Health Advice



How to help prevent first-time and recurrent kidney stones

When William Shatner was on the set of "Boston Legal," he was whisked off to the emergency room for acute lower back pain. Turned out, he had a kidney stone. When he passed it, he auctioned it off for $75,000, which he donated to a housing charity.

Great use of that wickedly painful stone; but, in general, it's better to take steps to avoid one...Read more

Why sufficient sleep is essential for your child's health

The classic lullaby "Rock-a-Bye Baby" is oddly, well, unrestful. The last line in the refrain is "when the bough breaks, the cradle will fall and down will come Baby, cradle and all!" Although that's a scary image, it does get one thing right: If children don't regularly get a good night's sleep, they are going to face some pretty serious ...Read more

Are your medications increasing your risk for a fall?

When Harry Styles sings in "Falling," "I'm falling again, I'm falling again, I'm falling. What if I'm down? What if I'm out? ... I'm falling again, I'm falling again, I'm falling" -- it's heartbreaking. But if you're at risk of falling because of medications you're taking, it's nothing short of potential bone breaking or worse.

According to ...Read more

A whole new way to manage and resolve chronic back pain

In 2018, Amy Schumer started physical therapy -- and boxing -- for excruciating back pain. In about seven months, despite her herniated and bulging discs, she had a new attitude about her pain and her body, and the pain subsided.

Turns out her solution was in line with a new approach to managing back pain that looks at it as a modifiable ...Read more

Exercise your right to a longer life

Seven-time Olympic gold medalist, Katie Ledecky's exercise routine includes 10 pool workouts over five days and three weight room sessions a week -- with Sundays off.

You can bet she gets in a lot more than the minimum recommended amount of moderate physical activity (150-300 minutes weekly) or vigorous physical activity (75-150 minutes weekly)...Read more

Inflammation, diabetes and heart disease vs. green tea

Lu Yu, the ancient Chinese "Sage of Tea," famously declared, "Tea tempers the spirit and harmonizes the mind ... awakens thought and prevents drowsiness." If that sounds like a pretty tall order for a small cup of warm liquid, listen up.

Researchers at Ohio State University have found that green tea extract (it contains flavonoids -- especially...Read more

Do you have the guts to stop eating red meat?

Michael Jordan was always a gutsy player. On March 29, 1982, the then 19-year-old freshman made a 16-foot jump shot with 15 seconds left to give the Tar Heels a 63-62 win over Georgetown for the NCAA tournament championship. His career blossomed from there. Too bad his gutsy NBA pregame ritual of eating a hefty steak turns out not to have been ...Read more

Getting a grip on your health -- three new studies

A study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology reported that your handshake conveys a lot about your personality (introverted? confident? more or less neurotic?). But, that's not all your grip says about you. A new study in BMJ Open found that if your grip strength -- as measured twice on a hand dynamometer -- is less than average ...Read more

A tasty way to help prevent cancers related to inherited risks

Leonardo da Vinci produced more than 500 sketches of flying machines. One, the helical air screw, was designed to be made from starched linen molded into a screw-shaped device. Unfortunately, he never got it built -- perhaps he needed more starch.

Turns out lots of folks do, too -- need more resistant starch, that is. A study in Cancer ...Read more

Our children are our future -- let's make it as healthy as possible

In the past 40 years, the number of children with obesity in the U.S. has more than tripled. And the trend continues. A new study in JAMA looked at almost 15,000 children and teens and found that overall obesity increased from 18% to 21.4% for boys and from 17% to 21.6% for girls from 2011 to 2020. This is in kids! And not just overweight, but, ...Read more

Even more reasons to get your vaccinations and boosters

I know you're weary of the whole COVID-19 thing, but nationally we're up to more than 100,000 new cases a day, and it's smart, once again, to mask indoors and in crowds and make wise decisions about where and with whom you hang out. And, even with the variants that are now around, there are a lot of reasons to make sure you and everyone in your ...Read more

Supplement your supplement knowledge

Americans eat a lot of nutrition-stripped, processed food -- it makes up at least 57% of calories consumed. That may account for why 86% of you also take nutritional supplements and nearly 25% of folks age 60 and older take at least four!

Tip: Taking supplements is an imperfect insurance policy for a nutrition-deficient diet! Plus, supplements,...Read more

How to be safer in the operating room

Forty to 50 million surgeries are performed in the U.S. annually, and most involve some form of anesthesia: general anesthesia (you're out), intravenous-monitored sedation (you don't feel pain but aren't totally asleep), local anesthesia (numbs a specific area) and regional anesthesia (numbs a larger area).

People get nervous about "going under...Read more

Getting relief from vertigo

The average American household has 25 internet-connected devices and gets news from four different pieces of equipment or technologies. That's enough to make your head spin!

But that's not the reason 20% to 40% of you will experience vertigo at least once in your life. Vertigo is a sensation that you and/or the world is spinning, rocking or ...Read more

Stay sharp by staying at a healthy weight

David "Fathead" Newman was an outstanding saxophonist who played with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Gregg Allman and Natalie Cole. He earned the nickname "Fathead" from his high school band teacher because he stubbornly refused to learn to read music, preferring instead to play by ear.

Being a "fathead" didn't diminish his artistry, but it ...Read more

Keto vs. Mediterranean diets: It's a draw ... or is it?

When Marvin Hagler fought Vito Antuofermo in 1979 for a shot at a world title, the 15-round match ended in a draw. But Hagler came back to defeat Antuofermo three years later, retaining his newly won WBC and WBA world middleweight titles.

A draw doesn't always mean two opponents are truly equal. You can see that clearly in a study from Stanford...Read more

How to handle the uptick in COVID-19's omicron subvariants

In 1937's "A Star Is Born," Janet Gaynor and Fredric March play two actors, one headed for stardom, the other for ruin (there are no musical numbers!). Over the years, the plot mutated: In the 1954 remake with Judy Garland and James Mason, Garland's singing dominates. In the 1976 version, Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson's characters are ...Read more

Food's power to cause illness and its power to heal

According to a study on the impact of diet on health published in The Lancet, poor diets were responsible for 10.9 million deaths, or 22% of all deaths among adults in 130 countries in 2017. The Lancet study also concluded that non-optimal intake of whole grains, fruits and sodium accounts for half of all diet-related deaths.

The Lancet study ...Read more

Taking your second chances to heart

Jill A. Davis, a writer for the original "David Letterman Show," who went on to become a bestselling novelist, points out that, "Second chances do come your way. Like trains, they arrive and depart regularly. Recognizing the ones that matter is the trick."

Unfortunately, it's a trick that not many of the 605,000 Americans who are recovering ...Read more

When it comes to COVID-19, make sure your kids get vaccinated

Michael Jordan admits he's missed more than 9,000 shots in his career. Golfer Nancy Lopez knows every shot is a challenge; she says "Do your best one shot at a time and then move on."

Those two thoughts are kind of like the COVID-19 vaccination rate in the U.S. Around 100 million Americans have missed getting both COVID-19 shots. But about 67% ...Read more



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