Health Advice



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

Treating C. diff just got easier

In the texting lexicon, the poop emoji can be used to convey bathroom behavior, crappy circumstances or icky feelings. But with its big eyes and wide smile, the poop emoji is also sometimes employed to express happiness and humor.

In science, poop is also incredibly versatile. One surprising use: It is a highly effective and safe medical ...Read more

Indoor herb gardens for better health -- and great taste treats

Did you know Julia Roberts has an organic kitchen garden in the backyard of her Malibu home, and Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban are committed to growing organic vegetables for everyday cooking at their Nashville ranch?

Now, you might not have a plot of land that you can turn into a veggie paradise, but even in winter, indoors, you can ...Read more

Walk this way ... and that way

When John Cleese high-stepped across the TV screen in a "Monty Python" sketch called "The Ministry of Silly Walks," it seemed absurdly funny. But he just might have been onto something. A daily walking routine can get boring -- and when you're bored, it's harder to stick to your workout schedule.

Before exploring how to make daily walk-ercise ...Read more

Protecting your tween from cyberbullying

"Enola Holmes" star Millie Bobby Brown, now 16, was cyberbullied while appearing in "Stranger Things." Her first season, she was only 12 and by 14 she had to shut down her Twitter account to escape the abuse. Recently she wrote: "... the inaccuracy, inappropriate comments, sexualization and unnecessary insults ... ultimately have resulted in ...Read more

Do air filters make indoor get-togethers safer?

When Phil Collins sings, "I can feel it coming in the air tonight," he isn't warning you to beware of the virus that causes COVID-19 as you join friends, family or colleagues indoors this winter. But it might make you wonder about what you can do to reduce the risks in closed-in environments.

The answer: Use a multifaceted approach. ConsumerLab...Read more

3 surprise triggers for high blood pressure

New York Post gossip columnist Earl Wilson once said, "One way to get high blood pressure is to go mountain climbing over molehills."

When it comes to high blood pressure, a lot of surprising factors, besides making mountains out of molehills, can come into play. Did you know if you hold in your urine for, say, three hours, your blood pressure ...Read more



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