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How a vegan diet can give you more muscle power

Kyrie Irving is one of several NBA players who have adopted a vegan diet. The 28-year-old Brooklyn Nets guard told the press that since switching to a plant-based diet, his energy is up and "my body feels amazing." And Irving and other athletes, such as teammate center DeAndre Jordan, are clearly onto something.

Research has emerged that finds ...Read more

New cancer prevention guidelines

When it comes to tipoffs, Shaq is king. He's credited with winning 814 jump balls during his career, and often they were game changers. Clearly, there's nothing like a good tip -- and the American Cancer Society has delivered a new set of them to help you avoid cancer. Developed by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, and Health and Human ...Read more

Thinking away immune dysfunction

The children's novel "Matilda" by Roald Dahl is about a precocious girl ignored by her parents and bullied by a tyrannical school principal. Matilda feels hopeless, but soon learns she possesses an unusual talent -- telekinesis. She can move objects with her mind, so she figures out how to beat the bad guys. "Matilda" is a story about mind over ...Read more

Poor sleep habits can lead to heart disease

In 1964, 17-year-old Randy Gardner went 11 days without sleeping. That's the outer edge of what a person can endure without inflicting lasting damage. In contrast, it turns out you assuredly inflict lasting harm if you repeatedly have lousy sleep patterns -- can't fall asleep, wake up and can't get back to sleep easily, wake up too early or have...Read more

Are you fueling your own obesity epidemic?

James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano) had a fatal heart attack after eating a meal that included fried king prawns and a plate of foie gras. The 275-pound actor opted for an artery-clogging feast and paid the ultimate price. That same year, 2013, 801,000 fellow Americans also died from heart and cardiovascular disease.

A study published in PLOS One ...Read more

Vaping KOs your oral health -- and fast!

Once upon a time, Lucky Strike cigarettes used the slogan, "It's toasted." They referred to the processing method -- heating tobacco rather than air-drying -- in an attempt to make consumers think the smokes were wholesome. One ad even compared Lucky Strikes to buttered toast. Vaping brands have tried the same kind of ploy: Remember the ...Read more

Your kids' empty calories create a full-blown risk for their future

Participants in kettlebell competitions are judged on how well they're able to hold the bell over their head while their body achieves "fixation," with all joints locked and their posture in alignment. Failing to hold that position earns them a "no-count."

Luckily, helping your kids avoid no-count foods is a lot less difficult and comes with no...Read more

Yogurt can lower your BMI, blood glucose and blood pressure

When Kelly Ripa, co-host of "Live with Kelly and Ryan," declared that yogurt is "my dessert, my breakfast, my everything," she was echoing the sentiments of millions of Americans. Marketing research shows that in 2018 the country gobbled down 13.4 pounds of yogurt per person. But in reality, only about half of you like the probiotic-laced food, ...Read more

What to eat after a workout

On Thanksgiving Day 2019, when QB Drew Brees and the Saints clinched their third NFC South victory in a row, they chowed down, post-game, on succulent roasted turkey legs. Just the protein boost needed to repair tired muscles after a workout.

We know that when you're done with a moderate- or high-intensity round of exercise, you want to refuel ...Read more

Amazing supplement battles respiratory infections, gut problems

"The cow is of the bovine ilk; one end is moo, the other milk," is a rhyme by humorist Ogden Nash. Well, it's the milk end that we're interested in -- particularly the colostrum, the first secretion of the mammary glands of a cow after giving birth. (It happens for up to seven days, and cows produce far more colostrum than a calf needs.)

Bovine...Read more

Maintain good dental care -- at home and in the dentist's office

In the movie musical "Little Shop of Horrors" Steve Martin plays a dentist who revels in horrifying his patients. Fortunately, going to the dentist while COVID-19 is still circulating doesn't have to be that scary. There are guidelines designed to protect you -- and the dentist/staff -- from exposure.

The Centers for Disease Control and ...Read more

These spices are so cool, they take down inflammation

Chili peppers, cinnamon and red pepper are the three best-selling spices in the U.S., and oregano, parsley and basil are the most favored herbs, according to researchers from the University of Illinois. But many other herbs and spices are gaining favor lately. Around 40% of folks now say they like ginger and rosemary a lot. And 33% are wild for ...Read more

Ladies, speak up to primary care doctors for your heart health

In a 2018 opinion piece in USA Today, singer Barbra Streisand, founder of the Women's Heart Alliance and the Cedars-Sinai Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center, wrote, "Today in America, women are being sent to early graves because our country has failed to combat a disease that kills more of us annually than all forms of cancer combined."

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Fiber helps save your life

When it comes to textile fibers, cotton is king. In the U.S., 17 million bales (each weighing 480 pounds) are produced annually -- with Texas, Georgia and Mississippi growing the most. When it comes to fiber foods, all beans (pinto, black, lima, kidney, etc.), raspberries, avocados, oats, apples, carrots, nuts, collard, turnip and beet greens, ...Read more

Defusing COVID-19 high anxiety

Since the beginning of April, comedians Rachel Parris and Marcus Brigstocke have been posting videos of themselves performing elaborate lip-syncs complete with over-the-top choreography and costumes at #LockdownLipsync. They're fighting off the COVID blues -- and helping others do it too!

Unfortunately, there are many folks still riding the ...Read more

Acupuncture may ease your indigestion

When A.J. Burnett, an Major League Baseball pitcher for17 years, negotiated his 2009 contract with the NY Yankees, he made sure it stipulated that the team would provide acupuncture for him. And while we bet he used it to ease sore muscles and tendons, it turns out he also could have used it to ease a very common form of indigestion called PDS (...Read more

Do not skip your child's scheduled vaccinations

Skipping while using a jump rope is a forward motion propelled by a hop or bounce from one foot to the other. It provides a full-body workout. You use your abs to stabilize your torso, your legs for lifting yourself off the ground and your arms to turn the rope. Singer Katy Perry is an enthusiast. So are the actors Michael B. Jordan ("Black ...Read more

Coffee may help you lose weight

Aussie Matthew Dellavedova, the Cleveland Cavaliers point and shooting guard, is a trim 200 pounds at 6 feet, 4 inches tall. He's also a major coffee fan and had his own line of coffee, "G'Day Mate" from the Cleveland Coffee Company, a few years back. That may be one reason he's in such good shape.

Researchers looked at data from the Center for...Read more

Are video games becoming your new social life?

Why were Miami Heat forward Meyers Leonard, the Trail Blazers' forward Mario Hezonja, and the Cleveland Cavaliers' Larry Nance Jr. hanging out together one day in early April? They were playing in a "Call of Duty: Warzone" video game tournament. Makes sense. Their real games were suspended, and they longed for a good contest. But for some it can...Read more

Over 65? Six months of aerobics can save your brain

When the Masters National Indoor Track & Field Championships at LSU was canceled in March due to COVID-19, 104-year-old Julia "Hurricane" Hawkins took it in stride. After all, she'd already earned three records in the four years she'd been competing in the 100-yard dash. She simply turned her attention to her acre-size garden and 50-year-old, ...Read more


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