Healthy Behaviors

When Should You Resume Sex After a Minor Heart Attack?

If you’re under age 55 and have had a heart attack without any further complications, you should be able to resume sexual activity within a week, medical guidelines say. However, Reuters reported Dec. 18, that’s often not the advice given by doctors — when they give any advice at all regarding post heart-attack friskiness. Researcher Stacy […]

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It’s Probably Impossible to Really Eat Like a Caveman

Whatever the benefits of the so-called Paleo Diet are, it probably bears little resemblance to what our ancient ancestors ate, researchers say. Phys.org reported Dec. 16 that a diet focused on meats, vegetables and nuts and eschewing refined grains and processed foods sounds fit for a caveman, but evidence suggests that Paleolithic man was really […]

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Gently, Moistly is the Best Way to Blow Your Nose

Blowing your nose is an annoying ritual for many during allergy and cold season, but as with many things there’s a right and wrong way to do it. The Wall Street Journal reported Dec. 18 that blowing your nose can create up to 10 times more pressure in your sinuses than sneezing or coughing. Do […]

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Are These Eating Habits Derailing Your Diet?

Having problems shedding pounds? Health magazine reported Dec. 18 on some bad eating habits that might be holding back your progress — including getting too much of a good thing: Drinking alcohol too often — a big source of hidden calories. Eating “diet” foods stuffed with additives and sodium but leave you unfilled and unsatisfied. […]

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Alcohol Calorie Info Coming to Restaurant Menus

The Associated Press reported Dec. 17 that new rules from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will require restaurant chains with more than 20 locations to list alcohol calorie information on menus. The scope of the rules are limited, however: you won’t get calorie information on drinks ordered at the bar, any off-menu drinks, or […]

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Strategic Vegetables and Other Healthy Eating Tips

Serving a healthy appetizer before your main course is one way to get your family to eat better, CNN reported Dec. 12. Serving meals strategically by starting with a salad or vegetable course can lead to consumption of high-calorie food overall. Another trick: don’t leave the fatty or starchy food on the table where they’ll […]

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Staying Meat-Free is a Real Challenge

Adopting a vegetarian diet is unquestionably a healthy choice, but it’s not a challenge to be accepted lightly. Newser reported Dec. 11 that 84 percent of vegetarians eventually go back to eating meat, about of them within the first year. Nearly one in three people who try to become vegetarians revert to eating meat within three […]

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Few Teens Get the Sleep They Need

Nine of 10 high-school students fail to get the recommended 9-10 hours of sleep they need at night, NBC News reported Dec. 11. That figure includes 95 percent of high-school seniors, according to Columbia University researchers. The consequences include more than grumpy and groggy kids at the breakfast table. Studies show that lack of sleep […]

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Early to Bed May Make for Fewer Troubled Thoughts

Are you a worry-wart? Sticking to a regular sleep routine, and going to bed earlier, could help keep negative thoughts at bay, Newser reported Dec. 10. Birmingham University researchers said that people who stay up late at night and wake up later in the morning are more likely to stew over their problems. “Making sure that […]

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Good Choices for Holiday Dining

You don’t have to say no to everything on the buffet table this holiday season. Fox News reported Dec. 9 on some ways to make good choices while still indulging in some holiday cheer: look for appetizers that feature lean protein and little fat, like chicken or beef kabobs, chicken satay, and lean turkey meatballs; or […]

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