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  • Sauna Health Benefits: Are saunas healthy or harmful?

    Sauna Health Benefits: Are saunas healthy or harmful?

    Published: March, 2014 Sweating is an impulse that goes far back in human history. About 3,000 years ago, the Mayans of Central America used sweat houses for religious ceremonies and good health. Nearly every culture has its own way of using heat for relaxation, therapy and ritual; ancient Roman baths, modern Turkish steam baths, and […]

  • Reaping gains from grains

    Reaping gains from grains

    Eating whole grains may benefit your heart and lengthen your life. Grain foods made from the hard, dry seeds of plants have been a nutritional basic for thousands of years. When you eat a whole grain, you’re getting more than just the fiber from the seed’s outer layer. You also get all the vitamins, minerals, […]

  • Does hearing loss boost death risk?

    Does hearing loss boost death risk?

    News briefs A recent study suggests that the more hearing impairment you have, the more your health may be at risk. A study published online Sept. 24, 2015, by JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery found that mild hearing impairment was linked with a 21% increased risk of death, and moderate-to-severe hearing impairment was linked with […]

  • Generic versus brand-name statins

    Ask the doctor Q. I have been taking rosuvastatin (Crestor) and found out that it soon will be available as a generic. But even though the active ingredient in a generic drug is the same, can the inactive ingredients change how the drug works? A. By law, not only do generic drugs have to contain […]

  • Is flossing really necessary?

    Is flossing really necessary?

    Ask the doctor Image: mady70/Thinkstock Q. I read recently that there is no evidence that flossing prevents cavities or gum disease. Is there any reason to keep on doing it? A. You’re right. There have been no studies in which volunteers were randomly assigned to two groups—one to floss daily and one to refrain from […]

  • Understanding the risks of supplements and herbal remedies for prostate cancer

    Understanding the risks of supplements and herbal remedies for prostate cancer

    Exercise caution before employing natural remedies in lieu of medicine therapy. Coping with prostate disease is never easy. You may find that established treatments are not always particularly effective and you may want to try other more natural methods for prostate cancer, such as herbs and supplements. But you should use them with caution, and […]

  • Zucchini and mint soup recipe

    Zucchini and mint soup recipe

    Serves 8 / Serving size: 1 cup Ingredients 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 small onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 8 cups water 1.5 pounds zucchini, sliced 1.5 cup fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish 1 lemon, squeezed to juice 1/4 teaspoon Atlantic sea salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper Directions In a […]

  • What to do when medication makes you constipated

    What to do when medication makes you constipated

    Antidepressants and opioids are common offenders. It’s frustrating when you feel the urge to move your bowels but can’t seem to go. Before blaming your diet, consider whether medication side effects are causing your constipation. Possible suspects Many medications can contribute to constipation, including the following: Antidepressants, such as the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor fluoxetine […]

  • Grilled veggies in mint vinaigrette recipe

    Grilled veggies in mint vinaigrette recipe

    Serves 10 / Serving size: 1/2 cup Ingredients 3 firm medium beets, sliced into thin rounds Pinch Atlantic sea salt Pinch ground black pepper Vinaigrette: 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 cloves garlic, chopped 4 tablespoons chopped fresh mint Salt and pepper to taste Directions Prepare beets (or vegetables of your […]

  • Tennis, anyone?

    Tennis, anyone?

    When it comes to heart health, there’s a lot to love about racket sports. If you haven’t lobbed a tennis ball over a net since high school, you might want to pick up a racket again. A recent study suggests that people who play racket sports regularly may slash their odds of dying from a […]

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