Popular spices can reduce appetite, fat

By: Karen Asp
Posted on: December 22, 2015

As the mercury drops, what better way to add warmth than by spicing up your favorite cold-weather foods?Apple pie wouldn’t be the same without cinnamon; spicy ginger punches up soups; zippy black pepper jazzes up roasts; and aromatic vanilla adds extra oomph to baked goods.But spices do more than just add flavor. They also serve up unique health benefits.Pepper and ginger fight fatThe ... READ MORE

Knee replacement surgery vs. therapy

By: Marilynn Marchione
Posted on: December 15, 2015

People with knees worn out by arthritis will get more pain relief from joint replacement surgery, but it has more risks and there’s a good chance that less drastic approaches also would help.That’s the bottom line from the first study to strictly test other treatments against knee replacement — an operation done hundreds of thousands of times a year in the... READ MORE

FDA calls for clearer warnings in drug ads

By: Nancy Ferrari
Posted on: December 08, 2015

Twenty years ago, you probably wouldn’t have been able to name any of the numerous prescription medications available to you, let alone think to ask your doctor for a particular one by name. Today, the average (even perfectly healthy) consumer is barraged by hundreds, if not thousands, of “direct-to-consumer” advertisements for prescription drugs.In 1997, the U.S. Food and ... READ MORE

Are your meds making you depressed?

By: Beacon
Posted on: December 02, 2015

Be on the lookout for mood swings, sleeplessness and anxiety when starting certain medications.We all get the blues from time to time. But if signs of depression, such as prolonged hopelessness or trouble concentrating, seem to come out of nowhere, the cause may be in your medication regimen.“I think most patients are not aware that some medications can cause depression,” said... READ MORE

Caregivers get by with help from friends

By: Meghan Streit
Posted on: November 25, 2015

When you’re caring for a sick spouse or parent, it can be difficult to find time to enjoy hobbies, exercise, or even schedule routine appointments such as dental checkups. As a result, caregivers sometimes suffer from depression, increased anxiety and deteriorating health.Diane Everett figured out a way to free up her time and reduce her stress. Her husband, Tom, was diagnosed in 2007 ... READ MORE

Snoring causes and solutions are many

By: Beacon
Posted on: November 18, 2015

If your spouse or sleep partner often seems bleary-eyed and resentful in the morning, you may be one of the millions of adults who snore habitually — a condition that affects twice as many men as women.Snoring occurs when your upper airways narrow too much, causing turbulent airflow. This, in turn, makes the surrounding tissues vibrate, producing noise.“Snoring is a sign that... READ MORE