Avoid Kidney Stones This Summer

Stay hydrated to prevent kidney stones this summer

The summer season brings with it an increased risk of kidney stones. Kidney stones are composed of salts and minerals that normally stay dissolved in the urine. However, when these salts are present in excessive amounts, they can form crystals and eventually become large enough to form stones. Once formed, the stones may stay in [...]

EWG Releases “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15″ Lists of Fruits & Vegetables

Fruits and Vegetables With the Most and Least Amount of Pesticide Residue Revealed

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) came out with its annual list of the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” fruits and vegetables lists yesterday. The “Dirty Dozen” list uncovers the 12 fruits and vegetables that contain the highest levels of pesticide residues, while the “Clean 15” reveals the produce with the least amount of residue. The [...]

5 Tips for a Healthy Heart

5 Tips for a Healthy Heart

When measuring a person’s heart health, blood pressure readings may be one of the most helpful indicators. A normal reading is anything 120/80 mm/Hg or lower. While there are some genetic factors that can increase your risk of developing hypertension, there are definitely measures you can take to help keep your BP numbers within the [...]

Your Chances of Dying on This Day Are Higher Than Any Other

Birthday Blues: Dying on your birthday is more probable than any other day of the year

A newly published study found that the chances of dying on your birthday are higher than any other day in the year. Researchers in Switzerland analyzed the Swiss mortality statistics from 1969-2008 (2.4 million deaths) and found that individuals were 13.8% percent more likely to die on their dates of birth. According to the authors [...]

10 Tips for Healthy Air Travel with Infants

10 Tips for Healthy Air Travel with Infants

 There is nothing novel about infants traveling by air. They have been doing so since time immemorial, long before adults. Legend has it that they were “delivered” by storks, and were never the worse for their trips. Of course, stork flights skimmed rooftops, eliminating concerns of high altitude and accompanying ear issues, dehydration, and excessive [...]

Could Chocolate Reduce Your Risk of Heart Attack?

Daily dose of dark chocolate could prevent cardiac episodes

A new study in the British Medical Journal published May 31st, 2012 finds that the daily consumption of dark chocolate can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack in high-risk patients. Researchers studied over 2,000 people with hypertension and metabolic syndrome and found that daily consumption of about 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate over [...]