Health Advice



Edible cannabis alert

Martha Stewart is now selling gourmet, hemp-derived CBD edibles. "I can pop 20 of them and just feel OK," she told a journalist. "But some of my friends do two and feel high. I don't know why."

Reactions to edibles made with CBD or THC (the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana) can be unpredictable -- and have negative health effects. A study, ...Read more

A mask won't dim your workout superpowers

Spider-Man has superhuman strength, speed, agility, stamina, coordination and endurance -- all while wearing a mask that completely covers his nose and mouth. Now, that may seem to confirm his unique superpower abilities, but researchers from the University of Saskatchewan would disagree.

They were interested in seeing if wearing a COVID-...Read more

The power of moms to help their children stay heart-healthy

Meg Tilly ("The Big Chill") opted out of the limelight while raising her children. As she told People magazine, she wanted to "make sure they had a hot breakfast every morning." That protected her kids from the often-harmful glare of celebrity and long-distance parenting.

But moms like YOU can make an even greater difference in your children's ...Read more

Foods that can help soothe anxiety (without causing weight gain)

If you're like most people, your anxiety level has gone up lately -- perhaps way up. And chances are, you've seen what social media is advocating as a solution: #stressbaking -- with thousands of pictures and recipes for cakes, cookies, pies and other sugar-filled treats.

Although lab studies indicate that sugar does temporarily cool your body'...Read more

Even one soft drink a day is too much

Two living presidents are avowed diet-soda fanatics. Bill Clinton is so identified with the beverage that he reportedly placed a Diet Coke, along with other items, in a time capsule at his official presidential library. And reports say Donald Trump downs as many as 12 Diet Cokes a day.

Now, we don't know what it would do for governing if chief ...Read more

Cool it! The benefits of putting out the flame

At the end of October, more than 5,600 firefighters continued to battle 22 wildfires in California -- on the 28th alone, they responded to 29 blazes. You can bet they wished it were as easy to dampen the destructive power of those flames as it is to tamp down inflammation and resulting health hazards in your body!

New research from the Harvard ...Read more

Two new ways aspirin may extend your life

Since aspirin became widely available in the late 1800s, it's been advocated for use in many odd ways, from birth control to prolonging the life of a Christmas tree. Fortunately, the modern science behind this common pain reliever's powers is far more reliable -- and ever-growing.

Research suggests that this heart-friendly medication can also ...Read more

Upping your cancer-fighting powers

Christina Applegate was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, at age 36. She had a double mastectomy and has been cancer-free since then. One reason, according to a Danish lab study published in eLife, may be her exercise routine. The vegetarian actress and breast cancer activist does a combination of cardio, weight training and a core workout ...Read more

Stopping the bad influence of YouTube's kiddie influencers

In 1965, Soupy Sales was suspended for two weeks from his children's TV show for telling kids to go to their parents' wallets and take out funny green pieces of paper with pictures of U.S. presidents and mail them to him. Thousands of dollars poured in!

In contrast, today's celebrities, who may negatively influence kids' behaviors, are often ...Read more

Beating back Type 2 diabetes complications one sip at a time

In 2012, a Brooklyn bagel maker offered a special beverage called Larry King Sunrise Coffee to honor the broadcast journalist, who served as the company's spokesman. King, who has Type 2 diabetes, could certainly use some coffee to make it through his early-morning and late-night broadcasts, but his cup of java may have helped fight off diabetes...Read more

Pedometers provide added incentive over fancy fitness trackers

You may "Walk Like an Egyptian" (The Bangles), "Walk Right In" (New Christy Minstrels) or be "Walking on Sunshine" (Katrina and the Waves). But however you do it, you want to know how many steps you're taking and have incentive to take more!

It's true, fitness trackers not only count your steps, they can tell you your sleep time and quality, ...Read more

The importance of saying nay to NSAIDS when pregnant

A lab study out of Sweden indicates our brains are wired to make us contrarians. The researchers found that when it comes to choosing between go and no-go, we're more inclined to just say "nay." That'll come in handy for pregnant women who get a headache or sore muscles and need to pass on taking an NSAID for pain relief.

The FDA has revised it...Read more

Mouthing off to COVID-19

It's hard to believe that even today some folks think washing a kid's mouth out with soap for sassing off is a good idea. The American Academy of Pediatrics considers it a form of child abuse. But as recently as this year, a Florida teacher was suspended after she declared a talkative student needed to be punished like that and proceeded to put ...Read more

The life-saving benefits of mammograms for older women

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan was 66 years old when she underwent a unilateral mastectomy to remove an early adenocarcinoma. According to The New York Times, "The cancer, seven millimeters in diameter, was about the smallest doctors can detect on a mammogram." In the years that followed, she was dedicated to promoting routine mammograms for ...Read more

The flu vaccine doesn't raise your risk for COVID-19

"One Flu Over the Cuckoo's Nest": That could be the title of a short documentary on peculiar ideas floating around about the flu vaccine. (Psst! Did you hear the old one about the influenza vaccine actually causing the flu? Not a chance!) Well, now folks are worried that getting their flu shot may make them more vulnerable to catching COVID-19. ...Read more

Statins: Benefits beyond cardiovascular protection

The satirical songster Alan Sherman once crooned, "Somewhere, over the rainbow/ Way up tall/ There's a land where they've never/ heard of cholesterol." That's nowhere in the 50 states. The CDC says around 80 million Americans would benefit from taking cholesterol-lowering medicine, but only 43 million do.

The heart-protecting, risk-reducing ...Read more

There's nothing highfalutin about lutein

There are many myths about how to keep your eyes and brain healthy: Don't cross your eyes or they'll stay that way. Being creative will strengthen the right side of your brain (turns out you use both sides for such tasks). Avoid sneezing with your eyes open or they'll pop out! And listening to classical music makes babies smarter. However, the ...Read more

Putting the brakes on CBD self-treatments

Pop songs about marijuana have been around for decades. There's Steppenwolf's "Don't Step on the Grass, Sam" from 1968 and Miley Cyrus' "Dooo It" from 2015. But now that medical and recreational marijuana and CBD (cannabidiol, the active compound in pot) are legal in many states, folks have decided it must be good for health, not just ...Read more

From bad to bladder: How to control your leaks

Kate Winslet has been open about her struggle with urinary incontinence: "When you've had a few children, you know, it's just what happens. It's amazing, two sneezes I'm fine, three, it's game over."

A lot of folks -- including men -- struggle with leaks. And according to a study in the Journal of Urology, the problem is increasing, possibly ...Read more

You don't have to HIIT it -- but you do have to move!

Sylvester Stallone's "Rocky" days are over, but at age 74, he hasn't given up his vigorous training regimen. It often consists of three or four sets of a dozen weightlifting exercises. He also begins and ends each workout with 10 to 20 minutes of cardio.

Fortunately, recent research suggests you don't have to emulate Stallone to age well and ...Read more



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