Putting presidents in historical perspective

By: Dinah Rokach

This month, we celebrate Presidents’ Day. Reading about our nation’s chief executives never becomes old. Historians (both professional and amateur) as well as politicians and reporters sift through the archives, interpret documents, and find lesser known materials to expose to a wider audience. Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, by Gordon S. Wood, 512 pages, Penguin... READ MORE

Comforting lentil soup doesn’t need meat

By: Melissa D’Arabian

Rich bean soups are classic winter comfort food. They are filling, healthy and inexpensive, making them a worthy addition to the menu rotation. The downside to dried bean cookery is the time it takes to soak and then cook beans. Canned beans are a reasonable substitute, although they cost more than three times the price of their dried, bagged counterparts. An easy, money-saving... READ MORE

K2 can prevent, and fight, prostate cancer

By: Suzy Cohen

Couples have plans, but after the C word is dropped, those plans change to unite a couple in the medical process. After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most widespread cancer among men, affecting one in seven every single year. Prostate cancer is also the third-leading cause of cancer death, after lung and colorectal cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. The good news... READ MORE

When carpal tunnel pain requires surgery

By: Jay Smith, M.D.

Dear Mayo Clinic: I have carpal tunnel syndrome that used to bother me only at night. Wearing a splint helped, but now my symptoms are noticeable throughout the day as well. Does this mean surgery is inevitable, or are there other things I can do to help lessen the tingling and numbness it’s causing? Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve that’s in... READ MORE

Laurie Metcalf gets her first Oscar shot

By: Lindsey Bahr

Laurie Metcalf has won three Emmys and a Tony Award in her nearly 40-year year career, but the veteran stage and screen actress still feels uncomfortable in front of a camera. “Even after all those years on ‘Roseanne,’ I have a real fear of cameras. They make me inhibited,” Metcalf, 62, said on a recent afternoon in Los Angeles. “I think ‘Why don’t I know where to put my ... READ MORE

A little alcohol OK with most antibiotics

By: Dr. Robert H. Shmerling

Q: My doctor prescribed a 10-day course of antibiotics for a persistent sinus infection. I usually have wine with the dinner. Do I need to stop drinking? A: I’d heard the warning to avoid mixing alcohol and antibiotics from friends and family while growing up. But during medical school, I only heard it in reference to a specific antibiotic, metronidazole (Flagyl). People who take... READ MORE