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Archive for December, 2006

29 Dec

Make a Better Choice

As mentioned yesterday, the national health report card has just been released by the NIH. My fellow Americans, we did not make the honor roll. We are not number one. (Though there’s a roll, all right.) Here’s how America scored in some major subjects: Heart disease: 685,000 deaths (down about 10% from 1980) Cancer/tumors: 556,000 […]

29 Dec

Dairy: Blunder Tonic

THE LATEST PLAY IN THE STATISTICS GAME We’ve all seen the ads touting dairy as a weight-loss aid. Every granola bar, breakfast cereal and block of cheese now brags about it. Welcome to yet another entertaining quarter in the ongoing Statistics Game. Dairy is a big topic and there are several studies we’re going to […]

29 Dec

Smart Fuel

SMART FUEL Avocados are at the tail end of their season right now, so you can scoop up these deliciously fatty treats for a great price. The best part about this rich fruit? The fat is good for you! Especially in winter, when skin is prone to dryness, an extra daily dose of beneficial fatty […]

28 Dec

The Buzz

WORKER BEES DAILY BITES Where to start! Health 2.0 – it’s a term now – is taking off in a big way. You can be part of it here at MDA! Collaboration, hand-built information, and alternative health news and views – now that’s personalized health care. Check out a health care industry blogger’s take on […]

28 Dec

The Sisson Spoof

Disclaimer: For the record, Pizza Hut wants you to know that their pizzas fulfill as many as four food groups in a single meal. Where’s my gold star… Technorati Tags: food groups, pizza nutrition information, spoof, Pizza Hut

28 Dec

Real Men Eat Lettuce

I don’t know whether to laugh or cringe at the bizarre-but-true existence of the Heart Attack Grill. Call it vulgar, call it wasteful, call it offensive – but someone’s eating there. A lot of someones. And I guarantee you they’re not healthy. The Heart Attack Grill: the restaurant that so prides itself on inducing heart […]

28 Dec

Home on the Range

Sara here. I have a little issue with the high prices and low quality of eggs at the supermarket. At least, I do now, because when Junior Apple Janet wrote in with the following, I had to spread the word: “Home with my parents for the holidays, I was a bit confused when Dad came […]

28 Dec

How Do You Measure Up?

Getting annual check-ups and exams is a great way to stay aware of your physical well-being. Some things only doctors can tell you, but there are a number of numerical figures that you can determine on your own to help establish the state of your physical condition. Discovery Health has put together a number of […]

28 Dec

But the Guys Aren’t Off the Hook, Either…

Hey, men: That beer belly is a better predictor of your heart disease risk than anything else, says this morning’s report from the American Journal of Epidemiology (a.k.a. stuff that happens to a lot of people and shouldn’t). Click it out here. The article also goes on to explain why the BMI (body mass index) […]

28 Dec

Thanks, Supermom

A new study from our controversial friends over at Psych Central (gosh, we love them!) finds that PMS and post-natal depression may have more to do with perceived social pressure or expectations than old wives’ tales and blaming hormones. Check out the clickativity.

27 Dec

Lose Weight, Lose Cancer?

A new study seems to confirm that losing even a few pounds can help reduce a man’s prostate cancer risk. But what’s most intriguing about the latest and greatest findings is the following: The studies reinforce the notion that prostate cancer is not a single cancer but a family of diseases, each fueled by different […]

27 Dec

Brain Gyms

Increasing evidence shows that exercising your mind, not just your body, is the key to living longer and healthier. For memory, cognition and alertness, the old adage “use it or lose it” is entirely true. Check out the latest trend: brain gyms. We think it’s pretty smart! Technorati Tags: aging, brain health, memory, brain gym

27 Dec

Sticks & Stones May Break Your Bones…

BUT NOT NEARLY AS EFFECTIVELY AS HEARTBURN PILLS A large-scale study out of Britain has reported that taking popular heartburn medications like Tagamet and Pepcid AC can seriously increase your risk of bone fractures, because the drugs block calcium absorption. Check out the article – here’s the clickativity. Of course, the pill pushers contrarians say […]

27 Dec

The Buckler Brief

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT: Milk Thistle WHAT IT IS: Milk Thistle, or silybum marianum Milk thistle is a hardy, prickly plant of the thistle family. It grows easily around the world. It is edible and its leaves are often eaten in a manner similar to artichokes. It can also be made into […]

26 Dec

HRT: the Problem That Just Won’t Go Away

A doctor weighs in on the HRT-cancer connection. The controversy isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. I recommend reading the whole interview if this is an area of interest for you. What caught my attention is the subtle pro-drug stance the interview appears to take, while simultaneously bringing out revealing facts like the following: Q. Was […]

26 Dec

Take 2 Bites & We’ll See You in the Morning

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites 1. Ririan Rocks We love how the posts over at Ririan make life so much easier and more productive. Check out the essential tips for good sleep – and we’ll add one to the list… Spend 5 or 10 minutes before bed doing one of the following: – Journaling (write your […]

26 Dec

Backache? Quit Whinin’!

Here’s an interesting fact: complaining, thinking negative thoughts and just having a generally grumpy mindset is bad for your back. In fact, a new study says all kinds of aches and pains can be alleviated by an attitude shift. Being cheerful really does keep you healthy. Clickativity Technorati Tags: back pain, negative thinking

26 Dec

Sweet! More Fun Ways Marketers Trick Us

Did you know? Bakeries and confectioners’ shops often pipe fake aromas into the air because the scent of sugar is so emotionally powerful. (In fact, sugar is addictive.) Supermarkets select that cheesy music for a reason: marketers have figured out which tunes reduce our blink rates, causing a “somnolent” state. In other words, Celine really […]

26 Dec

The Fuming Fuji Says No to Children’s Restaurant Menus

The Fuming Fuji is outraged at the marketing of toxic food, especially when it’s aimed at the small fry. This week, the Fuming Fuji has decided to have a serious problem with children’s restaurant menus. But, Fuming Fuji, you ask, kids are so picky – restaurants have to offer what kids will eat, right? The […]

25 Dec

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours. Here’s to your health!

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