A Popular Benefit of Houseplants Is a Myth

By |2019-03-17T19:51:51+00:00March 17th, 2019|

The science is clear: Indoor vegetation doesn’t significantly remove pollutants from the air. When vine-curious Brooklynites walk into Tula Plants and Design—a small houseplant shop in Greenpoint with a vibrant Instagram presence and a profusion of leaves on every available horizontal surface—the employees know what questions to expect. Read more...

Anxiety and stress weighing heavily at night? A new blanket might help

By |2019-03-17T19:47:48+00:00March 17th, 2019|

Weighted blankets have long been used for certain conditions. They may provide benefits for people with insomnia and anxiety, but research is scarce. Some people count sheep at night. You count worries. If you often find yourself lying awake at night, staring at the ceiling, you may be looking for solutions to help you get [...]

Valley fever: Why the CDC calls this little-known disease a ‘silent epidemic’

By |2019-03-17T19:36:54+00:00March 17th, 2019|

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Lorenzo Fernandez installs fences for a living. Travis Hart worked as a landscaper. Richard Myers ripped out bushes so he could widen his driveway. Those simple, everyday activities caused all three men to contract a potentially deadly disease called valley fever that the Centers for Disease Control called a "silent epidemic." Read more...

Controversial antibacterial ingredient now linked to inflammation and cancer

By |2019-03-17T13:23:32+00:00March 17th, 2019|

In the early 1970s, the chemical triclosan began to appear in a multitude of products. From soaps and toothpastes to cleaning supplies and pesticides, triclosan was reportedly an effective antibacterial and antifungal compound. Pretty much immediately after it started appearing in household products, the FDA commenced investigating the chemical's safety profile, but it wasn't until [...]

Spring Allergy Capitals 2019

By |2019-03-16T20:00:34+00:00March 16th, 2019|

It’s the season for itching and sneezing! If you live in one of the top 2019 Spring Allergy Capitals, use AAFA’s tips to reduce your suffering. More than 50 million Americans are living with nasal allergies and about half of those are due to seasonal allergies. AAFA’s annual Spring Allergy CapitalsTM report provides insights into the 100 metropolitan cities where [...]

Top 10 Sources of Sodium

By |2019-03-15T20:39:45+00:00March 15th, 2019|

More than 40% of the sodium we eat each day comes from only 10 types of food. Many people are surprised to learn which foods are on the list because the foods do not always taste salty. Top Sources of Sodium1 Breads and rolls Pizza Sandwiches Cold cuts and cured meats Soups Burritos and tacos [...]

Pediatricians Say, ‘Don’t Spank Your Kids!’ Here’s Why + What to Do Instead

By |2019-03-15T14:25:04+00:00March 15th, 2019|

Spanking linked to later behavioral and emotional problems It’s time for parents to abandon the old adage that kids “deserve a good spanking” every once in a while, health experts say. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently issued a strong statement advising parents not to spank their children, based on a growing pile of studies showing [...]

Surprising or No? New Survey Finds Americans Eat Fast Food Every Single Day

By |2019-03-15T14:13:43+00:00March 15th, 2019|

The problem's not just what it contains — but what it doesn't Sure, we get it. You forgot to pack your lunch (again). Or your day was so frenzied that you simply didn’t have an ounce of energy left come dinnertime to broil some chicken — or assemble a salad out of all those lonely [...]

Does Yoga Benefit Asthma?

By |2019-03-15T13:51:30+00:00March 15th, 2019|

Sierra Petersen sits upright, legs folded beneath her, arms outstretched as if welcoming air. Eyes closed, mind clear, she takes in a slow, deep breath through her nose.  “Hhhhhaaaaa,” she exhales a few seconds later.   This is Petersen’s favorite time of the day, when she can sit on the floor, any floor, and breathe easy.   [...]

Five tips for fitting fruits and veggies into your kids’ meals

By |2019-03-15T13:46:03+00:00March 15th, 2019|

It's one thing to say, "eat the rainbow", but it's another thing to fit enough — or more — fruits and veggies into your kids' meals. Here are five tips to make that happen: Make them fun. Buy mini carrots. Cut carrots, cucumbers and radishes, apples, pears and melons with an inexpensive "waffle" cutter to give them [...]