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Best known for their use in preventing and treating osteoarthritis, glucosamine and chondroitin are very popular dietary supplements. Much research has been dedicated to determining their effects on bone health, with mixed results. But recent research has pointed to another possible benefit of these supplements.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine condition associated with elevated insulin levels, impaired glucose metabolism, hormone imbalance, and dyslipidemia. Common in women of reproductive age, PCOS causes a number of symptoms, including irregular menstrual cycles, excessive hair growth, acne, and weight problems. In addition, PCOS increases risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), coronary heart disease, and endometrial cancer.

More than 150 million people in the world are affected by depression, and the personal and societal costs of the disease are devastating. By 2020, depression is expected to be the second most common disease worldwide, second only to cardiovascular disease.

The causes of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are complex and not entirely well understood, but one thing is certain: its effects are frustrating and debilitating. Characterized by insurmountable fatigue that lasts for six months or longer and can’t be attributed to another medical condition, CFS causes a host of life-disrupting symptoms. These can include muscle pain, difficulty sleeping (or sleeping too much), and cognitive problems. Many people with CFS experience a worsening of symptoms with exercise.

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. And, while treatments exist for it, many people do not respond fully to treatment. Prevention of depression has the potential to improve the health and quality of life of millions of people.

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects approximately 8 percent of the US population at some point in their lives. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur after a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event like combat, assault, or natural disaster. Symptoms, which can be debilitating, include nightmares, flashbacks, and intense feelings when reminded of the trauma. 

Radiation therapy is a commonly used treatment for women having breast-conserving surgery for breast cancer, and for good reason: It reduces the rate of local recurrence, as well as the risk of death from breast cancer.

Anyone looking to lose weight knows it can be difficult to reduce calories without encountering appetite challenges. Between-meal hunger pangs can sabotage even the most well-intended individuals. Controlling that hunger can mean the difference between long-term weight loss and abandoned goals.

Green tea has been a popular drink in Asia for millennia, and in recent decades it has gained a loyal following throughout the world. Like black tea and oolong tea, green tea is made from Camellia sinensis leaves; however, unlike the others, green tea does not undergo oxidation after drying.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic inflammatory disease that’s not only painful, but also has been linked in a considerable number of studies to increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). It’s not fully understood why, but it’s likely that RA contributes to vascular inflammation and, consequently, accelerated arthrosclerosis.

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