Health & Spirit

Music to get you moving

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In a 2015 New York Times interview, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson said he knows how to make himself cry for emotional movie scenes, and it's not cutting onions. It's listening to Whitney Houston's "Didn't We Almost Have It All." In fact, reporter Melena Ryzik said Johnson's face "crumpled" when he mentioned the tune.

You, too, have experienced ...Read more

Bust that bloat

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When the corpulent cartoon starfish Patrick emerges from under his rock, he often complains of feeling out of sorts. Take the episode when he asks SpongeBob SquarePants, "How am I gonna feed my brain when all you have is fancy bubbly water?" before guzzling six bottles, and turning into a cascading mass of bloated marine life.

If you, too, ...Read more

Young, Old, Thin, Heavy, Male, Female: Sugary drinks linked to cancer

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In the 2005 movie "Thank You for Smoking," Aaron Eckhart plays Nick Naylor, a spokesman for big tobacco whose job is to convince people that smoking is safe. When he goes to speak to his son's class, a child comments, "My mommy says smoking kills."

"Is your mommy a doctor?" Nick asks snidely.


"A scientific researcher of some kind?"

"No...Read more

Antidepressants can be a tough pill to take, but they work

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Lady Gaga, Owen Wilson and Gwyneth Paltrow count themselves among the lucky ones. Heath Ledger, Marilyn Monroe and Kurt Cobain, sadly were not. We're talking about winning and losing the battle against chronic depression.

Although antidepressant medications have revolutionized the management of this often life-threatening disease, according to ...Read more

Using PEDs (push, enthusiasm and determination) to become your best athlete

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The presence of some Russian athletes at the Winter Olympics Games this year raised eyebrows, but the International Olympic Committee said that not every athlete from that country was doping. (Unfortunately, a male curler and female bobsledder did test positive.) But there may be a bigger problem looming for future IOCs than eliminating current ...Read more

Taking a bite out of chronic pain

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In 1908 chemist Ikeda Kikunae isolated an ingredient in sea kelp that gave flavor to konbu dashi, a Japanese broth. He turned it into a powdered additive -- monosodium glutamate. The Suzuki Chemical Company began marketing it in 1909 under the brand name Ajinomoto, meaning "essence of taste." For decades it has been considered a natural flavor-...Read more

Dodging hidden dangers in household cleansers with homemade alternatives

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In the late 1950s and 1960s June Cleaver and Donna Reed ruled over fantasy homes in which there was virtually no dirt. That relentlessly home-sweet-home fantasy shifted in the 1980s with "Roseanne," and more recently "Mom" and "Modern Family." But still, you rarely see anyone on TV scrubbing floors, scouring tubs or seriously de-greasing a ...Read more

Eating to beat elevated LDL cholesterol

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The hardworking poor in ancient Egypt dined mostly on vegetables such as onions, garlic, leek, lentils, cabbage, radish, turnip, lupines, tomatoes and cucumber; fruits like figs, grapes and pomegranates; and proteins, including whole grains and some poultry. Too bad the upper classes didn't stick with the same heart-loving diet. A study of ...Read more

To lose weight, eat more slowly

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When Luke (Paul Newman) downed 50 hard-boiled eggs in 60 minutes in the 1967 movie "Cool Hand Luke," he set the bar for cinematic lessons on the evils of eating too much too fast. While that scene may be surpassed in grossness by the blueberry-pie-eating contest in the 1986 movie "Stand by Me" or Daryl Hannah munching down a whole lobster (shell...Read more

Finally, a blood test to reveal mild concussion (in adults, for now)

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In 2015, Will Smith starred in "Concussion," which told the true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who, during a 2002 autopsy, discovered that former Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster had suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Years later, one study showed that 99 percent of symptomatic NFL players autopsied...Read more

OTC pain relievers affect your mood and 'tude!

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When Grace Slick sang White Rabbit's opening lines, "One pill makes your larger, and one pill makes you small. And the ones that mother gives you don't do anything at all," she couldn't have known that acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) that mother gave you for a headache or sore muscles actually did affect your mood and outlook.

That...Read more

Women are more likely to have a stroke: what to do about it

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Billie Jean King, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have unique strokes that propelled them to 12, 23 and 5 Grand Slam singles victories, respectively. Unfortunately, ischemic strokes are not that unique and slam a lot more women than men. Every year in the U.S. 55,000 more women than men experience those cranial vascular events.

That ...Read more

Stay strong as you age, with a Mediterranean diet

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The 2001 movie "Frailty," co-starring Matthew McConaughey as a serial killer, was the directorial debut for Bill Paxton. While the horrifying tale registered only a 78 percent audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it was 100 percent right about one thing: Frailty -- the loss of muscle strength and grip strength, a slow walking speed, loss of 10 ...Read more

Protect your ears to protect your heart

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On Aug. 27, 1883, the loudest Earth-produced noise in recorded history was emitted when a volcano erupted on Krakatoa, an Indonesian island. The sound could be heard nearly 3,000 miles away, and within 40 miles of the explosion, people's eardrums were shattered.

Clearly, loud noise (above 60 decibels, the volume of a normal conversation) is ...Read more

Toddler drinks definitely are not for toddlers

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In a scene from the 2004 movie "Mean Girls," lead mean girl Regina George goes on what she calls the "South Beach Fat Flush" -- drinking only cranberry juice for 72 hours. When a fellow student looks at the "juice's" nutrition label, he says: "This isn't even cranberry juice. It's cranberry juice cocktail. It's all sugar."

You always need to ...Read more

It's risky mixing herbal supplements with OTC or Rx meds

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Amazon offers 38 types of herbal supplements and each one, from aloe to yohimbe, comes in a multitude of brands and formulations. Americans spend $2.1 billion a year on herbals, but no herbal or weight-loss supplements are preapproved for sale! All the Food and Drug Administration can do is pull a dangerous or deceitful offering off the shelf --...Read more

The 3 C's can get you walking and keep you walking

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Every year in more than 300 cities, over a million people participate in the American Heart Association's Heart Walk to raise money and awareness about heart disease. And you can reduce your risk of heart disease by participating!

Walking is great for heart health (and everything else!), but you need to keep it up. Well, a new review reveals ...Read more

Take heart (meds, that is); they don't cause ED

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In the 2010 movie "Little Fockers," Jessica Alba plays a pharmaceutical sales rep who's selling Sustengo, an erectile dysfunction drug. After Robert De Niro's character Jack Focker has a heart attack, he tries the magic pill, worried, perhaps, that the heart meds he received at the hospital were making it difficult for him to sustain an erection...Read more

The new vaccination schedule: What it means for you

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This month Steven Soderbergh's new film, "Unsane," hits the big screen, but it was shot on a small one: an iPhone. And, says the director of "Erin Brockovich," "Traffic" and "Ocean's Eleven," it's what he'll use for shooting films from now on!

Someone else has changed their shots too: The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Effective ...Read more

Not all milk alternatives are equal

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In 2013, actress Anne Hathaway was in line to join the string of famous celebrities who've posed with the classic white moustache for the Got Milk? campaign when she discovered she was lactose intolerant! Her campaign was canceled. But in 1999, Whoopi Goldberg, who is also lactose intolerant, did get to do her campaign, quipping, "Lucky for us ...Read more


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