January 2012

Monthly Archives

  • Ease your muscle aches with these foods

    Suffering from post workout soreness?  It turns out ginger can help. Ginger is rich in inflammation-fighting compounds, such as gingerols, which may reduce the aches of osteoarthritis and soothe sore muscles. In a recent study, people who took ginger capsules daily for 11 days reported 25 percent less muscle pain when they performed exercises designed […]
  • Your doctor’s weight may skew weight-loss advice

    It turns out that doctors, like most of us, don’t like to appear hypocritical. A new study shows  that overweight or obese doctors are much less likely to broach the topic of weight loss with their patients. “In a study of 500 primary care physicians around the country, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School […]
  • Should you rely on calorie monitors?

    While the calorie monitor on the treadmill at the gym may be a great motivator, it might not the most  accurate indicator of how much you’re actually burning. “[C]alorie counters in the real world (read: the gym) need to rely on more simple measurements. […]  So calorie monitors cheat the system a bit. According to Lauara […]
  • Reduce neck and back pain with a kettlebell workout

    Workers who spend most of their day chained to their desk often develop weakened core and back muscles leading to chronic pain. Though some avoid lifting weights fearing that it will aggravate the pain, a good kettlebell routine can significantly reduce the pain by strengthening multiple muscles. “In a study published last year, the Danish […]
  • Give your feet a rest: The danger of heels

    Walk down any street in Manhattan and you’ll see a lot of the women, and maybe some men, wearing heels. A new study shows that heel wearers change the bio-mechanics of how they walk — even when they aren’t wearing them. This change increases the likelihood of injury. “In results published last week in The Journal […]
  • Happy National Peanut Butter Day!

    It’s everyone’s favorite day of the year: National Peanut Butter Day! Or maybe it’s just mine. Eating this delicious treat has a whole host of health benefits — just make sure you’re buying all natural peanut butter with no added sugar. The Huffington Post explores the benefits of this perennial favorite.
  • Women report more intense pain than men

    A new study reveals that women may feel pain more intensely across multiple disorders than men. “Not surprisingly, most responses clustered around either the two extremes of very little pain or extreme pain or the middle score of 5. But overall, women were more likely to indicate higher pain levels than men, says lead author […]
  • Are doctors overusing bone density tests?

    New research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, is challenging the general practice of bone mineral density tests every two year for older women. “The high-risk women, not surprisingly, required the most frequent screening to adhere to the 10% rule [looking for screening intervals that would result in fewer than 10% of all women […]
  • New ideas on keeping Alzheimer’s at bay

    We’ve all hear that mental stimulation and an active social life can be key to delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, but several recent studies show some activities you may not expect might also do the trick.  Check out How Exercise May Keep Alzheimer’s at Bay at The New York Times and Does Alcohol Help Prevent Alzheimer’s? […]
  • Try these “superfoods” you may not know about

    Looking for  healthy eats this winter? Get the most nutritional bang for your buck with EatingWell Magazine‘s list. Kale is a great place to start: “On top of delivering a raft of cancer-fighting antioxidants, kale is one of the vegetable world’s top sources of vitamin A, which promotes eye and skin health and may help strengthen the immune […]