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One Fish, Two Fish

One Fish, Two Fish

Everyone knows fish is good for you, but many of us get stuck eating the same varieties – tuna, cod, salmon and shrimp. This week Martha Rose Shulman explores the flavor and benefits of trying new types of fish. This week I made five different fish dishes and did not use any of the favorite [...]

April 8, 2013 More
Ask Well: More Repetitions vs. More Weight?

Ask Well: More Repetitions vs. More Weight?

Q In weight training, is it better to increase the number of repetitions or the amount of weight over time? Asked by Sharon • 119 votes A If by “better,” you mean helps you gain muscle and strength without hurting yourself, then “the answer, to me, is pretty clear,” said Stuart Phillips, a professor of [...]

April 8, 2013 More

The Roving Runner: Elevating the Jog

No smoking, dog-walking, biking, skating or scooting. There is a sign stating certain things you may not do on the High Line, Manhattan’s celebrated, elevated pedestrian park that was once a freight railway. Do not throw objects, amplify sound or walk on the gravel or weeds. But something is missing from the list: a prohibition [...]

April 5, 2013 More
Reasons Not to Stretch

Reasons Not to Stretch

Most of us grew up hearing that we should warm up with a stretch. Strike and hold a pose, such as touching your toes, for 30 seconds or more, we were told, and you’ll be looser, stronger and injury-proof. But anyone who follows fitness science — or this column — knows that in recent years [...]

April 5, 2013 More
A New Endorsement for Fish

A New Endorsement for Fish

Scientists have turned up ample evidence that consumption of seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids may help protect against cardiovascular disease. But the data have usually been indirect, gleaned from food questionnaires used to estimate consumption. But now a new analysis relying on blood tests and years of clinical exams confirms that higher blood levels [...]

April 5, 2013 More
How Meditation Might Boost Your Test Scores

How Meditation Might Boost Your Test Scores

Mindfulness meditation, the ancient and flourishing practice that increases awareness of random thoughts and redirects attention to the present moment, has been used to manage stress, depression and even chronic pain. But can it improve test scores? Researchers in the department of psychological and brain sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who have [...]

April 5, 2013 More
Rethinking Centers of Excellence (and Other Well-Laid Plans)

Rethinking Centers of Excellence (and Other Well-Laid Plans)

Like operations, medications and fad diets, health care policy is usually appraised with a simple question: Does it work, or doesn’t it? The assumption is that new regulations and practices either cut costs and improve care, or they don’t; and so, by simple extension, should be either supported or struck down. Last month, for example, [...]

April 5, 2013 More
Living With Cancer: Truthiness

Living With Cancer: Truthiness

Some cancer patients adopt a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy with their doctors. Either they are more afraid or more brave than I am. I keep on asking, though the telling sometimes jolts me. “How long do you think these pills will work?” I ask about the experimental drug trial in which I participate. “About [...]

April 5, 2013 More

Think Like a Doctor: The Baby Who Won’t Eat

The Challenge: Can you solve the mystery of a baby who refuses to eat? Every month, the Diagnosis column of The New York Times Magazine asks Well readers to take on a difficult case and offer their own solution to a diagnostic riddle. This week, you’ll find a summary of a 3-month-old baby who suddenly [...]

April 5, 2013 More
Baldness as a Signal of Heart Disease Risk

Baldness as a Signal of Heart Disease Risk

Baldness may indicate an increased risk for coronary heart disease. The risk is associated only with male pattern baldness, the kind that starts at the top or back of the head, and not with a receding hairline, according to researchers who reviewed six studies that included 37,000 participants. The analysis, published online in BMJ Open, [...]

April 5, 2013 More

Infections Tied to Cognitive Decline

A new study adds to the evidence that chronic infection, known to be associated with vascular disease, is also associated with poorer performance on tests of mental ability. Researchers studied 1,625 people in northern Manhattan with an average age of 69, testing them with two well-validated tests of mental acuity. They also tested their blood [...]

April 5, 2013 More
Is the Secret to Olive Oil in Its Scent?

Is the Secret to Olive Oil in Its Scent?

Why is olive oil, the crown jewel of the Mediterranean diet, so good for your health? Nutritionists point to its abundance of antioxidants and oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that protects the heart. But new research suggests that some of the benefits of olive oil might be contained in its aroma. The research found that [...]

April 5, 2013 More
Vegetables Make the Sandwich

Vegetables Make the Sandwich

Sandwiches are often about the meat or the cheese between two slices of bread, but with a simple shift of focus, a sandwich can be a healthful showcase for vegetables, as Martha Rose Shulman writes in this week’s Recipes for Health: Sandwiches of all kinds are perfect vehicles for vegetables, and I am always perplexed [...]

April 5, 2013 More

Grandfathers’ Age Linked to Autism

Older paternal age has been linked to autism in a man’s offspring, but now researchers have found that the older a man is when his child is born, the greater the risk for autism in his grandchild. Writing online in JAMA Psychiatry, researchers used Swedish government data on parental and grandparental ages of 5,936 children [...]

April 5, 2013 More

Really? Treating Sleep Apnea Reduces Inflammation

THE FACTS Doctors have plenty of good reasons to persuade people with sleep apnea to get it treated. The widespread disorder causes disruptions in breathing at night, which can ruin sleep and raise the likelihood of problems like obesity and fatigue. The standard treatment for the condition, a mask worn at night that delivers continuous [...]

April 4, 2013 More
Sodium, Hiding in Plain Sight

Sodium, Hiding in Plain Sight

Centuries ago, salt was more valuable than gold, but today the condiment has fallen out of favor. Now we know that its main component, sodium, can raise blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke. A new report, prepared by experts from three leading universities, projects that a small, steady reduction of sodium [...]

April 4, 2013 More
Putting an End to Chickenpox

Putting an End to Chickenpox

A long-term study of the chickenpox vaccine has found it highly effective after one dose and even more effective after two. Before 1995, when the varicella vaccine came into widespread use, chickenpox affected about 90 percent of the population, leading to thousands of hospitalizations and about 100 deaths a year. “Now a very safe vaccine [...]

April 4, 2013 More
Tips For Eating Out

Tips For Eating Out

Eating out is always tricky when you’re on a diet, but there is no need to avoid going out altogether. Try to limit your meals out to once a week during the weight-loss phase of your diet. Once you have moved onto the maintenance plan, you can eat out more often. Here are some simple [...]

November 16, 2012 More
Polycystic Kidney Disease

Polycystic Kidney Disease

  Kidneys are responsible for filtering out waste and excess fluids from your blood. Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) occurs when clusters of cysts are formed in the kidneys, causing the organs to become enlarged. The disease runs in families, and ultimately leads to kidney malfunction. Causes In about 90 percent of the cases, polycystic kidney [...]

November 12, 2012 More
Pregnancy Calendar

Pregnancy Calendar

Most women are anxious about their baby’s growth and development during pregnancy. A pregnancy calendar can inform you about the changes in your baby each week, and the important milestones of gestation. First Month. Your pregnancy begins when your partner’s sperm fuses with fertile egg in your ovary. The fertilized egg gets implanted in your uterus. [...]

November 12, 2012 More