Physical Health

Herbal Supplements Most Popular Form of Alternative Medicine

Almost one in five Americans take some sort of non-vitamin herbal supplement, making these the most common form of alternative/complementary medicine in the U.S., LiveScience reported April 16. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the most popular types of alternative medicine are: herbal supplements: used by 18 percent of Americans chiropractic and […]

Read full article »

Cash Crawls with Bacteria, Researchers Say

The term “filthy lucre” may have some literal truth, the Wall Street Journal reported April 21. New York University scientists found that thousands of types of bacteria reside on American currency, including those that can cause¬†acne, gastric ulcers, pneumonia, food poisoning, and staph infections. On the other hand, some beneficial bacteria were found, as well. […]

Read full article »

Rice Absorbs Metals, for Good or Ill

Rice, a staple of many diets, has an unfortunate habit of absorbing metallic compounds like arsenic and cadmium as it grows, the New York Times reported April 18. Arsenic and cadmium occur naturally in soil, as well as being industrial byproducts. In recent years, rice-borne arsenic in baby food has raised concerns and led the […]

Read full article »

Diabetes Risk Higher for Big Meat Eaters

Eating too much animal protein — meat, that is — may raise your risk of getting diabetes. Reuters reported April 15 that European researchers found that the people who had the most animal protein in their diets were 22 percent more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those who ate the least amount. Controlled […]

Read full article »

Do’s and Don’t of Springtime Allergy Relief

Struggling with the springtime sniffles? Make sure that you’re not unintentionally making your allergies worse, Today.com reported April 20. Allergists advise: Start early with your allergy medication in the spring; don’t wait until your symptoms arrive. Don’t open the windows of your house or office to “air it out.” You’ll just be letting pollen in. […]

Read full article »

Rich People Live Longer Than Poor

They say that money can’t but happiness, but apparently it can buy longevity. The Wall Street Journal reported April 18 that for those born in 1940, at age 55 the richest American men can expect to live another 34.9 years, on average, compared to 22.6 years for the poorest men. The richest women at age […]

Read full article »

Diabetes Complications Decline Dramatically

Heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and amputations related to diabetes have all declined in the past decade — a rare bit of good news amid an epidemic level of diabetes cases in the U.S. — the New York Times reported April 17. For example, researchers reported a 60-percent decline in heart attacks and deaths due […]

Read full article »

Dangerous Bacteria May Lurk on Cutting Boards

The cutting board in your kitchen may be crawling with dangerous drug-resistant bacteria, Reuters reported April 17. European researchers collected cutting boards from a hospital kitchen and private homes and tested them for bacterial contamination. They found that¬†10 of the 154 cutting boards taken from the hospital tested positive for a type of drug-resistant E. […]

Read full article »

Pregnancy Risks Rise Rises with Obesity

The risk of fetal death, stillbirth and infant death are all higher when pregnant women are obese, according to a review of 38 studies on the subject. CNN reported April 15 that women with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40 were at highest risk, but that an increase in major pregnancy complications began to […]

Read full article »

Got a Backache? Try These Alternative Remedies

Achy spine? We’ve got your back with these drug-free remedies from Details magazine: Yoga: researchers say a weekly class may improve back function more than medication or physical therapy. Stretching: may be as effective as yoga for a healthier back. Massage: weekly massages have been shown to reduce back pain. Acupuncture: may be effective in […]

Read full article »