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Last Build Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0700


Boost your brain health with the MIND diet

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0700

What happens when the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet meet? The MIND diet, a combination worth considering to help you stay mentally sharp as you get older.

Red yeast rice sends cholesterol plunging

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Q. Ten years ago, I had a heart attack. I was sent home from the hospital with eight different prescription medications. Within two months, I felt like a 90-year-old arthritic, although I was only 55 at the time. I told my doctor about the effects of the medications. He took me off one med each […]

Is coffee your friend or foe? Genetics makes a difference

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:30:00 -0700

More than half of American adults drink coffee daily. But how does that caffeine affect us, biologically? It depends on genetics.

Does grapefruit make blood pressure plummet?

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0700

People’s Pharmacy also tackles the zolpidem-heartburn relationship, and buying prescriptions in Canada.

Watch: Did stress cause Demi Moore to lose her two front teeth?

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:35:01 -0700

Actress revealed a photo of herself with a gap-toothed smile on "The Tonight Show."

Are you eating enough fish? Why — and how — to eat more

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:12:00 -0700

Be it fear of mercury, fear of cooking fish, or something else, only 1 in 10 Americans are eating the recommended dose of seafood.

After cardiac arrest, flying drone is fastest way to send help

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:11:22 -0700

The drones beat the ambulances handily, according to a report published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In all 18 cases, the drone arrived more quickly than the ambulance had.

Are you eating enough fish? Why — and how — to eat more

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 08:10:56 -0700

Be it due to fear of mercury, fear of cooking fish, or something else, only 1 in 10 Americans are eating the recommended dose of seafood.

Cuban vaccine may pack punch in fight against lung cancer

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 16:08:14 -0700

U.S. researchers say a Cuban lung cancer vaccine shows promise in preventing the recurrence of lung cancer — the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.

Getting to the bottom of her postpartum pain

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Q. Right after I delivered my baby, I realized I had hemorrhoids. It felt like an entire bunch of grapes and it made bathroom visits very painful — worse than childbirth. The doctor recommended a sitz bath. It is a basin to put under the toilet seat, so that warm water can gently clean that […]

When ‘treat yourself’ goes too far: 6 self-care mistakes you might be making

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 11:59:30 -0700

Booze. Netflix. A chocolate fix. Self-care is important, but sometimes it turns into self-destruction. Keep an eye out for these scenarios.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s workout is becoming a book. Yes, really.

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 11:03:02 -0700

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a workout model? It’s happening.

Jimmy Piersall, baseball player whose mental illness was portrayed in film ‘Fear Strikes Out,’ dies at 87

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 12:48:50 -0700

The often outrageous outfielder and broadcaster whose emotional breakdown while a rookie with the Boston Red Sox was portrayed in the 1957 movie “Fear Strikes Out,” a rare glimpse at an athlete’s mental illness, died Saturday.

Headaches or muscle pain? Tart cherry juice may provide sweet relief

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0700

The People's Pharmacy answers reader questions about the powers of cherry juice, vegan medications and thyroid hormone treatment.

Anger management can prevent relationship damage

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Anger is neither good nor bad; it’s just an emotion. What matters is what you do with it.

Don’t know how to cook vegetables well? These tips will help you make them at home

Tue, 30 May 2017 16:22:40 -0700

People know vegetables, beans and lentils are good for you. But some are afraid to cook them at home, because they don’t turn out as well as in restaurants. Follow these tips.

Got seasonal allergies? Why avoiding certain foods may help

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

In some allergy sufferers, the immune system confuses pollen proteins with certain food proteins, making allergy symptoms worse or causing oral-allergy syndrome.

How a Stacey Griffith master class turned a SoulCycle newbie into a believer

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

When master instructor and motivator Stacey Griffith came to town to sign her book and christen SoulCycle’s new Bellevue studio, columnist Nicole Brodeur went to see what all the fuss is about.

Drop the juice, say pediatricians: Give the kids fruit instead

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:53:19 -0700

For Americans between the ages of 2 and 18, almost half the fruit they consume is in the form of juice. Cut that out, the American Academy of Pediatrics is telling their parents.

Why menstrual cups are becoming more popular for women

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:06:51 -0700

What’s a menstrual cup and how is it different from tampons? The Mayo Clinic explains the pros and cons.