It's a tradition in mystical Judaism (Kabbalah) for parents to tie a red ribbon around a leg of the crib to protect their sleeping infant from the Evil Eye. Centuries ago, people dressed babies (usually males) in blue-colored clothing to ward off evil spirits lurking in nurseries at night.
Today's parents still worry about the safety of their ...Read more
You may have been shocked to hear that supermodel Kate Moss and ex-Atomic Kitten Kerry Katona admitted to smoking while pregnant. Belinda Carlisle of the Go-Go's "drank daily" while pregnant, admitting, "I didn't really pay attention to what other people said."
But even more shocking is the news that 8% of pregnant women in the U.S. smoke ...Read more
When actress Cameron Diaz, 46, was young, she had acne: "I had terrible skin ... I tried to get rid of it with medication: oral, topical, even the harshest prescriptions." Then she realized her body was sending her a message. "Acne was my body's ... way of telling me to stop eating fast food," she said.
Smart, Cameron. Certain fast foods -- ...Read more
In January 2019, after a decade of debate, researchers determined that they'd found the missing link between "Lucy," the 3-million-year-old skeleton discovered in 1974 by paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and "handy man" Homo habilis, the 1.5- to 2.1-million-year-old tool user discovered between 1962...Read more
When President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer Michael Cohen was led away in handcuffs from his home to the courthouse in lower Manhattan, you can bet his blood pressure was a bit high. But that's what happens when you lie to Congress ...
Well, if you have a home blood pressure monitor and measure your BP around your wrist -- where handcuffs go ...Read more
On "The Sopranos," Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) got his nickname after he highjacked a truck he thought was filled with TV sets, but was filled with, you guessed it, walnuts. The guys never did figure out the enormous value of those tasty morsels!
We've been advocating eating 14 walnut halves a day because they offer the good-for-you lipid ...Read more
In 1955, when James Dean starred in "Rebel Without a Cause," he made teen angst and defiance cool for a whole generation of kids. Well, now, researchers from University of Chicago Booth School of Business are suggesting that all that attitude can be used to make youngsters, especially adolescent boys, a lot healthier. You'll never have to say "...Read more
After watching her gravity-defying performances, it's hard to believe that pop music star Pink, 39, has struggled with respiratory problems and asthma since childhood. Ironically, you could even say Pink owes her career to asthma; she took voice lessons early on to help her breathing.
Pink also owes her lung power to lifesaving medications that...Read more
In an episode of the 1990s sitcom "News Radio," co-anchor Bill McNeal (Phil Hartman) wants to stop smoking, while news director Dave Nelson (Dave Foley) attempts to give up coffee. It's clear they aren't going to help each other become successful when Bill says: "Come on, Dave. We went a full nine and half hours. Must we continue this little ...Read more
After losing 29 Marine brothers in Iraq, infantryman Mike Ergo returned home to California with a severe case of PTSD. Featured in NBCs coverage of the 2017 Ironman competition in Kona, Hawaii, Mike shared how he successfully deals with his stress disorder: "When I started running again, I felt good," he said. "I think endurance sports [are] ...Read more
The ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes is at the heart of the Sandra Bullock/Quinton Aaron film "The Blind Side," based on the true story of a remarkable young man, Michael Oher. At 16, he was taken in by an empathetic family and with their support, he went from being homeless to netting a successful NFL career -- winning a Super ...Read more
In the 2007 horror film "I Am Legend," a U.S. virologist (Will Smith) lives in post-apocalyptic New York City, where a genetically re-engineered measles virus (created to cure cancer) has mutated and turned everyone but him into a zombie. He is somehow immune to the virus and plans to use his own blood to stop it in its tracks.
In reality, the ...Read more
Walter Fielding (Tom Hanks) and Anna Crowley (Shelley Long) learned two important lessons in the movie "The Money Pit": If it looks too good to be true, it usually is, and don't try to fix it yourself! A similar warning was recently issued by the Food and Drug Administration about the dangers of using unapproved medical devices to diagnose and ...Read more
NBA locker rooms are dripping with more than sweaty jerseys these days. Water-fanatics like the Sixers' T.J. McConnell (he and his teammates favor pH-adjusted alkaline water), Golden State's Steph Curry (filtered water) and current Laker LeBron James (he masks his bottled water's label) have embraced the health benefits of plain water over ...Read more
You know that illegal drugs can lead to massive seizures. In January 2019, federal authorities seized 221 pounds of cocaine in two busts in Port Hueneme, California, 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Three months later, about 1.6 tons of cocaine was seized at Port Newark, New Jersey. Good for the health of the country, for sure!
But you may ...Read more
Beauty before health -- it's an all-too-common human impulse seen throughout history. The ancient Egyptians used dyes laced with lead, arsenic and other toxins to draw flowing black accents on their eyelids. In England, Elizabethan women applied the neurological toxin mercury to their faces as a cleanser and to treat blemishes. Upper-class women...Read more
The 1988 movie "The Great Outdoors" is the slapstick tale about a series of disasters that befall a family getaway planned by Chet (John Candy) and his brood at a bucolic lake resort in rural Wisconsin. Tranquility is shattered when in-laws Roman (Dan Aykroyd) and Kate (Annette Bening) arrive uninvited with their kids. Although Gene Siskel said ...Read more
Jerry Rice, the Hall of Fame wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, has three Super Bowl rings and more records than Frank Sinatra (almost). He's also known for his demanding off-season workouts that contributed to his performance and durability throughout his 20-year career.
Rice, the whole grain, is known for its durability and ...Read more
When Corey Kluber pitched the Cleveland Indians' opener against the Minnesota Twins, it looked like a positive start for the Tribe as the two teams vied for the American League Central title. But while Kluber cruised through the first 14 batters, his seven-inning turn on the mound turned into a 2-0 loss.
That defeat won't keep Cleveland from ...Read more
In Paul Newman's booze- and cigarette-laced performance in the 1982 film "The Verdict" we watch a man struggle to find a way out of his smoky, alcoholic haze. On and off the silver screen, smoking and alcohol often go together, since alcohol can be a trigger that makes you reach for a smoke even if you've been abstaining for days or weeks.
The ...Read more