John F. Kennedy once said, "There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction." These words certainly apply to a new study of obese people that found daily supplementation of vitamin C (500 mg per day, time-released) reduces circulatory constriction in small blood ...Read more
When Cybill Shepherd recorded the "Menopause Blues" (it's on YouTube) in 2004, she crooned about "those hot-flashin', mood-swingin'" miseries. But we bet she didn't know that for millions of women with breast cancer (and men with prostate cancer), those symptoms are a direct result of their life-saving treatments.
Up to 80 percent of prostate ...Read more
Dale Carnegie said, "When fate hands us a lemon, let's try to make a lemonade." It's rule No. 6 in his book "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living." But there are actually lots of other tasty ways to change your outlook from sour to sweet that don't call for added sugar.
The newly published SUN (Seguimiento Universidad de Navarra) study tracked...Read more
In "Young Frankenstein" (1974) Gene Wilder plays a neuroscientist who inherits a castle complete with a typical mad scientist's laboratory. It's filled with lots of weird medical devices (and a monster) from his grandfather, Dr. Frankenstein. Those devices led to hilarity. But for the millions of people who use medical devices to monitor blood ...Read more
The Swedish proverb "the afternoon knows what the morning never expected" was popularized by the great American poet Robert Frost. What he was expressing is that often we find out later what really went on earlier.
In the interest of protecting the public health, the American Medical Association is adopting a policy supporting full disclosure ...Read more
In early September, the Kansas City Royals were leading their MLB division. Then a pox landed on their clubhouse; chickenpox, that is. Star relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera and right fielder Alex Rios came down with the disease. They're from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, respectively, where vaccines -- and chickenpox as a childhood ...Read more
At the beginning of the 1982 film "Rocky III," Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) steps into the ring with Hulk Hogan (Thunderlips). The boxing and wrestling champs mix it up for a charity match, and the result is chaos -- and a good laugh, at the time.
Ten years later, in real life, they started bundling combat sports such as kickboxing, muay thai, ...Read more
The 2008 film "Sugar" tells the tale of a Dominican baseball player, Miguel "Sugar" Santos, who was recruited to play in the U.S. It showed how hard it was for the 19-year-old from the Dominican Republic to adjust to life in Iowa. While Sugar may have seemed to be headed for a sweet life, it was a rocky road for him.
For tens of millions of you...Read more
Exploring Your Unplanned Pregnancy: Single Motherhood,Adoption,and Abortion Questions and ResourcesTyne Traverson
This book asks essential questions about single motherhood, adoption, and abortion to help you carefully think through your decisions about your unplanned pregnancy. Practical information in its resource chapters streamline your search for qualified assistance and save time.
"When you're laughing, when you're laughing, the sun comes shining through" are lyrics to the song "When You're Smiling," immortalized by Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra. And they got it just right: Real, spontaneous laughter between two people can signal a truly happy connection.
Recently, researchers at the University of Kansas learned a ...Read more
When you see a photo of Gisele Bundchen gobbling a slice of pizza before hitting the catwalk or Will Smith spoonin' lunch into his mouth as he walks down the street, they seem like regular folks doin' what you do ... eating not-so-good-for-you snacks on the run.
Surveys show that most of you grab and go three or more times a day, often instead ...Read more
The British pop music band Everything Everything came out with a song called "Cough Cough" in 2012. It's gotten over 2.6 million YouTube views to date. Clearly, kids like the sound of "Cough, Cough." And while parents can generally tolerate their children's music, when it's the real cough, cough, they tend to reach for the fastest way to silence...Read more
In the 1976 Mel Brooks film "Silent Movie," the only spoken word came from the famous mime Marcel Marceau: "Non!" An absurd moment, since mimes don't speak.
To us, this classic movie scene serves as a perfect analogy for the absurd way our society views addiction. The issue is most often looked at as black and white (like a mime's face paint),...Read more
Several years ago, when Hank Aaron was asked, "What would you do differently if you played baseball today?" the always-graceful home-run king (at the time) replied: "That's easy. I'd ask for more money."
Well, the need to be rewarded for good performance isn't exclusive to big-time athletes. In fact, recognition for a job well done turns out to...Read more
Everyone from the Jerry Garcia Band to Eartha Kitt has recorded the Jerome Kern song "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," and the classic lyrics aptly describe how teary a fiery end to a romance can make you. But folks from the West and Southwest to the Midwest and beyond are dealing with eye irritation, breathing difficulty and asthma from rampant ...Read more
When Pharrell Williams croons the lyrics to "Happy," you gotta smile! The melody and words seem to make his positive feeling positively contagious. Investigators from Warwick University in the U.K. would agree, because their recent research shows that Williams got it just right when he wrote: "Here come bad news ... give me all you got ... I'll ...Read more
Celebrity endorsements for soda have been around for years. Remember Mean Joe Green's 1979 ad for the softer side of Coke? Ever see Norman Rockwell's 1928 painting of a young lad with a fishing pole declaring he and Coke were friends for life? More recently, Taylor Swift (Diet Coke), Beyonce (Pepsi) and Steve Harvey (Coke again) have flacked for...Read more
In the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, a princess has a sleepless night because her future mother-in-law places a pea under the 20 mattresses she sleeps on. The next day, her sensitivity is rewarded with marriage to the prince. If the tale were published in Copenhagen today, the pea would be labeled "GMO" or "non-GMO," and the princess ...Read more
At age 84, Sister Madonna Buder (aka The Iron Nun), finished Ironman Canada. How'd she do it? Sister Iron says, "All I was concentrating on [was] getting the job done."
Single-mindedness is essential for endurance athletes -- and also for you, as you walk 10,000 steps a day (you are doing it, aren't you?) to strengthen your body and mind ...Read more
When Cleopatra slipped into her oatmeal-and-buttermilk-filled bathtub, she was making sure her skin was healthy and smooth-looking all day long. What she didn't know what that those magic grains could do the same for her insides.
Seems that nutty-tasting oat groats (that's what the seed inside an oat husk is called) pack a powerhouse of anti-...Read more
Jennifer Lopez and Amanda Peet are Hollywood A-listers who favor vaccinations for children. But do they know that vaccines aren't just for babies and back-to-schoolers? They should take the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quiz (Google: "adolescent and adult vaccine quiz") to find out what they might need -- and so should you! Adult ...Read more