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Managing Pain With Social Support

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In 1996, Kerri Strug helped the U.S. women's gymnastics team win an Olympic gold medal when she stuck a landing from the vault with two torn ligaments in her left ankle. This superathlete overcame acute pain not just because of her competitive nature, but also because of her sense of being part of a community of teammates, coaches and fans who ...Read more

Navigate Around Unnecessary Antibiotics

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After flying from Long Beach, California, to New York City in 1938, Douglas Corrigan filed a flight plan to head back to California. When he landed in Ireland, he also landed the nickname "Wrong Way." He blamed the navigational error on low light and cloud cover that caused him to misread his compass. That may seem amusing, but heading off in ...Read more

Filling In Missing Nutrients in Two Trendy Diets

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Walt Whitman, the American poet, may have written "Leaves of Grass," but he was an advocate of what he called a "manly" diet: "Let the main part of the diet be meat, to the exclusion of all else," he wrote in a newly discovered essay. Well, ol' Walt apparently didn't know that diets without a balanced approach to nutrition can leave you starved ...Read more

Use Ground-Dispersed Pesticides and Stop Aerial Mosquito Spraying

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The blanket defense, now adopted by many Gaelic football teams, was widely criticized as the death of the game when Donegal instituted the near-impenetrable "rearguard unit" (and won All-Ireland with it). It created a game in which, as one blogger wrote, try to smother their opponents into submission." Fortunately, over the years, teams have ...Read more

Parenting Power Play

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When a penalty's called in a hockey game, a player ends up off the ice for a few minutes. This creates an imbalance of players (one team has five, the other four) and a window of opportunity, called a power play, for the unpenalized team to score a goal.

For parents of preschoolers, a window of opportunity also exists. And if parents can score ...Read more

When Good Meds Do Bad Things

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Running back Jerome "The Bus" Bettis played in the NFL for 13 seasons (a Super Bowl win with the Steelers) and landed in the Hall of Fame -- all while contending with asthma.

When he had an attack in a 1997 game played in Jacksonville, Florida ("Imagine someone putting a plastic bag over your head," he said of the incident), they gave him a ...Read more

The 12-Month Plan to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

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The roster of A-listers with weight fluctuations includes those who gain for a role and then lose it again (Bradley Cooper, Renee Zellweger), beef up during the season (Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia went from 275 to 305 pounds during the 2014-15 season) and struggle to keep it off (Kristie Alley, John Travolta, John Goodman).

Turns out that one ...Read more

Dope and Dopamine

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What do Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, D.C., and Washington state have in common? They've legalized recreational marijuana use for adults. And a total of 24 states allow medical marijuana in various ways: In New York, you cannot smoke it, although you can inhale a vapor, eat it, use a tincture or take pills! More than 12 states have ...Read more

Chinese Exercise is Great for Post-Heart-Attack Health

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After a heart attack in 1996, Dodgers' manager Tommy Lasorda retired from baseball. That was 20 years ago. Today, the Hall of Fame manager is almost 90! A cardiologist familiar with Lasorda has said that the keys to a long and productive life following a heart attack (Lasorda had another "minor" one in 2012) are medications to control blood ...Read more

Chinese Exercise is Great for Post-Heart-Attack Health

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

After a heart attack in 1996, Dodgers' manager Tommy Lasorda retired from baseball. That was 20 years ago. Today, the Hall of Fame manager is almost 90! A cardiologist familiar with Lasorda has said that the keys to a long and productive life following a heart attack (Lasorda had another "minor" one in 2012) are medications to control blood ...Read more

All Roads Lead to Exercise

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"All Roads Lead to Rome" is a Sarah Jessica Parker movie that led to nowhere (Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 3.5 out of 10). But it's also a proverb meaning many paths can get you to the same place. And that's surely true when you look at two recent studies on kids and exercise. They both conclude that the path we're on takes American kids away from ...Read more

The Guts of a Good Night's Sleep

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"The Science of Sleep" is a 2006 French fantasy/sci-fi flick that suggests for many folks the line between being awake and sound asleep is pretty fuzzy and an awfully romantic zone to be in.

But in reality, the science of sleep suggests that too little or erratic sleep is risky business. Turns out when you snooze, so do the trillions of ...Read more

Preaching to the Choir

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Seven-time Grammy Award winner Gladys Knight first recorded "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" in 1967. Since those early days, the indefatigable Ms. Knight has been singing onstage (and in her local choir) for over 50 years. Guess it agrees with her (and us, too). And guess what else? Recent research on the biological effects of music and ...Read more

Taking Your Pulses

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In traditional Chinese medicine there are (according to some) 29 pulses that indicate different states of health or unhealthiness. The normal, healthy pulse is calm, steady, smooth and soft, but not too soft, and helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.

The same can be said for a type of legume called pulses -- that is, beans, peas, ...Read more

Hopes and Dreams Go Up In Smoke

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"Up in Smoke" (Cheech and Chong, 1978) may have floated the hazy notion that smoking marijuana was harmless fun, but new research shows that a woman's chance for delivering a healthy baby is actually what goes up in smoke if she lets smoke into her brain and lungs while pregnant.

Researchers from the University of Arizona looked at 24 studies ...Read more

Dodge the Processed Foods and Cancer Connection

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In the 2002 movie "Serving Sara," Matthew Perry plays a hapless process server who uses trickery and a six-pack of beer to achieve an (artificially) enriched lifestyle. A fizzle at the box office, we coulda told him anything that's overly processed never amounts to much in the end.

In fact, it can be downright bad for your health (and your ...Read more

Welcome to the Mindful Eating Zone

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In 1960, Rod Serling introduced his TV show by saying: "You are about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. That's the signpost up ahead -- your next stop -- The Twilight Zone." Well, we'd like to take you into another dimension too, one we call ... The Mindful Eating Zone. That's a dimension where you...Read more

Pain and Function Improve Following Bariatric Surgery

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During the Gold Rush of the 1840s and 50s, pioneers in wagon trains littered the Oregon Trail, especially in western Kansas and Colorado, with clothes, books, kitchenware and wooden crates in order to make it over the Rocky Mountains. They had no choice but to lighten their load if they were going to complete their journey to the Pacific Coast. ...Read more

Let's Hear it For Raspberries

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In the 1890s, Cockney rhyming slang coined the phrase "raspberry tart" as a substitute for the socially unacceptable word "fart." But while that linguistic game may have amused some and spared others offense, it seems hardly fair to the never-stinky, goodness-packed fruit!

Raspberries, it turns out, are a hot new subject for botanists and ...Read more

Tutti Fruti

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Even today's millennials would have a hard time sitting still while listening to Little Richard sing, "Wop bop a loo bop a lop bam boom. Tutti frutti, aw rooty!" Tutti frutti was a popular ice-cream flavor at the time, and as corny as it sounds today, all fruit (that's a rough translation from the Italian!) is as up-to-date a solution to ...Read more

 

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