Archive for Nora

So you have a problem. And racking your brain for a solution just isn’t helping you come up with a way to fix it.

Like a lot of people, my best problem-solving ideas usually don’t reveal themselves when I want them to. And certainly they don’t come to me while I’m working. Some people say they get ideas in the shower. Or while working out. Or from a restful night’s sleep. (Mine come to me when I’m relaxed and talking … [more]


Pregnant Woman Running on the Beach with Child

Running for the Health of It

Intuition and research tell us that the lifestyle of a pregnant woman can affect her baby. From drinking alcohol to smoking, there are certain behaviors doctors discourage. At the same time, some lifestyles can be beneficial for baby…

And exercise just got one major point in its favor.

This past week, researchers from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences presented interesting work at the Experimental Biology 2011 meeting in Washington. With a … [more]

Person Drinking Coffee with Morning Paper

Coffee is Healthy to Drink

I don’t have many health vices. Coffee has always been at the top of the list and, so, I always tell myself it is healthy to treat yourself to some things. I mean, my morning coffee experience–complete with checking email in bed and skimming a trashy gossip magazine before getting ready–makes my day. And I relish the ritual, despite some guilt over the disputed healthiness of regular coffee drinking…

Well…no longer do I feel guilty! … [more]

Young Family Enjoying Family Time in Allergy Free Home

allergy free!

Got Asthma?

It’s spring in New York.  I know because despite the cold and rain, my annual allergies have arrived with a vengeance. The symptoms: coughing, sneezing, nasal congestion even to the point that it’s hard for me to sleep.

In most people these discomforts would get suffered in silence. But given my tendency toward hypochondria, I a) tell my friends who are of little help, then b) compulsively search the internet and c) inevitably shudder to imagine … [more]


Bowl of Tasty Pasta with Swiss Chard

Spring Pasta!

Confession: I love pasta. I could eat pasta twice a day, every day. I could prepare a decadent bolognese or creamy alfredo sauce. But the truth is–these are neither very healthy choices for an already high-carb/low-protein meal. So, with spring (and summer!) around the corner, I set out to find a healthier, guilt-free option.

I started with my favorite pasta, orecchiette — which means “ear” in Italian and is shaped as such. I found this recipe from the … [more]

Man Watching March Madness on TV

post-surgery priority: watching March Madness on television

There has long been contention in the medical research community as to whether vasectomy procedures affect a man’s risk of prostate cancer. And since an average of one in six men over 35 years of age decide to get a vasectomy — a procedure that leads to sterility by means of severing and tying a man’s vas deferentia to prevent the release of sperm — the topic deserves attention. Yet even data and … [more]

Sunny, Sandy Beach in Hawaii

the 'sand-in-your-toes' kind of happy

Advice from “The World’s Happiest Person”

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Could there really be a “happiest person in America”?

After the research polling group Gallup created their Well-Being Index to understand elements of a happy life, the New York Times came to Gallup asking if there was one single happiest person.

This hypothetical profile, Gallup reported back, is a man: ”He’s a tall, Asian American, observant Jew who is at least 65 and married, has children, lives in … [more]

Colorful Cartoon Allergens

food germs!

Everyone’s done it: drop food on the floor, pick it up, eat it, enjoy it. Oh–and, ignore the fact that it was on the floor…

Even I am subject to such behavior, especially if I drop food in my own home. Here in my kitchen, something about the floor and germs being my floor and germs, I feel less hesitation in eating dropped food.

Perhaps that should be a habit of the past, after I just read an … [more]

Charcoal Drawing of Man in Yoga Pose

Channel the Inner You

Researchers at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas have recently reported unique findings for prostate cancer subjects.

The study, whose findings were published last month, examined various forms of support for prostate cancer subjects undergoing radical prostatectomy — which, while highly successful at eliminating cancer, is known to take an incredible toll both mentally and physically.

Specifically, researchers divided subjects into three groups:

  1. one third of the men received routine care through their hospital pre-
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