by Joe Donatelli
Sick? Here's what NOT to do!Can't shake that cough? Want to run to the doctor and ask for an antibiotic? Wait it out, says Dr. Mark Ebell. It's not antibiotics that chase away chest colds. It's time.
Dr. Ebell conducted a simple study. The University of Georgia professor asked 500 Georgia residents how long they think a cough lasts. He then compared their answers to data that showed how long a cough actually lasts. The gap was sizable. While respondents said a cough lasts between five and nine days, published research shows an average duration of 17.8 days, ranging from 15.3 to 28.6 days.
Somewhere between day seven and day 17.8, many people head to the doctor for antibiotics they don't need. That's why Dr. Ebell says he commissioned the study.
"We're impatient in this country. We want things hot and now and fast," he says.
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For chest colds, Ebell says antibiotics should be taken by those at the extremes of age-the very young and very
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by Cristina GoyanesRead More »from Banned Ingredients that Are Still Legal in the U.S.
Skip these ingredients!You think the FDA has your back? Sure, they recently proposed two new regulations to up food safety measures, specifically how food processors and farmers can work better to keep their fresh products free of dangerous bacteria (remember that killer cantaloupe outbreak from 2011?). But while it may seem like the government is out to protect us from bad-even fatal-food-borne illnesses, which cause some 3,000 deaths a year, they don't completely have our best interest-or health-in mind.
"For numerous suspicious and disturbing reasons, the U.S. has allowed foods that are banned in many other developed countries into our food supply," says nutritionist Mira Calton who, together with her husband Jayson Calton, Ph.D., wrote the new book Rich Food, Poor Food due out this February.
During a six-year expedition that took them to 100 countries on seven continents, the Caltons studied more than 150 ingredients and put together a comprehensive list of the top 13
How to read nutrition labels correctlyBy Janet Brill, Ph.D, R.D.
Flipping over soup cans and cereal boxes to scan the nutrition info before buying them (or putting them back on the shelf) may be so routine that it seems you've been doing it forever, but that little box listing calories, fat, and other stats is only a young adult: It's been 20 years since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required companies to display the nutrition facts label on packages.
While this is a significant milestone, the label still has a long way to go in my opinion as far as being a really easy way to eyeball exactly what's in the food you put in your mouth. In honor of the nutrition label's birthday, I came up with my top four changes that I would implement to make the rectangular box more helpful.
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Is it me or does anyone else have trouble figuring out the calories and serving sizes of popcorn? The FDA only requires the stats for unpopped popcorn (who gnaws down on that?) and leaves it to
by Jené Luciani
Ready to try online dating? Read these tips first!The success stories are endless-and so are the horror stories. When talking about online dating, it can be a scary world out there in cyberspace. But when you hear of stories like that of Kristis and Jason Cartozian, cyberspace seems to be exactly the place to find the perfect match.
"I had been in a six year relationship that was going nowhere," says Mrs. Cartozian, a New York-based licensed marriage and family therapist. She had just moved to a new city and, at 30 years old, she was "over" the bar scene.Read More »from Online Dating Websites, Decoded
So, in 2007, she decided to sign up for Match.com. Within months, she met Jason, who happened to live in the very same town. They married less than three years later. "If you go into your online dating journey with an open mind and an open heart, you may just meet the love of your life and best friend all in one," Cartozian says.
by Alanna Nuñez
FDA approves new IUDLast week, Bayer HealthCare announced the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval of Skyla, a new, low-dose hormone intrauterine device (IUD) designed to prevent pregnancy for up to three years, the first of its kind to be approved in 12 years.
"This opens up the conversation," says Anita Nelson, M.D, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. "Before, the thinking was that women who've never had a baby should try other options or only get an IUD if they couldn't use the pill. This offers women another choice."
Skyla is designed specifically with young women who've never had a baby or given birth in mind: It's narrower and smaller than other IUDs, which makes placement in the uterus easier and less painful, and it contains a lower dose of hormones then even Mirena (currently the lowest-dose form of birth control on the market).
A trial of 1,432 women aged 18 to 35 saw a pregnancy rate over a three-year period of less thanRead More »from FDA Approves First New IUD in 12 Years
Are you eating these six superfoods?by SHAPE Diet Doctor Mike Roussell, phD
Power through your workout, boost your health, and lose weight with these common, yet oft-overlooked foods.
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Perhaps most commonly eaten wrapped around a sushi roll, nori is loaded with iodine, a mineral essential for proper thyroid function. While iodized salt was introduced in 1924 to prevent goiter, the increased emphasis on low-sodium diets and the popularity of sea salt, which often doesn't contain iodine, have recently resurfaced concerns about getting enough iodine. This trace mineral isn't the only benefit of sea vegetables. Nori contains high levels of vitamin K and iron, micronutrients essential for proper cellular function. Look for nori pieces in the international section of your supermarket and crumble them on top of chili, soups, and salads. (This will add a little extra salty flavor, so if you are salt sensitive, use less in your recipe.)
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by Christina GoyanesRead More »from Are Weight-Loss Wagers Your Best Bet?
Save money, lose weight?The fear of losing dough is helping some people lose extra dough around their waists. Last year Rick and Kay Woollen of Tobaccoville, NC, signed up for HealthyWage.com, a weight-loss program that allows you (and others) to place cash bets on whether you can finally shed unwanted pounds. The Wollens dropped a combined total of more than 120 pounds-and cashed in on more than $6,000.
"It's a motivator," Kay, 50, told the Today Show. "You don't want to lose your own money, and you don't want to lose somebody else's." Even science says a little healthy gambling may pay off: A 2008 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that dieters who had financial incentives-the prospect of gaining or losing money-to shed weight were more successful than those who did not.
HealthyWage.com isn't the only Vegas-style online program. Websites such as Stickk.com, Fatbet.net, and DietBet.com are also looking for heavy-set high-rollers to get in on the
by SHAPE Diet Doc, Mike Roussell, phD.Read More »from 3 "Healthy" Foods that Really Aren't
Three Eating healthy is a goal many people set and it's certainly a great one. "Healthy" is a surprisingly relative term, however, and many of the believed-to-be-good-for-you foods aren't actually as nutritious as you may think. Here are three that don't merit the "health food" label in my book.
Flavored, Sweetened Milk Alternatives
Non-dairy milks are growing in popularity and oftentimes are seen as a healthier alternative to good 'ol moo juice-but upon closer examination, it is hard to decipher what makes them healthier for the average person. If you have a whey or casein allergy, then milk alternatives are a must-have, and if you are lactose-intolerant then they can be useful. Outside of those situations (which are rarer than most people think), cow's milk is better for you than any flavored almond, soy, coconut, or other dairy-free milk.
With the exception of soy milk, this class of beverages is seriously lacking in the protein department, a
by Brittany RisherRead More »from 3 Savory Oatmeal Recipes
Put a new twist on your breakfast classic for a delicious, filling meal you can enjoy any time of day.
Oatmeal with mushrooms, onion, and thyme1. Oatmeal with sauteed mushroom, onions, and thyme: "I love this on a cold morning, particularly as I prepare for an active weekend at the gym, on the road, or about town," says David Olson, the man behind A Bachelor and His Grill. "This dish is gorgeous, fresh, nutrient-dense, full of rustic, earthy flavors, and fills the kitchen with the most amazing of aromas."
Serves: 2 to 4
2 cups water (1 cup water if using old-fashioned oats)
1 cup steel-cut oatmeal (or rolled old-fashioned oats) 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus additional to taste
1/2 medium onion, finely sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 to 8 ounces crimini mushrooms, sliced
3 to 5 sprigs fresh thyme
1/2 cup finely grated smoked gouda
Flaky sea salt to taste
Cracked black pepper to taste
2 to 3 sprigs fresh thyme leaves, for garnish
1. Bring water to a boil in a
by SHAPE Diet Doc Mike Roussell, phDRead More »from The Truth About Intermittent Fasting
To fast or not to fast?Intermittent fasting has become increasingly popular over the past several years, especially in the fitness world. But it's not a new trend-fasting has been around for centuries. Fasts have typically been used for religious reasons (Ramadan and Lent are the two most prominent examples), but even Hippocrates used fasting as a means of promoting weight loss:
Obese people and those desiring to lose weight should perform hard work before food. Meals should be taken after exertion and while still panting from fatigue. They should, moreover, only eat once per day and take no baths and sleep on a hard bed and walk naked as long as possible.
It is estimated that 14 percent of adults in the U.S. have used fasting as a method to lose weight. That is pretty significant considering at any given point 44 percent of Americans are dieting.
Recently there has been an explosion of new fasting methods for weight loss. One of the most popular strategies is to fast