Health and wellness

Study will test chocolate pills for heart benefits

Written by Marilynn Marchione,
AP chief medical writer
Monday, 17 March 2014 04:50
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It won’t be nearly as much fun as eating candy bars, but a big study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

How carbs are destroying your brain

Written by Barbara McMahon,
The Interview People
Sunday, 26 January 2014 12:16
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Leading neurologist David Perlmutter says our low-fat diet is causing brain disorders — but the damage can be reversed. When it comes to preserving our brain’s health and our mental faculties, we tend to think that it is not really up to us. It’s a matter of luck whether we become senile or not, because it is down to our genes.

Key dates in tobacco fight since smoking report

Written by The AP Thursday, 09 January 2014 09:42

Some key events in the fight over tobacco during the last 50 years: 

1964: U.S. surgeon general report concludes smoking causes lung cancer.

Physical exam by smartphone becoming real possibility

Written by AP Friday, 28 June 2013 16:12

By hooking a variety of gadgets onto a smartphone, you could almost get a complete physical – without the paper gown or even a visit to the doctor’s office.

Exercise can prevent, reverse dementia

Written by Hannah Devlin / The Times / The Interview People Saturday, 01 March 2014 16:21

Physical exercise is as important in staving off dementia as keeping your mind active, scientists have said.

The desk that tells you to stand up

Written by PETER SVENSSON,
AP writer
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 17:15

Sitting down all day is bad for you, or so doctors say. There’s been a burst of interest in standing desks, but they’re not that easy to use, and it’s hard to motivate sitters to stand.

Stir, a company founded by a former Apple engineer, says it has the answer: a table that will nudge you to stand, with a gentle, one-inch rise and fall of its surface. If you take the suggestion, the table rises to standing height.

Men talk about sex a lot and think about it even more. But researchers have found they engage in sex far less often than their level of interest suggests. 

Five things to look for when choosing a dentist

Written by Louis Weisberg Friday, 28 June 2013 16:08

Choosing a dentist can be daunting. How do you know if your dentist is up to date with the latest technologies? That he or she has been keeping up on the latest in care? That equipment is clean? And that the billing process will be a smooth one? 

How health care reform benefits LGBT Americans

Written by GoHealthInsurance Monday, 10 February 2014 11:13

For many years, the LGBT community has experienced disparities in the health system as people have been denied the same rights as heterosexual Americans, have been found to have a high percentage of preexisting medical conditions and have experienced difficulty finding affordable health insurance. Now members of the LGBT community can have a sense of ease, as the Affordable Care Act and last summer’s Defense of Marriage Act ruling bring new health care rights and protections.

Under the ACA, insurance companies cannot discriminate based on gender identity or sexual orientation, meaning members of the LGBT community cannot be denied coverage or charged more for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Historic smoking report marks 50th anniversary

Written by The AP Thursday, 09 January 2014 09:47

Fifty years ago, ashtrays seemed to be on every table and desk. Athletes and even Fred Flintstone endorsed cigarettes in TV commercials. Smoke hung in the air in restaurants, offices and airplane cabins. More than 42 percent of U.S. adults smoked, and there was a good chance your doctor was among them.

Acupuncture works like magic – but it works

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Saturday, 21 September 2013 07:49

Dummies like this one showing acupuncture points and meridian lines are used to train practitioners. -Photo: Stock

Imagine: You’re lying in your shorts on a massage table, your face either pointing upward or buried in one of those massage-table doughnut holes. A practitioner enters the room and sticks tiny, hair-thin needles all over your body, turning you into a veritable porcupine. Then he or she lowers the lights, turns on some cosmic New Age music and leaves you there to ponder the universe and wonder what the hell you’re doing. You might find yourself asking, as I did, “What good can possibly come of this?”

Avocado sauce adds healthy surprise to fish tacos

Written by Sarah Moulton,
AP writer
Friday, 28 June 2013 15:33

Folks in Mexico’s coastal cities – where fresh fish is plentiful – have been enjoying fish tacos since before the arrival of the first Europeans.