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Screening for mild cognitive impairment

One recent heartbreaking plot twist on the TV series "This is Us" is matriarch Rebecca Pearson's (Mandy Moore) eroding memory. Recently, an MRI indicated her symptoms of mild cognitive impairment might mean she's in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. That storyline has led some viewers to wonder if they, too, should test for cognitive ...Read more

Is loneliness making you sick?

"We don't heal in isolation, but in community," S. Kelley Harrell, an interfaith minister once wrote. That is sure true, and recent studies confirm it.

An analysis of 30 existing studies published in the journal Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews found that loneliness and social isolation are associated with chronically elevated inflammatory ...Read more

It's time to eat more olive oil

The Edmonton Oilers won the Stanley Cup in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1988 with Wayne "The Great One" Gretzky as their center, and one more time in 1990 after they traded Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings. Since then, no more Cups for the Oilers.

Maybe they could use a cup of olive oil to bolster their strength. A study by researchers from Harvard's T...Read more

Sweet-talking sugar lies

Yogi Berra, Yankees ol' number 21, was the funniest, most ferociously talented Hall of Famer, and possibly kindest catcher ever. He once declared: "Always go to other people's funerals; otherwise they won't go to yours." And "Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too."

Genuine sweetness makes the world a ...Read more

Early diagnosis of lung cancer is a game changer

Television personality Larry King was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017. "They said I was lucky and smart to get annual X-rays because lung cancer doesn't give you any signs until it's in the late stages," he told People magazine. At that point, King, a former smoker, knew that his three-pack-a-day habit from years ago put him in the higher ...Read more

The amazing power of a vegetarian diet

When Phil Michelson called a two-stroke penalty on himself for improving his lie during the last round of the Greenbrier Classic in 2018, he confessed, "I just had a few bonehead moves today." But he did rebound, winning the WGC-Mexico Championship in March of that year and Pebble Beach in 2019.

Most people who are penalized with two strokes ...Read more

Fries plus low-cal sweeteners: not a splendid idea

Oddly, french fries figure as major plot points in old movies: There's the scene in 1986's "Cobra" when Stallone tells a ketchup-crazed girl her fries are drowning; the french fries food fight in a moving car in "The Getaway" (1994); and the scene about freeway french fry agony and ecstasy in "Freaky Friday" (2003) when a nutrition-conscious mom...Read more

Don't let coronavirus fears take your focus off staying healthy

During the 2019 Golden Globes ceremony, hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh surprised the crowd by bringing out actors dressed as medical personnel to deliver free flu shots to celebrities. Oh told the crowd "You know you wore a sleeveless gown for a reason!"

Samberg added, "If you are an anti-vaxxer, just put a napkin on (or perhaps over) your ...Read more

If you're a caregiver, remember, your health matters too

When the late model and restaurateur B. Smith was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2013, her husband, Dan Gasby, was determined to take care of his wife come what may. However, several years later he created a stir when he went public with the info that he was in a romantic relationship with another woman while still Smith's ...Read more

Vitamin D deficiency can cause lower back pain after menopause

When animal rights activist, actress, music PR executive, mom and creator of, Meg Mathews experienced menopause around age 50, she reported: "My joints were so inflamed; I used to be able to get up and do a downward dog, but I was walking to the bathroom like an old lady. It was taking my body a lot longer to wake up."

A study...Read more

Unleashing the healthy power of olive oil

Olive Oyl was Popeye's skinny, bandy-legged girlfriend who appeared to be far, far less healthy than her spinach-loving sailor. If she had only known how to unleash her innate powers!

Turns out that olive oil, the tasty 77% monounsaturated lipid that is the backbone of the Mediterranean diet, really comes into its own when you combine eating it...Read more

The obesity-ADHD connection for moms

In 2012, the network TLC aired "Obese & Expecting," a reality-style show that followed four severely obese women through their challenging pregnancy. They and their child-to-be were at high risk for severe complications including miscarriage, preeclampsia (for the mom), a difficult delivery, stillbirth, heart disease (baby and mom), and ...Read more

Stand up (straight) to stress and fatigue

Celebs often parade poor posture down the red carpet like it were a prerequisite for paparazzi attention: Kim Kardashian's sway back is definitely in your face. Emma Watson's slouch with shoulders forward seems demure, but she's not doing herself any favors, and Justin Bieber often juts his head forward as if he would like to crawl right into ...Read more

Eat your way to better brain function

Super-brainy super-athletes like Wimbledon champ Marion Bartoli with an IQ of 175, Ryan Fitzpatrick, a Tennessee Titan quarterback, who scored 1580 on his (old-school style) SATs out of 1600, and former Knicks' small forward, U.S. Senator and Rhodes Scholar Bill Bradley have all used their smarts to figure out what's good and bad in their diets ...Read more

Don't sit still for your kids sitting still

In the 1948 film "Sitting Pretty," the snide, know-it-all babysitter Belvedere (Clifton Webb) quickly wins over three previously untamable, rambunctious children of Harry (Robert Young) and Tacey (Maureen O'Hara) King.

Not many kids these days are called rambunctious, and that's too bad. Instead, kids are sitting around, staring at their ...Read more

Folic acid may foil some fetal damage from phthalates

More than 60 countries around the world mandate that folic acid be added to flour to increase fertile women's intake of this B vitamin. It's an effective way to protect newborns from neural tube defects such as spina bifida, a malformation of spinal bones that can cause paralysis. Plus, every woman of childbearing age is urged to take a 400 mcg ...Read more

Here's how to dodge Type 2 diabetes after gestational diabetes

Salma Hayek was 40 when she became pregnant with her now 12-year-old daughter Valentina. It was a tough pregnancy: She gained around 50 pounds and developed gestational diabetes. Fortunately, she breastfed her baby for 15 months, and that may have spared Salma a cascade of health issues that often follow gestational diabetes, including ...Read more

Keep meds away from your kids and grandkids

In the 1960s, the FDA launched an ominous PSA called "Pretty Poisons" to warn about kids accessing potentially lethal medicines and other stuff at home. In 1983, the Long Island Regional Poison Control Center aired a cartoon PSA featuring blue pills crooning: "We're not candy. This is serious. We could make you delirious." This year, an earnest ...Read more

You don't want to miso out on this life extending treat

When a fermented bean paste has its own following on Etsy, you know you're talking about something with which people have an odd but special relationship. Or as a multitude of T-shirts and greeting cards on the site declare: You make miso happy -- udon even know!

Miso is a fermented soybean paste that's mixed with salt and a mold used to make ...Read more

Change up your exercise routine to maximize your health

Many people marvel at how fit 50-year-old J.Lo is. Her secret: "I'm constantly switching things up," she says of her regimen of running, dancing and weight training. J.Lo's on to something. Research suggests that regularly altering your exercise routine so you work out at different intensities and use various muscle groups is the most effective ...Read more


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