November 4, 1987 |
Boron, a trace element not previously known to be important in the human diet, may play a key role in preventing osteoporosis, a debilitating bone condition that afflicts many older women, U.S. scientists reported in a paper to be published today. If confirmed by additional human studies, the finding may have broad implications because osteoporosis, or the loss of calcium from the bone, affects up to 20 million mostly post-menopausal women in the United States alone.
April 3, 2011 |
A team of Harvard researchers may have discovered a new way to ward off the red, itchy rash caused by allergies to nickel. All it takes is a dab of topical cream, according to research published online Sunday in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. Thirty million to 45 million people -- more than 10% of the U.S. population -- are sensitive to nickel found in common objects including jewelry and coins, the paper reported. Among the sufferers: study lead author Jeffrey M. Karp of Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a nanoparticles specialist who sought a way to treat the irritating allergy.
July 26, 2010 |
Every so often, we take a candid look at the private dietary lives of people whose food choices need a makeover. Up this week: the kitchen and dining habits of 22-year-old Jessica Watson and her boyfriend, 31-year-old Todd Preboski. She's a vegan; he eats fish but no other animal-based foods. Such diets may conjure up images of fresh vegetables and fruits, nuts, tofu and whole grains. But a lack of time and planning have cornered the couple into relying too often on Taco Bell burritos, protein bars and potato chips.
September 11, 2006 |
NOTE to the lactose intolerant: When it comes to milk, don't stray far from the federal food guidelines. A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, published in the September issue of Pediatrics, says that even children who can't easily digest lactose should consume some dairy foods to make sure they get enough calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients for healthy growth. "A lot of people say they are lactose intolerant, so they can't have any dairy products," said Dr.
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May 7, 1990 |
Slowly but steadily, the evils of sunbathing have been etched into American consciousness. Stay out of the sun, most everyone has been warned by physicians at one time or another, to minimize the risk of skin cancer, not to mention an onslaught of wrinkles. If sun worshiping is still a must, so is sunscreen, most doctors say. Now, some researchers are crying "overkill." Getting a little sun, they claim, isn't a bad idea.
September 14, 2008 |
BOOSTER SHOTS Life is a road strewn with potholes, wrong turns and tree limbs sticking out at eye height. Don't I know that. But some would argue the hazards are more plentiful and to be found in unexpected places. A PR agent tried to convince me that we are riddled with disease for one principal reason: We eat too much calcium. She turned my attention to her doctor client's book, which darkly warned -- four times by Page 18 -- that calcium is toxic: "Calcium hardens concrete.
July 21, 1985 |
Yes and no. Over the years, the four-basic-food-groups system has served as the most helpful guide to healthful eating. So many servings of dairy products; so many of fruits and vegetables; something from the meat, fish, poultry and legume category, and don't forget the breads and cereals. Today, however, in light of more current information relating to health and nutrition, many health professionals, including Dr. Charles Kleeman, director of the Center for Health Enhancement at UCLA, and Dr.
January 14, 1988 |
Question: An Italian cooking expert I'm not, so when it comes time to top the various pasta dishes I make I'm at a loss. Could you please explain the differences between the sauces used in Italian cooking? For instance, what exactly are the differences between marinara, pesto and regular tomato sauce? Answer: The following is a partial list of pasta sauces excerpted and adapted from "A Pocket Guide to Italian Food and Wine" (A Fireside Book--Simon & Schuster: 1986, $5.