Must Reads

February 2019

Amazing Embrace

The Healing Power of Hugs BY APRIL THOMPSON Hugs don’t just feel good; they do good. A simple embrace can boost our health and mood, connect us spiritually and even help mend society. Hugs and other types of affectionate touching can provide numerous benefits in the face of threats or stress, according to Michael Murphy, Ph.D., a researcher with the ... Read More »

Love Magnet

Katherine Woodward Thomas on Drawing True Love Our Way DEBRA MELANI 6 After years of experiencing love going sour, Katherine Woodward Thomas set a goal: She would marry her soul mate within a year. Her quest inspired a surprising awakening that spurred her to look deep inside for the key that would unblock love. Thomas realized the transformation that enabled her ... Read More »

Mark Rosenfeld’s Secrets for Successful Love Matches

Australian author, speaker and dating coach Mark Rosenfeld knows firsthand the challenges of navigating romantic relationships. After struggling with shyness, he took on a confidence-boosting job as an exotic dancer in 2011, working with men at both ends of the assertiveness spectrum. In this milieu, he gained a better understanding of men’s thoughts and actions related to women. Through his ... Read More »

The Power of Thank-You Notes

People Underestimate the Message Practicing gratitude is a healthy habit, yet people often hesitate to write heartfelt thank-you notes to people that have touched their lives. Researchers at the University of Chicago and the University of Texas, in Austin, report that writers underestimate how much people receiving those notes are surprised, happy and appreciative. The researchers also found that the ... Read More »

Bitter Melon Eases Knee Pain

Relieves Osteoarthritis Symptoms Bitter melon (Momordica charantia), a spiky, cucumber-shaped fruit, has traditionally been used in Asian countries to lower blood sugar. Now, researchers at Universiti Sains Malaysia report that it can significantly improve symptoms and reduce the pain of knee osteoarthritis. Half of 75 patients were given a placebo and the other half 1,500 milligrams three times a day ... Read More »

Harmful Bacteria Linked to Certain Showerheads

Inhalation of Steam Leads to Lung Infections Harmful bacteria from the genus Mycobacterium have been shown to linger in showerheads and lead to lung infections through inhalation of steam. University of Colorado researchers analyzed 656 biofilms coating the inside of showerheads sent to them by volunteers throughout the U.S. and Europe, and found twice as much mycobacterium in showerheads from households receiving ... Read More »

Zinc Combo Fights Aging Diseases

Protects Against Oxidative Stress When zinc, a trace mineral, is combined with tea, coffee, chocolate and other foods that contain specific antioxidant compounds, it boosts protection against the oxidative stress linked to aging and diseases such as dementia, cancer and heart disease, report researchers from Auburn University, in Alabama, and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, in Germany. Zinc activates a plant ... Read More »