Health Advice



Exercise your right to smile

"You're only one workout away from a good mood." That may sound like a T-shirt slogan, but a new study confirms what we have long suspected: Regular physical activity is a great way to reduce the risk of depression and to improve your mood if you are feeling down. A study in JAMA Psychiatry looked at 15 studies with more than 190,000 ...Read more

The week's roundup: bone scam, bariatric surgery, medical debts

In the late 1990s, National Geographic fell for a big bone scam. A fossil they declared was a missing link between dinosaurs and birds turned out to be a glued-together combo of bone bits from various species. The use of QCT (quantitative computed tomography) for bone scans, instead of dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) screening technology,...Read more

Five steps to living longer without Alzheimer's

Former "60 Minutes" host Andy Rooney once said, "It's paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn't appeal to anyone." Well, a new study may make you feel that getting old is a great reward for a long, healthy life.

The research, published in The BMJ, reveals that if you stick with a ...Read more

Economic security may help you live longer (not smoking helps)

Although Adele (estimated net worth $182 million) might have a pretty good financial cushion to land on if she should get ill, it turns out the songstress did more for her health by quitting smoking than by having a series of moneymaking superhits. A new study shows that while money can buy you health care, it comes in second to the benefits ...Read more

New treatment for heart failure

"Star Trek" knows about transporter inhibitors: Lieutenant Commander Data used one while on a Federation mission scout ship to prevent himself from being beamed away by a USS Enterprise-E shuttlecraft. Sodium-glucose Cotransporter-2 Inhibitors may provide similarly effective protection from medical woes for people with heart failure.

Known as ...Read more

Live(r) long and prosper

When Maya Angelou wrote "Life loves the liver of it," and William James said, "Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver," they weren't referring to the 3-pound, cone shaped, reddish-brown organ that performs more than 500 vital functions designed to help regulate bodily chemicals. But they could have been, since the liver is so ...Read more

More kids in crisis

The teen years are tough for many youngsters, and depression and anxiety became even more widespread among teens during the pandemic. According to a new study in JAMA Pediatrics, depression and anxiety symptoms during the first year of COVID-19 doubled among adolescents, and as the COVID-19 crisis dragged on, the rates became even higher, ...Read more

Are you in the dark about healthy sleep habits? You should be

"To sleep, perchance to dream." Wouldn't that be lovely? Unfortunately, about half of you -- 55% of women and 46% of men -- say you're light sleepers. Well, light sleeping problems, such as waking up many times a night, may be precisely that: sleep disturbances caused by excess light in your bedroom.

If you're one of the 70% of people with ...Read more

Weekly roundup -- new news you can use

A recent note from an 89-year-old asked, "What's you recommendation for steps per day for people in my age group? My minimum step number is 3,000 (I usually exceed that), and gardening and yardwork (my favorite form of exercise) tops out at 7,000 to 10,000 a day."

The short answer -- as much as you can do, as often as possible. But keep in mind...Read more

The ups and downs of your health lately

Shaquille O'Neal's weight hit 415 during the height of the pandemic -- up from the 345 he says he weighed while playing for the Lakers. He's not alone. According to the Health eHeart Study, overall folks gained 1.5 pound a month, and another study showed that many folks who were already obese gained 4 or more pounds monthly.

Researchers at the ...Read more

Smarter, happier kids are more physically fit

The stereotype of a dumb jock pops up in movies like "Revenge of the Nerds" where the Alpha Beta fraternity boys don't seem to know their ABCs. But studies show that it's not true that athletes are dimwitted -- like former Wimbledon champ Marion Bartoli with an IQ of 175, which is higher than Einstein's and Stephen Hawking's.

Now a study in ...Read more

Reclaiming your best life after depression and addiction

Drew Barrymore -- an effervescent mom of two and popular talk-show host -- was a huge star by age 7 and in rehab at age 13. Zac Efron faced much the same struggles, going to rehab for cocaine addiction twice before overcoming the habit. They're both great examples of how people can rebound from mental illness and substance-abuse disorders and go...Read more

To tell the tele-truth

On "To Tell the Truth," Kitty Carlisle asked a contestant "What is Lawrence of Arabia's real name?" He replied (without missing a beat), "Peter O'Toole." Close -- but not close enough to be right.

Whether skirting the truth is inadvertent or intentional, it's a losing proposition. Nothing demonstrates that more clearly than the challenges that ...Read more

COVID-19 update: How to stay out of the hospital

Baghdad, Iraq, was home to the first-known general hospital in 805 A.D. By the 900s, the city had five more. Some were open to all, whether male or female, civilian or military, child or adult, rich or poor, Muslim or non-Muslim. Today in the U.S., there are 6,093 hospitals with 920,531 beds. And while the care can be exceptional, it's still ...Read more

Another possible benefit from taking statins

The great Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius once said, "You have power over your mind -- not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength." Flexing your mental muscle can be a pretty big task, but if you're taking a statin, you may be getting some significant help.

Researchers from the Rush University Medical ...Read more

Stop the cascade of diabetes-associated health challenges

In 1736, Ben Franklin cautioned his fellow Philadelphians that when it came to fire prevention, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." That advice is still good today when it comes to stopping the health problems that uncontrolled (or unreversed) Type 2 diabetes can ignite.

A new study presented at the 2022 Diabetes U.K. ...Read more

Going with the grain

Amaranth, barley, buckwheat, bulgur, corn, einkorn (an ancient wheat), farro, freekeh (freaky?), Kamut (it's trademarked), kaniwa, millet (includes pearl millet, foxtail millet, proso millet, finger millet/ragi, and fonio), oats, quinoa, rice, rye, sorghum, spelt (huh?), teff (double huh?), wheat and wild rice. That's the Whole Grains Council's ...Read more

Standing up for your heart -- and kidney -- health

A researcher recently looked at U.S. senators' and representatives' wilder moments in congressional committee hearings and discovered that it's much to their advantage to hog the spotlight by badmouthing the other side and aggressively grilling witnesses. The study, published in the Journal of Politics, revealed that such grandstanding increased...Read more

Quirky questions asked and answered

The Magic 8-Ball delivers 20 pop-up answers to any question. The arbitrary responses range from "Don't count on it" to "Without a doubt." My answers, on the other hand, are grounded in science. However, sometimes there aren't definite answers, but I don't want to tell you, "Ask again later." Here are a couple examples:

Pat wrote: "I am a 56-...Read more

Improving the lives of adolescents with prediabetes

The classic '90s sitcom "Boy Meets World" traces the follies and confusions of a young middle-schooler, Corey Matthews (Ben Savage), as he grows from an awkward kid into a teenager and finally a married man. Many kids today deal with the same challenges that Corey did, but they also have to contend with prediabetes. That makes them vulnerable to...Read more



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