Christine Knoechel

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What High Heels Looked Like Throughout History

In the words of Marilyn Monroe, "I don't know who invented high heels, but women owe him a lot."<p>An instant pick-me-up for any outfit, imbuing their wearer with confidence and giving her a figure-flattering boost, high heels have been an integral component of every woman's wardrobe for centuries. …

High Heels

10 Reasons Why You Might Choose Socks Over Tights This Fall

We’ll admit it — we’ve always had a love-hate relationship with socks (weird, right?). Maybe it all goes back to the arsenal of flats that dominated our closet back in the day, from D’Orsay’s to Chucks, all of which we’d wear barefoot. Or that once boot season came along, we wanted all the …

Clothing

Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana Secrets

As the once-vilified drug becomes more accepted, researchers around the world are trying to understand how it works and how it might fight disease.<p>There’s nothing new about cannabis, of course. It’s been around humankind pretty much forever.<p>In Siberia charred seeds have been found inside burial …

Nurse Confessions: Don’t Get Sick in July

A secret look inside how America’s health care system actually works.<p>Welcome to the land of health care’s 1 percent. During the four years I spent interviewing and following nurses for my book, I was continually astonished by the red carpet some hospitals rolled out for certain classes of patients. …

Health Care

These Blended Frozen Banana Recipes Are Better Than Ice Cream

It’s time to rethink the banana.<p>All you need is a freezer and a blender to transform the potassium-, serotonin- and fiber rich fruit into the creamiest, most healthy treat we’ve had all year.<p>We scoured the internet for delicious ideas, but really, you can’t go wrong: peel and slice some slightly …

Ice Cream

Is the Placebo Effect in Your DNA?

Some people feel better after dummy treatments, while others feel no difference unless the drugs are real. A new paper argues that the difference may come down to genetics.<p>The first real, physical proof of the placebo effect came in 1978. Running a study on patients who had recently had their …

Placebos

Could the ‘Game of Thrones’ Dragons Fly and Breathe Fire?

The dragons on "Game of Thrones" aren't so cute anymore. In season one, they looked like pet lizards with wings. During the fifth season, which starts Sunday on HBO, they grow into much larger, dangerous creatures.<p>Obviously, these are mythical animals. George R.R. Martin, the author of the "A Song …

TV Series

Healthy Snacks That Won't Spoil Dinner (and That Your Kids Will Actually Eat)

Making healthy, balanced snacks that won't spoil dinner can be a challenge. These ideas are here to save the day.<p></head>It's a constant battle: How to make an afternoon snack that's easy and quick, healthy, filling, and appealing to your kiddos—all without spoiling dinner. Oreos dunked in milk are …

Healthy Eating

These Five States Could Legalize Marijuana in 2016

On Friday, Nevada lawmakers adjourned without voting on a petition submitted by residents to legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol. That …

Cannabis

Oldest Human Fossil Found, Redrawing Family Tree

Discovery pushes back the origin of our genus, Homo, by half a million years.<p>In a rare congruence of new evidence, two fossil jaws cast a fused beam of light on one of the darkest mysteries in human evolution: the origin of our genus <i>Homo</i>. The two lower jaws—one a reconstruction of a pivotal …

Hawaii's Most Epic And Illegal Hike May Be Gone Forever

Remember that strikingly stunning and famously illegal hike in Hawaii that gave you the chance to view paradise from the heavens?<p>To refresh your memory, here was what it looked like:<p>Well, thanks to a powerful storm, it's gone. Possibly forever. And we're heartbroken.<p>The Stairway to Heaven, Hawaii's …

Hiking

Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

The Brain

The new clash over cannabis

Rising tensions between states over pot put pressure on Obama to act.<p>The Obama administration and many congressional Republicans have been loath to go anywhere near the experiment with marijuana legalization in Colorado and other states. But pressure is mounting on Washington to take a stand on …

Cannabis

10 movies and TV shows to stream on Netflix this Christmas

The presents are open. Dinner is done. Now you've got some free time to kill, and there's one obvious place to look: Netflix. <i>Marco Polo</i> may not have turned out so well, but Netflix has still added a pretty great selection of new and classic movies over the past month. Here are 10 favorites for you …

9 Surprising Ways Your Body Can Influence Your Mind

Psychologist Alice Haddon explores the intriguing relationship between our minds and our muscles.<p>Most of us are aware that a positive attitude can improve health and speed recovery from illness, but does this also work the other way around?<p>'Embodied cognition' is a term used by psychologists to …

14 Incredible Meals We Ate in 2014

14 Incredible Meals You Need to Try Before the End of the Year<p>From fish to French toast, these were our favorite foods of 2014. Eat up if you missed out<p>We’re always hungry for something more. That’s why we cook recipes from chefs in our own home kitchens for sharing on Guy Gourmet. Sometimes we …