WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018Pet owners care deeply about what their furry family members eat. So should they worry about a new study that finds chemical preservatives known as parabens are often in dog and cat food, as well as in urine samples from the animals? Maybe, researchers say, though there’s no need to panic. “Parabens…  read on >

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018Want smoother ice cream that’s also slower to melt? Scientists might have found a way to make that happen. The secret, they say: adding extract from the banana plant. “Our findings suggest that cellulose nanofibers extracted from banana waste could help improve ice cream in several ways,” Robin Zuluaga Gallego said in…  read on >

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018Tiny pellets could treat arthritic knee pain, delaying the need for knee replacement surgery, a small study has found. Microparticles inserted into small blood vessels around the knee helped reduce the pain and improve function in eight arthritis sufferers, according to clinical trial results. The results were presented Monday at the Society…  read on >

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018Warning signs of heart disease in women, such as fatigue, body aches and upset stomach, may be shrugged off as symptoms of stress or a hectic lifestyle. But heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women, so it’s important to listen to your body, according to experts at…  read on >

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018Losing weight comes down to eating fewer calories than you burn. But beyond that basic rule, studies done at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, Calif., show that when you eat those calories could have an effect on your weight and your health. Unlike our ancestors who went to sleep at a…  read on >

MONDAY, March 19, 2018The scenario may sound familiar: Your doctor sends your prescription electronically to the pharmacy, and you go to pick it up. Only you can’t, because the insurance company requires “prior authorization” for that particular medication. Now you’re caught in the middle, as your insurance company requests paperwork from your doctor to defend…  read on >

MONDAY, March 19, 2018A low sperm count may do more than affect a man’s ability to have children. It also may be linked to a number of health problems, new research suggests. A study of nearly 5,200 Italian men found that those with low sperm counts were 1.2 times more likely to have more body…  read on >

MONDAY, March 19, 2018For some people, dieting is easier with emotional support. In fact, research done at the University of Pennsylvania concluded that participating in diet programs focused on behavior modification may be more effective than going it alone when the sessions provide information, support and the accountability of weigh-ins. Other research found that this…  read on >

SUNDAY, March 18, 2018Frolicking in the sea may torpedo your health, new research suggests. It found a twofold increased risk for general ear problems, a 77 percent increased risk for earaches and a 29 percent increased risk for diarrhea and other gastrointestinal illnesses among people who swam in the sea. The findings came from an…  read on >

FRIDAY, March 16, 2018A new British study of nearly 300,000 people dismantles the “obesity paradox,” a theory that claims being obese does not necessarily raise heart risks. Instead, the researchers found, obesity increases the risk for heart attacks, strokes and high blood pressure, and the risk increases the more fat one carries around the waist.…  read on >