Cleopatra and her crew, floating down the Nile on her royal barge from Aswan to Khartoum, had to watch out for the six cataracts that could damage their craft and send them into the roiling waters. To this day, these sometimes-shallow, sometimes-rocky stretches of white water between Egypt and Sudan cause terrible accidents.
Cataracts that ...Read more
Now here's a tough study to get funded: Is it true that people who try eating popcorn with chopsticks will find new delight in their popcorn? That's just what two researchers, one from Ohio State and the other from the University of Chicago, did! And what they found went further than chopsticks and popcorn. They discovered that consuming ...Read more
In the BBC-3 series "Climaxed," miniepisodes explore hit-and-miss relationships between people after they have sex. One four-minute taste of Sam 'n' Ella reveals a sure way to taint an intimate occasion: Clueless guy Sam plays a video game immediately after rolling over.
Well, Salmonella is another way to poison yourself and your near-and-dear....Read more
From the time Greg and Duane Allman formed the Allman Joys in 1965, they were masters of hard-driving, soulful rock 'n' roll! "The High Cost of Low Living" from The Allman Brothers Band's 2003 album, made it clear that they had not chosen the most healthful route through life.
More almonds and more joy (although we don't recommend the candy bar...Read more
When you think of humans with implants, you may picture sinister movie characters, like Dr. No with bionic metal hands or the Borg from "Star Trek." But as a force for good, a newly approved, implantable glucose monitor may turn you into a diabetes-vanquishing, fighting machine.
One of the challenges of managing insulin-dependent diabetes (that...Read more
Ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes holds several records for the longest endurance runs. In 2005 he ran 350 miles in 80 hours and 44 minutes without sleep. A year later he ran a marathon in each of the 50 states in 50 consecutive days.
Now we don't recommend trying Dean's endurance feats, but we can recommend exercising to the point of seeing what ...Read more
In traditional Chinese medicine, there are four types of pulses -- floating, sinking, slow, and fast -- that practitioners use to evaluate your health. In our diets (from the East to the West) there are four basic kinds of pulses: dried peas, beans, chickpeas and lentils. (There are 11 kinds grown worldwide.) These pulses are part of the legume ...Read more
The Missouri Compromise, signed into law in 1820 by President James Monroe, allowed Maine into the union as a free state and Missouri in as a slave state, maintaining the balance of power between North and South in the U.S. Senate. Clearly, compromise -- so often touted as a more civilized way to govern -- sometimes can be downright wrong.
When Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in the semi-documentary "Pumping Iron" in 1977, the six-time Mr. Olympia astounded audiences with his competitive ferocity and hyper-muscled physique. That's why it came as no surprise that he went on to muscle his way on to the silver screen with "Conan the Barbarian," "The Running Man" and "The Terminator."
Ranker's top 10 movies about an eating disorder all focus on girls driven to become too thin. No wonder most people equate the phrase "eating disorder" with anorexia. But young adults 18-24 who are overweight or obese are more likely to have eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors than their normal or underweight peers (29.3 percent ...Read more
Tiger Woods won it in 2000, 2002 and 2008; Rory McIlroy won it in 2011; Jordan Spieth, in 2015. But what did these three have in common at this year's U.S. Open? This triple threat didn't even make the cut.
It's tough to see a triple threat like these guys booted out of the Open, but some triple threats need to be kicked to the sidelines! And ...Read more
Comic vaudevillian George Burns lived to be 100 by following his own advice: "If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension."
A new study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology confirms his sage observation. Researchers tracked around 100,000 men for more ...Read more
In the comic strip Pickles, Earl is eating a sandwich. "Earl, you made a mess in the kitchen when you made that sandwich," says Opal.
"No thanks, I already made myself a sandwich, see? But I appreciate the offer."
"What? No, I said you didn't clean up your mess."
"Yes that dress does look good on you," says Earl.
"Arghh," screams Opal.
You know the old saying, "Your past will come back to haunt you"? That's certainly the case in the 1947 drama "Out of the Past." Jeff Bailey (Robert Mitchum), a small-town gas station owner, has been lying low after a job went bad back when he was a private eye. His former client, Whit Sterling (Kirk Douglas) tracks him down -- ostensibly to ...Read more
LeBron James, in happier times, recalled: "Warren Buffet told me to always follow your gut ... When you have that gut feeling, you have to go with it." But, if you're bugged by some unpleasant gut feelings, physically and emotionally, we bet you want them to go away (like LeBron right about now)!
Ten to 15 percent of American adults experience ...Read more
There's one Oregon woman on YouTube who has a condition called hyperlactation and produces 1.75 gallons of milk daily. Over the past few years, she has donated more than 700 gallons to moms and babies in need.
Being breastfed clearly offers benefits: It's linked to a lower risk of teen metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and ...Read more
If you Google the word "buddies," you get 412 million responses -- a testimony to just how greatly folks value the concept of a supportive pal. But many of you try to reach your health and wellness goals alone and become frustrated or (can we say it?) lazy.
Multiple studies show that if you're aiming to upgrade your life, doing it with a buddy ...Read more
On an episode of "The Office," Dwight Schrute gladly switches to a new company health insurance plan, which doesn't cover anything. When asked why, he says: "Never been sick. Superior brain power. Through sheer concentration, I can raise and lower my cholesterol."
"Why would you want to raise your cholesterol?" an officemate asks.
"So I can ...Read more
Dr. Mike's hospital issues a 232-page Diversity Tool Kit as a modern, global guide (from "A" for "Aboriginal People" to "Z" for "Zoroastrian") for its health care providers in interacting with patients and their family members. The recognition that health care professionals need to offer appropriately individualized interaction with patients is ...Read more