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Archive Monthly Archives: November 2019

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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A practical guide to accurate home blood pressure measurement

We get our blood pressure checked each time we visit our doctor’s office. However, the numbers may not always accurately reflect our baseline blood pressure due to the reasons I will discuss below.  It is beneficial to monitor our blood pressure at home when we are relaxed in a familiar environment.  And here is a […]

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Are Chinese people more prone to high blood pressure?

Hypertension (high blood pressure beyond current diagnostic threshold), is so common that each of us knows several family members and friends who carry this condition.  Hypertension is a leading cause to strokes and cardiovascular diseases.  Some of my Chinese friends believe that we Chinese are genetically prone to high blood pressure because we evolved with […]

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