Tag Archives: Life and Wellness

New Potatoes by June

One of the joys of country living is the harvesting and eating of delectable new potatoes in spring. The tender, succulent tubers only 1¼-inch in diameter, gently boiled and served steaming with a touch of salt, pepper, butter, and fresh dill is one of the rare delicacies that everyone can enjoy. ... More
A Grandma’s Love

A Grandma’s Love

Six hours into the 500-mile trek home from Chippewa Falls where we had expressed our condolences and support to relatives mourning the loss of their beloved grandfather, my cell phone rang. “It’s a boy!” exclaimed our daughter. She was also on her way home—but from an ultrasound exam of the newest member of our family, […] ... More
Walk Away Leg Pain

Walk Away Leg Pain

Intermittent claudication (cramping or pain caused by decreased blood flow to the lower leg muscles) is a common symptom in people with peripheral artery disease. Pain usually increases when the person walks, rather than when at rest. A new study from The Netherlands concludes that community-based walking programs offer an effective and cost efficient way […] ... More
Graphing Grief

Graphing Grief

Over time, the emotional pain of losing a loved one typically lessens. Some people, however, suffer a debilitating sense of loss called complicated or long-term grief. Researchers recently utilized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans to gain a better understanding of the grieving process. In the Mayo Clinic study, MRI scans of people with varying […] ... More
Breast Cancer: Better Test, Better Treatment

Breast Cancer: Better Test, Better Treatment

A new test called chromogenic in situ hybridization (CISH) looks for color changes in cancer cells to help identify — without ultra-expensive microscopes — those that are sensitive to certain therapies. Unlike other tests, it can be used on tissue samples stored in the lab. The Food and Drug Administration approved the CISH test last year, and biopsy test […] ... More
Are You Allergic to Penicillin?

Are You Allergic to Penicillin?

Probably not, suggests results of skin tests reported in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. The new study shows that more than 90 percent of patients who report a penicillin allergy in fact test negative for it, a finding which has important implications for how infections are treated in the emergency department and elsewhere. “Penicillin is […] ... More
I’m in an Eco-State-of-Mind!

I’m in an Eco-State-of-Mind!

Dear St. Patrick: You’ll be happy to know that people around the world are going green—year-round! (Well, most people anyway.) There was a time when it would suffice for a person to be friendly and efficient, but those days are long gone—all part of our polluted past. Today, we must strive to be eco-friendly and […] ... More
Silly Celebrations

Silly Celebrations

Today marks my half-birthday, and I just might indulge in half of a piece of cake and make half of a birthday wish! When I told one of my classmates of my special day, she said: “You can’t celebrate your half-birthday. Today is my full birthday!” I’m sure her party-pooper spirit was purely protecting her […] ... More
Spring Fever

Spring Fever

It’s 50 degrees today, but here in Indianapolis the winter weather has a way of rearing its dreary head through March and into April. That’s a long ways off, and I’m looking for a fun indoor project to hold back a very bad case of spring fever. I’m up for about anything that comes with good […] ... More
Increase Your Asparagus Harvest

Increase Your Asparagus Harvest

It used to be nobody cared when they bit into a tasty spear of asparagus whether it was a she or a he. In fact, most people didn’t even know there was a difference. Gardeners happily planted popular open-pollinating varieties, such as “Martha Washington” and “Mary Washington,” and were pleased with the results three years […] ... More
March 8: Spring Forward

March 8: Spring Forward

Springing forward to daylight saving time can really pack a punch for some people. University of Michigan experts suggest the following options to help you cope with the lost hour of sleep: Take a brief nap on Saturday, but not too close to bedtime. Gradually adjust your sleep and wake schedules by going to bed […] ... More
Attract Songbirds to your Garden

Attract Songbirds to your Garden

Summer is the perfect time for entertaining, especially for our feathered friends. So as you plan new landscaping this spring, keep the birds in mind and add some “songbird plants” to your yard. The best choices are native species of trees and bushes. Native plants lure more native insects than do nonnative species, which in […] ... More
Never Too Late To Quit

Never Too Late To Quit

Researchers in the United Kingdom have discovered that older smokers are 79 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than nonsmokers of the same age. Former smokers participating in the study, however, were not at increased risk of the memory-robbing condition. The new data provide more proof that kicking the nicotine habit provides positive benefits […] ... More
Food For Thought

Food For Thought

Parents looking for reasons to shape up personal eating habits need look no further than their own children. New research from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research confirms that good dietary habits start at home. “If parents are eating poorly,” says center research scientist and coauthor of the policy brief, Susan H. Babey, “chances […] ... More

Zoffa on My Mind

Two days ago my dog Zoffa (shepherd mix) and I were at the vet’s office. She was eagerly pawing at the door, signaling her wishes to vacate the premises! I was expecting to hear that her eye infection was healing nicely. But instead, our longtime veterinarian said, “I don’t like what I’m feeling.” My throat […] ... More
I’ll Just Have Water

I’ll Just Have Water

I’m not a diabetic, but I eat like one. I’m not much of a believer in Rhonda Byrne’s “Secret,” but I often practice the power of positive thinking. I’m not an athlete, but I work out regularly. I’m not a vegetarian either, but I eat a mostly plant-based diet. I am, however, a Catholic. But […] ... More

The Unforgettable Natalie Cole

Twenty-five years ago she overcame a drug addiction that put her career on hold and her life in jeopardy. Now she’s back on top, relying on her faith as she battles new threats to her health. In her book, Angel on my Shoulder, Natalie Cole tells the story of her parents’ move to a posh, […] ... More
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