Author: Art Jahnke


How To Keep Mosquitoes Away

What’s the best way to keep mosquitoes from biting you? The answer, according to a Wall Street Journal interview with Stephen Gluckman, professor of medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and a specialist in infectious diseases, is the same as it has been for years: DEET. […]

Health Pain

Does Stretching Improve Performance?

Does stretching improve our athletic performance? The short answer, from a new study recently published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, is no.  But it doesn’t hurt performance either. The New York Times reports that the study involved 20 young male athletes, soccer players and rugby players, who […]


Does Diet Soda Lower Colon Cancer Risk?

After years of concerns about the health risks of drinking diet soda, researchers may have found a health benefit. A Yale University news release reports that researchers at the school have found that drinking artificially sweetened beverages is associated with a significantly lower risk of colon cancer recurrence and cancer […]

Attitude Pain

Your Brain On Dehydration

It doesn’t take long for dehydration to render us even less focused than we normally are. Two hours of yard work will do the trick. A Georgia Tech news release reports that researchers at the school came to that conclusion after reading many research papers on dehydration and cognitive ability. The […]

Eating Well

Whole Dairy Is Just Fine For Hearts

Go ahead, eat that cheese. Whole dairy products–cheese, milk and yogurt- do not increase the likelihood of stroke or heart disease, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. A university news release reports that the study, which included nearly 3,000 […]


Study Finds Small Talk Is Harmless

It’s true, according to a new study, that people who engage in substantive conversations tend to be happier that those who don’t, but the same study found that small talk doesn’t make people any less happy. A University of Arizona news release reports that researchers at the school surveyed 486 […]


15 Minutes of Exercise Boosts Muscle Memory

Trying to master a new tennis serve? Try taking a short run right after working on the serve. Researchers at McGill University are convinced that exercise performed immediately after practicing a new skill improves its long term retention. A McGill news release reports that the researchers asked study subject to […]

App Helps Make Healthy Food Choices
Eating Well

App Helps Make Healthy Food Choices

Wondering which brand of a certain food is the most healthful? There’s an app for that. FoodSwitch, a free mobile app developed by researchers at Northwestern University, asks users to crowdsource information on new and changing foods to update the app’s 268,000-product database.  A Northwestern news release reports that the app, which […]


Now It’s 15,000 Steps

Remember the 10,000 step a day rule? Forget it. This year’s model, created by researchers at the University of Glasgow, calls for 15,000 steps a day. But wait, the study authors point out that walking 15,000 steps would take about three and half hours, no problem if you happen to […]