disease, there is no known reason for it. Scientists know that some types of congenital heart defects can be related to an abnormality in the number of an infant's chromosomes, single gene defects, or environment...
Folliculitis, Boils, and Carbuncles
Folliculitis, Boils, and Carbuncles What are folliculitis, boils, and carbuncles? Folliculitis is the inflammation of hair follicles due to an infection, injury, or irritation. It is characterized by tender, swollen areas that form around hair follicles, often on the neck, breasts, buttocks, and face. Boils (also referred to as furuncles ) are pus-filled lesions that are painful and usually firm. Boils happen when infection around the hair follicles spreads deeper. They are usually located in the waist ...
For Your Heart, Watch the Summertime Heat
For Your Heart, Watch the Summertime Heat When summer arrives, you may wonder how to stay cool as temperatures rise. Dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke can be a concern for people with heart trouble—especially heart failure. That’s because your heart may have difficulty pumping blood to your skin, where heat is released. Your medicine may make it harder to sweat, too. Sweating also helps you cool off. Seek out the cool The best way to cool off is to get to an air-conditioned environment. If yo...
Fresh Tomato Sauce
Fresh Tomato Sauce (Gluten-free) Ingredients 1 14-1/2-ounce can of no-salt-added diced tomatoes, or 1-1/2 cups fresh chopped tomatoes, seeds and skin removed 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil Directions If using fresh tomatoes, chop to desired size. If using canned tomatoes, drain juice. (Petite-cut diced tomatoes are the ideal size for making bruschetta.) Mix all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to ...
Florentine-Swiss Omelet for One
Florentine-Swiss Omelet for One (Gluten-free) Ingredients 2 large eggs, or 2 egg whites 1 tablespoon water About 1/2 cup shredded spinach, fresh or frozen (defrost and squeeze out the water) 1 thin slice reduced-fat Swiss cheese Directions Break eggs into small bowl. Add water and beat vigorously with whisk. Heat a nonstick 8-inch skillet on medium heat. Pour in eggs. Watch carefully. When egg begins to firm, lift with a spatula and let uncooked egg run underneath. Cook until there is no uncooked egg vi...
Fresh Mushroom Sauce
Fresh Mushroom Sauce Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup chopped onions 2 cups chopped mushrooms 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce 3/4 cup vegetable broth 1/2 cup fresh parsley 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream Directions Heat olive oil in saucepan. Add onions. Cook until translucent. Add mushrooms and soy sauce and cook about 5 minutes over medium heat. Add vegetable broth. Cook for 2 more minutes. Put the cooked mixture in a blender, add parsley and blend on high for 10 to 15 seconds or until you ge...
Fresh Lemon Broccoli Pesto-Style Sauce
Fresh Lemon Broccoli Pesto-Style Sauce (Gluten-free) Ingredients 1 cup cooked broccoli pieces 1 tablespoon lemon zest 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts 1/4 cup vegetable broth 1/3 cup plain nonfat yogurt Directions If using the broccoli stems, peel them and cut them into chunks. Rinse, cover dish with plastic wrap, and microwave for 3 minutes. Put all ingredients in blender and blend for about 20 seconds. If mixture is too thick, add a little more vegetable broth. Serve hot or cold. Serves 4 Each serving con...
Fresh Cranberry Applesauce
Fresh Cranberry Applesauce (Gluten-free) Ingredients 1 pound apples (3 medium-sized) 1/2 cup fresh cranberries 1 tablespoon sugar, or 2 packets artificial sweetener 1/2 cup water Directions Peel and core apples. Chop apples and put into a microwave-safe dish with cranberries. Add water. Cover and microwave on high for 4 minutes. Stir in sugar (or sweetener) and mash with a fork to desired consistency. Serve immediately or refrigerate and serve cold. Serves 6 Each serving (with sugar) contains about 42 c...
Fruited Buckwheat Pancakes
Fruited Buckwheat Pancakes Ingredients 1 cup nonfat milk 1 egg 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 cup buckwheat flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon sugar 1 cup chopped peaches, fresh, frozen, or canned and drained Directions Heat griddle to 400°F. You'll know it's hot enough if you sprinkle water on it and the drops "dance." In a bowl or large measuring cup, beat egg into milk. Add oil. Stir in buckwheat flour, baking powder, and sugar. Let sit until bubbles begin to rise. When griddle is hot, use a 1/4-...
Fiesta Shrimp (Gluten-free, gout-friendly) Ingredients 4 ounces raw large shrimp, peeled and deveined (smaller shrimp cook faster) 1/2 cup zucchini, sliced 1/4 cup of fiesta garden salsa (buy a brand that contains black beans and corn) 1/2 ounce Monterey Jack cheese, coarsely grated Chopped cilantro for garnish 1 corn tortilla Directions Put shrimp on one side of pasta bowl, zucchini on the other. Pour salsa over shrimp. Cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Lift up wrap and sprinkle...
Fruity Nutty Spinach
Fruity Nutty Spinach Including nuts in your diet can provide a host of health benefits. The list includes lower cholesterol levels, reduced risk for heart disease and stroke, better weight control, and lower insulin needs for people with diabetes. Ingredients 2 tbsp. chopped walnuts, toasted 1 tsp. olive oil 1 9-oz. bag of fresh spinach (about 4 cups raw) 2 tbsp. golden raisins Directions Heat a frying pan and add chopped walnuts. Shake the pan to turn the nuts. When you start to smell them toasting, tu...
Frosted Orange Cake
Frosted Orange Cake Ingredients Cake: 2¼ cups cake flour 2¼ tsp. baking powder 4 tbsp. margarine 1¼ cups sugar 4 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 1 tbsp. grated orange peel ¾ cup skim milk Icing: 3 oz. low-fat cream cheese 2 tbsp. skim milk 6 tbsp. cocoa 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted ½ tsp. vanilla extract Directions To prepare cake, preheat oven to 325° F. Grease 10-inch round pan (at least 2½ inches high) with nonstick cooking oil spray. Powder pan with flour. Tap out excess flour. Sift together flour and ba...
Flaxseed Botanical name(s): Linum usitatissimum. Family: Linaceae Other name(s): flax, linseed, lint bells, winterlien General description Flaxseed is an annual. It’s grown in temperate and tropical regions. Oil from the seeds is used as an alternative to fish oil. Flaxseed has a nutty flavor. It’s used in bread and bakery products. The seeds from the flaxseed plant are also used to make linseed cakes and in liniments. The stem of the plant is used to make linen thread. Flaxseed contains the omega-3 fat...
Fiber Other name(s): b-glucan, cellulose, chitosan, gellan, guar gum, gum, hemicellulose, konjac mannan, lignin, mucilage pectin General description Fiber is present to some degree in almost all plant species. It’s also made by marine life, insects, yeasts, fungi, bacteria, and a host of other organisms. Fiber is often referred to as soluble or insoluble. This depends on whether it dissolves in water. Food sources include bran, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and seaweed. Studies suggest that fiber ma...
Feverfew Botanical name(s): Chrysanthemum parthenium, Tanacetum parthenium. Family: Asteraceae Other name(s): altamisa, bachelor's buttons, featherfew, featherfoil General description Feverfew is related to the daisy. It grows throughout the U.S. and Europe. It’s been used as a pain reliever for centuries. Its feathery, aromatic leaves are used to prevent migraine headaches. Experts say that parthenolide and other ingredients in feverfew get in the way of serotonin and prostaglandin. These are natural a...
Fast Action Can Prevent Sepsis Death: CDC
Fast Action Can Prevent Sepsis Death: CDC TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many cases of life-threatening sepsis could be recognized and treated long before it causes severe illness or death, U.S. health officials report. Sepsis, or septicemia, occurs when the body has an extreme response to an infection. Without prompt treatment, organ failure can quickly follow. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about 70 percent of patients with sepsis had used h...
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