Laura Fowles

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How to make the perfect asparagus tart

It has been a deadly long winter, and, as the rain seeps down outside, it's hard to believe it's quite over yet, but it is, and the proof is sitting …

Beet-and-Lentil Hummus

692<p>SHARES<p>Serve this colorful hummus with raw vegetables, such as carrot or celery sticks, red bell pepper, cucumber, or …

High Fat Foods and Sleepiness

The reasons for these associations are unclear, says researcher Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, PhD, a psychologist with the Sleep Research & Treatment Center in the Department of Psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine.<p>One possibility, though: Eating foods that are high in fat may boost certain …

Nutrition

9 foods that should be in every man's diet

Broccoli<p>Broccoli has more vitamin C than an orange and contains high amounts of antioxidants that can help repair your muscles and bulk up your …

Ginger Could Enhance Effects Of Asthma Medication, Study Finds

Ginger may do more than taste delicious and calm the stomach -- a new study shows it could also have benefits for people with asthma.<p>The research, presented at a meeting of the American Thoracic Society, shows that ginger could enhance the effects of asthma medications called beta-agonists.<p>"Asthma …

Should You Re-Freeze Food?

The Danger of Re-Freezing Food<p>The dos and don'ts of keeping frozen food fresh<p><b>Why can't you refreeze food that has been defrosted?</b> -Jill, Baton Rouge, LA<p>Freezing food doesn't kill bacteria—it just inactivates them. So once thawing occurs, the bacteria will become active again and start multiplying, …

The Best Apps: Health and Wellness

The 4 Best Wellness Apps<p>Few health apps are research-based, but you can bet your iPhone these are trustworthy<p>First Aid by the American Red Cross<p>Recommended by physician-run iMedicalApps.com as one of the most innovative apps of 2012 for its video and step-by-step tutorials, this app is a leader in …

Reject Rejection

One of the key elements of living a <i>meaningful</i> life, or as we call it, The OPA! Way life, is learning to be resilient. And one of the key elements of being resilient, as well as of building resilience, is knowing how to deal with rejection.<p>Rejection is becoming more and more a part of our everyday …

Marijuana: The Next Diabetes Drug?

Toking up may help marijuana users to stay slim and lower their risk of developing diabetes, according to the latest study, which suggests that …

Best Exercises to Prevent Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that affects men and women, especially women beyond menopause because estrogen helps to protect bone. In …

Skin Cancer Tied To A Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s

There’s no positive side to developing skin cancer, but the latest research ties certain forms of the disease to a reduced risk of …

What's All the Juicing Fuss About?

My Tweet: "Tried juicing myself at home. Big mess. Never again."<p>My friend's reply, "You can go blind doing that!"<p>Funny, but for a person that doesn't even boil water, I'm not quite sure why I took the job of juicing under my belt when I can just run a few blocks down and get a freshly-made juice at …

Nutrition

Iodine deficiency 'may lower UK children's IQ'

<b>Mild iodine deficiency during pregnancy could be dimming the intellect of some babies born in the UK, say researchers.</b><p>Their study of 1,000 families, published in the Lancet, showed lower IQs and reading scores in primary school pupils whose mother had had too little iodine while pregnant.<p>Academics …

Pregnancy

Vitamin C kills drug-resistant TB in lab tests

<b>Vitamin C can kill multidrug-resistant TB in the lab, scientists have found.</b><p>The surprise discovery may point to a new way of tackling this increasingly hard-to-treat infection, the US study authors from Yeshiva University say in Nature Communications.<p>An estimated 650,000 people worldwide have …

Public Health England

I Lost Weight: Sherrisse-Lee Lewis Slowed Down To Make Healthy Choices And Lost 60 Pounds

<i>Got a success story of your own? Send it to us at success.stories@huffingtonpost.com and you could be featured on the site!</i><p><b>Name:</b> Sherrisse-Lee Lewis<p><b>Age:</b> 24<p><b>Height:</b> 5'4"<p><b>Before Weight:</b> 200 pounds<p><b>How I Gained It:</b> After a rocky three-year relationship, I found myself hitting a breaking point of 200 …

Signs You May Be Having a Stroke

Stroke is an emergency and requires immediate medical attention. The best treatments available for stroke, such as tissue plasminogen activator …

Neurology

Sleep Apnea Treatment, CPAP, Could Improve Blood Sugar Levels, Study Finds

Treating sleep apnea doesn't just minimize daytime fatigue and disrupted sleep -- it could also help blood sugar levels, according to a small new study.<p>The findings, presented at a meeting of the American Thoracic Society, show that sleep apnea treatment is linked with better blood sugar levels …

Pregnant at 60

Where there's a uterus, there's a way?<p>In her best selling novel, <i>State of Wonder</i>, author Ann Patchett draws us into the science-fiction world of an indigenous people in Manaus, Brazil known as the Lakashi tribe. Deep in the rainforest tribal women nibble bark from the martin tree -- a veritable …

Ways to Avoid Credit Card Debt

<b>Win the Credit Card War</b><br>Mild: Still getting enticing offers from the pushers of plastic? Move balances from high-interest cards to lower-rate ones. You'll save a ton in interest charges. Manipulative? Hey, the credit card companies have no remorse about laying the smackdown on you.<p>Spicy: We didn't …

Ionized, alkalinized water: Don't swallow the hype

After so many years of neglect, water appears ready to emerge as a cutting-edge health food. Beginning with bottled waters derived from glaciers (tres European) to the recent "enhanced water," water has moved closer to the first-class cabin. But the latest version is a real head-scratcher: ionized, …

Weight Lifting Tips for Women

<b>The fix:</b> "While opinions about static stretching may differ, a dynamic warm-up can decrease your risk for injury," says exercise physiologist Marco Borges, author of <i>Power Moves</i>. After five to 10 minutes of walking or jogging, do 10 to 12 lunges and pushups (the bent-knee version is fine) before …

A New Twist on Eggs and Toast

The Worst Gluten-Free Mistakes

<i>By Cynthia Sass</i><p>After experiencing some wacky symptoms, I was recently tested for celiac disease, and while the report came back negative, I've noticed that I do feel better when I avoid gluten. Many of my clients are in the same boat, but others seek me out after going gluten free and feeling …

Bloating Foods: What To Eat, And Not To Eat, To Avoid Abdominal Discomfort

It's not exactly the daintiest topic in the world, but it's certainly something everyone's experienced-- that sensation of pressure inside the abdomen, sometimes coupled by swelling in the belly. You know, <i>bloat</i>.<p>Most of the time, bloating is caused by seemingly benign actions. Maybe you drank out of …

Fish Oil May Help Fight Type 2 Diabetes, But Link Unclear

<i>By Jeffrey Kopman</i><p>There's something fishy about the news that omega-3 supplements may help fight type 2 diabetes. Researchers believe fish oil can help with glucose regulation, but they don't yet understand whether it has a direct impact on type 2 diabetes development, according to a study published …

10 Common Mistakes Cat Owners Make

Cats require specialized care, which is a fact even many cat lovers don't realize.<p>Ten common mistakes people owned by cats make:<p>1. <b>Using products intended for dogs on their cat.</b> Under certain circumstances, this can prove to be a fatal mistake. Never assume any product designed for dogs is safe for …

Pets

Understanding the Stigma of Lung Cancer

Being diagnosed with lung cancer carries a certain stigma.<p>”How long did you smoke?” “I didn’t know you were a closet smoker.” “Too bad he didn’t quit …