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Laurie Tarkan

Maplewood, NJ

About Laurie Tarkan

Laurie Tarkan is an award-winning health journalist who writes for The New York Times, national health, women’s and parenting magazines, and consumer health websites. She wrote Peak Peformance, a health@work blog for CBSNews.com. Tarkan is the three-time recipient of the National Health Information Awards, and won the Rose Kushner Award for Writing Achievement in the Field of Breast Cancer. She is the author of three books, including My Mother’s Breast: Daughters Face Their Mothers’ Cancer. 

Articles Written by Laurie Tarkan

Animal Study Links Antibiotic Use to Type 1 Diabetes

A new animal study found that overuse of antibiotics may predispose people to type 1 diabetes. Though preliminary, the research found an association between gut bacteria, antibiotic use and susceptibility to diabetes.

Can Sleeping Naked Make You Skinnier?

The experts weigh in.
Looking to lose weight around your middle? Check out these expert-approved tips for the best foods, exercises, and stress-reduction strategies for banishing belly fat.

Can Cranberry Juice Control Blood Sugar and Lower Blood Pressure?

What the science has to say about cranberry juice and hypertension.
A new study found that drinking cranberry juice reduces some key risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The study adds compelling evidence to the growing body of research on the benefits of berries on the heart.

The Sugar Industry Buried Sugar's Role in Heart Disease

A scathing report in JAMA Internal Medicine provides compelling evidence that the sugar industry was more concerned with its bottom line than the health of Americans.

Research on "The Biggest Loser" May Help Dieters

A new study followed 14 contestants of season eight of "The Biggest Loser," for six years. The study, led by Kevin Hall, PhD, an expert on metabolism at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, is the longest follow-up study of metabolic changes and body composition after weight loss, the authors claim.

Diabetes Cases Have Quadrupled

World Health Day efforts focus on diabetes prevention and treatment
The number of adults with diabetes worldwide has more than quadrupled since 1980, rising from 108 million to 422 million in 2014, according to a new study published in The Lancet.

Exercise May Slow Brain Aging by 10 Years

The key is the intensity
Older adults who reported no to light exercise experienced a greater decline in cognitive abilities such as executive function, semantic memory, and processing speed than those who reported moderate to intense exercise, according to a new study in Neurology.

The Real Danger of Blood Pressure Apps

A new study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine warns patients with hypertension not to rely on apps to test your blood pressure.

The Connection Between Sitting and Diabetes

A new study from the Netherlands has found that people who were more sedentary were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome than those who were less sedentary.

November Kicks Off Diabetes Awareness Month

On Friday, President Obama proclaimed November 2015 as National Diabetes Month, asking Americans to join in activities that raise diabetes awareness and help prevent, treat, and manage the disease. An estimated 29 million Americans have type 2 diabetes and another 86 million have prediabetes.

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