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    Eating a Plant-Based Diet in a Cheesesteak City

    June 01, 2018

    “I grew up in a house in Philadelphia where food was very important,” said Swartz. “I learned to eat all kinds of interesting things as a young kid – hoagies, pizza, cheesesteaks, Chinese food, Indian food, and whatever – I just loved food. So, when Duffy suggested I try to embrace a plant-based lifestyle, I was pretty skeptical and not very interested.”

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    When It Comes to Calorie Consumption, Is Knowledge Power?

    December 20, 2017

    Over-consumption of calories has been a key driver of rising rates of obesity. By May 2018, restaurants, grocery stores, and other food establishments with 20+ locations will be required to post calorie information on their menus. The hope is that making such information more visible will encourage consumers to choose – and restaurants to offer – lower-calorie items. But will it work? 


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    Meeting the Dietitian — My GDM Experience

    October 02, 2017

    Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is the most common type of diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy; it is also one of the most common pregnancy complications, affecting up to 18 percent of expecting women. Yet most women don’t learn much about the condition until after they are diagnosed. At 33 weeks into my pregnancy, I failed a glucose tolerance test and was diagnosed with GDM. Nothing really prepares you to hear a bad diagnosis.

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    [Liquid] Food for Thought

    June 19, 2017

    After a bike accident left me with a broken jaw wired shut, one of my biggest concerns was figuring out how and what to eat when I could only sip it through a straw. After discovering meal replacement shakes weren't going to cut it, I decided to talk with a pro to see what I was lacking and how I could get it. 

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    Harnessing Big Data to Count Calories in the ICU

    December 21, 2016

    Even immobile patients burn calories through normal biological functions like breathing and thinking—and the average patient only receives about 50 percent of their daily calorie needs, meaning many patients in the ICU are at risk for malnutrition.  That’s where David Do, MD, and his fellow researchers come in.

  • The Skinny on the Weight Loss Balloon

    July 06, 2016

    With beach season now in full swing, it’s not surprising that the latest weight loss balloon has been making headlines. The newest balloon, known technically as an intragastric balloon, is a space-occupying device which is placed in the stomach by swallowing a pill, and then inflated – a new design...

  • Processed and Red Meat – Are They Really that Bad?

    November 30, 2015

    Four days gone now and Thanksgiving officially kicked off the holiday season. For revelers of all backgrounds, this time of year has the potential to be one long party-fest from now through New Year’s. With this party atmosphere comes lots of bad food. Despite the season the Eagles are having,...

  • Big Looks at Small Things: The Thanksgiving Day War for Your Stomach

    November 25, 2015

    Welcome to Big Looks at Small Things (BLAST), an in-depth, medically grounded look at the small things, moments, and experiences most of us share in but never think about. Today: We’re looking at the war for your stomach. Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and by now we’ve all been inundated yet again...

  • The Skinny on Fat

    September 14, 2015

    For more than a few decades the medical community told us that fat was bad. Much maligned, fat was deemed enemy number one of hearts and minds (clogged arteries, heart attacks and strokes, oh my!) as well as waistlines. However, as new research shows, the tide against some fats is...

  • Achieving Healthy Skin from Within

    December 30, 2014

    With all the get-togethers, parties, and family dinners, the holiday season can be tough on our waistlines. But, beyond the belt, the food we consume can affect us in other ways, too. What once was a quick and easy trip to the grocery store has now for some become much...

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