Author: Art Jahnke

How To Make A (Relatively) Healthful Eggnog
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How To Make A (Relatively) Healthful Eggnog

Yes, take note of the word “relatively.” Then remind yourself that “relative” is better than nothing. Eggnog is not health food, and never will be. The beverage, writes Cynthia Buccini of Boston University, quoting celebrity chef Alton Brown, probably “descended from a thick, boozy, late-medieval concoction called posset that was […]

Weight Training Burns Belly Fat
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Weight Training Burns Belly Fat

OK, weight training doesn’t exactly burn belly fat, but it does appear to keep it off. How do we know? Because researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health say so. HealthDay reports that when researchers at the school compared the body composition and training habits of more than 10,000 […]

What To Do About Noisy Knees
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What To Do About Noisy Knees

If your knees make disturbing popping sounds when you squat, New York Times’ health answer man Anahad O’Connor can tell you what to do about it: nothing. That’s right, nothing. Writing in the Times, O’Connor reports that “the crackling or popping sound you hear is known as crepitus. In some […]

Hugs Ward Off Colds
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Hugs Ward Off Colds

Hoping to get through this winter without a cold? Hug somebody, or persuade somebody to hug you. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are convinced that hugs and other forms of perceived social support can keep people from getting sic, or sicker. A Carnegie Mellon news release reports that the researchers […]

Weekly Weigh-Ins Help Us Lose Weight
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Weekly Weigh-Ins Help Us Lose Weight

When can you stop weighing yourself? Whenever you want to, but if you really want to keep losing weight, it’s best to weigh-in at least once a week. That’s the conclusion of researchers at Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab, where scientists analyzed 2,838 weight measurements (up to a years’ worth […]

Where Exactly Does The Fat Go?
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Where Exactly Does The Fat Go?

When you lose weight, where does the fat go? Don’t ask your doctor: new research at the University of New South Wales suggests that more than 50 percent of doctors think it’s converted to energy. Wrong. The correct answer is into the air, breathed out as carbon dioxide. A UNSW […]

Long Life: Feeling Young Is Half The Battle
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Long Life: Feeling Young Is Half The Battle

People who feel younger than their age may actually be right–they may be younger than their age–healthwise, at least. Researchers at University College in London are convinced that feeling “young at heart” is a good indicator how long we will live. How do they know? Because when they followed more […]

Irregular Heartbeat Treatment Improved By Exercise, Diet
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Irregular Heartbeat Treatment Improved By Exercise, Diet

Atrial fibrillation–doctors know it as AF,  you know it a disturbing irregular heartbeat–can be bad for your health. It is usually remedied with a procedure called catheter ablation, in which electricity is used to burn the tissue around the problem area. Strange, but it works, somewhat. Now comes a study […]

Extraverts Have Better Immune Systems
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Extraverts Have Better Immune Systems

People who like people are the luckiest people in the world, in part because they appear to have stronger immune systems than people who don’t like people. (It remains unclear if people who don’t like people are the least lucky people in the world.) Futurity reports that when researchers at […]

Online Calculator Checks Risk For Heart Disease
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Online Calculator Checks Risk For Heart Disease

Here’s a cheerful holiday entertainment: find the likelihood that you will suffer from heart disease. The new online calculator for cardiovascular disease is brought to you by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health, and claims to estimate the 20-year risk that you will develop cardiovascular disease (CVD). It’s a somewhat lengthy […]