Health Advice



Surprise! Turn-offs can be good for your heart

When something is a real turn-off, you might declare, "That's disgusting." But sometimes turn-offs can actually be a good thing.

Take the benefits of turning off the TV. A study out of the UK and Hong Kong published in BMC Medicine found that reducing your TV viewing time by even an hour a day can boost heart health.

In fact, the researchers ...Read more

Using fruit to fight inflammation

An astounding 897,000 results come up on Google when you search for "fruit flambé" (fresh fruit ignited with alcohol). That's kind of ironic, because the truth is that uncharred fresh fruit tamps down fires related to inflammation in your body. Inflammation can be a good response if short-lived; it helps your immune system to heal a wound or ...Read more

Tiny bits of air pollution increase the risk of stroke-related death

Evel Knievel once said, "I love the feeling of the fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair." It's hard to disagree on the virtue of fresh air.

This just in from a new study in Neurology: Particulate matter pollution, especially containing ultra-small micron-sized bits, is a risk factor for stroke-related death in people ...Read more

One more benefit of a plant-based diet: easy breathing

Young adults, ages 18 to 30, are notorious for their casual attitude about nutrition -- around 60% only get one to two servings daily of fruits and vegetables. In contrast, the average American eats about 83 pounds of beef a year, the equivalent of 333 quarter-pounders! That's enough to take your breath away -- literally.

A study presented at ...Read more

The good news and the bad news -- which do you want first?

A study once showed that when given the choice, folks prefer to hear bad news first, good news after. But news givers are inclined to deliver good news first. When it comes to long COVID-19 and breakthrough infections among people who are vaccinated, you win -- here's the bad news first.

According to a study published in Nature Medicine, about ...Read more

Weight loss dramatically increases sperm count in obese men

Since 1980, the fertility rate for men younger than age 30 has decreased by 15%. At the same time, according to a 2020 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, the rate of obesity increased to 40.3% among men age 20-39, 46.45% in men 40-59, and 42.25% in those age 60 and over. How are these stats related? A Harvard T.H. Chan School of ...Read more

Good news on dodging dementia, even with a genetic risk

The idea of the positive power of the number seven is found around the world: There are seven heavens in Islam and Judaism. In Confucianism, seven expresses the harmonious relationship between yin, yang and the five elements. In Hinduism, there are seven higher worlds. The newborn Buddha takes seven steps. Now, you can add Life's Simple 7 to ...Read more

Reducing the risks of long COVID-19

The phrase "that's the long and short of it," meaning something is summed up precisely, wandered into our lexicon via Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor," in which Mistress Quickly uses the phrase turned around, "this is the short and long of it."

Well, that original version works very well today when we're talking about making short ...Read more

New treatments bring relief to people with asthma, diabetes

When Khalil Gibran said "progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be," he wasn't talking about improvements in treatment of asthma and diabetes, but he could have been. Three new treatments are likely to change what will be for folks contending with those conditions.

1. For people dealing with uncontrolled ...Read more

New recommendations to identify diabetes earlier

Diabetes has swept the nation: As of 2018, there were 4.9 million people ages 18-44, 14.8 million ages 45-65, and 14.3 million who were 65 and older who had diabetes. But as Mia Isabella Aguilar's children's book says, "We Are Not All the Same, But We Are All Equal." According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of ...Read more

How to harness the powers of individual forms of fiber

"The future of our nation," said former Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen, "depends on our ability to produce food and fiber to sustain the world." And it is equally true that your individual future as a healthy person depends, in part, on your ability to consume fiber that sustains your inner world.

But what kind of fiber? After all, all fibers...Read more

Do you have an inherited risk for cholesterol woes?

In large airports, the Transportation Security Administration seizes around 2,000 pounds of prohibited items every month. That's a screening system we're all glad is in place. Here's another one: genetic screening. When it's used in combo with clinical criteria, such as your LDL cholesterol level (or, even better, your apolipoprotein B level) ...Read more

Working together for protection of public health

John Wayne was shot and killed in five films: "The Fighting SeaBees" (1944), "Sands of Iwo Jima" (1949), "The Alamo" (1960), "The Cowboys" (1972) and "The Shootist" (1976). He bounced back, ready to star in another drama, after all but his last film, "The Shootist." That only happens in La-La Land.

No one comes back from a gun-related homicide ...Read more

More proof that the "What to Eat When" approach works

Two of the oldest known Sumerian written works "Kesh Temple Hymn" and the "Instructions of Shuruppak" date to around 2,500 B.C. I haven't been writing about how to roll back your RealAge through smart nutrition for that long, but sometimes it feels like it! Nonetheless, I'm always glad to see backup for my life's work with new, high-quality ...Read more

The super trio that helps fight cancer when you're over 70

Marvel Comics loves a trio of superheroes: There is Captain America, Thor and Iron Man as the Avengers Prime and the original Defenders -- Namor, Hulk and Doctor Strange.

Your health loves a trio of superheroes, too. The combination of vitamin D3, omega-3s and strength-building exercise is powerful enough to slash your risk of developing ...Read more

COVID-19 vaccine protects against a roster of health problems

In India, the Kangra Fort, first attacked in 470 A.D., has withstood 52 assaults over the centuries. Now, there's resilience we could all aspire to.

Well, one way to achieve that is by getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Turns out that if you are vaccinated and then have a breakthrough case of the virus, you can withstand an assault not just from the...Read more

This week's roundup: how to protect your bones and your brain

"I've got a bone to pick with you" might be one of the most-used cliches on TV, showing up in "The Love Boat," "The Simpsons," "The Big Bang Theory" and "Veep," to name a few. Well, when it comes to bones, I have one to pick with the increasing risk of osteoporosis in women over age 50. Almost 13% contend with full-blown brittle bones; 51% have ...Read more

Optimizing your sleep: the Goldilocks solution

When Goldilocks tasted the three bears' porridge, one was too hot, one was too cold and one was just right. Seems the same can be said for sleeping too much, too little or getting just the right amount of shut-eye.

Scientists examined data on more than half a million U.K. residents ages 38 to 73 and discovered that both too much and too little ...Read more

Think the Fountain of Youth is a bunch of ****? You're right on!

In 2020, Botox (4.4 million), soft tissue fillers (3.4 million) and laser skin resurfacing (997,245) were the top minimally invasive, anti-aging treatments performed in the U.S. Seems everyone wants to roll back the clock -- often from the outside.

It's more effective if you reverse the effects of aging from the inside. What you eat, drink, ...Read more

Another raw deal: Microplastics carry germs to raw shellfish

When Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson celebrated his 50th birthday on May 2, he went all in for a RAW menu of wrestling and sentimental recollections. Unfortunately, as a declared sushi eater, he has also been seen eating raw. And let me tell you, these days that's not anything to celebrate.

Two studies, one from the National University of Singapore ...Read more



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