Health Advice



The benefits of limiting your drinking

When Louis Pasteur, the father of pasteurization (it knocks out bacteria in milk, making it safe to use) said, "Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages," he was speaking from experience in the lab and real life.

These days, thanks to him, you don't have to worry about getting salmonella, E. coli, listeria or campylobacter from...Read more

Blue light blues

When Chuck Berry sang "The House of Blue Lights" he extolled that nightspot's great eats and music: "Fryers and broilers and Detroit barbecue ribs" and "an eight beat combo that just won't quit."

These days exposure to blue lights -- emitted by most white LEDs and many tablet and phone screens -- is nothing to sing about.

We've long known that...Read more

How to eat your way out of prostate cancer

Andre Dawson hit 300 home runs and stole 300 bases. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012. Steve Garvey holds the National League record for consecutive games played -- 1,207. He, too, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012. They're not alone: An estimated 191,930 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2020.

It's ...Read more

The chocolate equation

When Nelson Mandela said "a good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination" he was talking about empathy and wisdom's combined powers to contend with the difficulties one encounters in life. But we don't think he would have minded that we're applying it to heart health as well.

If you learn the facts about heart health (a good ...Read more

The challenge of getting fit with elevated glucose levels

Muhammed Ali had one of the best one-two punches in boxing history, forcing opponents back on their heels time after time. And it's that powerful combo that you want to use to simultaneously defeat your rising glucose levels as you work to increase your aerobic fitness. Otherwise, says a new study from Joslin Diabetes Center published in Nature ...Read more

Unmasking the effectiveness of masks

During the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, Americans were warned that "spit spreads death." One announcement in the San Francisco Chronicle read: "The man or woman or child who will not wear a mask now is a dangerous slacker." The more things change, the more they stay the same!

In a recent JAMA paper, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...Read more

Don't let situational anxiety become chronic

Kevin Love, a power forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers, is a five-time All-Star, and he won an NBA championship with the Cavs in 2016. Sound like a formula for cool confidence? Think again. "For 29 years," wrote Love, "I thought about mental health as someone else's problem. Sure, I knew on some level that some people benefited from asking for ...Read more

Statin's superpower for folks 75 plus!

The all-time best superpowers may be found in the characters of the X-Men series: Storm (Halle Berry) controls elements of weather and the atmosphere; Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) uses telepathy to read and control people's minds; and Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), aka Dark Phoenix, moves objects using telekinesis.

But all that hoopla...Read more

Meditate on this: lowering your risk of heart disease

Clint Eastwood is 90 and has practiced transcendental meditation for about 40 years. That might explain why his often high-stress work as an actor and director hasn't taken a toll on his health. There has been research showing meditation is linked to a lower risk for cardiovascular disease. However, it hasn't been rock solid -- until now.

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Top 10 ways to dodge Alzheimer's disease

Ronald Regan, Rosa Parks, Peter Falk and Aaron Copeland are four very different folks, all of whom had one thing in common: Alzheimer's disease. In the U.S. it's estimated that 5.7 million people have the condition, and the number is projected to hit 16 million by 2050.

Maybe not. A study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry ...Read more

Planting the seeds of longevity

Vegans and vegetarians are still pretty rare in the U.S. In a Gallup poll from 2018, only about 8% of 30- to 49-year-olds said they were vegetarians and 4% said they were vegans. Surprisingly, fewer young folks, 18 to 29, were off meat: 7% were vegetarian and 3% were vegan. Go figure.

Well, that's what researchers did in a study in JAMA ...Read more

Is your child at risk for premature heart disease? Nearly 60% are!

When you hear the Bee Gees plead, "How can you mend a broken heart?" we doubt you're thinking, "Hmmm, that could be a good question to ask about my little kid's ticker." But an alarming new scientific statement from the American Heart Association, published in the journal Circulation, reveals that almost 60% of U.S. kids don't have healthy ...Read more

Early cognitive dysfunction linked to CVD, diabetes, smoking

In an episode of "The Simpsons," Homer, who never completed high school, decides to take an exam to finally get his degree. The problem is, his lifestyle choices have made his memory a little shabby. "All right, brain," he pleads, "you don't like me and I don't like you, but let's just do this, and I can get back to killing you with beer." At ...Read more

Do you get more fit from aerobics or strength training?

Brie and Nikki Bella are identical twins who entertained folks as a professional wrestling tag team for the WWE. Nikki says lifting weights works to trim her down and stay strong. Brie says staying fit takes a mix -- say, a 14-minute barre routine on busy days and two hours at the gym when there's time. They're an example of what researchers ...Read more

Breakthrough in treating PTSD

Monica Seles, Mick Jagger and Ariana Grande all have been diagnosed with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). The triggers? Tennis great Seles was stabbed during a match by a crazed fan in 1993; Jagger's long-term partner L'Wren Scott committed suicide; and a suicide bomber at Grande's 2017 concert in Manchester, England, killed 22 people. In ...Read more

Eating omega-3-rich fish protects your brain from shrinking

As Lewis Carroll, author of "Alice in Wonderland," once said, "No good fish goes anywhere without a porpoise." And, it turns out, no wise person would porpoisely avoid a fish. According to a new study published in the journal Neurology, which tracked more than 1,300 women with an average age of 70, eating baked or broiled, omega-3-rich fish ...Read more

Sugary beverages increase your risk for metabolic syndrome

Five years ago, Kate Hudson kicked her sugar addiction. "I realized I was craving it like an addict around 4 p.m. every day ... and it hit me how much sugar we really eat." It's a lot! According to Health and Human Services, 200 years ago, the average American ate 2 pounds of sugar a year. Today, it's almost 152 pounds annually.

However, all ...Read more

Are you at risk for a broken heart?

The day after actress and writer Carrie Fisher died suddenly of a heart attack, her mother, Debbie Reynolds, passed away. Her son said the death of Fisher was just too much for his mother to bear, and she died of a broken heart.

Broken heart syndrome, or stress cardiomyopathy, is a real medical condition. Extreme emotional stress and sadness ...Read more

Defeating adult acne

Adult acne isn't anything to be ashamed of, just ask model Chrissy Teigen, actress and writer Mindy Kaling and actress Bella Thorne, all of whom have shared make-up-free pictures of their skin in distress. They are not alone. The International Dermatology Institute says studies indicate that 40% to 55% of folks age 20 to 40 have low grade, ...Read more

Getting a leg up on your heart health

When a career-defining horse race comes down to victory by a head -- like it did in the 1978 contest between Alydar and Affirmed in the Belmont Stakes (Affirmed won) -- you know those thoroughbreds' legs were stretched to their limit.

That's what it takes to be in top form -- for people, too! A new study published in the Journal of Physiology ...Read more



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