Circadian Rhythms: How Irregular Sleep Patterns Impact Your Health

By |2019-02-20T15:51:53+00:00February 20th, 2019|

Why do people have an increased risk for heart attacks in the morning? Why is asthma more severe at night? Why does meal consumption during the evening hours negatively impact weight loss? Research suggests that these and other tendencies are driven by our circadian rhythms (body clock). Understanding Circadian Rhythms Circadian rhythms are biological processes that regulate numerous [...]

Alcohol use disorder: When is drinking a problem?

By |2019-02-20T15:45:45+00:00February 20th, 2019|

Over the past few months, a conversation about alcohol use has been center stage in the national news. Stories about underage drinking, blacking out, and harmful behavior associated with alcohol use are quite common in many families around the world. The rise of the opioid epidemic in the US has rightly caught our attention, but [...]

Try These Yoga Poses to Improve Your Lower Back Flexibility

By |2019-02-20T15:36:28+00:00February 20th, 2019|

Stiff back? Try loosening up with these gentle stretches Contributor: Certified yoga instructor Patti Kopasakis, PT, DPT, SCS, RYT-200 Having a mobile lower back is key to being able to perform many activities of daily living, including emptying the dishwasher, sitting, standing and picking up things from the floor — to name a few. When [...]

Smoked silver salmon in jars recalled over botulism fears

By |2019-02-19T15:49:46+00:00February 19th, 2019|

Wasilla, AK-based Smoked Alaska Seafoods Inc. has recalled all jars and cans of Smoked Silver Salmon in 6.5 oz. containers with the production code of AL81111133 on the bottom of the jar/can because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned [...]

Why Beans, Packed With Vitamin B, Can Boost Your Brain Power

By |2019-02-19T02:12:32+00:00February 19th, 2019|

How to work more of these key nutrients into your diet The B vitamins are indispensable. They help your cells produce energy and talk to each other. They help your body “read” genetic code so you function at your best. They’re also involved in the formation of healthy red blood cells. “They’re especially valuable to [...]

Lifestyle changes may be more important than drugs for mild hypertension

By |2019-02-19T01:54:41+00:00February 19th, 2019|

Consideration of wider risk factors may be important when treating adults with low-risk mild hypertension (raised blood pressure). A large NIHR-funded UK study compared rates of mortality and risk of cardiovascular disease between patients who received antihypertensive treatment and those who did not. There was an increased risk of adverse effects, like low blood pressure. It found [...]

Nuts for the Heart

By |2019-02-19T01:20:16+00:00February 19th, 2019|

Many people think of nuts as just another junk food snack. In reality, nuts are excellent sources of healthy fat, protein, and other healthful nutrients. One surprising finding from nutrition research is that people who regularly eat nuts are less likely to have heart attacks or die from heart disease than those who rarely eat them. Several of the [...]


By |2019-02-19T01:11:10+00:00February 19th, 2019|

The almond is a tree nut native to the Mediterranean region. Historically, almond trees grew there wild and were later cultivated as early as 3000 BC. Almonds are even referenced in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, as a prized food given as gifts. The edible part of the almond is actually a seed [...]

Drop and give me 40

By |2019-02-17T20:46:28+00:00February 17th, 2019|

Pushup capacity could be no-cost way to assess cardio risks Active, middle-aged men able to complete more than 40 pushups had a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes — including diagnoses of coronary artery disease and major events such as heart failure — during 10 years of follow-up compared with those who were able to [...]

Fasting boosts metabolism and fights aging

By |2019-02-17T20:36:47+00:00February 17th, 2019|

The latest study to explore the impact of fasting on the human body concludes that it increases metabolic activity more than previously realized and may even impart anti-aging benefits. Studies have shown that intermittent fasting can help certain people lose weight.  Although researchers are still debating exactly how effective fasting can be for weight loss, new research hints at other [...]