Health & Spirit

Taking a bite out of chronic pain

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In 1908 chemist Ikeda Kikunae isolated an ingredient in sea kelp that gave flavor to konbu dashi, a Japanese broth. He turned it into a powdered additive -- monosodium glutamate. The Suzuki Chemical Company began marketing it in 1909 under the brand name Ajinomoto, meaning "essence of taste." For decades it has been considered a natural flavor-...Read more

Dodging hidden dangers in household cleansers with homemade alternatives

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In the late 1950s and 1960s June Cleaver and Donna Reed ruled over fantasy homes in which there was virtually no dirt. That relentlessly home-sweet-home fantasy shifted in the 1980s with "Roseanne," and more recently "Mom" and "Modern Family." But still, you rarely see anyone on TV scrubbing floors, scouring tubs or seriously de-greasing a ...Read more

Eating to beat elevated LDL cholesterol

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The hardworking poor in ancient Egypt dined mostly on vegetables such as onions, garlic, leek, lentils, cabbage, radish, turnip, lupines, tomatoes and cucumber; fruits like figs, grapes and pomegranates; and proteins, including whole grains and some poultry. Too bad the upper classes didn't stick with the same heart-loving diet. A study of ...Read more

To lose weight, eat more slowly

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When Luke (Paul Newman) downed 50 hard-boiled eggs in 60 minutes in the 1967 movie "Cool Hand Luke," he set the bar for cinematic lessons on the evils of eating too much too fast. While that scene may be surpassed in grossness by the blueberry-pie-eating contest in the 1986 movie "Stand by Me" or Daryl Hannah munching down a whole lobster (shell...Read more

Finally, a blood test to reveal mild concussion (in adults, for now)

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In 2015, Will Smith starred in "Concussion," which told the true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who, during a 2002 autopsy, discovered that former Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster had suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Years later, one study showed that 99 percent of symptomatic NFL players autopsied...Read more

OTC pain relievers affect your mood and 'tude!

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When Grace Slick sang White Rabbit's opening lines, "One pill makes your larger, and one pill makes you small. And the ones that mother gives you don't do anything at all," she couldn't have known that acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) that mother gave you for a headache or sore muscles actually did affect your mood and outlook.

That...Read more

Women are more likely to have a stroke: what to do about it

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Billie Jean King, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have unique strokes that propelled them to 12, 23 and 5 Grand Slam singles victories, respectively. Unfortunately, ischemic strokes are not that unique and slam a lot more women than men. Every year in the U.S. 55,000 more women than men experience those cranial vascular events.

That ...Read more

Stay strong as you age, with a Mediterranean diet

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The 2001 movie "Frailty," co-starring Matthew McConaughey as a serial killer, was the directorial debut for Bill Paxton. While the horrifying tale registered only a 78 percent audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it was 100 percent right about one thing: Frailty -- the loss of muscle strength and grip strength, a slow walking speed, loss of 10 ...Read more

Protect your ears to protect your heart

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On Aug. 27, 1883, the loudest Earth-produced noise in recorded history was emitted when a volcano erupted on Krakatoa, an Indonesian island. The sound could be heard nearly 3,000 miles away, and within 40 miles of the explosion, people's eardrums were shattered.

Clearly, loud noise (above 60 decibels, the volume of a normal conversation) is ...Read more

Toddler drinks definitely are not for toddlers

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In a scene from the 2004 movie "Mean Girls," lead mean girl Regina George goes on what she calls the "South Beach Fat Flush" -- drinking only cranberry juice for 72 hours. When a fellow student looks at the "juice's" nutrition label, he says: "This isn't even cranberry juice. It's cranberry juice cocktail. It's all sugar."

You always need to ...Read more

It's risky mixing herbal supplements with OTC or Rx meds

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Amazon offers 38 types of herbal supplements and each one, from aloe to yohimbe, comes in a multitude of brands and formulations. Americans spend $2.1 billion a year on herbals, but no herbal or weight-loss supplements are preapproved for sale! All the Food and Drug Administration can do is pull a dangerous or deceitful offering off the shelf --...Read more

The 3 C's can get you walking and keep you walking

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Every year in more than 300 cities, over a million people participate in the American Heart Association's Heart Walk to raise money and awareness about heart disease. And you can reduce your risk of heart disease by participating!

Walking is great for heart health (and everything else!), but you need to keep it up. Well, a new review reveals ...Read more

Take heart (meds, that is); they don't cause ED

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In the 2010 movie "Little Fockers," Jessica Alba plays a pharmaceutical sales rep who's selling Sustengo, an erectile dysfunction drug. After Robert De Niro's character Jack Focker has a heart attack, he tries the magic pill, worried, perhaps, that the heart meds he received at the hospital were making it difficult for him to sustain an erection...Read more

The new vaccination schedule: What it means for you

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This month Steven Soderbergh's new film, "Unsane," hits the big screen, but it was shot on a small one: an iPhone. And, says the director of "Erin Brockovich," "Traffic" and "Ocean's Eleven," it's what he'll use for shooting films from now on!

Someone else has changed their shots too: The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Effective ...Read more

Not all milk alternatives are equal

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In 2013, actress Anne Hathaway was in line to join the string of famous celebrities who've posed with the classic white moustache for the Got Milk? campaign when she discovered she was lactose intolerant! Her campaign was canceled. But in 1999, Whoopi Goldberg, who is also lactose intolerant, did get to do her campaign, quipping, "Lucky for us ...Read more

When flu delivers the old one-two

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Around 1919, the phrase "the old one-two" first appeared when sports writers described a left-right combo that landed an opponent flat on his back. And it's just as appropriate today when using the phrase to describe what can happen if you come down with the flu.

This is an especially flu-ish year. As of Feb. 2, 42 states plus New York City and...Read more

Don't overdo it on the laxatives

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In the 2005 movie "Wedding Crashers," John (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) cruise weddings (without invitations) to find dates. That is, until John falls for a bride's sister, Claire. To steal her away from her boyfriend named Sack (really!), John puts medicated eyedrops into his wine, producing a laxative effect that leaves him stuck in...Read more

The health pitfalls of juice

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In the 2005 comedy "Kicking and Screaming," former NFL coach Mike Ditka plays an assistant to kids' soccer coach Phil (Will Ferrell). At one point, the ever-bossy coach Phil yells, "You're supposed to back me up and go get me juice boxes ... Now go get me a juice box!" "Are you crazy?" retorts Ditka. "Oh, I'm not crazy," says Phil, "I'm just ...Read more

NSAIDs can get nasty!

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Ben Affleck, Lisa Kudrow and Janet Jackson suffer from migraines, as do 39 million other Americans. Tension headaches will afflict probably everyone at one time or another. Add to that the fact that 100 million folks in the U.S. deal with chronic pain, and it's hardly surprising that 30 billion doses of prescription and over-the-counter ...Read more

Don't give me no hand-me-down toys

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In 1970, The Guess Who sang, "Don't give me no hand-me-down shoes." Correct grammar aside, we'd like to add a lyric: "Don't give me no hand-me-down toys."

You can find old toys in Grandma's attic, on the internet or at a garage sale. Maybe it's a Lionel train set, an old dollhouse or building blocks. Look, but don't buy! Regulations on toy ...Read more


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