Health

Prescriptions for healthy food might save lives - and money

Healthy food prescriptions written for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries might lower the risk of costly chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and at the same time lower the costs of care, a new study suggests. The prescriptions would even come with a 30 percent discount...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 2:01pm

U.S. minorities consume less but suffer more from pollution: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. air pollution is disproportionately caused by white consumers, while African-Americans and Hispanics are burdened most by the emissions, a peer-reviewed study showed on Monday. On average, African-Americans are exposed to about 56 percent more fine particulate matter...

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 11:09am

Try these good-for-you chocolates and candy for Halloween

Aloha Superfood Chocolate It’s magic, as far as we can tell, how Aloha crams an entire serving of fruits and vegetables into every bar, plus the usual antioxidant benefits of chocolate (10 times the amount in goji berries, in fact). The cacao is fair trade and organic, and the bars are sweetened...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 5:58pm

What to expect this year at the Kimpton Hotel's fitness expo Resolution Rx

The Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Old City is inviting all Philadelphians looking to continue their New Year's resolutions and workout junkies to get fit and happy this weekend at their annual fitness and wellness expo, Resolution Rx. Here is what to expect this year at the Kimpton Hotel's fitness expo...

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 3:34pm

Assembly bill would repeal vaccine opt-out for religious reasons amid measles outbreak

As New York is seeing the largest measles outbreak in decades, a bill introduced in the New York State Assembly would repeal a state provision that exempts children from getting vaccinations for religious reasons. Since September, there have been about 200 recorded cases of measles across New York...

Friday, February 1, 2019 - 2:45pm

NYU researchers use algorithms to predict flu outbreaks

Affecting more than seven million people across America in this year alone, knowing when and how outbreaks of the disease can help New York hospitals prepare for influxes of patients with the potentially life-threatening disease. Researchers at NYU have developed a tool to do just that--to predict...

Monday, January 28, 2019 - 2:43pm

Expiration dates: What they really mean

When you look at the expiration date on a can of Coke and it says 2014, does that mean you should toss it? What about the eggs that were only good until yesterday? There’s a fine line between being wasteful and getting sick. “A good rule of thumb is that if it’s organic, the...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 4:12pm

Coalition of experts, LGBT community call for end to ‘discriminatory’FDA blood donation policies

Outraged at being denied the chance to donate blood for the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando, a coaltion is calling for and end to discriminatory policies related to AIDS transmission. The Blood Equality coalition – made up of medical experts, scientists and members of...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 2:18pm

NYC food carts now receive letter grades from health department

Mo’s Coffee Cart is a familiar site on Delancey Street in the Lower East Side, but on Friday, it was adorned with something new: a decal for an ‘A’ letter grade, marking the start of letter grades for New York City food carts and trucks. Mahmoud Abdel Wahed, owner of Mo’s...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 1:32pm

Sorry, chia! Moringa is the next big thing for health, weight loss and skincare

Move over quinoa. Matcha, you had your moment in the sun. Superfoods (we see you, turmeric) are bowing down to the next kale, moringa. What is moringa? Besides your next superfood obsession? Moringa oleifera is also called drumstick tree, horseradish tree, ben oil tree or benzoil tree. Not just...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 5:06pm

As kids crave more quiet time, meditation goes mainstream

When former public school teacher Dave Beal introduced meditation to his students at P.S. 375, he saw dramatic changes in his classroom. RELATED:At Fairygodboss, women get real about maternity leave “Test anxiety was the No. 1 reason students underperform. So I saw a lot of improvement...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 1:55pm

Is recreational marijuana delivery legal in Massachusetts?

It’s a tale as old as smoking pot itself: whether it’s making an appointment, standing in line, and catching glares from a security guard at a dispensary; or tediously waiting while your pain-in-the-butt friend “just gets to a save point” in his Xbox session — scoring...

Monday, January 14, 2019 - 12:56pm

Shingles vaccine shortage a concern in midst of government shutdown: Schumer

In the midst of the government shutdown, Long Island is seeing a shingles vaccine shortage, prompting Sen. Chuck Schumer to call on the Food and Drug Administration to take urgent action. As a federal agency, the FDA has been shuttered in light of the government shutdown with the exemption of...

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 4:42pm

De Blasio unveils plan to guarantee health care for all New Yorkers

Sitting in front of a banner that read, “Health care is a right,” Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan on Tuesday to provide health care to all New Yorkers through a new program called NYC Care. Through this initiative, the mayor said, every New York City resident will have a card...

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 12:36pm

Drilldo is making power tools sexier with dildo bit and attachment

If you’re a fan of Alton Brown, as I am, you know his rule about uni-taskers: The only thing in your kitchen that only performs one function should be the fire extinguisher. I’ve even seen Brown use a power drill to core apples on his Food Network show Good Eats. Your power drill just...

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 6:13pm

Guys, your junk is probably an average size (and that's OK!)

A new study out of the UK has found the average girth and length of male genitalia (although we’re not sure if it took pool shrinkage into account). The King’s College London study collected data of a variety of studies from around the world measuring the genitalia of 15,521 men...

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 6:11pm

Best gyms in Boston to keep your #gymgoals in 2019

Fitness resolutions so easily made at the end of last year are equally easy to leave by the wayside as winter’s reality bites. Choosing a convenient location with opening hours to suit your schedule, and picking classes you will enjoy, helps stick to exercise vows. Factor in January discounts...

Friday, January 4, 2019 - 3:59pm

#PhillyFit: The best ways to get healthy in Philadelphia and stick to your New Year’s resolution

It’s a new year and that means a fresh start, it makes sense that most people make “getting healthy” their resolution. Everyone can use some TLC for their body and mind; whether it’s hitting the gym, juicing, eating more greens, meditating or just starting to walk to work....

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 2:37pm

Trump administration making school lunches less healthy

The Trump administration is rolling back school-lunch guidelines enacted by the Obama administration, allowing more processed foods, salt and sugar. Starting in July, cafeterias will be allowed to serve 1% chocolate and flavored milks, instead of just skim varieties. They are no longer required to...

Friday, December 14, 2018 - 5:19pm

5 reasons why you should keep your medical marijuana card

With hours-long lines reported at the opening of the state’s first two recreational marijuana dispensaries, it may seem that the state’s medical marijuana industry is about to go the way of the dodo — or at least metal pipes. Though there are a number of challenges and possible...

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 12:26pm