In "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," the fourth book in J.K. Rowling's blockbuster series, Harry eats a plant called gillyweed that allows him to grow fins and gills so he can swim underwater for an hour.
Wouldn't it be great if you could change your body so that you could swim better or run faster when you worked out? Well, now Canadian ...Read more
In an episode of the comedy "Parks and Recreation," the main character, Leslie Knope, fills her time during a two-week suspension from her job as deputy director of the Pawnee City Department of Parks and Recreation by forming a citizens' action committee. She calls it PCP: Parks Committee of Pawnee, "because, like the drug PCP, we are so fast-...Read more
The expression "hot diggity dog" can be traced back to at least 1928. As singer Al Jolson wrapped up his recording of "There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder," he can be heard saying, "Hot diggity dog ... didn't I tell you you'd love it?"
Americans love that hot dog, too, and not just at the ballpark. You spend $2.5 BILLION annually in ...Read more
In Christopher Nolan's 2002 thriller "Insomnia," Al Pacino plays a detective who accidentally shoots his partner while trying to apprehend a suspect. His guilt, plus the never-setting Alaskan sun (that's where he's investigating the case), rob him of sleep, even when he's past the point of exhaustion.
But you don't need nagging guilt and the ...Read more
In the movie "The Social Network," a fictional depiction of the founding of Facebook, tech entrepreneur Sean Parker, played by Justin Timberlake, remarks, "We lived on farms, we lived in cities, and now we're going to live on the Internet!"
Turns out, living on Facebook isn't as healthy as living on a farm -- not by a long shot. Two recent ...Read more
In director John Hughes's 1989 movie "Uncle Buck," Buck (John Candy) is the last person you'd trust to baby-sit your kids. But a family emergency puts him in charge of his nephews and niece. Eight-year-old nephew Miles grills Buck about his credentials:
"Do you have a house?"
"Apartment," replies Buck.
"Own or rent?" asks Miles.
One of the most famous point-shaving scandals of all time involved a handful of underworld bookies, some gangsters and the 1978-79 Boston College basketball team. (Point shaving is when a player tries to manipulate the score to fit a bet.) But it didn't work out too well for the co-conspirators; they all ended up suffering a serious case of ...Read more
In the 1975 film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," a villager (John Cleese) tries to find a place on the dead collector's (Eric Idle) wagon for the body of an old man, when the old guy proclaims, "But I'm not dead yet." That's the same happy declaration that tens of thousands of cardiac patients in the U.K. can make today.
That's because the U...Read more
The 2015-2016 New Year's fireworks display in Manila, Philippines, was the largest ever: 810,904 fireworks lit up the night sky for more than an hour. The pyrotechnics were fueled in part by magnesium, an element that creates an intense white light when ignited.
If you want to light up your nutrition and get a healthier bang for your buck, you,...Read more
In the movie "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley) confronts a disheartened Captain Kirk (William Shatner) on his birthday and delivers a "Bones bruise" that's designed to get the captain going again: "Jim ... get back to your command. Get back ... before you really do grow old."
It took Kirk a while to ...Read more
We did several tips last year about how vaccinations prevent illnesses by bolstering your immune system and how the benefit-to-risk ratio -- for ALL vaccines -- is 40,000-to-1!
We reported: The HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine protects against most genital warts, 70 percent of cervical cancers, cancers of the anus, penis, vulva, vagina, and ...Read more
Over the past year, major research has shown clearly that your risk for some cancers goes up as you gain weight. Here were the most significant findings.
--Excess body weight contributes to as many as 20 percent of all cancer-related deaths. And even if you aren't overweight, a fatty belly is cancer-friendly: One study found that men's risk for...Read more
Prediabetes and diabetes are rampant in the U.S. So in 2016, we offered several tips to help you get a handle on your glucose levels, if your blood sugar control is slipping away, because that's when you have a real opportunity to make your new year much healthier!
Get checked: If you're overweight, have a waist size greater than half your ...Read more
We weren't blowin' smoke when we warned (over and over) about the health risks of smoking -- anything! We know you want to kick the habit: Over 80 percent of U.S. tobacco smokers say they intend to quit. According to Dr. Mike's Cleveland Wellness Center data, most folks need to try six times before succeeding. But it's worth it!
There are 600-...Read more
Let's ring in the new year with awareness of some of the health hazards -- both mental and physical -- that your smartphone dials up.
We reported: Researchers from the Mayo Clinic found that "cortical processing in the contemporary brain is uniquely activated" by the use of personal electronic devices, such as a cellphone, and that texting ...Read more
Americans spend over $71 billion a year on lottery tickets -- and scratch-off games are a huge favorite. But that's nothing compared with the $112 billion that's spent annually to deal with the itchy skin condition psoriasis and its associated health problems, such as arthritis, depression and cardiovascular disease.
Fortunately, these days the...Read more
Feodor Vassilyev (1707-1782) fathered 69 children with one wife -- she gave birth to 16 twins, seven triplets and four sets of quadruplets. That's the largest documented number of children born to one mother. Clearly, fertility wasn't an issue for that pair!
But these days, one in three couples has a hard time conceiving because of poor semen ...Read more
There are pseudokudos ("My, that's a nice jacket. What street did you pick that up on?") and pseudomusicians ("It must be heavy lifting carrying that tune"), and then there's pseudogout, which is nothing to make light of, because there's nothing false, feigned or erroneous (that's what "pseudo" means in Greek) about the sudden, intense joint ...Read more
In 1967, when "Hair" opened at the Public Theater in New York, no one thought "Let the Sunshine In" would become a world-wide chart-topper (sung by The 5th Dimension). Certainly no one imagined that the song's message could be the Rx for nearsightedness (myopia)! But it turns out kids 14 to 19 and adults 20 to 39 who put down the books, walk ...Read more
Apple CEO Tim Cook sends out company emails at 4:30 a.m. and heads to the gym at 5:00. LeBron James often exercises at that same early hour -- even when the season is over. Lots of highly successful folks use the morning hours to get their workouts in. But there are advantages to working out late.
A 2010 study found that postmenopausal women ...Read more