Health Advice



Your cellphone is dialing up health problems

Tech innovator Elon Musk launched Neuralink in 2017 to develop implantable electrodes that can directly link your brain to computers' vast knowledge base. This neural lace technology is supposed to make us one with the digital world, but if the way people are interfacing with their smartphones is any indication of how well humans handle such ...Read more

Fight your diabetes risk with filtered coffee

"Two Joes" is a fan book about two of The Three Stooges, Joe Besser and Joe DeRita, who stepped into the madcap act many years after it first debuted. Besser arrived in 1955 after the death of an original Stooge, and DeRita followed Besser 15 years later.

The two Joes' longevity echoes what researchers found in a study published in the Journal ...Read more

Put spice in your (longer) life

Variety may be the spice of life, at least folks have been claiming that since William Cowper coined the phrase in his 1785 poem "The Task." But in 2019, science may have changed the saying by proving that spice itself is the heart of life.

Italian researchers have found that eating chili peppers four or more times weekly reduces your risk of ...Read more

Moms-to-be: Make sure you're getting nutrients for two

In the sitcom "I Love Lucy," a very pregnant Lucy sends her husband Ricky out to buy whatever foods she craves. In one episode, Lucy inhales a dill pickle dipped in a papaya milkshake. In another, she chows down on pistachio ice cream topped with hot fudge and sardines. Funny, and not entirely unrealistic. But occasional cravings aside, it's ...Read more

The right way to wash your hands

This from the Department of Over-the-Top: In 2015, Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., suggested that restaurants be allowed to "opt out" of certain regulations, such as employees washing their hands. "I don't have any problem with Starbucks if they choose to opt out of this policy [of employees washing hands] as long as they post a sign that says, 'We ...Read more

Give your makeup a makeover

Ancient Egyptians -- both men and women -- smudged dark kohl under their eyes and applied henna to their skin. Ironically, while a lot of this makeup contained toxic levels of lead, the heavy metal also helped ward off bacterial infections and may have kept King Tut from getting sick.

Today, things are reversed. While cosmetics are lead-free, ...Read more

Make sure your food delivers the potassium you need

Lithium-ion batteries show up in electric cars, Segways and even hearing aids. But not only can they catch fire (think Hoverboards), they use rare earth minerals and are toxic to the environment. That's why it's so cool that the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow has developed a high-capacity, high-power battery that's made ...Read more

Is late-night snacking causing your insomnia?

Actress Blake Lively, mother of three kids under the age of 5, says she'll sleep when she's dead! While we sympathize with the grueling routine that motherhood demands, we hope she's finding a way to get more rest! Her health, longevity and happiness depend on it.

We have a theory about what -- besides her active trio -- may be contributing to ...Read more

Kindness boosts your mental and physical health

On World Kindness Day lots of stories were told about the joys of giving and receiving affection: One was about a young man named Francis who is colorblind. A dozen or more of his college friends pooled their money and bought him a pair of EnChroma glasses so he could see the world in full color for the first time. Just watching the video of ...Read more

When you're pregnant, don't blow it -- pot smoke, that is!

In the film "Parenthood," Mr. and Mrs. Buckman (Steve Martin and Mary Steenburgen) show up for a meeting at their son's school and are told he has behavioral problems and needs remedial education. Angered by the news, Martin's character accuses his wife of marijuana use while she was pregnant.

Laws around cannabis use have changed drastically ...Read more

Straightening out confusion about hair dyes and straighteners

Political activist Angela Davis in the 1960s, writer bell hooks in the late 1990s (she wrote "Happy to Be Nappy"), and singer/actress/dancer Zendaya today (check out her "Curly Wavy Hair Routine" video on YouTube) all embrace naturally curly hair. Smart moves.

A new study from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences reveals that...Read more

Quicker recovery from surgery with prehab

When the Cleveland Browns' team captain Christian Kirksey, 27, was sidelined with a torn pectoral muscle after game two last September, he was in prime condition to make it through his operation and post-op recovery. His regular offseason workout includes mind-boggling exercises that strengthen his back, abdominals and arms (Google "Christian ...Read more

Pairing food choices for maximum nutrition

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Penn and Teller. Bert and Ernie. These dynamic duos make it clear that a twosome can become even greater than the sum of its parts. The same holds true for the food on your plate.

Pairing certain foods brings out their best nutritional powers by improving your body's ability to absorb the nutrients they contain. ...Read more

How added sugar messes with your digestion

Celebrity chef Sunny Anderson was 19 when she began experiencing abdominal cramps and gastrointestinal bleeding. Her doctors diagnosed her with ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease that affects the colon and rectum. That translated to a major cooking lesson: She had to figure out how to avoid foods that trigger her symptoms, ...Read more

Cut your risk of prostate cancer by more than half

"Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune" creator Merv Griffin said in a 2007 interview: "I've been very fortunate with my health. I smoke. I drink -- not heavily, but I like my wine. I don't exercise. I take a cab to a cab." Later that year, he died from a recurrence of prostate cancer that first surfaced in 1996.

Could he have avoided that diagnosis?...Read more

Breaking the weight gain-diet-weight gain cycle

In the 1995 comedy "Heavyweights," an obese teenage boy named Gerry is sent to a weight-loss camp. When a psycho trainer tries to coerce the kids into doing punishing workouts, the campers imprison him and then gorge on junk food. Clearly, such ferocious weight-loss efforts backfire big time -- and not just in the movies.

Research published in ...Read more

Maintaining intimacy and affection in your relationship

Comedian Joan Rivers was known for her incisive wit and merciless self-put-downs, like this one: "I blame my mother for my poor sex life. All she told me was 'The man goes on top and the woman underneath.' For three years, my husband and I slept in bunk beds." But lack of intimacy in a relationship isn't really a laughing matter.

Sexual ...Read more

New insights into how to protect your brain as you age

"Champions keep playing until they get it right." -- Billie Jean King, winner of 39 tennis Grand Slam titles.

"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them." -- Michael Jordan, winner of six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls.

"Passion first and everything will fall into place." -- Holly Holm, UFC competitor.

Those ...Read more

Overcoming a genetic risk for depression

Swimming greats Michael Phelps (23 Olympic gold medals), Allison Schmitt (eight-time Olympic medalist) and Ian Thorpe (five Olympic golds) all have been in hot water. They've each battled major depression. "It's like a weight is pressing down on you. There are days when you just can't get out of bed," explains Thorpe.

They're not alone: About ...Read more

Taking out the trash

In the 2006 movie "Peaceful Warrior," Nick Nolte is a mysterious stranger who coaches an aspiring Olympic athlete on how to excel in sport -- and in life: "Take out the trash," he tells him. "'The trash' is anything that's keeping you from the only thing that matters -- the here and now. And when you truly are in the here and now, you'll be ...Read more


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