Health Advice



To zap or not to zap

The dictionary's list of synonyms for "zap" includes "bang," "clobber," "wallop" and about two dozen other words that miss the high-tech, ray-emitting connotation of zapping your food in a microwave -- the most common use of the word, we bet.

Around $117.6 billion is projected to be spent on frozen microwavable foods in 2025. That's a lot of ...Read more

Are you a big dipper?

The Big Dipper is a constellation that has long been used to point sailors toward the North Star -- and keep their ship on course. Well, a new study reveals that knowing if you're a big dipper can help you stay on course too and avoid overeating and weight gain.

An international study published in Nature Metabolism found that there are some ...Read more

Weighty matters

When Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) took to the exercise bicycle to get in shape for a new job, things didn't go too well; she tumbled off the bike. Her character's struggles were pretty true-to-life. It's hard for most folks to use exercise correctly so that it promotes weight loss and eases stress and anxiety. Two recent studies explain just ...Read more

Let the sunshine in ... safely

When the musical "Hair" launched the song "Let the Sunshine In," it was 1969, and no one was thinking about the risks of over (or under) exposure to solar rays. These days, we know a lot more about the dangers and benefits, but increased knowledge doesn't always translate to increased self-care.

Around 3.6 million cases of basal cell carcinoma ...Read more

Boosting male fertility: Something's fishy -- in a good way

There are astounding, but unverifiable, tales of couples who had many children: Take Valentina and Feodor Vassilyev. It is claimed that she gave birth to 69 children -- 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets between 1725 and 1765.

Today, with fertility rates falling and reliable tracking of births, such numbers ...Read more

The exercise you need in your 20s to enjoy your 40s and beyond

Reese Witherspoon, 44, has done dance, strength training, stretching and yoga for years. She gets up at 5:30 a.m. and hits the gym by 7:30 a.m. "I probably do that six days a week," she says.

Well, you can't be as fit and healthy as she is when you're middle age unless you push it when you're younger -- and then keep it up in your 30s, 40s and ...Read more

Don't go breaking your heart

When a 32-year-old Jon Bon Jovi sang, "I am a man on the edge of a broken heart" (1994) and a 49-year-old Al Green asked, "How can you mend a broken heart?" (1995), they nailed the cardiovascular worries that would afflict younger men and women in the next decades.

Several new studies make it clear that the epidemics of chronic inflammation, ...Read more

Are late-night snacks torpedoing your job performance?

The list of celebrity revelers who partied too hard to make it to their gig the next day is long and legendary. Some, like Rihanna and Justin Timberlake, have mended their ways; others, not so much. But it's clear, celeb or not, that what you consume the night before can have a profoundly negative impact on work the next day.

Doctors have long ...Read more

Buddy up at mealtimes for weight loss -- and more

Buddy movies don't always have a happy ending -- take Butch and Sundance, Bonnie and Clyde, even Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. But teaming up with a weight-loss buddy to share mealtimes can have great results. It's proved to help you successfully shed excess pounds and raise your spirits.

-- When two folks who want to lose weight shop, ...Read more

Quality calories count as much as calorie counting

QI-QO (quality in, quality out) is a management principle that could be effectively applied to nutrition. Unfortunately, a new survey finds that when it comes to food quality, most of you are willing to gobble up nutritionally-disastrous dishes and snacks.

Researchers from Tufts University looked at nutritional data on tens of thousands of ...Read more

Thanks for the lost memories: teens and sugar

Lebron James and Steph Curry have both done ads for Coke. We wonder if they'd reconsider now that research indicates when teens load up on added sugars, it disrupts the mix of bacteria in their digestive tract and causes them learning and memory problems as adults!

U.S. kids drink an average of 30 gallons of sugary drinks a year and take in ...Read more

Walk away from heartburn and GERD

When Craig David sings, "I'm walking away/From the troubles in my life/I'm walking away/Oh, to find a better day," he could be letting you know that there's a new way to put some much-needed distance between you and your heartburn.

Researchers from Harvard University have figured out that exercise clears out stomach acid that causes troubling ...Read more

Oh my, omega

"Omega Man" (1971), "Omega" (2012) and "Alpha and Omega" (2010, plus seven sequels) are proof that the movie world thinks omegas make for a healthy box office. A lot of you think odd-numbered omegas -- especially DHA omega-3s -- make for a healthier you, too.

But a new study may be confusing you about the benefits of a daily omega-3 supplement....Read more

What to do if you see the signs of dementia in a loved one

Three of the toughest tackles in NFL history are Lawrence Taylor's leg-breaking hit on Joe Theismann; Eric Smith and Anquan Boldin's helmet clashing, face-bone-breaking clash; and Sheldon Brown's clean but devastating takedown of Reggie Bush.

But if you think those are tough tackles, just try tackling the issue of dementia when it affects ...Read more

Sprouting off ... and on

In the "Harry Potter" books, Professor Pomona Sprout is Harry's instructor in an herbology class where he learns how to care for magic herbs and fungi. And Pomona blossoms in "Deathly Hallows," as she rises to the challenge of defending Hogwarts against an attack by the Death Eaters.

Clearly, sprouts can do a lot. When they're the fresh, young ...Read more

How coffee helps you exercise more intensely and burns off fat

Katarina Witt, an Olympic gold-medal figure skater, says, "When I get up, I have a cup of coffee, surf the Internet, then do a half-hour run." Olympic marathoner Shalane Flanagan once declared: "I wouldn't go to the line without a cup of coffee. On our team, we joke that coffee is our PED [performance-enhancing drug]." Researchers from the ...Read more

Go green for muscle power

It's amazing to think that in 1929, Popeye actually knew more than nutritionists about what it takes to build muscle power and function. It's only recently that researchers published a study in the Journal of Nutrition explaining that a nitrate-rich diet -- predominantly from leafy, green vegetables such as spinach -- is essential for optimal ...Read more

Don't let loneliness gut-punch you

Guru Deepak Chopra once said: "... when you say, 'I have a gut feeling'... you're not speaking metaphorically. You're speaking literally." Well, a study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry has proof. Researchers explored the connection between loneliness and biology and found that diversity -- or lack of diversity -- in your gut microbiome ...Read more

Controlling your blood pressure with sweat and a smile

Almost half of adults in the U.S. have delayed going to the dentist because of the pandemic -- 75% of those folks postponed a regular checkup and over 12% skipped care for something bothering them, like bleeding gums. That's bad for oral health, but it has even more far-reaching repercussions, according to a study in Hypertension.

If you have ...Read more

Fitness trackers and weight loss -- a good combo

Actor Jon Hamm, President Barack Obama and Google CEO Sundar Pichai have all been spotted wearing fitness trackers and smartwatches -- the latest tools designed to count your steps, heart rate, calories burned, even monitor your sleep quality and provide long-term biomonitoring. They can cost from $13 to more than $400 -- or you can download a ...Read more



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