The health benefits of water (and other) melons
In 2021, the average American enjoyed almost 14 and a half pounds of watermelon -- in slices, gazpacho, added to salads, even grilled. This summer, you've got another chance to get the great nutritional benefits and improve your cardio-metabolic health.
A study in Nutrients found that kids and adults who regularly eat raw watermelon have ...Read more
The four signs of early-onset colorectal cancer
Ever since a 2017 study sounded the alarm, I've been telling younger folks that they're at an increased risk for colorectal cancer. In fact, if you were born between 1981 and 1996, you have twice the risk of people born in 1950 and fully one-third of rectal cancer patients are now under age 55. And, if you're 55 or younger when you're diagnosed,...Read more
Ride the wave: More older folks are happy and healthy
"Alien" star Sigourney Weaver, 73, has said, "I like getting older. There's nothing more inspiring to me than a woman in her 70s who's full of life and still useful. I never notice age in people's faces. I just look at the whole person." She's not alone in her upbeat view of chronological aging. A new study shows that, today, people who are 75 ...Read more
Are you mixing your meds?
These days, a lot of adults taking prescribed stimulants, such as amphetamines (Adderall and Dexedrine), methamphetamines, like Desoxyn, and a methylphenidate (Ritalin) are mixing them with various anti-anxiety/sedative/hypnotic medications and opioids. That's a dangerous mix.
After looking at Rx insurance claims for more than 9 million folks ...Read more
Do your prenatal diet and supplements deliver what you need?
If you're thinking of becoming pregnant or are pregnant, making sure you have the right balance of nutrients and vitamins in your diet and from supplements is essential for your health and the health of your fetus. Low levels of six nutrients, folic acid, vitamins A and D, calcium, iron and omega-3 fatty acids, can cause pre-term birth, low ...Read more
The risks of melatonin supplements -- especially to children
Last year, Kristen Bell, the voice of Anna in "Frozen," said that she found gummies containing melatonin helped her young children sleep more peacefully. A recent government report that says last year there was a 500% increase in the number of poison center calls involving kids eating melatonin gummies. We hope her kids dodged that bullet.
Period poverty is real -- but solutions are increasingly available
Over a lifetime, the average American woman spends $18,000 on products to manage her period. For many young girls, college students and adult women, the expense may mean a lot of stress and some skip school or work since they cannot buy products they need (12 million U.S. women ages 12 to 52 years live below the poverty line and many don't have ...Read more
Are French fries bumming you out? There's a chance they are
Adele once said, "My ideal meal, my death row meal, my last meal, would be a McChicken Nugget with a Big Mac and then fries." That love of fried foods may do more than affect her heart health -- it may influence her lyrics. In her 2015 album, "25," she sang: "I wish I could live a little more / Look up to the sky, not just the floor / I feel ...Read more
Do you turn your genes on -- or off?
What we're learning about genes, the brain and Alzheimer's disease expands almost weekly. Researchers from Harvard University recently found that you can turn on brain-protective genes and protect your cognitive powers. How? When you stress your brain cells by actively and intensely using them they turn on a gene that produces the small protein ...Read more
The art of healthy napping
"Siesta" is a Spanish word that comes from the Latin phrase "hora sexton" -- or "sixth hour" -- six hours after dawn. That kind of afternoon nap was favored by Leonardo da Vinci. He slept two hours a night but took a 15-minute power nap every four hours. That's only 4.5 hours a night. He must have had a relatively rare gene that allows brain ...Read more
Topical pain relievers -- from CBD to capsaicin
Pro golfer Rickie Fowler, retired Patriot's tight end Rob Gronkowski, and soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe are just three of the professional athletes who advocate the use of topical CBD to ease their aches and pains.
CBD (cannabidiol) is a compound found in marijuana and hemp plants -- but it doesn't have any psychoactive properties. And while ...Read more
Go green to reverse cardiovascular disease
The Framingham Heart Study found that more than 60% of folks age 70 and older have aortic stiffness that's crept up on them over the past 20 years. The aorta is the largest artery in the body and has several sections that transport blood from the heart to the circulatory system. Its stiffening is directly correlated with increased risks for ...Read more
The bitter truth about sweetened drinks
Cindy Crawford, Elton John, Beyonce, Ray Charles, Britney Spears and David Beckham have all done Pepsi ads. And everyone from Marilyn Monroe (in 1953) to Selena Gomez has flacked for Coke. They aren't doing their fans any favors. In fact, one could argue they're pushing their fans to get sick.
Around 63% of Americans down a sugar-sweetened ...Read more
New insights into Alzheimer's and dementia
Whether you're open- or close-minded, your brain contains 86 billion neurons. Their job is to send and receive neurotransmitters -- chemicals shuttling information between brain cells that are ultimately translated into thoughts and actions. What goes on in that amazing maze that causes Alzheimer's disease and other dementia is something we're ...Read more
A healthy diet may protect against miscarriages
Chrissy Teigen, Meghan Markle, and Carrie Underwood have spoken publicly about their miscarriages. They are just a few of the millions of women who experience the spontaneous loss each year; it's estimated that up to 20% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage -- and half the time there's no identifiable cause.
Now, a study offers new insight ...Read more