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Organic Chem or Nutrition as a Pre-Med Requirement?

Success in an undergraduate course in organic chemistry is one of the master keys needed to unlock the door to medical school. Organic chemistry became a requirement for admission to allopathic medical schools in 1930.1 In 2015 it continues to be required by 84% of allopathic medical schools and is recommended by an additional 11%.2 It is […]

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The Mediterranean Diet: What You Should Know

Diet fads are a dime a dozen, but one diet has risen about the rest in terms of effectiveness– the Mediterranean Diet. The American Journal of Medicine often publishes prevention-related articles that focus on diet, exercise, and lifestyle. Given the obesity epidemic, it’s important for physicians to be able to advise patients on weight management and […]

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Can a Healthy Diet Prevent Heart Disease?

A whole diet approach, which focuses on increased intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and fish, has more evidence for reducing cardiovascular risk than strategies that focus exclusively on reduced dietary fat, a study published in The American Journal of Medicine reveals. While strictly low-fat diets have the ability to lower cholesterol, they are not as conclusive in […]

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The Future of Integrative Medicine

A landmark study by Eisenberg et al(1) of the extent of alternative or unconventional therapies, defined as therapies “neither taught widely in US medical schools nor generally available in US hospitals,” was published in 1993. It was reported that 33% of Americans were using alternative therapies, such as relaxation techniques, chiropractic, massage, and dietary supplements. […]

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Affordable Care Act Ruled Constitutional

SCOTUS Rules Affordable Care Act Constitutional– a Look Back Today the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled that the Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare) is constitutional. As Republicans vow to press on and work toward repeal of the whole act, progressives vow to work toward a public option and eventually universal healthcare coverage. Over the years, […]

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