Health Advice



Are you in the dark about healthy sleep habits? You should be

"To sleep, perchance to dream." Wouldn't that be lovely? Unfortunately, about half of you -- 55% of women and 46% of men -- say you're light sleepers. Well, light sleeping problems, such as waking up many times a night, may be precisely that: sleep disturbances caused by excess light in your bedroom.

If you're one of the 70% of people with ...Read more

Weekly roundup -- new news you can use

A recent note from an 89-year-old asked, "What's you recommendation for steps per day for people in my age group? My minimum step number is 3,000 (I usually exceed that), and gardening and yardwork (my favorite form of exercise) tops out at 7,000 to 10,000 a day."

The short answer -- as much as you can do, as often as possible. But keep in mind...Read more

The ups and downs of your health lately

Shaquille O'Neal's weight hit 415 during the height of the pandemic -- up from the 345 he says he weighed while playing for the Lakers. He's not alone. According to the Health eHeart Study, overall folks gained 1.5 pound a month, and another study showed that many folks who were already obese gained 4 or more pounds monthly.

Researchers at the ...Read more

Smarter, happier kids are more physically fit

The stereotype of a dumb jock pops up in movies like "Revenge of the Nerds" where the Alpha Beta fraternity boys don't seem to know their ABCs. But studies show that it's not true that athletes are dimwitted -- like former Wimbledon champ Marion Bartoli with an IQ of 175, which is higher than Einstein's and Stephen Hawking's.

Now a study in ...Read more

Reclaiming your best life after depression and addiction

Drew Barrymore -- an effervescent mom of two and popular talk-show host -- was a huge star by age 7 and in rehab at age 13. Zac Efron faced much the same struggles, going to rehab for cocaine addiction twice before overcoming the habit. They're both great examples of how people can rebound from mental illness and substance-abuse disorders and go...Read more

To tell the tele-truth

On "To Tell the Truth," Kitty Carlisle asked a contestant "What is Lawrence of Arabia's real name?" He replied (without missing a beat), "Peter O'Toole." Close -- but not close enough to be right.

Whether skirting the truth is inadvertent or intentional, it's a losing proposition. Nothing demonstrates that more clearly than the challenges that ...Read more

COVID-19 update: How to stay out of the hospital

Baghdad, Iraq, was home to the first-known general hospital in 805 A.D. By the 900s, the city had five more. Some were open to all, whether male or female, civilian or military, child or adult, rich or poor, Muslim or non-Muslim. Today in the U.S., there are 6,093 hospitals with 920,531 beds. And while the care can be exceptional, it's still ...Read more

Another possible benefit from taking statins

The great Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius once said, "You have power over your mind -- not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength." Flexing your mental muscle can be a pretty big task, but if you're taking a statin, you may be getting some significant help.

Researchers from the Rush University Medical ...Read more

Stop the cascade of diabetes-associated health challenges

In 1736, Ben Franklin cautioned his fellow Philadelphians that when it came to fire prevention, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." That advice is still good today when it comes to stopping the health problems that uncontrolled (or unreversed) Type 2 diabetes can ignite.

A new study presented at the 2022 Diabetes U.K. ...Read more

Going with the grain

Amaranth, barley, buckwheat, bulgur, corn, einkorn (an ancient wheat), farro, freekeh (freaky?), Kamut (it's trademarked), kaniwa, millet (includes pearl millet, foxtail millet, proso millet, finger millet/ragi, and fonio), oats, quinoa, rice, rye, sorghum, spelt (huh?), teff (double huh?), wheat and wild rice. That's the Whole Grains Council's ...Read more

Standing up for your heart -- and kidney -- health

A researcher recently looked at U.S. senators' and representatives' wilder moments in congressional committee hearings and discovered that it's much to their advantage to hog the spotlight by badmouthing the other side and aggressively grilling witnesses. The study, published in the Journal of Politics, revealed that such grandstanding increased...Read more

Quirky questions asked and answered

The Magic 8-Ball delivers 20 pop-up answers to any question. The arbitrary responses range from "Don't count on it" to "Without a doubt." My answers, on the other hand, are grounded in science. However, sometimes there aren't definite answers, but I don't want to tell you, "Ask again later." Here are a couple examples:

Pat wrote: "I am a 56-...Read more

Improving the lives of adolescents with prediabetes

The classic '90s sitcom "Boy Meets World" traces the follies and confusions of a young middle-schooler, Corey Matthews (Ben Savage), as he grows from an awkward kid into a teenager and finally a married man. Many kids today deal with the same challenges that Corey did, but they also have to contend with prediabetes. That makes them vulnerable to...Read more

This allergy season is something to sneeze at

Misty May-Treanor, three-time gold medalist in beach volleyball, was batting away allergy symptoms as she spiked the ball over the net. Scarlett Johansson is extremely allergic to grass and trees. Even Jon Bon Jovi contends with allergies: "I never worry about singing or playing or ... anything like that. I'm more into, 'Can I breathe tonight?'...Read more

Be on the alert for post-COVID-19 diabetes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that just under 150 million Americans had COVID-19 from February 2020 to September 2021 -- and somewhere around 80 million cases had been officially reported as of March 2022. That means there are a lot of folks who need to pay attention to their glucose levels so they can spot developing ...Read more

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



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