Health Advice



Picking and preparing the perfect pasta

Spaghetti has played a major role in the movies, from the scene in 1960 movie, "The Apartment," in which Jack Lemmon as C.C. Baxter prepares the noodle by straining it through a tennis racket and delivering it with a backhand swing into a serving bowl, to Julia Roberts as Liz Gilbert in 2010's "Eat Pray Love" as she discovers the sensual ...Read more

Women can reduce the risk of stroke, despite unhealthy choices

When Sandra Bullock was 35, she transformed from the lovable but rough-around-the-edges FBI agent Gracie Hart to an undercover beauty in "Miss Congeniality." That kind of transformation may seem like a good setup for a comedy, but it's not very realistic. However, according to researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, even in...Read more

Make sure your chicken is cooked

In "Stand by Me," Ace Merrill (Kiefer Sutherland) is a gang leader who plays a dangerous game of chicken with a truck that swerves out of the way at the last minute. Now, you might not think cooking chicken for dinner tonight is as dangerous as that idiotic "game," but researchers looked at the culinary habits of people in five European ...Read more

Is your phone dialing up disease?

You probably know that if you download a strange app or open attachments from emails or texts from an unknown sender, your phone may end up with a bug -- malicious malware that disrupts all kinds of functions. But are you aware that your phone can download a bug on to you?

Current research suggests that smartphones harbor a potentially harmful ...Read more

Help your son have a healthier life

In "Batman V Superman," Henry Cavill plays the Man of Steel. But the super-fit actor wasn't always in good shape. He says that in boarding school, "they used to call me Fat Cavill. I actually had rolls of fat on me."

He's lucky he shed his excess adolescent weight. As a new study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics points out, most adolescents with ...Read more

Food combinations that deliver a knock-out blow to your brain

Queen Victoria was renowned for her mental quirkiness and her royal feasts, which often included four to six courses with seven to nine dishes each. Plates would be piled high with entrees such as duck in Cumberland sauce and roast lamb, plus there was always a sideboard laden with hot and cold meats -- pate and sausages -- in case she or her ...Read more

COVID-19 fears are keeping heart attack patients out of the ER

In 1974, President Richard Nixon delayed a visit to the hospital for phlebitis (blood clots in his left leg) because he had nosocomephobia, an exaggerated fear of hospitals. He worried that if he went in, he'd never come out alive. It's a pretty common phobia, especially now that the global pandemic has turned hospitals in many locations into M*...Read more

Do your juice drinks contain any fruit?

When entertainers Penn and Teller use their remarkable abilities for misdirection -- distracting you from what is happening right before your eyes -- you fall for it time after time. Turns out it is pretty easy to fool yourself, even if you think you're being vigilant.

That's a trick some juice companies rely on to get you to buy their ...Read more

How to brew the healthiest cup of coffee

A French press is 1) an exercise that builds triceps strength -- you lie on your back and raise and lower a barbell by straightening and bending your arms, and 2) a way to strengthen the flavor of brewed coffee by allowing more of the beans' oils to permeate the liquid.

Well, we don't recommend No. 1, because you can injure yourself too easily....Read more

One more reason you want a healthy pregnancy

When Beyonce was pregnant with her twins, Rumi and Sir, she developed preeclampsia. That led to a month's bed rest before an emergency C-section. The babies were in neonatal intensive care for a month after birth.

Preeclampsia is a condition characterized by high blood pressure and high amounts of protein in the urine, which can damage fetal ...Read more

It's never been more important to stop chronic diseases before -they start

When Bobby Womack and Candi Staton sang "Stop Before We Start" in 1978, they were talking about avoiding a broken heart -- but that's just one of the health risks you want to stop before they start, especially now that COVID-19 is here.

As data on the virus emerge, it's becoming clear that folks with certain chronic conditions are at an ...Read more

How to prevent overeating when you're stuck at home

Jared Leto gained 67 pounds to play Mark Chapman in "Chapter 27." He did it to embody his character and earn a hefty paycheck -- and then lost the weight afterward. But if you're working at home just a few feet from the fridge and/or stress eating to make yourself feel better about social distancing, you don't have such an excuse. And you're ...Read more

Exercise can do more than ease depression -- it can prevent it

Actress, writer, director and producer Lena Dunham found that exercise was the key to getting on top of her emotional problems: "I know it's mad annoying when people tell you to exercise, and it took me about 16 medicated years to listen. I'm glad I did." We're glad she found out how helpful exercise can be in reducing the symptoms of depression...Read more

No screen time for 12- to 18-month-olds -- period!

According to a 2017 Common Sense Census of Media Use of Kids Zero to Eight, U.S. children under the age of 2 spend an average of 42 minutes a day using screen media. That's despite an American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation that kids under 18 months should avoid all screen media, including TV.

If that gentle warning from the AAP didn't ...Read more

Are you part of the young and pre-frail generation?

IMDb lists "Good Will Hunting" as the No. 1 movie about the fear of failure. But we'd like to point out that with a little help, Will (Matt Damon) is able to overcome the crippling emotion and realize his potential. And, we hope you can do as well as Will, if fear of frail-ure is what's haunting you.

It turns out that pre-frailty, which most ...Read more

Is your plant-based diet actually healthy? Maybe not

A few years ago, two men filed a class-action lawsuit against Hain Celestial Group, maker of Garden Veggie Straws, a vegetable-flavored snack food composed of mostly potato and corn starches. They argued that the package label was misleading, and people thought they were getting a healthy dose of veggies by eating a few fistfuls of the straws.

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How to wear a nonmedical mask safely and effectively

In the 1994 Jim Carrey movie "The Mask," Carrey's character, mild-mannered bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss, is transformed into a hyper-hyped-up superhero when he dons a vivid green mask. Fortunately, wearing a protective nonmedical mask doesn't make you manic, but it does make you a hero. That's because it reinforces the benefits of social distancing...Read more

Smart diet choices make you smarter

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and physicist Steven Hawking are said to have an IQ of 160. Two super-chess players, Judit Polgar and Robert Byrne, both register around 170!

Now, upgrading your diet may not boost your IQ to those levels (50% of IQs fall between 90 and 110), but new research published in the journal Alzheimer's and Dementia ...Read more

Not too young for a knee replacement

The youngest player ever in the NBA was Andrew Bynum, who played his first game only six days after his 18th birthday. The 7-foot center won two NBA championships with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010, and was selected to be part of the All-NBA team in 2012. Today, the youngest player is Detroit Pistons' forward Sekou Doumbouya, 19.

The idea that ...Read more

Vaping while pregnant is a big hazard

There's a laundry list of things to avoid when you're pregnant -- taking a sauna, drinking alcohol or more than one cup of coffee a day and, of course, smoking. Most women get that, but not everyone.

An alarming 7.3% of women in the U.S. smoke cigarettes while pregnant, according to a 2016 report from the Centers for Disease Control and ...Read more


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