Health Advice



Our children are our future -- let's make it as healthy as possible

In the past 40 years, the number of children with obesity in the U.S. has more than tripled. And the trend continues. A new study in JAMA looked at almost 15,000 children and teens and found that overall obesity increased from 18% to 21.4% for boys and from 17% to 21.6% for girls from 2011 to 2020. This is in kids! And not just overweight, but, ...Read more

Even more reasons to get your vaccinations and boosters

I know you're weary of the whole COVID-19 thing, but nationally we're up to more than 100,000 new cases a day, and it's smart, once again, to mask indoors and in crowds and make wise decisions about where and with whom you hang out. And, even with the variants that are now around, there are a lot of reasons to make sure you and everyone in your ...Read more

Supplement your supplement knowledge

Americans eat a lot of nutrition-stripped, processed food -- it makes up at least 57% of calories consumed. That may account for why 86% of you also take nutritional supplements and nearly 25% of folks age 60 and older take at least four!

Tip: Taking supplements is an imperfect insurance policy for a nutrition-deficient diet! Plus, supplements,...Read more

How to be safer in the operating room

Forty to 50 million surgeries are performed in the U.S. annually, and most involve some form of anesthesia: general anesthesia (you're out), intravenous-monitored sedation (you don't feel pain but aren't totally asleep), local anesthesia (numbs a specific area) and regional anesthesia (numbs a larger area).

People get nervous about "going under...Read more

Getting relief from vertigo

The average American household has 25 internet-connected devices and gets news from four different pieces of equipment or technologies. That's enough to make your head spin!

But that's not the reason 20% to 40% of you will experience vertigo at least once in your life. Vertigo is a sensation that you and/or the world is spinning, rocking or ...Read more

Stay sharp by staying at a healthy weight

David "Fathead" Newman was an outstanding saxophonist who played with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Gregg Allman and Natalie Cole. He earned the nickname "Fathead" from his high school band teacher because he stubbornly refused to learn to read music, preferring instead to play by ear.

Being a "fathead" didn't diminish his artistry, but it ...Read more

Keto vs. Mediterranean diets: It's a draw ... or is it?

When Marvin Hagler fought Vito Antuofermo in 1979 for a shot at a world title, the 15-round match ended in a draw. But Hagler came back to defeat Antuofermo three years later, retaining his newly won WBC and WBA world middleweight titles.

A draw doesn't always mean two opponents are truly equal. You can see that clearly in a study from Stanford...Read more

How to handle the uptick in COVID-19's omicron subvariants

In 1937's "A Star Is Born," Janet Gaynor and Fredric March play two actors, one headed for stardom, the other for ruin (there are no musical numbers!). Over the years, the plot mutated: In the 1954 remake with Judy Garland and James Mason, Garland's singing dominates. In the 1976 version, Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson's characters are ...Read more

Food's power to cause illness and its power to heal

According to a study on the impact of diet on health published in The Lancet, poor diets were responsible for 10.9 million deaths, or 22% of all deaths among adults in 130 countries in 2017. The Lancet study also concluded that non-optimal intake of whole grains, fruits and sodium accounts for half of all diet-related deaths.

The Lancet study ...Read more

Taking your second chances to heart

Jill A. Davis, a writer for the original "David Letterman Show," who went on to become a bestselling novelist, points out that, "Second chances do come your way. Like trains, they arrive and depart regularly. Recognizing the ones that matter is the trick."

Unfortunately, it's a trick that not many of the 605,000 Americans who are recovering ...Read more

When it comes to COVID-19, make sure your kids get vaccinated

Michael Jordan admits he's missed more than 9,000 shots in his career. Golfer Nancy Lopez knows every shot is a challenge; she says "Do your best one shot at a time and then move on."

Those two thoughts are kind of like the COVID-19 vaccination rate in the U.S. Around 100 million Americans have missed getting both COVID-19 shots. But about 67% ...Read more

The increased risks of smoking with prediabetes or diabetes

When it comes to smoking, there's some good news: In the U.S., smoking has declined from 20.9% of adults in 2005 to 12.5% in 2020. However, that means that around 30.8 million adults currently smoke cigarettes. And a lot of those folks have prediabetes or diabetes. We know that because studies show that people who smoke cigarettes are 30% to 40%...Read more

Adverse drug reactions are an increasing risk for many

A rising tide may float all boats -- at least according to an old adage that suggests a good economy lifts everyone up. But these days, the rising tide of adverse drug interactions and reactions could leave you up the creek without a paddle.

The Food and Drug Administration said that in 2018, some studies estimated 6.7% of hospitalized patients...Read more

33 Ways you can prevent dementia

Twelve-step programs help people overcome self-destructive behaviors such as alcohol or drug abuse. Millions of people attend such groups every year. Well, I'd like to suggest a new 33-step group to stop brain abuse -- and prevent dementia.

In 2017, the Lancet Commission identified nine modifiable dementia risk factors: high blood pressure, ...Read more

How to ease chronic pain with your mind

Introduced to the U.S. by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 1970s as a way to help patients who were not responding to medical treatment, mindful meditation is acknowledged to help people deal with difficult emotional and physical symptoms. "Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, nonjudgmentally," ...Read more

The far-reaching benefits of flu shots

Last year, only 50.2% of U.S. adults received a flu vaccine. That's troubling because even on an "off" year when the vaccine isn't on point with the strains of flu that are around, getting the inoculation year after year protects you from a serious bout of influenza. A 2019 study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that...Read more

Pregnant moms, COVID-19 vaccines and babies' health

Around 3.6 million babies were born in the U.S. in 2021. Brown is the most common eye color. Green is the least -- 9% of folks in America have green eyes. But 18% have hazel eyes, a combo of brown and green.

We all love these kinds of factoids. Well, there's another set I hope you take to heart. According to one Centers for Disease Control and...Read more

Beware false cancer cures on social media

Medical hoaxes have been around for ages. The British Medical Journal even published one: In 1974, a brief case report titled "Cello Scrotum" claimed that the hard-to-sit-down condition happened -- and only to male cello players. And in the early 2000s, the more-dangerous psychic surgery fad was said to work when practitioners used slight of ...Read more

Making sure your natural-gas stove isn't toxic

There are more than 8 billion people in the world, and each one passes gas about 13 to 21 times a day, mostly odor-free, containing nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide and methane -- and sometimes smelly hydrogen sulfide. That's one form of natural gas.

The other is the natural gas that may power your stove, furnace or water heater. ...Read more

Cannabis users end up in the ER more often than nonusers

When Cheech and Chong sing "I'm in Love with Marijuana, Makes Me Feel Just Like an Iguana," it might be smart to ask if those two slightly addled hippies could actually leap safely from branch to branch or plummet 40 feet from a tree to the ground without injury, as the wily reptile can do.

A study in BMJ Open Respiratory Research indicates ...Read more



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