Leave leaves on yards to aid biodiversity

By Edwin J. Viera
Posted on November 16, 2023

A new study finds the autumn chore of raking leaves could be a disservice to budding plant life. The National Wildlife Federation found that fallen leaves can be crucial to biodiversity. Experts find keeping leaves in a yard has a similar effect to spreading mulch. They cover roots under plants, suppress weeds, and keep the soil moist. While the group’s research finds this is common ... READ MORE

SADder in the winter? Try light therapy

By Mayo Clinic Staff
Posted on November 15, 2023

Dear Mayo Clinic: Once daylight saving time ends, I find it difficult as it gets darker earlier. I also notice that I get a bit more depressed in the winter. My friend suggested a light box for seasonal affective disorder. What is a light box, and can it be helpful in improving my mood? A: Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that typically occurs each year... READ MORE

One-sided headache may need attention

By Howard LeWine, M.D.
Posted on November 13, 2023

Q: How would a person know if a one-sided headache around the temples is just a migraine or something more serious, like temporal arteritis? A: Throbbing pain in the temples, especially on just one side of your head, is a common symptom of migraine pain. But when throbbing turns into a constant headache, and it’s accompanied by pain when you touch your temples, you need immediate... READ MORE

Fact v. fiction about our immune systems

By Jessica Migala
Posted on November 09, 2023

The health of our immune systems has become front-of-mind for many over the last few years. And with that comes a lot of advice on the best way to prepare your body’s defenses for any lingering bugs. Here, we take a look at four common myths about immune health and see what the science says. 1. Your body’s defenses weaken with age. True. Research shows that as more candles top your ... READ MORE

Some unique appetizers for the holidays

By Dawna Pitts
Posted on November 08, 2023

As the holidays approach, add these appetizers to your entertaining repertoire. Parmesan Crisps, below, are available in grocery stores, but they are easy to make and can be prepared a week in advance. Homemade ones taste so much better, and leftovers are great on salads, soups, or with slices of pear for a little snack. In addition, Baby Brie and Fig Pies are an easy, fast appetizer... READ MORE

Test a new combo flu and Covid vaccine

By Margaret Foster
Posted on November 07, 2023

When children get immunized for measles, mumps and rubella, they get one shot, known as MMR. Same with diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis, or DTaP. So why not bundle the flu shot with a Covid vaccine? A study of a combined flu and Covid vaccine is under way now at Velocity Clinical Research in Rockville, Maryland. “Right now, we have a Covid vaccine and we have a ... READ MORE

Causes and treatments for ear infections

By Mayo Clinic Staff
Posted on November 03, 2023

Dear Mayo Clinic: I swim for exercise and relaxation. I try to get in the pool about three times a week. Recently, I have begun to have episodes where it feels like water is still in my ear. Then my ear becomes red and painful. A friend suggested I might have swimmer’s ear. Is this something that is easy to treat? Do I need to stop swimming? A: Swimmer’s ear is an infection... READ MORE

Avoid holiday anxiety, shopping stress

By Suzy Cohen
Posted on November 01, 2023

The other day I realized why I feel stressed in stores lately. I feel inundated with Halloween decorations, Thanksgiving and even Christmas paraphernalia. I’m nowhere near holly or jolly right now; I’m still wearing shorts. There used to be some separation in the old days, remember that? Halloween was often the turning point in the year, but now there are shameful displays that begin ... READ MORE

Answers on chronic inflammation, earwax

By Howard LeWine, M.D.
Posted on October 30, 2023

Q: I hear so much about the dangers of chronic inflammation. What dietary changes can I make to reduce the risks? A: Diet plays an important role in chronic inflammation, most likely due to the ingredients in the foods and beverages we ingest and the bacteria that populate our intestines, known as our microbiome. These intestinal bacteria release chemicals that may spur or suppress... READ MORE

The buzz on honey and its many benefits

By Suzy Cohen
Posted on October 26, 2023

The buzz on honey and its many benefits Honey, a luscious, golden elixir, has not only graced our breakfast tables and sweetened our tea, but has been revered for its medicinal benefits for millennia. While it’s a natural sweet treat for many, there are some intriguing facts about honey that may surprise you. Here are the top five medicinal magic properties of honey: It’s... READ MORE