The many protective properties of fruits

By: Suzy Cohen
Posted on: August 14, 2019

Some people eat nothing but fruit. They are called fruitarians. While I do not advocate this diet for everyone, I do see the virtues in fruits! I highly recommend you include fruits in your diet. They taste great, give you natural fiber and contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. This will tamp down some of the pain cytokines that your body can run amok with. Here are... READ MORE

Several ways to reduce your food waste

By: Rachael Moeller Gorman
Posted on: August 13, 2019

A study examining whether people could reduce how much food they wasted found that providing a flood of information — Use veggie scraps to make stock! Preserve produce before it goes bad! — wasn’t helpful. What did help: targeted, personalized recommendations based on people’s biggest sticking points. Use these scenarios to help identify and reduce your food-waste... READ MORE

Study offers free annual memory checks

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: August 13, 2019

Do you forget common words or names? Or are you simply interested in doing your part to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia? Either way, you can contribute to scientific research and also get periodic cognitive checks by enrolling in a new long-term study. Georgetown University’s Memory Disorders Program is conducting a longitudinal study to track changes in cognitive ... READ MORE

Is true recovery from addiction possible?

By: Peter Grinspoon
Posted on: August 12, 2019

I am now 11 years into recovery from my battle with opiate addiction, and I have always been fascinated with two related questions: Is there truly such a thing as an “addictive personality,” and do people substitute one addiction for another? The addictive personality myth The writer and television personality Anthony Bourdain, who killed himself last year, was criticized by some... READ MORE

Rise of legal pot harms medical users

By: Gillian Flaccus and Angeliki Kastanis
Posted on: August 09, 2019

When states legalize pot for all adults, long-standing medical marijuana programs take a big hit, in some cases losing more than half their registered patients in just a few years, according to a data analysis by Associated Press. Much of the decline comes from consumers who, ill or not, got medical cards in their states because it was the only way to buy marijuana legally and then... READ MORE

Daily showers aren’t great for our health

By: Robert H. Shmerling, M.D.
Posted on: August 08, 2019

Q: I grew up thinking that people should take a shower every day because it’s healthier. But is it that true? A: For many — perhaps most — the daily shower is more about habit and societal norms than health. Perhaps that’s why the frequency of bathing or showering varies so much from country to country. Besides considering it healthier, people may choose to shower daily for a... READ MORE