Can Toking Up Help Pot Smokers Slim Down?

October 11, 2013

Never mind fitness apps and portion control–a new report published in the American Journal of Medicine concluded that marijuana may help users stay slim and reduce their risk of developing diabetes. Researchers from the University of Nebraska, Harvard, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center analyzed data from a nationally representative sample of over 4,600 adult […]

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New Study Shows That Medicaid Coverage Doesn’t Improve Health Outcomes

October 4, 2013

In just two short months, millions of low-income Americans will gain health insurance coverage through Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). Yet according to a new round of results from the landmark Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, Medicaid coverage doesn’t make much of an impact on physical health outcomes among low-income adults.

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Downward Dog to Decrease Inflammation

March 20, 2013

Doing yoga is way more than just an excuse to buy expensive leggings. Aside from improving fitness and flexibility, yoga has been used to treat many ailments including depression, arthritis, anxiety, asthma, type II diabetes, fatigue, chronic pain, IBS, and sleep disruptions. Recent research suggests that hatha yoga can also play a role in reducing risk […]

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Late-night snacking: The tease that doesn’t always please

February 28, 2013

It is the night before an exam. Midnight is quickly approaching and the nerves are starting to settle in. As you reach to grab your calculator you hear your stomach grumble and realize that your mind has wandered – you are wishing that your calculator were actually a late-night snack. How could six hours have […]

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Programmed for Obesity?

October 9, 2012

Part two of my series on obesity, focusing on food additives. Sure, as a nation we are overeating and not exercising nearly enough. But is the balance of calories in (consumption) and calories out (exercise) the only equation to reach and maintain a healthy weight? Well, the answer to that is “it depends”. At one […]

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My kids are geeks and their future health depends on it

October 8, 2012

An illustrated guide to parenting with science. All three of my boys are self-proclaimed math geeks and I’m pretty pleased with that. Not because it will help them with their future career goals (as a sculptor, a Lego artist, and a flutist) but because it means that they might have a better chance of being […]

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Asparagus: More to Love

March 13, 2012

When it comes to the chores of life, I can handle cleaning toilets, I tolerate laundry, but I absolutely LOATHE grocery shopping.  I will live off of canned beans and rice for days before I finally break down and go to the store.  Something about maneuvering that cart with the squeaky wheel that won’t spin […]

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The Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax: Reducing Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

February 6, 2012

The Soda Tax, or what we Midwesterners like to call the “Pop Tax”, has been in the headlines over the past few years as a way of reducing consumption of sugary-sweetened beverages while also providing tax income to help pay for the cost of obesity and obesity-related diseases. Well it’s back in the headlines. The […]

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Type 1 Diabetes on the Rise

January 30, 2012

As obesity and unhealthy eating rises, we are seeing the rates of type 2 diabetes rise. Unfortunately, our remedies have been slow to counteract the increase in this disease, mostly because it is a disease that develops from years of unhealthy behaviors, behaviors that are difficult to change. Most recently, Paula Deen has announced that […]

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Exercise and Diabetes Prevention and Treatment–A Newly Identified Hormone May Be the Link

January 17, 2012

I’ve been hitting the gym a little harder over past few weeks in an attempt to negate my holiday indulgences and take full advantage of the honeymoon period of that pesky New Year’s resolution to stick to a workout schedule.  If the mad hunt for a free treadmill at my local fitness club where unused […]

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