Eating between meals can be a good idea

By: Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDM

Q: I’m confused by conflicting advice about whether snacking helps or hurts weight control and health. What do you suggest?A: Snacks can promote good health when you choose foods that fill nutritional gaps. For example, if you have trouble including enough fruit, dietary fiber and calcium-rich foods (such as dairy products and soymilk) in your meals, snacks offer a great chance to do... READ MORE

Study suggests pill reduces deep wrinkles

By: Andy Coghlan

Beauty may be no more than skin-deep, but many of us think that leaves plenty of room for improvement. So a new dietary treatment that promises to shrink wrinkles from inside the skin is news.The makers of the three-a-day capsules say they use blends of natural food extracts to activate genes that improve skin tone — and early results suggest they may be on the right track.If the... READ MORE

Pythons’ hearts may hold clues for health

By: Lauran Neergaard

You don’t think of pythons as big-hearted toward their fellow creatures. They’re better known for the bulge in their bodies after swallowing one of those critters whole.But the snakes’ hearts balloon in size as they’re digesting. And now scientists are studying them for clues about human heart health.The expanded python heart appears remarkably similar to the... READ MORE

Computer games can help you stay sharp

By: Jim Miller

Can you recommend some good brain-fitness computer games that are designed to help seniors keep their minds sharp? I love to play solitaire on my computer, but I’m interested in expanding to some other games that can benefit my mind and memory.— Forgetful FrankDear Frank:There are actually a handful of great brain-training websites and computer software products on the market... READ MORE

Benefits attributed to pomegranate juice

By: Joyce Hendley

There are many good reasons to pick up a pomegranate: the bright red fruits are festive, seasonal, pack tons of antioxidants and, a new study suggests, may help relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease.May reduce arthritis painIn a recent study from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, researchers gave mice either a daily dose of pomegranate extract or... READ MORE

Concerns grow over vitamin supplements

By: Marilynn Marchione

Two recent studies raised gnawing worries about the safety of vitamin supplements and a host of questions: Should anyone be taking them? Which ones are most risky? And if you do take them, how can you pick the safest ones?Vitamins have long had a “health halo.” Many people think they’re good for you and at worst might simply be unnecessary. The industry calls them an... READ MORE