Should We Have a Tobacco-Free Military?

Do US military service members need tobacco? Many think so, and say it is built in to the “warrior culture.” Despite tobacco’s distinction as the leading cause of preventable death, disease and disability in the US, smoking and chewing it is more socially acceptable in the military than in civilian circles. In fact, nearly 30… Read more »

Nutrition and Cancer Treatment–Free Event

Join us for Nutrition and Cancer Treatment, part of our free Bridge to Survivorship: Gynecologic Cancer Educational Series. The presentation will take place at Monter Cancer Center in Lake Success next Thursday, August 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Eating well during cancer treatment can help you feel better and maintain your strength and energy,… Read more »

Relationship Stress Does Real Harm

Stress can kill a relationship. Now, research shows it can affect life expectancy, too. Middle-aged people’s mortality risk goes up when they are in stressful relationships, according to a recent issue of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Researchers in the University of Copenhagen reached their findings after following nearly 10,000 adults for 11… Read more »

Green Beans: Abundant, Affordable, Appetizing

It’s easy being green with today’s Spicy Green Beans recipe. An abundant and economical summer crop, green beans (also called string beans) are a good source of potassium. This nutrient helps to maintain body fluid movement, improve cell production, and even control blood pressure and other heart-related concerns. Iron, also found in green beans, helps… Read more »

Fast Food Could Change the Human Race

We know fast food can change individual health. Now it looks like it can affect our future in a bigger way: Routinely eating fast food could permanently alter our internal ecology and DNA, according to a new study published in Nutrition Journal. Besides its association with chronic health issues like heart disease, Type 2 diabetes… Read more »

Chronic Pain Relief for Neuropathy, Fibromyalgia Patients

Patients with chronic pain due to neuropathy or fibromyalgia can find relief with two anti-seizure drugs, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The medications–gabapentin and pregabalin—are also known as pain modulators because they are more notably used to treat neuropathic pain than seizure disorders. Many people suffer… Read more »

Summer Squash, Simply Made

So plentiful now, quick-growing summer squash come in many shapes and sizes. The most common are zucchini, yellow (straight-neck and crook-neck) and patty-pan. Summer squash are excellent sources of Vitamin C, potassium and phytochemicals. One cup contains fewer than 20 calories, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Vitamin C is an antioxidant. Antioxidants… Read more »

Body Image Problems Start Early

Conflicting messages about body image are in the news again. This week, a reality TV star’s Instagram post showed her wearing her 4-year-old daughter’s pajamas. The image prompted conflicting responses. Some took the photo as an innocent, playful act between mother and daughter. Others considered it a dysfunctional interpretation of the 40-something celebrity’s body image… Read more »

Corn-Tomato Sauté for Meatless Monday

This dish features two fresh vegetables that are so plentiful this time of year: Corn has a bad rap for providing few nutritional benefits. In reality, corn provides nearly 10% of the recommended daily value of folate, thiamin, phosphorus, Vitamin C and magnesium, according to the USDA. Magnesium helps regulate blood pressure and heart rate,… Read more »