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Best Crepes for Thanksgiving Breakfast

I started making crepes for breakfast again.  One day our younger boy gave his food request: can we have crepes for breakfast?  I receive such orders often, and we enjoy cooking food together.  Usually it starts with an online search for best recipes with highest reviews. Only this time, I knew where the best recipe […]

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Breakfast Crepes

This is a classic recipe for basic crepes, published by Juila Child in her The Art of French Cooking. It is so easy and fool proof, yet so versatile. You don’t need special equipment or skills. I used whole wheat flour in place of the original all-purpose flour and the outcome is as great. The […]

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Does Vitamin E Cause Vaping-associated Lung Injury?

Vitamin E acetate was associated with EVALI (E-cigarette, or Vaping, products use Associated Lung Injury), reported on Nov 20th, 2019 by Centers of Disease Control (CDC). Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin.  It is present in many foods, such as almonds, sunflower seeds and vegetable oils.  Vitamin E is an antioxidant, and is important for […]

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Is BMI a Good Index of Our Health?

It started as a joke at home.  My husband has been diligently exercising and weighing himself.  He often calculates his BMI, but finds it too easy to slide to the wrong side of the threshold for overweight.  BMI is just not a good indicator for muscular people, he says, you may not want to use […]

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How Much Coffee Should We Drink Each Day?

In 2019 alone, over 2,600 articles on “coffee” or “caffeine” have been published, according to MEDLINE, the most comprehensive database on life sciences and biomedical research. That means on every single day, we can find 5-10 published research articles on coffee or caffeine.  Often these studies reported results that contradict with each other.  More than […]

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Genetics of Primary Open Angle Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a disease characteristic of damage in optic nerve.  It is the second leading cause of blindness in the world, next to cataracts.  Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) constitutes to 75~90% of glaucoma.  Recent development in genetics has led to better understanding of disease mechanism, provided tools for predicting disease risk and genetic tesing, and […]

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When Shall I Go To ER for High Blood Pressure?

If you have been diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure), it is essential and beneficial to regularly monitor your blood pressure at home. What shall I do if my blood pressure is high? Blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day and varies depending on our activities, mood, diet and medication. For a young and healthy individual, […]

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Fragile X Syndrome

She came a long way to find safety and peace for her family. She still has a long way to go in supporting her child with a rare genetic disease. She was a young mother who immigrated to the US with her family two years ago.  I met her at a Family Medicine clinic where […]

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How is Kefir Good for Our Health?

Kefir (pronounce as kәFEER) is a fermented drink that is most commonly made from cow milk.  Although not as well-known as yogurt, it is becoming increasingly popular as a probiotics drink.  Here I have summarized its intriguing history, unique characteristics and recent research on its health benefits. What is kefir – 5 fun facts Although […]

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Low Dose, Slow Titration of Magixide in Patients With Partial Seizures: An Open-label Study*

Background Magixide, an inhibitor of sodium and calcium channels, has been approved for adjunctive treatment of partial seizures.  However, poor tolerability has been observed in some patients.  This study aims at establishing a low-dose, slow-titration regimen that allows for better tolerability. Methods In this open-label, multi-center study, patients (≥12 years old) with partial seizures that […]

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