Planning Your Meals to Reach Your Goals

Planning Your Meals to Reach Your Goals

Feb 16

Sue Kiefner

I struggle with eating healthy. I often eat for convenience, which means I DO NOT plan!  Since February 3, I have been making conscious decisions on everything I put in my mouth.  I went away with the family for a couple of days and we had dinner at a buffet.…

How Santa Helped Me Believe in Jesus

How Santa Helped Me Believe in Jesus

Dec 22

Sue Kiefner

I think we are born wanting to believe in something… it’s innate.  Our soul has a yearning to be connected to something greater than ourselves.  I was brought up in a home that did not go to church very often. We were a Christmas and Easter family.  My mom grew…

It may be snowing, but you can still workout!

It may be snowing, but you can still workout!

Feb 13

The northeast is in the middle of a blizzard and people aren’t able to get to the gym.  Here’s a great workout you can do from your living room that will only take 10 minutes and will be worth it!

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Happy New Year- What's Your Change?

Happy New Year- What's Your Change?

Jan 01

Sue Kiefner

Here we are! The new year has finally arrive. It’s a perfect time to look back over the accomplishments of 2013.  For me, I lost 17 pounds and 20 inches since February 2013. Although I could have lost a lot more weight with more aggressive measures, this year I focused…

Have You Ever Been on a Diet?

Have You Ever Been on a Diet?

Dec 27

Wendy Strohl, Personal Trainer/Group Fitness Instructor/Nutrition Coach

Have you ever been on a diet? Just to give up a few days in. Maybe you had that piece of cake you were wanting and oh well the diet is over. Diets can work however they don’t last. We want to follow a diet of healthy eating and have…

Know your Body and Modify!

Know your Body and Modify!

Oct 26

Sue Kiefner

In my mind, I thought people who went to the gym were perfect. They didn’t have any pain, they didn’t need any motivation, it was simply, time to go to the gym and they went.  The more often I go, the more I realize that exercise isn’t easy for anyone.…

Up and Down Scale- How to Cope

Up and Down Scale- How to Cope

Oct 07

Sue Kiefner

I hate looking at the scale. It is never consistent and always makes me feel bad. I think one of my biggest hurdles for trying to lose weight is how I feel when I look at the scale. There’s nothing worse than seeing the number go up and…

MOTIVATION!, What's Yours?

MOTIVATION!, What's Yours?

Oct 01

Sue Kiefner

M.O.T.I.V.A.T.I.O.N. is such a big word and is different for everyone!  Since becoming a mom, this word is more important to me now than during any other time in my life. I want active kids,and they are! They love to run, ride bikes, swim, play tag, go sledding and all…

No Complements Necessary (butt thank you!!!)

No Complements Necessary (butt thank you!!!)

Sep 18

Sue Kiefner

I was walking into my daughter’s preschool this morning and a mom who was following me into the building said “Are you losing weight?”  I said, “yes, I’m trying.” And she said “I can tell!”  We all know what that means… my butt is looking smaller!  I’m still a big…

Space Between My Thighs!

Space Between My Thighs!

Sep 14

Sue Kiefner

The other morning I got dressed and as I was walking out of my room, I found something I hadn’t seen in a long time. Something almost foreign to me… it was space between my thighs! It has been so many years since this has happened to me that I…

"It's in Your Mind!"

"It's in Your Mind!"

Apr 15

Anna Negoescu, RN, BA

Almost 40 years ago Herbert Benson began describing the Relaxation Response. The Relaxation Response, which quiets the breathing, relaxes the muscles, calms the mind, and is a key to healing in the highest sense. For centuries physicians have been practicing under the assumption that there is a split, a disconnect…

Yoga Helps Us "Be the Change"

Yoga Helps Us "Be the Change"

Mar 12

Jessie Thompson, The Yoga Loft

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world towards him.” – Mahatma Gandhi.

Getting the Most out of Your Website

Getting the Most out of Your Website

Feb 16

You may wonder “How can I build more traffic to my website?” It is important that you are listed on websites that offer provider databases, such as Live Well for All, and search websites like Yelp and Google +. Click the link to each of the listed…

To Eat or Not to Eat Steel Cut Oats

To Eat or Not to Eat Steel Cut Oats

Nov 08

Sue Kiefner

If you do research on-line you will see differing opinions on whether or not there are health benefits to eating steel cut oats. Some will say you get the same nutritional value from rolled oats verses the steel cut versions, so it doesn’t matter which one you choose.

Others will mention…

Mind/Body Medicine

Mind/Body Medicine

Aug 30

Anna Negoescu, RN

Mind/Body Medicine is a contemporary exploration of human health and healing that weaves a rich tapestry of global traditions and contemporary medicine to fully integrate the mind, body, and spirit. It recognizes the difference between curing and healing. Contemporary Western Medicine may not be able to cure your disease, but…

Creating Compost for the Garden

Creating Compost for the Garden

Aug 01

Sue Kiefner, amateur gardener

When I was a child we had a very large garden. My mom grew everything from root and vine vegetables
to asparagus. She would send me out to weed the garden in the morning and it was something I hated
to do. I got dirty and it was always so hot. The…

Is Yoga Right for You?

Is Yoga Right for You?

Jul 18

Jessie Thompson, owner, The Yoga Loft

In yoga, we work for a balance of strength and flexibility, practicing postures and sequences that help us attain this balance. The result is both a quality of stability in the body, as well as a quality of openness and freedom of movement. We aim to move all of the…

08/17/2017 09:00

Box breathing for anxiety: Techniques and tips

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

Box breathing is a relaxation technique to help relieve anxiety. In this article, we look at how it works, and how to perform box breathing properly.

08/17/2017 05:00

Many Nurses Lack Knowledge Of Health Risks To Mothers After Childbirth

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A nationwide survey shows that postpartum nurses often fail to warn mothers about potentially life-threatening complications following childbirth, mainly because they need more education themselves.

08/16/2017 16:07

8 Best Pillows For Stomach Sleepers

Prevention

A good sleep can be ruined by a bad pillow. In fact, 70% of people reported that their pillows affected whether or not they got a decent night’s sleep during the past two weeks, according to a poll commissioned by the National Sleep Foundation.

The pillow problem might be even bigger for people who sleep on their stomachs. “This position can be bad for your neck,” says Michael Breus, PhD, author of The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan and a clinical psychologist who specializes in sleep disorders. “You have to turn your head to the side almost a full 90-degrees.”

Ideally, he says, “your nose should always line up with your sternum.” This will keep your spine in a neutral position and help prevent back and neck pain.

For fans of the prone position, here are our top two pillow picks from four different categories.

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08/16/2017 15:44

​3 Women On How To Have A Kick-Ass Life In Spite Of Chronic Illness

Prevention

When you’re diagnosed with a chronic condition, maintaining a positive outlook can seem downright impossible. Countless doctors' appointments, medications, and other treatments—combined with the pain and stigma that these conditions often cause—can leave you feeling hopeless and isolated.

If you’re suffering, you’re not alone: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about half of all adults in the U.S. have at least one chronic health problem, and a staggering 1 in 4 have two or more chronic issues. Yet the three women you’ll meet here, all of whom face serious chronic conditions, are proof that while the pain and discomfort isn’t always avoidable, your attitude is completely within your control.

Here, they share their stories of struggle and hope. Maybe they'll inspire you to start thriving, too.

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08/16/2017 15:25

6 Foolproof Ways To Get A Flat Belly After 40, According To Fitness Pros

Prevention

While 40 may feel like the new 30, there’s one truth about reaching the fourth decade of your life that’s a bit of a buzzkill: It becomes far more challenging to maintain a flat belly.

As we age, we lose muscle mass, which causes our metabolism to slow, according to the Mayo Clinic. And as a result, it becomes harder to ward off belly fat. Not only can an expanding waistline make it tough to fit into your favorite jeans, but it can also be bad news for your health. Visceral fat, the fat that hangs out deep inside the abdomen, has been connected to an increased risk of breathing problems, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

The silver lining: There are plenty of things you can do to lose weight around your middle. Here, trainers share how they help their clients over 40 look instantly trimmer, while working towards a tight tummy they can maintain for life:

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08/16/2017 13:37

The 5 Best Meal-Prep Food Containers For Weight Loss

Prevention

If you’re not familiar with “meal prep,” you haven’t been spending much time on Instagram lately.

In a nutshell, it’s all about preparing several days’—or even a full week’s—worth of meals in a single day, and then storing them all in fridge- or freezer-ready containers until you’re ready to chow down. (This is your ultimate guide to meal prep.)

Why do this? For Talia Koren, a meal-prep star and resident of New York City, there were two reasons: to lose weight and save money.

“Even though I was buying healthy meals at work—salmon, broccoli, sweet potatoes—they were overpriced and way too much food for me,” she says. “I started losing weight when I started preparing meals for myself because I had more control over ingredients and portion sizes.”

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While she wasn’t carrying a lot of extra weight to begin with, meal prepping helped Koren lose 10 pounds in six months. More importantly, it’s helped her keep the weight off for more than two years.

“A big problem with the food we buy in restaurants is that even though it seems healthy, we don't know what oils are going into it, and that can affect how we feel and our fat intake quite a bit,” she says.

MORE: 7 Restaurant Rules You Must Follow If You're Trying To Lose Weight

Meal prepping was the answer for her. And, she says, “finding the right container is key when it comes to creating and meal prepping meals that are the right portion sizes for your dietary needs.”

Research backs her up on this. A study from Cornell University found eating from small plates reduces the amount you eat by 30%. Because many of us are distracted during meals—by work emails or our phones or our friends—it’s easy to overeat. Sticking to small plates counteracts this, the Cornell team found.

Here are two of Koren’s container picks—neither of which she’s paid to endorse—plus some other popular choices among meal preppers.

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08/16/2017 13:33

Often Missing From The Current Health Care Debate: Women's Voices

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When leaders in Washington discuss the future of American health care, women are not always in the room. Here, eight women from around the country share their personal stories, fears and hopes.

08/16/2017 12:47

After Charlottesville, A Doctor Reflects On Hateful Patients And His Own Biases

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Medical professionals take pride in their commitment to care for all patients. But that pride doesn't shield them from the difficult ones.

08/16/2017 11:55

​These 6 Simple Yoga Poses Can Help Ease Your Sciatica Pain

Prevention

When sciatica pain strikes, it can be tempting to stay sedentary out of fear that you might make the flare-up worse. Yet moving your body slowly and gently can be one of the best ways to ease your symptoms, says Jamie Elmer, ERYT-500, a yoga teacher in Grand Junction, Colorado, and a Yoga Alliance continued education provider.

Just check in with a doctor before hitting your yoga mat: “Before you do just any stretch or yoga pose, it helps to have a sense of what’s causing your sciatica pain,” advises Elmer. (Here are 5 ways to tell if you have sciatica.)

Typically, sciatica symptoms can be traced back to two different reasons, she says. One of the most common causes is Piriformis Syndrome, which happens when the piriformis—a small muscle deep in your hips that externally rotates (turns out) your thighs—becomes tight and compresses the sciatic nerve, leading to a pain in your butt—literally. The other main cause of sciatica is compression in the spine, usually between the L4 and L5 vertebrae (the lowest two vertebrae in your lumbar spine, or lower back), that can lead to the disc between those vertebrae bulging (or herniating) and compressing the sciatic nerve.

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“If your issues stem from Piriformis Syndrome, exercises that stretch the piriformis and encourage an internal rotation of your thighs can take some of the “tightness” out of the piriformis and lessen your pain,” says Elmer. “If it’s a disc issue, stretching the hip flexors and iliopsoas muscle—another deep hip flexor—can relieve some of the burning pain and numbness you might be feeling on one side of your butt and down the back of your leg.”

Here, Elmer offers six simple yoga poses that can help ease your sciatica pain, depending on the cause of your symptoms:

If your sciatica symptoms stem from a tight piriformis (read: you literally feel a pain in your butt), try:

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08/16/2017 06:00

Does laser therapy for knee pain work?

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

Laser therapy is an experimental type of treatment being offered for knee pain. We look at the science behind it, and benefits or risks of laser therapy.

08/15/2017 16:29

'Body Brokers' Get Kickbacks To Lure People With Addictions To Bad Rehab

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In South Florida, people with health insurance are the target of "body brokers" who can earn lucrative kickbacks — $500 per week — for referring vulnerable patients to centers that bilk insurers.

08/15/2017 16:14

CBO Predicts Rise In Deficit If Trump Cuts Payments To Insurance Companies

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The Congressional Budget Office estimates that ending what's known as cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers will raise the deficit $194 billion over 10 years.

08/15/2017 14:17

Can My Boss Make Me Pay The Tax On My Great Health Plan? Maybe Yes

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Since Congress hasn't passed a fix, employers who offer generous health care plans may look to shift the tax burden to employees if the so-called "Cadillac tax" kicks in.

08/15/2017 14:02

This Electric Foot File Can Buff Away Calluses—And It's 80% Off​

Prevention

Dry, hard feet may seem like more of an annoyance than a problem. But calluses and cracks can harbor fungus, warts, or even viruses.

The best prevention against such infections is to reduce callus build up and cracking. Keep your feet hydrated with a high-quality moisturizing cream and exfoliate regularly—and gently. If you overdo it, you risk splitting your skin even more. (See a dermatologist if your cracks are painfully severe or your feet are inflamed.)

Give yourself a perfect at-home pedicure with these tips:

MORE: 4 Ways To Fix Your Cracked Heels At Home

One effective technique is to exfoliate with a foot filer after your skin has softened in the shower or bath. You can get one of our favorites—the Amope Pedi Wet and Dry Rechargeable File—for $14 on Amazon right now. It typically retails for $60 to $70.

The Amope Pedi file provides two speed options depending on how vigorously you're looking to smooth those rough edges. Ideally, you want to shed just the top layer of dead skin cells. The file lasts up to 20 minutes on a single charge, and since it's waterproof, you can use it in or out of the shower.

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If you're tired of those tough and unsightly patches of skin, the Amope Pedi foot file could be the solution for softer, better looking—and healthier—feet.

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08/15/2017 13:37

In The Event Of A Nuclear Blast, Don't Condition Your Hair

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That advice came in guidelines issued to residents of Guam on how to prepare for a missile threat on the island. The reason is conditioner can trap radioactive particles in strands of hair.

08/15/2017 13:04

7 Types Of Friends Every Woman Needs In Her Life

Prevention

One BFF who does it all sounds nice in theory, but realistically, the person you who makes you laugh instantaneously might not be the same person who gives great advice or the person who picks up after one ring—and that’s okay. Call the first pal for margaritas; just don’t list her as your emergency contact. (Both, for the record, are important.)

“As human beings we have different needs, and no one person could possibly fulfill all of them,” says Sandy Neshin Bernstein, PsyD, co-author of the book Friendship Matters. “It’s important not to expect one person to be everything to you.”

We’re all for appreciating friends for whichever hats they wear best. Some will wear many, whereas others will adorn your life in just one specific way. Either way, these are the seven types of friends many women find themselves counting on. Who tends to fill these roles in your own life? You may be surprised by the answer. And if you feel like your list is incomplete, there’s always room for a New Mate (see number seven).

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08/15/2017 12:33

Get A Full-Body Workout At The Park With These 6 Exercises

Prevention

When Maureen Flatley, 36, arrived for her first workout with personal trainer Katie Peters, the owner of Underground Training in Southold, New York, she found herself at a playground—feeling a bit skeptical.

“It was hard to imagine that I was going to get an amazing workout at the same park where I take my 2-year-old and 4-year-old,” says Flatley. “I think I had this idea that you needed to spend time in a weight room, spin studio, or gym to build muscle and endurance.”

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Yet Peters proved that theory wrong—and fast—by taking Flatley through her signature park workout. “The moves use your bodyweight and gravity as resistance, which can be just as effective as lifting weights—and a lot more fun,” says Peters. “Plus, the exercises get your heart rate up, which means you’re getting a cardio workout as well.”

Here, Peters shares the fun and effective moves that help Flatley and her clients get into peak condition right at their local parks:

Note: This workout is very customizable. Depending on your time constraints and fitness level, Peters suggests completing one to three sets of each exercise.

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08/15/2017 10:42

Here's ​Exactly How To Reverse 6 Major Signs Of Neck Aging

Prevention

Chances are, you've dedicated a decent amount of time to taking care of the skin on your face, while practically ignoring your neck—a decision you may now regret. Not only is your neck going through the same wear and tear, but it's also typically the first area of the body to show signs of aging.

The main reason, besides neglect, is gravity. "Unfortunately, from the moment we're born, our neck and all of its structures are subject to descent from the force of gravity," says Ryan Neinstein, MD, plastic surgeon at NYC Surgical Associates. "The second reason is sun exposure, as we all frequently tend to under-treat our neck area when applying sunscreen."

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Genetics and hormonal fluctuations can also influence collagen and elastin production all over our bodies, including the neck. Together, these factors can cause the neck's texture to alter—a line here, a droop there, and eventually (sigh), the crepe effect.

But don't shop for turtlenecks and scarves just yet. There are plenty of ways to reverse the signs of aging. Here are some of the best solutions:

If you have fine lines and brown spots...

You may be diligent about applying sunscreen to your face—or at least choosing a moisturizer or foundation that contains SPF—but most women forget to protect their necks. Meanwhile, UV rays damage structural collagen, causing wrinkles, thinning skin, and pigment changes, like brown spots, says Tsippora Shainhouse, MD, board-certified dermatologist in Beverly Hills.

MORE: 9 Tips For Age Spot Removal And Prevention

The fix: To slow the progression, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 (or higher) to your neck every day, and reapply if you'll be spending time in the sun. "Don't forget the sides of your neck, which are exposed to the sun when you drive," Shainhouse says. Don't have a go-to sunscreen? Consider trying SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair SPF 34 ($37, amazon.com). It contains anti-aging ingredients and antioxidants, decreasing fine lines and wrinkles while protecting you from the sun.

You may also want to consider upping your intake of omegas: "Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids are an essential tool in the body's natural production of collagen," says Alex Roher, MD, board-certified anesthesiologist at San Diego Botox. If you consume them in the evening (say, after 6 PM), they're less likely to be broken down into fuel for other bodily functions by the time you go to bed, so your body can use them to repair your skin. Reap the benefits by making omega-3 rich foods like cold-water fish and avocados daily staples, suggests Roher.

MORE: 6 Things Omega-3s Can Do For Your Health—And 3 Things They Can't

An IPL photofacial is also worth considering, says Shainhouse. The light-based therapy helps fade spots by targeting and destroying brown skin pigment. You may need two sessions for optimal results, she says.

Pamper yourself at home with this DIY avocado face mask:

If you have poikiloderma...

If you have crepey skin, sun spots, and redness from broken capillaries, you may have poikiloderma, a condition that develops as result of chronic sun exposure, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in the Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. While there isn't a specific treatment available for the condition, there are various remedies that may help.

The fix: It's super-important to treat the neck as you would your face, says Zeichner. In the morning, prevent future damage by layering an antioxidant underneath your sunscreen. Try Roc Multi Correxion 5 In 1 Chest, Neck & Face Cream ($18, amazon.com), which is specially formulated to help fight and repair signs of neck aging while helping protect against future sun damage. In the evening, apply a product that contains collagen-stimulating ingredients such as retinol, peptides, or growth factors. (One to try: Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream, $82, sephora.com.)

As for in-office procedures, Fraxel skin laser treatments can be an effective option. "The laser fractionates its energy into tiny beams, creating microchannels of damage deep in the skin," says Shainhouse. "The body then rushes to repair these traumatized zones, filling them in with new, fresh collagen." The result? Improved texture and reduced discoloration. You'll need two or three treatments for optimal results, says Shainhouse.

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If you have folds and wrinkles...

Many people have natural fold lines on the neck—however, with aging, new wrinkles appear as a result of lost collagen and connective tissue that holds the area tight, says Tanya Kormeili, MD, board-certified dermatologist in Santa Monica, California. (And, let's be real, perpetually looking down at our mobile devices isn't doing us any favors in the neck wrinkles department.)

The fix: To keep future damage at bay, slather on sunscreen, maintain good posture, keep your smartphone at eye level, and use an anti-wrinkle treatment that contains palmitoyl oligopeptide, a blend of fatty acids that encourage collagen production. (One to try: DRMTLY Age Reversal Neck Cream. $52, amazon.com; drmtly.com.)

Hyaluronic injectable fillers are another option, says Shainhouse. These can be injected directly into the horizontal neck lines to help them fill out. Bonus: "The fillers can last up to six months," she says. "They also encourage the body to make its own collagen so that the effects can last even longer."

MORE: 9 Tips For Age Spot Removal And Prevention

If you have prominent vertical bands...

"As our neck muscles weaken they tend to bow out, creating up and down lines in our neck," says Neinstein.

The fix: Unfortunately, prominent vertical bands, or platysmal bands, are often genetic and can't be completely eliminated without a surgical neck lift, says Zuckerman. However, small amounts of Botox can be injected into the bands of the muscle to relax it. This softens their appearance and creates a better contour, Kormeili explains.

MORE: Considering An Injectable? Here's What You Need To Know

If you have loose skin…

Sagging skin along the jaw, neck, and décolletage occur over time as collagen and elastin start to break down. And as it ages, the skin doesn't have the ability to bounce back like it used to, says Purvisha Patel, MD, board-certified dermatologist, and creator of Visha Skin Care.

The fix: After applying sunscreen, the neck should be moisturized to maximize collagen within the skin, says Neinstein, who recommends Revision Nectifirm ($73, amazon.com), a neck cream that contains plant extracts and antioxidants that work cohesively to create a smoother, firmer neck. No matter the moisturizer you're using, apply it to the base of the neck up to the jawline, says Patel, which helps stimulate upward direction and prevents more pulling down.

There's also Ultherapy, a focused ultrasound treatment that stimulates the growth of new collagen deep within the skin, essentially acting as a non-surgical facelift. "It's the only non-surgical procedure that's gained FDA approval to lift the skin on the neck, chin, and brow," says Patel. "Just one treatment is required in most cases, and the skin gradually tightens."

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08/15/2017 06:00

Do probiotics for eczema work?

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

Eczema is one of the most common skin conditions in the United States, and research into treatment is ongoing. Learn about using probiotics to treat eczema

08/15/2017 05:00

6,000-Year-Old Knee Joints Suggest Osteoarthritis Isn't Just Wear And Tear

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Even after a Harvard team took into account differences in age and weight among ancient specimens and knees today, they found that modern humans tend to have more osteoarthritis.

08/14/2017 17:13

5 Genius Gardening Hacks If You're Short On Time

Prevention

I've been a gardener for a long time, and I love it. But I'm as busy as the next person, and sometimes I just want a quick way to get the job done. I'm not looking to cut corners–I want it done correctly, you understand–I just want to be more efficient. If you find yourself in the same situation, here are five genius garden hacks to save you a bit of time. Now you can spend that time on garden activities that you actually want to savor, and not feel guilty that you're not tending to the minutia.

1. Keep your tools tuned up with sand and oil.

Any tool with a blade will need regular maintenance to keep it sharp–a dull blade doesn't only not do its job, but it presents an injury hazard to the user. Sometimes it's necessary to take the tool apart to do some major cleaning and sharpening, but for day-to-day maintenance and storage all rolled into one, a sand and oil mixture is a good option.

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Here's what to do: Take a 5-gallon plastic bucket (available at home improvement stores, or buy a set of three for $37 on amazon.com) and fill it ¾ of the way with sand. Then take a quart of motor oil, mineral oil, or even vegetable oil and pour it into the bucket so that the sand is damp–it should not be moist or have a wet appearance. Now take a tool (pruners, shovel, loppers, knife, etc.) and plunge it into the mixture. The blade of the tool will cut repeatedly into the sand, which will remove grime, dirt, and rust, while also conditioning the blade. After using a tool, plunge it several times into the mixture and leave it there until you need it again. This cuts down on your overall tool maintenance, saving you time.

2. Use wine bottles for easy watering.

We all have those container plants that need consistent watering, and the ones on your deck or patio are the biggest water guzzlers of all. But few people really like to get out every day to water them, and when you leave for a weekend trip, you always worry that your plants will greet you with a gasp for more water when you return.

To water your container plantings consistently without being a slave to the watering can or hose, simply use an empty wine bottle. Fill it about ¾ full of water and, carefully overturning it, plunge the neck of the bottle into the soil of your container plant. This "water bottle" will release water slowly into the soil as the soil can absorb it. As a bonus, mix in some water-soluble fertilizer so you can water and feed at all once.

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Container plants that enjoy this type of supplemental watering are ferns, tropical plants, annuals, and flowering perennials. Plants with low water requirements like cacti and succulents should not be treated to this type of watering, as rotting is always an issue.

3. Plant one hole per plant the entire year.

Many of us have those spots in our gardens where we like to plant annual color like salvias, petunias, pansies, and snapdragons. The problem is that we hate digging all those holes when it's time to change the color out with the seasons, don't we? Try doing the work once and then enjoying the benefits all year long.

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This tip works best if you typically use the same size pots in a particular place in your garden every season. Most annuals come in 4" pots, quarts, or 1-gallon containers. Dig all the holes for your plants, but dig them the exact size of your plastic nursery container (same width and depth). Now simply drop the planted nursery container into the hole and finish by mulching around it to disguise the plastic planter. At the end of the season, lift out the spent plants in their containers, and drop new containers with fresh plants into the holes.

If you are worried about drainage, nursery pots always have about four drainage holes along the bottom of the container–but if you'd like a little more drainage for the particular plant you are using, simply cut off and dispose of the bottom of the pot. Now your plant's roots can spread out, allowing water to pass through.

4. Practice the buddy system.

Isn't it frustrating when you go out to your garden and see invisible enemies chomping on your cabbage leaves? Regular garden maintenance is a necessity if you want to have healthy plants, but there are things you can do to cut down on those chores. Like the buddy system, for example. Remember when you were in third grade and your class went on a field trip to the zoo? You were assigned a buddy so you would stay safe and not get lost. The same principle applies to gardening. You can buddy up certain plants to help both of them thrive.

Plant marigolds around the perimeter of your vegetable garden to repel unwanted bugs. Plant vining beans next to corn, and the corn will act as a natural trellis. Practice crop rotation so that valuable nutrients are replaced by particular plants for other plants that need them. Plant basil near tomatoes and lettuce to improve flavor and repel mosquitos.

5. Grow veggies in a bag.

If you have poor soil, don't want to prepare an area for a vegetable garden, or are short on space, no worries. A bag of good quality potting soil and some small vegetable transplants will do the trick!

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Start with a large bag of potting or garden soil–look for 40-pound bags at your garden center or home improvement store (you can also find one for $21 on amazon.com). Lay the bag down where it's going to stay for the season, because after it's planted it will be nearly impossible to move easily. Using a large utility knife, cut out a rectangle on the top surface of the bag. Leave 2" around the top surface, so that the rectangle looks like a picture frame–this will help to retain the soil in the bag.

Using your utility knife, plunge additional holes for drainage through the soil and the bottom surface of the bag. Now it's time to plant. Choose vegetables like potatoes, onions, beets, lettuce, and peas, or nearly any herb. Remove them from their nursery pots, gently loosen the roots, and plant them right into the soil in the bag. Remember to use the suggested spacing for each type of plant you are using. Water regularly and then enjoy your harvest! Bonus points if you choose bagged soil with additional fertilizer–now you have an instant fertilized planting medium ready to go.

The article 'Gardening Hacks for People Low on Time' originally ran on Fix.com.

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08/14/2017 15:25

Poet Imagines Life Inside A 1910 Institution That Eugenics Built

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Molly McCully Brown, who has cerebral palsy, says that if she'd been born in a different era, she might have been sent to the "Virginia State Colony," an early landmark of the U.S. eugenics movement.

08/14/2017 13:10

Trump Administration Extends Deadline For Insurers To Decide On Obamacare Markets

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The extension leaves time for President Trump to decide whether to continue crucial payments to insurers and for insurers to figure out how they would operate without them if they were to disappear.

08/14/2017 09:58

Work Can Be Stressful, Dangerous And Sometimes Great

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America's workers are subject to more physical harm and emotional stress than you might think, but many of these challenges can be mitigated by a good boss and good friends.

08/14/2017 09:00

Using alternative medicine only for cancer linked to lower survival rate

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Patients who choose to receive alternative therapy as treatment for curable cancers instead of conventional cancer treatment have a higher risk of death, according to researchers from the Cancer...

08/14/2017 04:58

Navigating The 'Aisle Of Confusion' To Whiten Your Teeth

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The whiter the smile the more attractive the person, research finds. Both men and women say white teeth matter when choosing a mate. This may be why whitening teeth is a $3.2 billion industry.

08/13/2017 05:00

You Can Order a Dozen STD Tests Online — But Should You?

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It sounds so simple: Order a kit online, test for sexually transmitted diseases in the privacy of home and mail it back. But deciding what to test for and who gets tested is far from easy.

08/12/2017 09:00

Gripe water: Uses and other treatments for baby colic

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What is gripe water? This traditional therapy can help to relieve baby colic. Learn about the risks and benefits, alongside other treatment options.

08/12/2017 05:00

VIDEO: Where Mastectomy Scars Raged, A Tattoo Garden Blooms

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Nicole O'Hara was 29 when she had a double mastectomy after a cancer diagnosis. She chose to cover the scars with a tattoo that blooms like her garden, with apple blossoms, bluebells and heather.

08/11/2017 16:43

From Alaska To Florida, States Respond To Opioid Crisis With Emergency Declarations

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President Trump announced Thursday that his administration plans to declare a national emergency to deal with the opioid epidemic. Six states have already taken this step.

08/08/2017 11:00

No wonder cure, but music therapy can still be helpful for children with autism

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An international study finds the improvements from improvisational music therapy, on symptoms of autism, to be similar to those who do not receive music therapy.

08/05/2017 06:00

Saw palmetto: Uses, dosage, and side effects

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What is saw palmetto? Learn about saw palmetto's usage and effectiveness. What is the science behind the claims and are there side effects?

08/04/2017 10:00

Yoga can help to treat depression, studies show

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New studies presented at the American Psychological Association's annual convention indicate that yoga can help to reduce symptoms of depression.

08/01/2017 07:00

Eight evidence-based health benefits of aloe vera

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This is a detailed article about Aloe vera and its health benefits. Here are eight evidence-based ways that Aloe vera can improve your health.

08/01/2017 07:00

15 natural remedies to get rid of a sore throat

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A sore throat is a common symptom of viral infection. Most cases of sore throat can be treated at home with simple natural remedies.

08/01/2017 03:00

13 Home remedies to relieve constipation naturally

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Constipation is a common problem that can affect anyone. In this article, learn about 13 different home remedies that can help treat constipation.

07/31/2017 03:00

Seven health benefits of biotin

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Biotin is a B-vitamin that has benefits for hair, nails and skin, to name a few. Learn more about the benefits and side effects of biotin in this article.

07/29/2017 06:00

Free radicals: How do they affect the body?

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What are free radicals, and what impact do they have on the body? In this article, we look at the free radicals and how antioxidants interact with them.

07/27/2017 03:00

Mind-body therapies immediately reduce unmanageable pain in hospital patients

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Mindfulness training and hypnotic suggestion significantly reduced acute pain experienced by hospital patients, according to a new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

07/27/2017 03:00

Study: Yoga helps back pain among veterans

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In a study including 150 military veterans with chronic low back pain, researcher Dr. Erik J.

07/22/2017 03:00

Chaga mushroom: Nine potential health benefits

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What are chaga mushrooms and what are their potential health benefits? How are chaga mushrooms used and what are the possible risks?

07/21/2017 11:00

Acupuncture is effective for relieving period pain

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Manual acupuncture is effective in treating period pain and associated symptoms, such as nausea and headaches, according to the results of new research.

07/20/2017 03:00

Craniosacral therapy: Does it work?

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Craniosacral therapy is type of alternative therapy similar to a gentle massage, sometimes used by osteopaths. What conditions can it treat?

07/17/2017 11:00

Daily tomato consumption may protect against skin cancer

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Consuming tomatoes daily may help to protect skin against UV light damage and decrease the likelihood of developing skin cancer tumors, new research finds.

07/15/2017 03:00

Does having a purpose in life help you sleep better?

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New research examines the link between having a sense of meaning in one's life and sleep quality among older white and African American adults.

07/14/2017 12:00

New form of CBT may help with chronic pain management

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Research investigates the effect of a new form of CBT called acceptance and commitment therapy on the outcomes of people living with chronic pain.

07/13/2017 06:00

Seven benefits of kefir

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Kefir is a yogurt-like drink that has experienced a recent wave of popularity. In this article, learn about the potential health benefits of kefir.

07/12/2017 15:00

15 health benefits of pomegranate juice

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Pomegranates are considered a nutritious superfood. In this article, learn about some of the benefits that pomegranate juice may offer.

07/12/2017 12:00

Seven health benefits of coconut water

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Coconut water can be a great way to rehydrate after a sweaty workout. Learn how it can replenish your electrolytes and provide extra potassium.

07/12/2017 12:00

Can I use vitamins for hair growth?

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Health experts agree that eating a well-balanced diet that contains the 13 essential vitamins can help maintain the health of your hair.

06/06/2017 09:37

5 Father's Day Gift Ideas for Food-Loving Dads Everywhere

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A good bottle of red wine, a perfectly cooked steak and a lot of laughter—this is my dad's request for Father's Day gift ideas. In addition, I've found a few other Father's Day gift ideas any food-loving dad would be happy to receive.

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05/24/2017 11:29

Bobbi Brown's Top 10 Superfoods for Beauty and the Fun Way She Eats Them

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I have always believed that beauty starts from the inside out. Your health shows on your face, in your skin, in how you move your body and how your mind feels. When you feel good, you look good and are more confident in your own skin.

05/22/2017 15:55

4 Foolproof Tips to Make Healthy Veggie Chips at Home

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Sweet Potato Chips

We've all been there: caught with our hand at the bottom of a chip bag that is somehow now empty. We promised ourselves just a few, but what happened?

05/22/2017 15:24

The Easy Frozen Yogurt Dessert You'll Be Eating All Summer Long

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05/18/2017 10:44

These Coconut Fruit Bowls Are Trending on Pinterest and We're Obsessed

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Move over, pineapple bowls, there's a new (healthy) stuffed shell taking over and we're just as obsessed as everyone else on social media. Coconut fruit bowls—aka halved coconuts filled with yummy smoothies, fruit or a combo of both—are sweeping Pinterest and why wouldn't they be?

05/11/2017 13:27

4 Ideas for Using Herbs You Probably Haven't Thought Of

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Here's how I know I'm in the right place: The sun yawns across my back as I reach for another bouquet of aromatic mint, basil, rosemary, lavender. I bury my face in their leaves and buds. Scent envelops me, a suggestion of the soup, pesto, juice, body scrub to come.

05/11/2017 11:36

4 Tips for Building the Perfect Mason Jar Salad

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I'm always looking for healthy lunch ideas that I can make ahead and bring to work. I've gone through the sandwich phase, the soup phase and, of course, the not-so-healthy takeout phase. But lately, I've been on a new kick.

05/09/2017 15:55

We ❤ Vegetables—and We Want You To Love Them As Much As We Do!

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My no-fuss answer to cooking up the haul from the farmers' market: Toss vegetables with olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill until crisp-tender. Drizzle with vinaigrette made with minced shallot and plenty of fresh herbs. Pile leftovers on crusty baguette with melted fontina or fresh mozzarella for lunch the next day.

05/05/2017 15:22

A Food-Lover's Mother's Day Gift Guide

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Figuring out what to give my mom for a Mother's Day gift used to be easy. When I lived close to her, I'd always cook up one of her favorites—black-and-white cookies, a roast chicken and risotto, homemade cheese crackers—then grab a card, arrange some flowers and call it a day. But ever since moving 800 miles from home, I find I need to do a little more planning. Since she loves to cook and eat as much as I do, here are a few of my favorite food-related gifts that I think any mom will enjoy.

04/21/2017 15:02

The Salad Trend You Didn't Know You Needed

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05/30/2013 19:03

Probiotics can prevent dangerous diarrhea

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Probiotics — those products that promise to replenish your gut’s 'healthy' microbes — do seem to help prevent dangerous diarrhea, researchers reported on Thursday.Probiotics — those products that promise to replenish your gut’s 'healthy' microbes — do seem to help prevent dangerous diarrhea, researchers reported on Thursday.


05/24/2013 15:30

People think they're eating less than they are

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People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.


05/14/2013 12:07

Report questioning salt guidelines riles heart experts

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An unusual medical brawl erupted on Tuesday when the influential Institute of Medicine issued a report questioning the basis of years of advice for Americans to cut their salt intake in half.

05/07/2013 17:05

Chris Christie's weight-loss procedure doesn't always work

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie revealed that he's had gastric-band weight-loss surgery, which experts say has the least amount of short-term risk but also yields the least amount of weight loss.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie revealed that he's had gastric-band weight-loss surgery, which experts say has the least amount of short-term risk but also yields the least amount of weight loss.


04/29/2013 18:53

Caffeinated gum raises health buzz

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A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.


03/11/2013 15:24

Dr. Oz's tips for losing those last 10 pounds

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Stress, the slowing of metabolism of middle age, and hormone changes after having a baby are three main reasons why many people see the numbers on the scale going up. Dr. Mehmet Oz shares tips on how to shed those final 10 pounds. Stress, the slowing of metabolism of middle age, and hormone changes after having a baby are three main reasons why many people see the numbers on the scale going up. Dr. Mehmet Oz shares tips on how to shed those final 10 pounds.


02/28/2013 19:43

How First Lady won over Miss. on school lunches

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Despite its deeply red political leanings, it was Mississippi that early on embraced the first lady’s ideas about healthy food, and was the site where Mrs. Obama kicked off a two day, three-city tour touting the three-year anniversary of her “Let’s Move” initiative, which encourages kids to get and stay fit.

02/22/2013 16:40

Why snacking at night is bad for you

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Eating that bowl of Cocoa Puffs at night may be much worse than having it in the morning. The body tends to turn more of that food into fat at night, while turning it into fuel during the day, new research suggests.

02/14/2013 17:47

High-glycemic foods tied to diabetes risk

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People who eat a lot of low-fiber and processed foods that quickly spike blood sugars may, not surprisingly, have a significantly higher risk of the most common form of diabetes, according to a new study.

02/01/2013 12:34

New rules would make school snacks healthier

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The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make school snacks healthier, a move that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus.

01/24/2013 18:48

Yogurt lovers have better diets

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People who like yogurt may enjoy a better-balanced diet and get more key nutrients than people who never eat the cultured dairy product, new research shows.

01/23/2013 19:40

Fat-shaming may curb obesity, bioethicist says

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Unhappy with the slow pace efforts to curb America’s obesity epidemic, a prominent bioethicist is proposing an “edgier strategy” to promote weight loss: more social stigma. But others disagree sharply with Daniel Callahan of the Hastings Center. Unhappy with the slow pace efforts to curb America’s obesity epidemic, a prominent bioethicist is proposing an “edgier strategy” to promote weight loss: more social stigma. But others disagree sharply with Daniel Callahan of the Hastings Center.


12/06/2012 19:16

Forget diets: Cutting fat keeps you slim

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Swapping fatty foods for low-fat alternatives will keep you slim - and now there's World Health Organization-backed research to prove it.

11/25/2012 12:49

8 sneaky ways to avoid holiday pounds

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Trying to lose those pesky 10 pounds you gained on summer vacation or wondering how to prevent packing them on over the holidays? New research shows it can be done, 100 calories at a time. Trying to lose those pesky 10 pounds you gained on summer vacation or wondering how to prevent packing them on over the holidays? New research shows it can be done, 100 calories at a time.


11/16/2012 15:47

Even top nutritionists mourn the end of Twinkies

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Ok, admit it. With the threat that Hostess Brands could really go out of business, you are seriously considering a run to the grocery store to stock up on Twinkies. And you are not alone; they evoke such sweet memories that even top nutritionists are defending our right to eat them. Ok, admit it. With the threat that Hostess Brands could really go out of business, you are seriously considering a run to the grocery store to stock up on Twinkies. And you are not alone; they evoke such sweet memories that even top nutritionists are defending our right to eat them.


11/10/2012 04:41

LA declares 'Meatless Mondays' in vegetarian campaign

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Los Angeles is hoping to persuade people to become vegetarian – at least one day per week.

10/21/2012 20:47

Extra pounds may put you in the hospital

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Regardless of lifestyle and other health-related factors, heavier people were more likely than lean ones to be hospitalized for a variety of conditions, according to an Australian study. What's more, this was the case not just for obese people but also for the merely overweight.

10/01/2012 18:09

Cow named Daisy makes reduced-allergy milk

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People allergic to whey may be able to drink newly engineered milk without the unpleasant digestive consequences, according to research released Monday.People allergic to whey may be able to drink newly engineered milk without the unpleasant digestive consequences, according to research released Monday.


09/13/2012 17:53

She lost nearly 80 pounds on a 'Starbucks diet'

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Christine Hall didn’t join an expensive weight-loss program or sign up for a meal-delivery service to help her lose nearly 80 pounds. In fact, she never even goes to the grocery store.Christine Hall didn’t join an expensive weight-loss program or sign up for a meal-delivery service to help her lose nearly 80 pounds. In fact, she never even goes to the grocery store.


09/12/2012 14:32

6 delicious ways to snack on superfood chia

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Chia is an ancient seed that dates back to the Aztecs, who used it as a source of energy and endurance. Now, it's all the rage as a healthy ingredient. From peanut butter to chips, here are tasty ways to incorporate chia in your snacking. Chia is an ancient seed that dates back to the Aztecs, who used it as a source of energy and endurance. Now, it's all the rage as a healthy ingredient. From peanut butter to chips, here are tasty ways to incorporate chia in your snacking.


09/12/2012 14:07

McDonald's adds calorie information to menus

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The world's biggest hamburger chain said Wednesday that it will post calorie information on restaurant and drive-thru menus nationwide starting Monday.

09/11/2012 04:54

Genetically modified 'golden rice' tested on kids?

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China's health authorities will investigate allegations that genetically modified rice was tested on Chinese children as part of a Sino-U.S. research project, state media said Tuesday.

09/10/2012 14:56

Study: Heavy teens eat fewer calories than peers

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The findings illustrate the difficulty of losing weight by cutting calories alone, especially when the weight is gained early in life, the researchers said.  

09/04/2012 13:29

Organic food no more nutritious than non-organic

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Organic produce and meat typically isn't any better for you than conventional varieties when it comes to vitamin and nutrient content, according to a new review of the evidence.

08/31/2012 08:28

Bagged lettuce or bulk? Experts offer food safety advice

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A new recall of Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine salad marks the sixth time since April that the nation’s top producers of bagged lettuce have pulled products because of worries about food safety. A new recall of Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine salad marks the sixth time since April that the nation’s top producers of bagged lettuce have pulled products because of worries about food safety.


08/22/2012 19:16

Weight loss surgery helps prevent diabetes

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Treating obese people with weight loss surgery dramatically delays or prevents the onset of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.

08/22/2012 09:40

Diet supplements linked to bleeding, deaths

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The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use Reumofan dietary supplements, after receiving reports of bleeding, stroke and death among people taking the pills.

08/20/2012 15:38

School lunches: How to get kids to eat healthy

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Diane Wagner, with Schwan Food Co., hands out samples of food at a booth July 17 during the School Nutrition Association conference in Denver. There will be more whole grains on school lunch menus this year, along with a wider selection of fruits and vegetables and other healthy options. The challenge is getting children to eat them.


08/17/2012 14:02

Vitamin C may lessen effects of air pollution

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There's another reason to eat fruits and veggies: A diet rich in them may lessen the harmful effects of air pollution for people suffering from chronic lung diseases.There's another reason to eat fruits and veggies: A diet rich in them may lessen the harmful effects of air pollution for people suffering from chronic lung diseases.


08/12/2012 11:27

13 rules for dining out on a diet

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On average, Americans dine out four times a week, according to the National Restaurant Association. That could be enough to bust any diet. But these tips will help you dine out, have fun and navigate any menu to make smart choices.On average, Americans dine out four times a week, according to the National Restaurant Association. That could be enough to bust any diet. But these tips will help you dine out, have fun and navigate any menu to make smart choices.


08/03/2012 08:20

Key to dieting: Keep treats out of sight

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People who lose the most weight may be those who can overcome urges when they see, smell or dream about something tasty, researchers said this week. And their study adds to a growing body of evidence that another key to success is keeping a food diary.People who lose the most weight may be those who can overcome urges when they see, smell or dream about something tasty, researchers said this week. And their study adds to a growing body of evidence that another key to success is keeping a food diary.


08/01/2012 14:15

Americans in denial about weight gain, study says

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Researchers from the University of Washington found that people often think they are losing weight when they aren’t, according to research published in the August issue of the journal Preventive Medicine.Researchers from the University of Washington found that people often think they are losing weight when they aren’t, according to research published in the August issue of the journal Preventive Medicine.


08/01/2012 13:39

Study: Nearly half drop weight-loss programs

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High drop-out rates are in line with those seen in other studies and are a barrier to reducing obesity rates, the researchers said.

07/31/2012 14:41

Gluten-free: food fad or alternative remedy?

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A worker packages gluten-free bread July 14 at Pure Knead bakery in Decatur, Ga. A decade ago, virtually no one in the United States seemed to have a problem eating gluten in bread and other foods. Now, millions do and spend more than $7 billion on gluten-free products. It sounds like an unfolding epidemic: A decade ago, virtually no one in the U.S. seemed to have a problem eating gluten in bread and other foods. Now, millions do.


07/30/2012 12:56

Devices don't work to save kids in hot cars

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Special seats and other devices designed to help prevent parents from accidentally leaving babies and toddlers behind in cars don’t work, a team of experts said on Monday. They said parents shouldn’t rely on them to keep children safe.Special seats and other devices designed to help prevent parents from accidentally leaving babies and toddlers behind in cars don’t work, a team of experts said on Monday. They said parents shouldn’t rely on them to keep children safe.


07/24/2012 13:32

Poll: Half of Americans guzzle soda everyday

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For about half of U.S. adults, soda is a daily drink, according to a new Gallup poll.For about half of U.S. adults, soda is a daily drink, according to a new Gallup poll.


07/19/2012 10:57

New diet drugs? They won't be easy to get

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved two new diet drugs in a week. But don't expect to get either Qysmia or Belviq easily, health experts say.The Food and Drug Administration has approved two new diet drugs in a week. But don't expect to get either Qysmia or Belviq easily, health experts say.


07/18/2012 13:48

Poll: Obesity a bigger problem than smoking

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The percentage of people in the U.S. who say that obesity is an extremely serious problem for society is now higher than the percentage saying the same thing about cigarette-smoking, according to a new Gallup poll.

07/17/2012 19:56

FDA approves weight-loss drug Qsymia

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the new weight loss drug Qsymia on Tuesday, adding to a very skimpy arsenal of drugs Americans can take to battle severe obesity.

07/13/2012 15:46

Want to lose weight? Adopt these 3 habits

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Women who were most successful at losing weight kept track of their food intake in a journal, didn't skip meals and avoided eating out, according to a new study.Women who were most successful at losing weight kept track of their food intake in a journal, didn't skip meals and avoided eating out, according to a new study.


06/27/2012 13:58

FDA OKs first new weight-loss pill in 13 years

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Federal Food and Drug Administration officials approved a new weight-loss pill Wednesday, giving the nod to Belviq used in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and exercise to combat obesity.

06/26/2012 17:41

Low-carb diets may burn the most calories

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Researchers found that overweight people burned 350 more calories a day, on average, when they ate a low-carbohydrate diet, than when they ate a low-fat diet.

06/26/2012 16:10

Study: Photos of treats may spark cravings

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Just glancing at a photo of a rich and gooey chocolate cake can set your brain circuits sparking, switching on cravings and revving up your appetite, a new study shows.Just glancing at a photo of a rich and gooey chocolate cake can set your brain circuits sparking, switching on cravings and revving up your appetite, a new study shows.


06/22/2012 12:58

An apple a day may help fight obesity

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A compound found in apple peels called ursolic acid may protect against obesity, a new study in mice suggests.A compound found in apple peels called ursolic acid may protect against obesity, a new study in mice suggests.


05/17/2012 14:47

Is healthy food really more expensive?

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Contrary to popular belief, it can actually cost more to eat badly. In fact, a new government report finds that nutritious foods – such as grains, vegetables, fruit and dairy – typically cost less than items high in saturated fat and added sugars.Contrary to popular belief, it can actually cost more to eat badly. In fact, a new government report finds that nutritious foods – such as grains, vegetables, fruit and dairy – typically cost less than items high in saturated fat and added sugars.


05/17/2012 14:06

How to avoid weight gain? Eat on a schedule

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A new study of  mice finds that when we eat may be an important factor in preventing weight gain.

05/16/2012 17:00

Coffee lovers lower death risk, study says

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Coffee drinkers who worry about the jolt of java it takes to get them going in the morning might just as well relax and pour another cup.Coffee drinkers who worry about the jolt of java it takes to get them going in the morning might just as well relax and pour another cup.


05/11/2012 13:35

America's hatred of fat hurts obesity fight

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It may be the nation's last, accepted form of prejudice. But the stigmatization of obesity has repercussions beyond the pain it inflicts on its targets: It threatens to impede efforts to fight the obesity epidemic.

05/10/2012 16:46

New weight loss drug a step closer to approval

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Advisers to government health regulators have recommended that that they approve sales of what would be the first new prescription weight-loss drug in the U.S. in more than a decade, despite concerns over cardiac risks.

05/08/2012 19:29

Report: Schools key to fighting America's obesity

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Fighting obesity will require changes everywhere Americans live, work, play and learn, says a major new report that outlines dozens of options — from building more walkable neighborhoods to zoning limits on fast-food restaurants to selling healthier snacks in sports arenas.

05/08/2012 09:37

Is healthy weight impossible for many Americans?

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America's obesity epidemic is so deeply rooted that it will take dramatic and systemic measures - from overhauling farm policies and zoning laws to, possibly, introducing a soda tax - to fix it, the influential Institute of Medicine said on Tuesday.

05/07/2012 19:20

No end to US obesity epidemic, forecast shows

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More bad news about Americans' waistlines: They're only going to get bigger.  Already, about a third of people are obese. By 2030, it is estimated 42 percent of the population will be.

04/27/2012 13:04

Berry good news: These may protect your brain

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Women who eat more berries may have a lower risk of cognitive decline in old age, a new study suggests. Researchers found that women who had a higher berry intake delayed cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years, as shown by their scores on memory and thinking tests.Women who eat more berries may have a lower risk of cognitive decline in old age, a new study suggests. Researchers found that women who had a higher berry intake delayed cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years, as shown by their scores on memory and thinking tests.


04/20/2012 06:54

Cola habit behind death of 30-year-old woman?

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Experts say a New Zealand woman's 2-gallon-a-day Coca-Cola habit probably contributed to her death, a conclusion that led the soft-drink giant to note that even water can be deadly in excessive amounts.

04/16/2012 13:32

Saltiness of fast food depends on where you buy it

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Saltier chicken McNuggets in the U.S.? Mais, oui. A new study suggests salt levels are 2.5 times higher in U.S. fast food, compared to other countries like France and the United Kingdom.Saltier chicken McNuggets in the U.S.? Mais, oui. A new study suggests salt levels are 2.5 times higher in U.S. fast food, compared to other countries like France and the United Kingdom.


01/27/2012 18:38

Weight-loss Challenge: It's the home stretch!

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With a few more days to go and a few more pounds to lose in the challenge, readers share their motivation and what's working for them.With a few more days to go and a few more pounds to lose in the challenge, readers share their motivation and what's working for them.