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Last Build Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0800


Aroma of garlic can calm a cough, reader finds

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Q: I traveled once with a dry cough that, when triggered, wouldn’t quit. A lady sitting next to me on the plane pulled out a clove of garlic from her purse and told me to break the skin with my thumbnail, then inhale the garlic aroma. It was amazing to feel the cough subside within […]

Heart Health Month: a moment to examine your risks

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Know your risks and act accordingly.

Time to eat? Maybe not. When you chow down, not just on what, can affect your heart

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:30:00 -0800

A new statement by the American Heart Association says there’s growing evidence that the timing of your meal matters when it comes to cardiovascular disease.

‘You still eat bread?’ How to get the food police off your back

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Whether it’s a mom who cares or a co-worker obsessed with his newfound perfect diet, people frequently comment on others’ eating choices. Good intentions or otherwise, this can backfire.

Saunas are good for you; putting Vicks in your nose is not

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Studies have shown saunas improve blood pressure and heart function, among other benefits. Also: some warnings about Ashwagandha for arthritis, and yet more debate about using Vicks.

Long layover? How about a workout at an airport gym?

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

After sitting on a long flight, it might feel nice to stretch your legs and eat something healthy. Some airports are beginning to prioritize those options.

Tu Bishvat: It’s a ‘Seattle kind of holiday’ for eating fruit and planting trees

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 07:45:49 -0800

Tu Bishvat, the Jewish New Year for Trees, begins Friday evening at sundown.

License to eat: The downside of fitness trackers

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Is that tracker on your wrist hurting more than helping? Researchers have found that people might be prone to using the positive information they’re receiving as “permission” to eat more.

Trump remarks suggest slowdown in push to repeal health-care law

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 20:38:43 -0800

In an interview Sunday, President Trump appeared to admit that his get-it-done braggadocio about a swift repeal of President Obama’s signature legislation was instead becoming a drawn-out Washington process that could stretch for months or even years.

Ears ringing? Check your pain-pill use

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0800

A reader reports that prolonged use of ibuprofen led to ringing in the ears, a side effect also observed in the Nurses Health Study. Also discussed are an old-fashioned cough medicine and problems with possible changes to generic thyroid pills.

Avoiding gluten? Odds are you shouldn’t

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Eliminating gluten is necessary for some people. But for others it can be useless and even harmful.

Soap can help ease vocal-cord spasms

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Other remedies to note: Cayenne pepper for a cough, a healthful diet for blood pressure woes.

There’s a right way to fall, and here’s how to do it

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

It’s going to happen. You will fall at some point. But there is a way to limit your injuries when the time comes.

How to get back on track with your New Year’s resolutions

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:14:52 -0800

Broken your resolutions? You're not alone. Here are tips to help you recommit and meet your goals.

The comfort-food conundrum: Will that bowl of ice cream really help or hurt?

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Your favorite comfort food can make you happier in the moment, but leaning heavily on food for comfort is counterproductive.

Cervical cancer taking deadlier toll in U.S. than had been thought

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 21:57:20 -0800

In the new analysis, the mortality rate for black women was 10.1 per 100,000. For white women, it is 4.7 per 100,000. Previous studies had put those figures at 5.7 and 3.2.

Alcohol at dinner can disrupt sleep; thyme tea might help that cough

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:00:00 -0800

A reader reports a big improvement in his sleep since he gave up having a glass of wine with dinner. Also discussed are remedies for a lingering cough and for some types of psoriasis.

How smartphone addiction is affecting our physical and mental health

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

The only difference between smartphone addiction and any other is that it’s socially accepted. But that doesn’t mean it’s not detrimental.

Can breakfast help keep us thin? Nutrition science is tricky

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:06:05 -0800

NEW YORK (AP) — Cereal makers have happily encouraged the belief that eating breakfast can help keep us thin and bring other benefits, partly by paying for studies that seem to support the idea. So, does that mean breakfast is bad for you? Not that either. What it does show is how difficult it can […]

Is a cup of tea good for you?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

A look at the health benefits of a cup of tea, and which type is the best.