Kingda Ka is the world's fastest rollercoaster, going from 0 to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds. That's enough loosen your fillings, and it's hard to imagine any doctor prescribing a ride for your good health! But a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association suggests that once around on an ever-so-much-more-sedate coaster like...Read more
Movies shot on film often opt for grain to give gritty texture to a scene. Remember the scowling Benicio Del Toro in "Traffic"? For some directors, the high-def glossiness of digital movie-making is just too refined.
We like unrefined graininess too ... at least when it comes to nutrition. Ancient grains dish up a big helping of health benefits...Read more
Getting fructed? The Merriam-Webster dictionary says that edgy-sounding word simply means "bearing fruit." And while it could stand for participating in the Finnish-Russian University Cooperation in Telecommunication, or FRUCT, here's one more definition: getting way too much added fructose in your diet!
A study published in the Journal of ...Read more
When Paul Simon sings "Slip Slidin' Away" he's crooning about the elusive nature of life, love and good intentions. Well, research now confirms how, despite good intentions, it's all too easy to go slip slidin' away from the benefits of your regular exercise routine. Fortunately, there's a lot you can do to sustain your commitment to move it, ...Read more
When George Harrison wrote "I Me Mine" in 1969, he was commenting on the oversized egos of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, which ended up pulling the band apart less than a year later. In Harrison's Eastern faith, one could not be united with the Higher Power until one renounced those three first-person, selfish pronouns.
Me, me, me: ...Read more
In the movie "Mary Poppins" when Mary (Julie Andrews) and Bert (Dick Van Dyke) take the Banks children (Matthew Garber and Karen Dotrice) to visit Uncle Albert (Ed Wynn), Albert starts to laugh and suddenly, with every chortle, he floats higher and higher off the ground. Soon the visitors start laughing, and they levitate, too. Only sad thoughts...Read more
The Cleveland Cavaliers' back-to-back-to-back victories made them the first team in NBA history to win a championship after being behind in the playoffs three games to one. That caused serious pain for the Golden State Warriors and their fans.
But did you know that back (and more back) problems are the real pain-inflicting champions in America,...Read more
A recent installment of the cartoon "Garfield" features a real-estate-agent flea giving two other fleas a house tour on the back of an unsuspecting Garfield the cat: "Now I'll be showing you a four-leg, two-ear condo. It's a perfect flea starter home," says the insect broker.
Fleas on cartoon cats may be funny, but in real life they pose a ...Read more
In football, if the offensive team is in the Red Zone, they're inside their opponent's 20-yard line and moving toward a goal. How many times the offense gets into the Red Zone and then how often they score from within that zone is a measure of the team's efficiency.
On the school playground, getting in the zone is a smart way for kids to reach ...Read more
When Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland and Douglas McPhail made an anthem out of the title song in "Babes in Arms" (1939), they weren't singing about upper-body strength training, but they could have been: "They call us babes in arms and they think they must direct us, but if we're babes in arms, we'll make them all respect us ... we've got our arms!"...Read more
Not far from Dr. Mike's Cleveland Clinic's Wellness Center, at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Lyndhurst, Ohio, insurance salesman Andy Haas can be found playing the golf video game Golden Tee, usually for four hours at a stretch. In Las Vegas, he recently won $10,000 and the Golden Tee world championship. And that was after pocketing about $40,000 in...Read more
Before the 2008 Olympics, swimmer Michael Phelps ate up to 12,000 calories a day! His intense workout regimen let him consume what amounts, for most people, to five to six days' worth of food every 24 hours. That's the power of physical activity.
But brain workouts can be depleting, too. Haven't you noticed that after putting in hours of ...Read more
In the 1999 hit film "The Matrix," computer hacker Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) wakes up to find that (spoiler alert!) he's been living in a machine-controlled dream world, "the Matrix," his whole life.
When it comes to the side effects of cholesterol-lowering statins, it turns out some people who believe the drugs are causing aches and pains...Read more
Before Super Bowl XIII, Dallas linebacker Thomas (Hollywood) Henderson told reporters: "He [Pittsburgh quarterback Terry Bradshaw] is so dumb, he couldn't spell 'cat' if you spotted him a C and an A." Terry laughed it off, the Steelers defeated the Cowboys 35-31, and Bradshaw went on to spell "MVP." But what if Terry had had a smartphone?
When Melissa McCarthy shed 75 pounds (from the 265 pounds she had on her 5-foot-2 frame), she did it right -- losing slowly and steadily, sticking with a get-heathier nutritional plan, getting plenty of physical activity and, as she said, "living a boring life -- going to bed at 7:30!" We say congrats! She reduced her risk for all kinds of ...Read more
When Al Green croons "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart," he doesn't provide an answer, but a new study in the Journal of the American Heart Association has figured out a lot about it -- and the benefits are totaled in dollars and cents.
Seems that if folks with diagnosed heart disease (coronary artery disease, stroke, heart failure, irregular ...Read more
When country superstar Alan Jackson croons, "But, I still like bologna on white bread," he may hit a note of nostalgia for the go-to lunch of the 1950s and '60s. But don't let that sway you. Here's why we both avoid processed lunchmeat -- and any other processed meat -- and eat avocados, which are full of healthy fats and a few goods carbs. (We ...Read more
In the 1966 campy TV romp "It's About Time," two astronauts, Mac and Hector (Frank Aletter and Jack Mullaney), travel back in time and meet cave-dwellers Shad (Imogene Coca) and Gronk (Joe E. Ross). The 26 episodes are mostly remembered for the theme song: "It's about time, it's about space, about two men in the strangest place," written by the ...Read more
Here we go again, the YOU Docs are talking about the importance of your annual flu vaccination. But wait! It's not the same old, same old. There's something new: If you or your child is between the ages of 5 and 49, DON'T get the live attenuated influenza nasal spray vaccine! It's ineffective. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...Read more
In the 1991 movie "L.A. Story," TV meteorologist Harris Telemacher (Steve Martin) is feeling trapped in a cliche-ridden existence when his car breaks down on the side of an L.A. freeway. Suddenly, the signpost above him comes to life and inquires, "R.U.O.K.?" For most commuters, however, the roadway isn't such a caring environment.
According to...Read more