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According to an article published in The Journal of Clinical Psychology, almost half of all Americans make New Year's resolutions. Of those, however, only 8% are likely to succeed. Among all the various resolutions, the most common one is losing weight.  Some might ask if it's worth it to make a New Year's resolution if the  success rate is so low. According to University of Pennsylvania professor Dr. Maurice Schweitzer, resolutions do have some value. “The new year provides a salient reference point for  setting a goal — How much did I weigh at the beginning of the year? — and forming resolutions helps...

Every year at Christmas it shows up. It is a popular gift around the holidays that — let’s face it — most of us dread receiving. The dense cake is filled with sugar-soaked fruit that makes for an overly sweet, hard bite. The historic Christmas cake, inherited from the British and wedding cake of both Princess Diana and Kate Middleton, is actually edible for up to 25 years after it’s made. Shockingly, this doesn’t make it more appealing. But love it or hate it, fruitcake never goes away. What’s the story behind this sturdy seasonal dessert?What’s in it?It’s not just...

Bananas are one of the world's most appealing fruits. Global banana exports reached almost 18 million tons in 2015, according to the United Nations. About half went to the United States and the European market. Americans eats about 11.4 lbs. of bananas each year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, making it Americans' favorite fresh fruit. Bananas may have been the world's first cultivated fruit. Archaeologists have found evidence of banana cultivation in New Guinea as far back as 8000 B.C. The banana plant is classified as an arborescent (tree-like) perennial herb, and the banana itself is considered a...

September is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) awareness month. PCOS is a hormonal disorder common among women. While the cause of PCOS is still unknown, some of the symptoms include weight gain, especially around the midsection, and infertility. We see many women who use weight loss surgery as a tool to address the symptoms of PCOS, especially if they are wanting to start a family. After weight loss surgery, we talk to our patients about when it is a good time to start a family as part of our ongoing patient education. This is a great example of how we can...