Overview of video chat services, devices

By: Ann Marie Maloney
Posted on: January 15, 2021

What’s the key to staying in touch with others this winter? The ability to enjoy all the face time you want with people outside your household while still practicing social distancing. And that means more virtual visits. By now, most people are accustomed to using technology for face-to-face conversations. “It became a part of my life, seeing people in two dimensions instead of... READ MORE

Vaccines won’t end COVID-19 right away

By: Candice Choi
Posted on: January 13, 2021

Don’t even think of putting the mask away anytime soon. Despite the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in December, it could take several months — probably well into 2021 — before things get back to something close to normal in the U.S. and Americans can once again go to the movies, cheer at an NBA game or give Grandma a hug. “If you’re fighting a battle and the cavalry is on the... READ MORE

Tweaks that can make recipes healthier

By: Suzy Cohen
Posted on: January 04, 2021

When cooking this winter, use these recipe tweaks to make everything healthier. These ideas are designed to improve immune function. Don’t be afraid to experiment in the kitchen with different healing herbs and spices. Slivers of Swiss chard Dark leafy greens are dense in nutrients. Add one large green leaf of Swiss chard to a big salad — just make sure to cut it into thin pieces or... READ MORE

COVID got you down? A study needs you

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: December 22, 2020

As Shakespeare put it in Richard III, now is the winter of our discontent. Although a vaccine is on the way, in the meantime, most of us must stay home and continue to avoid friends and family. If you’re feeling stressed or have symptoms of depression (fatigue, sadness, lack of interest in activities) during the pandemic, Johns Hopkins would appreciate your help with a new... READ MORE

10 habits that can help manage diabetes

By: Diabetic Living
Posted on: December 18, 2020

Managing diabetes doesn’t have to be complicated. While your doctor will help you put together a comprehensive plan to manage your condition, remembering these 10 tips can help you work toward better health every day. Get moving The American Diabetes Association recommends at least 150 minutes of activity a week, with no more than two consecutive days without activity. In... READ MORE

Can a good night’s sleep help your heart?

By: Alyson Kelley-Hedgepeth, M.D.
Posted on: December 16, 2020

It is estimated that more than 50 million Americans report difficulty sleeping. With our busy American lifestyle, where we are overcommitted in both our work schedules and personal lives, it may seem that sleep is indeed a luxury. But a good night’s sleep is increasingly recognized as an important factor in maintaining good health overall, and good cardiovascular health in... READ MORE

Quick and easy North African lentil soup

By: America’s Test Kitchen
Posted on: December 15, 2020

Red lentils are an ideal legume. For one thing, they’re quick to prepare, cooking up in less than 20 minutes, with no presoaking or brining required. But the best thing about cooking red lentils is that, unlike other beans and legumes, you don’t need to worry about getting the interiors of the beans to soften before the skins rupture. With no skins to contain them, red lentils... READ MORE

Some, not all, weight fluctuation is normal

By: Kristen N. Smith
Posted on: December 14, 2020

Weight fluctuation throughout the course of a day is normal. Weight fluctuation throughout the course of your life can be harmful. Sounds contradictory, doesn’t it? It’s not. A person should strive to maintain a consistent healthy weight throughout life. Fluctuation in large amounts throughout your life — that lose-gain-lose-gain cycle so many of us experience through so-called... READ MORE

Why women’s hair thins and what helps

By: Kelly Bilodeau
Posted on: December 11, 2020

Though many people think of hair loss as a male problem, it affects at least a third of women. But unlike men, women typically experience thinning hair without going bald, and there can be a number of different underlying causes for the problem. “Some are associated with inflammation in the body. Some are female-pattern hair loss,” said Dr. Deborah Scott, assistant professor of... READ MORE

COVID-19 News

By: The Associated Press
Posted on: December 10, 2020

Does cold weather affect COVID spread? Can cold weather cause an increase or decrease in the transmission of the coronavirus? Not by itself. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the virus is mainly spread between people. It can be transmitted in any kind of weather and there is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill it. Rain and snow might dilute any traces of the virus... READ MORE