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1.Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA)
GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) is one of the two main types of essential fatty acids . These are "good" fats that are as necessary for your health as vitamins. Specifically, GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid. (For more information on the other major category of essential fatty acids, omega-3, see the article on /tnp/pg000504 doc 21684 fish oil .) Th...
Score: 98%
 
2.Cyclic Mastalgia
Some women's breasts are unusually tender and lumpy, with symptoms of pain and dull heaviness that vary with the menstrual cycle. This condition is called cyclic mastalgia or cyclic mastitis and is often associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). When the lumps become significant enough to be called cysts, the condition is called fibrocystic brea...
Score: 91%
 
3.Attention Deficit Disorder
Originally, the term attention deficit disorder (ADD) referred to children who were incapable of concentrating at school. Hyperkinesia was used somewhat synonymously, as a descriptive term for children who simply couldn t sit still. Today, the definition has broadened to include many adults, and has been refined into two conditions: ADD and ADHD ...
Score: 85%
 
4.Functional Foods Index
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Score: 84%
 
5.Bursitis
The muscles and bones of the body work together like a smoothly oiled machine. Some of the oil is provided by fluid-filled sacks called bursae. Bursae are strategically located in areas where muscles, ligaments, and tendons might otherwise rub against bones. The smooth surface of a bursa allows tissues to move across each other without friction....
Score: 84%
 
6.Fish Oil
Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, one of the two main classes of essential fatty acids. ( /tnp/pg000358 21587 doc Omega-6 fatty acids are the other main type.) Essential fatty acids are special fats that the body needs for optimum health. Interest in the potential therapeutic benefits of omega-3 fatty acids began when studies of the Inuit (Esk...
Score: 83%
 
7.Raynaud's Phenomenon
Raynaud's phenomenon is a little understood condition in which the fingers and toes show an exaggerated sensitivity to cold. Classic cases show a characteristic white, blue, and red color sequence as the digits lose blood supply and then rewarm. Some people develop only one or two of these signs. The cause of Raynaud's pheno...
Score: 83%
 
8.Blepharitis
Blepharitis is a common eye disease that affects the edge of the eyelids and the eyelash hair follicles. Symptoms include red and swollen eyelids; crusting of the eyelashes on awakening; redness of the eye; sensitivity to light; excessive tearing; frothy tears; and an itching, burning, or foreign-body sensation in the eye. There are two forms of bl...
Score: 82%
 
9.Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease affecting the fatty sheath that covers nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. This sheath, made of a substance called myelin, normally insulates the nerve fibers, allowing nerve impulses to move swiftly and efficiently between brain, spinal cord, and body. In MS, patchy areas of this insulating material are ...
Score: 81%
 
10.Functional Foods
Increasingly, foods sold in the supermarkets come with health claims on the label. To name just a few, oatmeal and soy are said to help prevent heart disease, milk and calcium-fortified orange juice to fight osteoporosis, and folate-enriched flour to prevent birth defects. These are all functional foods foods marketed as offering specific health ...
Score: 78%
 

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