Health & Spirit

The alcohol cigarette equivalency

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In Paul Newman's booze- and cigarette-laced performance in the 1982 film "The Verdict" we watch a man struggle to find a way out of his smoky, alcoholic haze. On and off the silver screen, smoking and alcohol often go together, since alcohol can be a trigger that makes you reach for a smoke even if you've been abstaining for days or weeks.

The ...Read more

Even more evidence that when you eat is important

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Sesame Street's Cookie Monster was on a recent broadcast of "The Wilder Project" on Sports Illustrated's SITV. When asked who his favorite quarterback is, he chose the Cleveland Browns' Baker Mayfield: "How could me not go with guy named Baker?"

Now, us love "CM," bad grammar and all, but we're not really cookie fans unless they're made with ...Read more

Will regulators finally address supplement safety?

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The teaser for the 2018 film "Vitamania," a documentary about the history of supplements, recounts a disastrous 1913 Antarctic trek. The last two remaining explorers, Douglas Mawson and Xavier Mertz, had to slaughter their Huskies for food. Later, they became progressively ill, with drying and fissuring of the skin and, for Mertz, madness and ...Read more

Eat your broccoli and have sex

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You know that Americans need to eat more fruits and vegetables. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says only about 10% of you get the recommended amounts: 1 1/2 to 2 cups of fruit, and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables daily. But did you also know that, according to the latest General Social Survey from the National Opinion Research Center, ...Read more

Discover omega-3's super heart-protective powers

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Wolverine can regenerate any wounded tissue or limb; Superman has X-ray vision; and the Black Panther can smell fear, hear the unhearable and see in almost total darkness. Superpowers for sure, but they pale compared with the ability of a prescription form of EPA, an omega-3 fatty acid, to protect your heart if you have high triglycerides.

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Keep kale cool

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When the weather service issues a winter storm warning, folks stock up on essentials. This often leads to a shortage of certain supermarket items -- say, toilet paper, water, milk, bread and eggs. But in recent years, weather-worried grocery shoppers in a number of cities have reported a shortage of kale. The leafy green is so popular in places ...Read more

Beware exposure to fire retardants and plasticizers

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When Orlando Bloom, Melissa Etheridge and Guillermo del Toro had to evacuate their homes last year as fire tore through parts of California, they weren't the only ones hoping that Mother Nature and the amazing fire-fighting teams would stop the inferno's spread.

That's because fire retardants, well, they can be lifesavers, but they're also a ...Read more

The obesity-migraine connection

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Historians say that the swirling patterns in Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night" illustrate what the artist saw during his migraine auras. But migraine is more than a headache that can bring on visions; it's linked to a constellation of medical conditions that make up metabolic syndrome, including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and ...Read more

Why did the chicken cross the road?

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Why did the chicken cross the road? To deliver a yolk to the other side -- and yolks are no joke. We recently reported on the JAMA study that found eating 300 mg of dietary cholesterol daily from eggs was associated with a 17% increase in your risk of cardiovascular disease. One egg has around 187 mg of cholesterol, all of it from the yolk. Well...Read more

Don't overdo the D

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For Cleveland Browns fans, the holidays came a little early this year when the team acquired wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. After a win/loss record of 1/31 over two years, the addition of quarterback Baker Mayfield and now Beckham Jr. to the team puts all the other NFL franchises on alert. Their D-fenses may not be able to do their job against ...Read more

Impact sports and kids: The best helmet for youth football

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Usually, when you hear the phrase "The Big Bang Theory," you think of a popular sitcom in its last season (No. 12) or an explanation for the origins of our universe! But closer to home, and more important to your kids' daily life, the Big Bang Theory describes what happens to a young brain when there's violent contact between two athletes or ...Read more

Mushrooms that improve your brain (not those mushrooms!)

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It's astounding how many movies there are about mushrooms: There's everything from the 1995 Australian flick "Mushrooms" about two eccentric old dames with a passion for poison, to the 2000 Irish horror film "Shrooms" and the 2014 BBC documentary "The Magic of Mushrooms," which is the story of fungi's mysterious life cycle.

It's also astounding...Read more

Sleep it down

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High blood pressure affects about 33 percent of Americans -- almost 78 million folks. If that stat seems staggering, consider what it is for athletes in the NFL: 91 percent of the largest players have high blood pressure or prehypertension, and 78 percent of the smallest do!

We know you want to take control of your blood pressure -- and the NFL...Read more

Side effects of medications can come from inactive ingredients

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The 2006 movie "Fast Food Nation" is a fictionalized account of what it takes to bring hamburger from farm to drive-thru -- and the hidden "ingredients" that horrible slaughterhouse practices add to the meat.

Now, a new study tells the real story about ingredients that often are hidden in your over-the-counter and prescription medications as ...Read more

Bed bugs bugging you? You're not alone

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If you scratch the surface ("scratch" being the operative word), Howard Stern, Maya Rudolph and Bradley Cooper have more in common than you might imagine. They've all battled (and beaten) bed bugs!

Those persistent nighttime marauders (the bugs, not the celebs) can cause rashes, irritated bumps that look like mosquito bites, or even hives, ...Read more

Bedtime for Bonzo

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In "Bedtime for Bonzo," when college professor Peter Boyd (Ronald Reagan) attempts to demonstrate that he can teach a chimpanzee (Bonzo) right from wrong, the chimp seems to enjoy the instruction. One important lesson he's taught: When it's time to hit the hay, it's lights out!

Can humans today learn the lesson professor Boyd was trying to ...Read more

Cracking open eggs' effect on cholesterol and heart health

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The world record for most-liked Instagram post (over 53 million) is a photo of a brown egg posted by @world_record_egg. Initially, the likes were fueled by the fact that no one could figure out who posted it or why. (It's an advertising campaign for mental health awareness.)

There has always been a lot of mystery surrounding eggs, and not just ...Read more

New technology for concussion diagnosis

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In 2011, Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy suffered a helmet-to-helmet hit from Steelers linebacker James Harrison. After sitting out two plays, McCoy jogged back onto the field and threw an end-zone interception that pretty much ended the game in the Steelers' favor. McCoy doesn't remember any of it because he was suffering from a ...Read more

Up your endurance in just four days with a Mediterranean diet!

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Austrian ultrarunner Christian Schiester, 51, has competed in the most extreme environments, including the Sahara Desert (six days), Antarctica and the Brazilian jungle. His go-to fuel? A bottle of olive oil laced with nuts, corn and dates. It's a trick he picked up in Egypt.

We will say that Schiester is smart about the nutritional choices he ...Read more

What's the healthiest drinking age?

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In "The Hangover" (2008), Zach Galifianakis (Alan), Bradley Cooper (Phil), and Justin Bartha (Doug) prove the point that researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and colleagues made in a recent paper published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Young people get the least amount of health benefit from drinking alcohol.

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