The Super Bowl — A Four-Quarter Feast

While Americans debate the east-versus-west coast battle on Sunday and more than 100 Super Bowl players push their bodies to the max, most of us will be practicing hand-to-mouth drills — even though more than 60 percent of our country is already overweight. During the Super Bowl, our best efforts at healthy eating can take… Read more »

Simple Ways to Protect Heart Health

Medical advances make heart attack, heart failure, and stroke less dangerous than they were 100, 50 or 30 years ago. Yet the best ways to maintain cardiovascular health stay the same and don’t require a doctor: a healthy lifestyle that emphasizes plant-based food choices, regular exercise, stress management and no tobacco. A good-for-you diet lowers… Read more »

Ariel Sharon Won’t Wake Up

Recent reports of evaluating former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s brain activity with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) do not indicate that he is on the verge of awakening from a coma after his severe stroke seven years ago. For 20 years, fMRI has been a useful and often fascinating tool for neuroscientists to investigate… Read more »

Armstrong’s Doping Disgrace

Lance Armstrong’s disgrace sits among the leading and unprecedented doping scandals in US sports history. Such doping may have gone unnoticed by many in years past, but we are now witnessing the evolution of an international commitment to fair play and ethical values in elite sports. Established in 1999, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is… Read more »

RGIII’s Knee Injury: A Fumbled Decision?

The recent injury to Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has sparked a lot of discussion and speculation about anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears in athletes at all levels. RGIII sustained a minor LCL (lateral collateral) sprain when he was tackled on December 9. He sat out one game then returned in the last game… Read more »

Recess Is Vital for Kids

Recess is a necessary for children’s development and should not be removed or replaced in the school day, according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Recess gives children time to rest, play, exercise and socialize, yet many schools are replacing it with more time for academic pursuits. Giving children… Read more »

Former NFL Player Suffered Degenerative Brain Disease

Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head trauma, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Degenerative brain disease is widely associated with athletes who have sustained repetitive blows to the head. The NIH’s discovery, made in a controlled study that included Mr…. Read more »

Young Athletes Need Protection After Concussion

Young people with sports-related concussions who return to play too soon risk devastation or death from “second impact syndrome,” according to the new edition of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. The journal details the case of a 23-year-old Indiana man who returned to high school football following a concussion. Six years later, he is wheelchair-bound… Read more »

Hillary Clinton’s Blood Clot Related to Concussion

Recent reports reveal that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hospitalized for a blood clot that doctors discovered during a follow-up exam related to her recent concussion. Although the location hasn’t been revealed, Secretary Clinton’s blood clot is probably in the leg(s) rather than her brain. This is referred to as deep vein thrombosis… Read more »

Hangover Cure? You Wish!

When you go out on New Year’s Eve, remember there’s no proven hangover “remedy.” It’s best to avoid a hangover headache altogether to save a lot of grief. • Of course, you can dodge post-party blues by skipping alcohol entirely. But if you do drink, here’s how to prevent a hangover: Eat first to curb… Read more »