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Medical marijuana can trigger bigger problems than it treats

Purdue Pharma and the Sackler families, manufacturers of the opioids that devastated this country, are paying up to $6 billion to individual claimants and states for opioid abatement programs. Why? From April 2020 to April 2021, there were 75,673 opioid-related deaths in the U.S., and at least 2 million Americans have a substance use disorder ...Read more

With diabetes, when you eat what you eat matters

When kids' entertainer Mike Phirman sings "What Makes Breakfast," he piles every food imaginable on his plate, before crooning: "Do do do do do do do do do do do/Everybody wanna know what's in the breakfast/What makes the breakfast? ... Lunch and dinner, too?"

Now, for folks with diabetes, there's a pretty good answer. Researchers analyzed data...Read more

Roundup of studies on cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's

A new report by the Alzheimer's Association says that in the U.S., 12% to 18% of people age 60 or older are living with MCI -- that's mild cognitive impairment. Every year, around 10% to 15% of those folks will develop full-blown dementia. In five years, 30% will have Alzheimer's.

That's why it's important to understand that MCI isn't a normal ...Read more

New colonoscopy preps make the whole process easier

Around 20 years ago, Katie Couric went on TV while she underwent a colonoscopy. In 2019, Will Smith posted a video blog of his first-time experience at age 50. Bravo for them! They encouraged folks to get this lifesaving exam.

Around 16 million colonoscopies are performed in the U.S. annually. That may sound like a lot, but the Centers for ...Read more

Let cacao supercharge your heart health

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is a novel by Roald Dahl that tells the tale of young Charlie Bucket as he explores Willy Wonka's magical chocolate factory. Charlie emerges as heir to the delicious enterprise -- saving his whole family from misfortune and bad health. Chocolate can do that.

We're talking about dark, dark chocolate and cocoa ...Read more

This week's roundup: hurricanes; statins and RA; long COVID-19

This could be a stormy hurricane season. If you live in a potentially affected area, you need to be aware of a study that found that in the months following a hurricane, death rates from injuries, infectious and parasitic diseases, respiratory and cardiac diseases, and neuropsychiatric disorders go up by more than 33%. In the days, weeks and ...Read more

Obesity before age 50 sets you up for multiple health challenges

Hard to imagine: Eminem is turning 50 this year. So are Tracee Ellis Ross and Jennifer Garner. As much of a turning point as that is for those stars, for folks who have obesity before age 50, growing older is a much tougher challenge.

A study in Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology reveals that if you're severely overweight before age 50, you have ...Read more

The flu vaccine flew the coop -- or did it?

In the 1880s, the word "coop" was slang for jail -- so when someone "flew the coop," they broke out of jail. There were no chickens in the picture anywhere. The latest reports on this year's flu vaccine make it sound like the inoculation was more chicken than anything -- running away from the H3N2 flu virus instead of preventing infection from ...Read more

Seniors' diet quality tanks

For his role in the movie "Father Stu" (due out this month), Mark Wahlberg gained 30 pounds by eating 7,000 calories a day. His diet included a dozen eggs, steak, half a roasted chicken and a "nightcap" consisting of oatmeal, apple sauce, jam, almond butter and molasses.

While Wahlberg's slide into hyper-horrible nutrition was temporary -- he ...Read more

Pick your proteins to protect yourself from high blood pressure

Hall of Famers Nat Holman and Barney Sedran played basketball in the 1910s, '20s and '30s. They're credited with developing the pick and roll -- a move in which a player sets a pick for a teammate handling the ball and then moves toward the basket (rolls) to receive a pass.

They knew the best way to get good game results was to make smart picks...Read more

Update on cancer risk and food choices

"Saturday Night Live's" Weekend Update skit has rarely missed an opportunity to inform viewers about the facts and follies of the past week. The Continuous Update Project, conducted by the World Cancer Research Fund, is just as committed to reporting the facts and follies when it comes to knowing which foods are cancer risks and which are not.

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This week's round-up: fructose and your liver; COVID-19 vaccines

Fat has a lot of connotations in English, from fat cats and a fat bank account to a fat head and a fat lip, not to mention a phat beat. But it's fatty liver disease that's the focus today, because a study has found that fructose-containing beverages are an essential component -- along with a high-fat diet -- of developing fatty liver disease. ...Read more

Wrong-size blood pressure cuffs can cause distorted readings

The Roman poet Virgil mentions handcuffs as a device that was used by mortals to try to prevent the god Proteus from shape-shifting his way out of sticky situations. If your shape is shifting toward larger-size biceps (from muscle or from excess weight), you turn out to be difficult to cuff, too.

According to a study presented at a recent ...Read more

Up in smoke

First recorded in a 1628 collection of Scottish proverbs, "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride" could use a modern update. All the wishing around vaping as a smart alternative to smoking tobacco has gone up in smoke and ... "If vaping were healthy, then smokers would thrive."

A recent study identified a whole new risk associated with ...Read more

Don't resist this tip for better sleep

Consider these facts: 60% of Americans don't do any muscle-strengthening activities on a regular basis. Thirty-five percent of U.S. adults are sleep-deprived, and as many as 22% of U.S. adults contend with chronic insomnia.

What's the relationship? Well, according to research out of Iowa State University, if you want to improve your sleep ...Read more

This week's roundup: three ways to stay safe and healthy

This week, it's National Common Courtesy Day on the 21st; National Puppy Day on the 23rd and National Spinach Day on the 26th. Of course, you'll benefit from being kind, petting a puppy and eating spinach. But the information in these three studies is going to do even more to improve your well-being.

Gun violence: Firearm-related deaths have ...Read more

Using leftovers safely

The price per pound of vegetables shot up almost 20% and fruit increased by 10% from December 2020 to December 2021, and the price of meat, poultry, fish and eggs jumped 12.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Ouch!

One smart solution is to prepare meals that S-T-R-E-T-C-H, like big pots of soup, stews and casseroles. But you need ...Read more

Flop, flop, fizz, fizz

"National Lampoon's Animal House" (1978) pits the rowdy members of the Delta fraternity house against the college's tightly wound Dean Vernon Wormer. The fact that the frat brothers once dumped a truckload of Fizzies into a swimming pool during a swim meet is proof enough for him that they should be shut down.

Fizzies, a popular effervescent, ...Read more

Your pet can help protect your brain power

At 99, Betty White was still as sharp-witted as ever. Perhaps that was because she had so many pets in her lifetime -- estimated at 24 as an adult, including her last dog, Pontiac, a rescue pup.

A new study slated to be presented in April at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting, reveals that people who have a pet, especially for ...Read more

Do you know about your risks for osteoporosis and fractures?

When 39-year-old quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was tackled in his first game with the Washington Commanders last season, he was diagnosed with hip subluxation -- his hip joint was forced partially out of position. It's likely a career-ending injury for the 17-year veteran.

As life-changing as that may be for Fitzpatrick, for the 2 million ...Read more

 

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