What to do if food you bought is recalled

By Kimberly Holland, Real Simple Magazine
Posted on April 28, 2023

Food recalls are certainly unsettling. However, they can also be reassuring. Food manufacturers and inspectors are getting better at finding potential problems. If you discover you have a food item that’s been recalled, don’t panic. Take these steps to protect yourself, your family, your animals and others — and possibly get your money back. Educate yourself Most food recalls are ... READ MORE

The reasons low-fat diets disappeared

By Howard LeWine, M.D.
Posted on April 27, 2023

Q: Why for so many years was a low-fat diet the craze and now it seems to be gone? A: For decades, the message was loud and clear: High intake of fat causes weight gain, heart disease and maybe even cancer. The solution? Go low-fat. Unfortunately, that often meant consuming more carbs and more sugar, and the advice turned out to be misguided. Nutritionists now suggest people... READ MORE

Pair tender cutlets with a bright sauce

By America’s Test Kitchen
Posted on April 24, 2023

These sautéed, super-thin chicken cutlets are easy to make and look so good, they evoke the feeling of an evening out. Paillard is a French term that refers to boneless meat that has been pounded thin to tenderize it and help it cook faster. In this recipe, we halve boneless chicken breasts horizontally and pound them to an even thickness under plastic wrap, so they cook at the same ... READ MORE

Questions about hair loss and blackouts

By Howard LeWine, M.D.
Posted on April 19, 2023

Q: Since menopause, my hair keeps getting thinner. Why do older women lose their hair? What treatments are available? A: Among postmenopausal women, as many as two-thirds develop hair thinning or bald spots. The main type of hair loss in women is the same as it is in men. It’s called androgenetic alopecia, or female (or male) pattern hair loss. In women, the condition begins with ... READ MORE

Brain stimulation therapy holds promise

By Robert H. Shmerling, M.D.
Posted on April 14, 2023

Imagine this as a morning routine that replaces your first cup of coffee: You wake up feeling a bit foggy, so you slip on a wearable device that looks like an extra-thick headband. You turn on the power source and settle in while electrical current flows into your brain. Twenty minutes later, feeling more focused and energized, you start your busy day feeling grateful for this new... READ MORE

Much of mom’s wellness advice is myths

By Carmen Dargel, M.D.
Posted on April 12, 2023

Dear Mayo Clinic: My mom always scolded me for not drying my hair after washing it, telling me I’d catch cold. She also talked about dressing right for the weather, starving a fever and lots of other things. I’m wondering if there is any truth in any of these sayings. With Covid still lingering, I’m trying to convince my grandchildren, ages 8 and 12, to be more mindful about... READ MORE

Researchers study meditation for anxiety

By Margaret Foster
Posted on April 11, 2023

Can a once-a-week meditation class alleviate anxiety and depression? That’s what researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center want to find out. Its previous study found meditation could be as effective as an anti-anxiety medication. In January, they published their findings in JAMA Psychiatry that a study of more than 276 people found mindfulness-based stress reduction was more... READ MORE

Tech may reverse paralysis due to stroke

By Lauran Neergaard
Posted on April 10, 2023

A stroke left Heather Rendulic with little use of her left hand and arm, putting certain everyday tasks like tying shoes or cutting foods out of reach. “I live one-handed in a two-handed world, and you don’t realize how many things you need two hands for until you only have one good one,” the Pittsburgh woman said. So Rendulic volunteered for a first-of-its-kind experiment:... READ MORE

Health Shorts — April 2023

By Lauran Neegaard and Carla K. Johnson
Posted on April 05, 2023

Can’t take statins? Try this new pill Drugs known as statins are the first-choice treatment for high cholesterol, but millions of people who can’t or won’t take those pills because of side effects may have another option. In a major study, a different kind of cholesterol-lowering drug named Nexletol reduced the risk of heart attacks and some other cardiovascular problems in people ... READ MORE

New technologies can keep food fresher

By Dee-Ann Durbin
Posted on March 31, 2023

Hate mealy apples and soggy french fries? Science can help. Restaurants, grocers, farmers and food companies are increasingly turning to chemistry and physics to tackle the problem of food waste. Some are testing spray-on peels or chemically enhanced sachets that can slow the ripening process in fruit. Others are developing digital sensors that can tell — more precisely than a label ... READ MORE