Must Reads

August 2018 Issue

Summer Mini-Getaways

Green Travelers Recharge at Spas, Parks and Vineyards BY APRIL THOMPSON Carving out time from crammed calendars for a week or more away from home can pose such a hurdle that more than half of all American workers forfeit hard-earned vacation days every year. Sometimes a long weekend in an inspiring locale is all we need to recharge our batteries. ... Read More »

Literacy Project

Dolly Parton Donates Millions of Books Singer Dolly Parton donated the 100 millionth book of her career via her nonprofit Imagination Library earlier this year. She began in 1995, donating books to children in her home state of Tennessee. Now, Imagination Library mails 1 million-plus books per month to children around the world. Parton celebrated the milestone by donating to ... Read More »

Plog On

Picking Up Litter While Jogging Becomes a Winning Trend Sweden’s latest fitness craze, plogging, is a mashup of jogging and the Swedish plocka upp, meaning pick up, in this case, litter. There are plogging groups in Scandinavia, Germany and other parts of Europe. According to the Swedish fitness app Lifesum, which makes it possible for users to track plogging activity, ... Read More »

Sodas Lower Fertility

Sugary Drinks Reduce Likelihood of Pregnancy Women that drink one or more sugary sodas a day are 25 percent less likely each month to become pregnant. Men drinking the same amount are 33 percent less likely each month to father a child. Boston University School of Medicine researchers studied 1,045 men and 3,828 women that were tested for a period ... Read More »

Fiber Lowers Blood Sugar

Improves Glucose Levels In a study that offers hope for people with Type 2 diabetes, Rutgers University researchers have shown that a diet high in diverse fibers promotes the growth of certain gut bacteria, leading to improved blood glucose control, increased insulin production and improved average blood glucose (A1C) levels. In the six-year study published in Science, 27 diabetes patients ... Read More »

Screen time Overdose Means Unhappy Teens

Digital Device Downers Teens that spend the most time staring at screens while playing games, texting, surfing the Internet or engaging in social media tend to be unhappier than those with less screen time, reports a San Diego State University study of more than a million teens. Read More »

Mediterranean Diet Cuts Risk of Prostate Cancer

Healthy Foods Provide Protection In a five-year study published in The Journal of Urology of 2,000 older Spanish men, those following a Mediterranean diet rich in fish, boiled potatoes, whole fruits, vegetables, legumes and olive oil that was low in juices had a significantly lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer compared to those eating a Western diet. This protective effect was not ... Read More »

Take Magnesium to Metabolize Vitamin D

Needed for Proper Absorption Vitamin D can’t be metabolized without sufficient magnesium levels. Thus, it remains stored and inactive for as many as 50 percent of Americans on nutrient-poor diets, reports a research review in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. “Without magnesium, vitamin D is not really useful or safe,” says study co-author Mohammed S. Razzaque, Ph.D., a professor ... Read More »

Turmeric Helps Heal Skin Ailments

Effective Natural Treatment Turmeric, with its renowned anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, seems to improve a number of skin conditions when taken topically or orally, concludes a review of clinical studies published in Phytotherapy. Researchers at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, and the University of California, Sacramento, selected the 10 strongest clinical studies on turmeric out of 234 published. They concluded that ... Read More »