Summer Fruits Entice for a New Reason

Something everybody can enjoy this time of year is summer fruits. In time for this bounty of flavor, the European Journal of Cancer has reported that eating fruit reduces the risk of developing stomach cancer. The journal authors analyzed 24 separate studies (called a meta-analysis) that included a total of 2.4 million participants for about… Read more »

World No Tobacco Day: In Praise of High Taxes

The last day of May is World No Tobacco Day. This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) is using its campaign to call upon governments worldwide to raise and maintain high levels of taxes on tobacco products. The price of tobacco plays a significant role in starting and maintaining a cigarette habit. Raising tobacco taxes… Read more »

Caregivers Keep Each Other Afloat

Many members of the “sandwich generation” play a balancing act with work, family and aging parents who need caregivers. Usually, looking after parents affected by dementia and other health problems is thrust upon one daughter (or occasionally a son) without discussion or choice. Then the adult child must scramble for solutions. Caring for parents whose… Read more »

Portabella Burger with Sun-Dried Tomato Aioli

For Memorial Day/Meatless Monday, swap a hamburger for a grilled portabella burger to enjoy a hearty, healthy cookout. The portabella mushroom has deep taste and meaty texture, so it works well for home grillers. The portabella measures up to 6 inches in diameter and has a tan or brown cap. Like other mushrooms, the low-calorie… Read more »

7 Ways to Avoid Harm from Pool Chemicals

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals a summer safety challenge right under our noses–pool chemicals. While these products help to keep germs from multiplying in home and public pool water, the wrong kind of handling or storage can—and does—cause serious damage. Injuries from pool chemicals led to nearly… Read more »

Not ALL Women with High Cholesterol Need Statins

A debate has been building since the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology jointly revised statin guidelines last autumn, according to the New York Times. The guidelines recommend the drug to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease, regardless of gender. The formulation “would increase the number of adults [male… Read more »

Tempeh Gives a Twist to a Classic Dish

Piccata dinners are tangy and satisfying, but traditional recipes can contain a lot of fat (often a stick or more of artery-clogging butter). Tempeh Piccata with Seasoned Vegetables puts a healthy spin on this comfort-food classic. It uses a sensible amount of oil and tempeh as the foundation, but doesn’t sacrifice taste. The Academy of… Read more »

Gamma Knife Transforms Brain Tumor Treatment

Not so long ago, a small tumor deep within the brain could not be safely treated with traditional surgery or radiation without unacceptable risks of harm from the surgical procedure or from radiation’s effects on normal tissues. Now, we can destroy deep-seated brain tumors—up to about half an inch—with a targeted dose of 200 radiation… Read more »

Another Football Risk–This Time, Cardiovascular

Though it is our most popular, commonly viewed sport, football has been taking a beating in the health care arena lately. Besides the expanding case studies on concussions and the impact this high-intensity sport has on the brain, recent research indicates that play on the gridiron also negatively affects the heart. High-intensity exercise has been… Read more »

Quinoa, Pear and More:
Enjoy Warm Middle-Eastern Salad

If you like a variety of textures when you dine, Warm Middle-Eastern Salad is right up your alley. It features a chickpea patty with crunchy pistachios, complemented by quinoa, poached pear slices and greens with lemon vinaigrette. Commonly believed to be a grain, quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is actually a seed. Quinoa is a complete protein… posted in: Nutritiontags: