Add a Little Spice, Live a Little Longer
If you're not a fan of spicy foods, you might reconsider. A recent study suggests regularly eating spicy foods—in particular, chili peppers—may lengthen your life.
Adults: Be Safe When Biking
More Americans are rolling on 2 wheels these days. Biking is a healthy way to cruise around. Plus, more people are choosing to bike to work. But a recent report suggests safety may not always be a top priority for riders.
Air Pollution May Raise Your Anxiety
You can’t always see air pollution. But your body may still feel its effects. If you have asthma, you may find it harder to breathe when too many pollutants are in the air. A recent study suggests one more ill effect of air pollution: more anxiety.
Be Smart About Antibiotics
When you have a pesky sore throat or a lingering cold, you may look for a quick fix. Antibiotics may seem like a good choice. But for many such common illnesses, they won’t help.
Be Smart About Water Safety
Warmer weather sends many people into the water. That makes summer a high time for drowning. Fortunately, the latest research shows the number of drowning deaths is falling. But not for all age groups. Read on to learn how you can protect yourself and your loved ones this season.
Carrots—and More—for Healthy Eyes
Here’s a possible eye-opener: Carrots aren’t the only sight-saving veggies. In fact, many foods can give you the nutrients you need to keep your eyes healthy.
Could You Be Addicted to Shopping?
Shopping may seem like a harmless activity. Perhaps the only downfall: your empty wallet. But for some people, shopping can turn into an addiction.
Do You Know the Facts About Modified Foods?
Farmers have been selectively breeding plants for thousands of years. They have done so to make them tastier, bigger, or hardier. Technology has moved part of this process out of the farmer’s field and into the scientist’s lab. Now plants like corn and soybeans can be changed by changing certain genes.
Does Diet Matter Against Alzheimer’s Disease?
Eating a healthy diet may help prevent many diseases. A recent study suggests certain foods may work against this disabling brain illness, too.
Don’t Dismiss That Pap Test
Cervical cancer can be a crafty disease. It can grow unnoticed in your body. The best way to outwit it is with a Pap test. This screening tool can find the disease early, when it’s easier to treat. Unfortunately, some women are still not taking advantage of it, says a recent report.
Finding Reliable Health Information Online
The Internet can be a treasure trove of health information. But how much of it can you trust? A recent study suggests it may depend on what you are searching for. Being a savvy online user can help you find credible content.
Keep Home Canning Safe
Summer can be fleeting—its warm embrace lingering for too short a time. Canning is one way you can capture some of the season. The flavors of your garden can last well into winter and beyond. But make sure you do it right to prevent food poisoning.
Looking for the 'Right' Diet?
Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach. You’ve probably heard of these popular diet programs. You may even be considering one to help you lose weight. So which one should you choose, if any? A recent review of past studies may give you some invaluable insight.
Many Americans Struggle to Keep Healthy Habits
In a recent study, researchers set out to see how many adults in the U.S. actually live a healthy lifestyle. They focused on 4 features of a healthy lifestyle: exercising regularly, eating healthy, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight.
Preventing Poisonings: Know the Latest Threats
Possible toxins are all around you. Some you may pick out right away, such as a pesticide. Others may not seem as harmful—a household cleaner or medicine. But when ingested by accident or not used in the right way, these products can be poisonous.
Sleep and the Aging Brain
Sleep is an essential part of life. Without it, your body—and mind—don’t work up to par. That may be especially true as you age. A recent study suggests that older adults who sleep better think better overall.
Stronger Muscles, Longer Life
As you age, you gradually lose muscle mass. The result: Your muscles weaken. By keeping them strong, though, you can slow down this natural part of aging. A recent study suggests you may even add years to your life.
Take a Bite of Wellness! Eat More Fruits and Veggies
Remember that old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Well, fruit and its food-group cousin—vegetables—may help fend off the blues, too. A recent study suggests that eating more of both may actually boost your mental health.
The Potential Threat of Thirdhand Smoke
Scientists have been looking at the dangers of secondhand smoke for years. It’s been linked to cancer, heart disease, asthma, and other health problems. But they’ve only started to study the potential threat of thirdhand smoke.
Too Many Sweet Drinks May Be Bad for Your Liver
It probably isn’t news to you that drinking lots of alcohol can harm your liver. But what about sugar-sweetened beverages? Think soda, fruit juice, and sports and energy drinks. A recent study suggests they also may be bad for your liver.
Troubling Trends for Teens and Tobacco
Fewer teens are smoking cigarettes these days, but a recent study found that they are turning to e-cigarettes and hookahs for their nicotine.
Turn Off the Tube for Better Health
For every hour of TV you watch, you may well be shaving years off your life. So suggests a recent study that linked too much television to some of the most common causes of death.
Understanding the New Dietary Guidelines
Since 1980, the Dietary Guidelines have helped millions of Americans eat healthier. Updated every 5 years, the guidelines are packed with nutritional advice based on sound scientific data.
Vaccine Lessens Pain from Shingles
Only about 1 out of 4 eligible older adults has had the shot for shingles. That leaves many seniors at high risk for the condition and the lasting pain it may cause, according to a recent study.
Why It’s Important to Plan End-of-Life Care
End-of-life care isn’t usually a top-of-mind topic. In fact, a recent study found that many people know little about it. But understanding your choices and making them known now can ensure you get the care you want if you ever become seriously ill or hurt.