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Read consumer news and advice about health and wellness, including diet and nutrition, fitness, alternative medicine, and medical innovation.

Last Build Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:40:33 -0700


America’s backyard-chicken trend leads to more human illnesses

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:06:53 -0700

The popular trend of raising backyard chickens in U.S. cities and suburbs is bringing with it a soaring number of illnesses from poultry-related diseases, some of them fatal. Says one mother whose son was hospitalized, the best way chicken raisers can protect themselves is to assume all birds carry salmonella and treat them carefully.

Do you really need to eat breakfast?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0700

You’ve heard the lore about breakfast: It’s the most important meal of the day, right? Nutritionist Carrie Dennett digs into the facts.

Go ahead and order another cheesesteak

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Why do we find it so hard to believe that a food that tastes good might not be killing us?

Is your organic food really organic?

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 15:00:02 -0700

The authenticity of imported organic produce has come into question, but if it’s nutrition you’re after, buy from local farms.

Nationwide drug, medical-device shortages feared as Puerto Rico struggles to recover

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 17:24:55 -0700

Puerto Rico has been a hub of drug manufacturing for decades — companies were lured to the island because of tax breaks and its access to the U.S. market, along with skilled employees who worked for lower wages.

6 salad-makeover tips for fall

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 16:24:59 -0700

Use heartier autumn greens and seasonal produce to make your salads substantial and satisfying.

Biological clock discoveries by 3 Americans earn Nobel prize

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 02:45:44 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — Three Americans won a Nobel Prize on Monday for discovering key genetic “gears” of the body’s 24-hour biological clock, the mechanism best known for causing jet lag when it falls out of sync. Problems with our body clock have also been linked to such disorders as sleep problems, depression, heart disease, […]

Dog slobber for athlete’s foot is controversial

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Q: It’s been 10 years since I have had any athlete’s foot problem. I’ve always wondered why, especially since my husband gets severe athlete’s foot pretty frequently. After reading your website, I think I have my answer. Ten years ago I got my little Chihuahua, Zena, and six years ago Zoey, another Chihuahua, joined us. […]

Living with cats and cockroaches may reduce kids’ asthma risk

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 14:09:29 -0700

The presence of animal dust correlates to a lower risk of developing asthma; tobacco smoke and moms with stress and depression are associated with a higher risk.

A lunch-break manifesto

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 20:38:39 -0700

Give yourself a break and take the time to eat a proper lunch. Your body will thank you.

Home remedies: Cleaning out the earwax

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:59:11 -0700

If earwax blockage becomes a problem, you or your doctor can take simple steps to remove the wax safely.

Judge: City of Everett can proceed with lawsuit against opioid maker

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 12:43:18 -0700

Everett, a city of about 108,000, sued Purdue Pharma in January, alleging the company knowingly allowed pills to be funneled into the black market and into the city and did nothing to stop it.

Lowering cholesterol by eating fat

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Q. I enjoyed your article about saturated fats. My husband and I have been eating saturated fat and avoiding all the “white stuff” like flour and sugar. We have been separating “fuels” by having protein and fats or lean protein with healthy carbs at our meals. I have lost 30 pounds. My cholesterol went from […]

New study shows prolonged sitting highest risk for early death

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

In a new study, scientists found strong statistical correlations between sitting and mortality. The men and women who sat for the most hours every day had the highest risk for early death, especially if this sitting often continued for longer than 30 minutes at a stretch.

Pale is the new tan, dermatologist tells patients

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

A Florida dermatologist doesn’t mince words when it comes to skin cancer: Protect yourself from the sun or else.

Shedding new light on hospice care: no need to wait for the ‘brink of death’

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Although hospices now serve more than 1.4 million people a year, this specialized type of care, meant for people with six months or less to live, continues to evoke resistance, fear and misunderstanding.

Woman runs up 1,000 days in a row of running

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:38:44 -0700

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman is running up a running streak, having just completed her 1,000th day straight of running. Nashua resident Beth Whipple was surprised by her friends on the occasion Wednesday. WMUR-TV reports ( ) the woman has been running every single day since the day after Christmas 2014. She’s […]

Why it’s worth embracing ancient wheat

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:15:40 -0700

Emmer and einkorn are higher in fiber and protein than standard modern wheat and richer in many antioxidant nutrients.

Ice cravings could be a sign of celiac disease

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Q. My wife developed an intense ice craving. She crunched ice relentlessly at home and even when we ate out. As it turned out, she was seriously anemic and osteoporotic as well. After almost four years of iron pills and blood infusions, a biopsy of her small intestines revealed celiac disease. This was in the […]

Depressed? Genetics affect how drugs work

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Thanks to the relatively new field of pharmacogenomics doctors can potentially bypass some of the “trial and error” phase traditionally inherent in prescribing antidepressant medication.