March 15, 2013 |
Brooke Burke-Charvet is sharing her tips on aging gracefully and staying healthy now that she's beaten her thyroid cancer. The "Dancing With the Stars" co-host revealed her cancer diagnosis in early November through a video posted on her blog. She was diagnosed after 10 biopsies, she said. Burke-Charvet underwent surgery in early December and shared the news a week later that she was cancer-free. By January, she was exposing her surgery scar on "Good Morning America. " She said she beat her cancer by having a strong support system from her family and team and keeping a postiive attitude.
March 1, 2013 |
Is it just my imagination, or is California (and possibly a good part of the nation) turning a corner on same-sex marriage? Certainly, the winds have been shifting for a while. Polls have shown increasing acceptance for years. That fits with findings that younger people are far more likely to be comfortable with gay rights than older people. President Obama, who during the campaign for his first term said he did not favor same-sex marriage - the same election in which Proposition 8 passed -- had changed his mind by his second campaign.
February 28, 2013 |
So, it's Sequester's Eve, and all through the White House (and the House and the Senate), not a creature is stirring, not even John Boehner. Out in the hinterlands, folks are putting up their Sequester trees, decorating them with $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills. Some have strung together coins in long, looping chains. And government workers are hanging furlough notices and/or pink slips. All for that magical moment Friday morning when everyone will gather around the tree and scramble to grab as much money as possible before it's all gone.
February 26, 2013 |
It sounds like a happy hour dream: Now, scientists say, you can have your wine and eat the nuts that go with it, and be healthier in the bargain. A rigorous new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine should finally put to rest any doubts about whether a Mediterranean diet -- rich in olive oil or nuts as well as fish, with a glass of wine per day also allowed -- promotes better cardiovascular health than the way most of us eat. It does. That might not be surprising, but up to now, advice on the Mediterranean diet has been based on correlation: People in Mediterranean areas that tend to follow that way of eating experienced lower incidence of stroke and other cardiovascular problems.
February 25, 2013 |
In a head-to-head contest, a Mediterranean diet, even drenched in olive oil and studded with nuts, beat a low-fat diet, hands-down, in preventing stroke and heart attack in healthy older subjects at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The latest smack-down in the diet wars appears to deal a knock-out blow to the notion that high-fat olive oil and tree nuts - walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts - are a no-no for those wishing to improve their health. On the contrary, Spanish researchers concluded that the consumption of extra-virgin olive oil and nuts "were probably responsible for most of the observed benefits" attained by those in the two groups following a Mediterranean diet.
January 29, 2013 |
Some popular diets advise against late-night snacking or even eating after 6 p.m. Now, there's some research to confirm that when you eat could matter as well as what you eat if you're trying to shed pounds. A study in Spain followed 420 men and women on a diet for 20 weeks. They were grouped into early eaters -- those who had their main meal before 3 p.m. - and late eaters - those who had it after. (The participants followed the Mediterranean diet, in which the main meal was lunch.)