Category: Health / Science

The benefits of good posture

Has anyone ever told you, “Stand up straight!” or scolded you for slouching at a family dinner? Comments like that might be annoying—but they’re not wrong. Your posture is the foundation for every movement...

The burning truth about e-cigarettes

The widespread use among teenagers of stylish e-cigarettes that can be charged in a USB drive has made headlines lately. Many young people do not even realize they are inhaling nicotine through the devices,...

Gut bacteria byproduct protects against Salmonella

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have identified a molecule that serves as natural protection against one of the most common intestinal pathogens. Propionate, a byproduct of metabolism by a group of bacteria called...

Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb Diets

For the past 50 years, the basic di­­chotomy in diets for both weight control and general health has been low-fat versus low-carbohydrate. Low-fat diets (endorsed since the 1950s by official U.S. dietary guidelines for the prevention...

What is salt therapy?

Q: What is salt therapy, and what might it be good for? A: Though you might think “salt therapy” involves squirting saline solution into your nostrils to relieve nasal congestion, this growing trend—of dry salt...

Is Soylent the future of nutrition?

You may have fantasized, or feared, a future in which you could get all the calories and nutrients needed to survive from a pill or drink. Is that future here? Proponents of the meal-in-a-bottle...

Exercising with a BOSU ball

The American figure skater Adam Rippon made headlines during the Winter Olympics in South Korea this past February—not just for his skating prowess, the medal he won, and his prolific social media presence, but...