Things are so tough right now. Never before have we gone through anything this big. Never in our wildest imaginations could we conjure up something this devastating (well, that's not entirely true, but that is a discussion for a different time and forum). There’s so much news out there and I find myself both drowning in it - and fighting to avoid much of it these days - even though I'm a health … [Read more...] about Washing Produce, Staying Mentally Fit and Other Covid-19 Questions
7 Foods You Should Eat to Keep Your Eyes Healthy
Did you roll your eyes when your mother insisted you “eat your carrots for good eyesight”? Turns out, she was right. Carrots are rich in beta carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A, an essential nutrient for overall eye health. In fact, there’s new proof to support the “your eyes are what you eat” argument: A landmark study by the National Eye Institute revealed a link between nutrition … [Read more...] about 7 Foods You Should Eat to Keep Your Eyes Healthy
7 Foolproof Ideas For Creating a Productive Home Office
If you find yourself working from home rather than in your office lately, it might be challenging to figure out how to make it work for you. Will you be productive? Will you stick to your healthy eating habits? Will you stay organized? While working remotely undoubtedly has its perks — you likely spend less time commuting and have more flexibility — if you’re not used to it, working at home … [Read more...] about 7 Foolproof Ideas For Creating a Productive Home Office
Your At-Home Survival Kit
Being stuck in the house can feel mighty isolating and frustrating, even if you’re a homebody, like me. I mean, there comes a time when it’s nice to get a change of scene and see that a world outside your own four walls truly exists. But for now, that world is a scary one, filled with unknown pathogens and dangers. (Sorry for the strong words, but from time to time my spirits sag a bit; I’m … [Read more...] about Your At-Home Survival Kit
How to Keep Calm During the COVID-19 Pandemic
At first, I was not all that worried. I carefully listened to the facts and stats, feeling relatively safe. I didn’t stop taking public transportation, nor did I cancel meetings and events. But then, the news cycle accelerated, as did the spread of the Coronavirus. And although I like to have information – it makes me feel safer, in a way – I began to feel anxiety. Memories of a movie I’d seen … [Read more...] about How to Keep Calm During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Alzheimer’s and Women: My Conversation With Maria Shriver
Writers don't just stay home all day and write. Sometimes, we're fortunate enough to go out to interesting events and meet interesting people. VERY interesting people. Yes, that's me with Maria Shriver! The occasion was the Women's Alzheimer's Movement (WAM) luncheon, where grants were awarded to the brilliant researchers who are on the cutting edge of brain science. They're all … [Read more...] about Alzheimer’s and Women: My Conversation With Maria Shriver
A Coming Public Disaster
That's what Jane Brody writes about our weight. Because, by 2030, nearly one in two adults will be obese; in some states one in four severely so, she says. Some other scary facts cited in her article for the New York Times: In as many as 29 states, the prevalence of obesity will exceed 50 percent. Severe obesity will become the most common weight category among women, … [Read more...] about A Coming Public Disaster
Are You at Risk for Any of These 5 Sight-Robbing Eye Conditions?
Many Americans fear losing their sight more than they fear cancer, stroke or heart disease. And many don’t know the symptoms of major eye conditions and diseases, says Aleksandra Rachitskaya, M.D., vitreoretinal specialist and assistant professor of ophthalmology at Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner College of Medicine. A lot of conditions can be prevented with regular exams with an ophthalmologist and … [Read more...] about Are You at Risk for Any of These 5 Sight-Robbing Eye Conditions?
When is Vaginal Discharge Abnormal?
Experiencing frequent vaginal discharge is usually a normal phenomenon. Fluids manufactured by the glands inside your vagina and cervix are merely doing their job: they're flushing away dead cells and bacteria. Consider it their way of keeping your vagina clean, lubricated and free of infections. And this discharge can vary in terms of color, odor and quantity. A lot of that is dependent on … [Read more...] about When is Vaginal Discharge Abnormal?
What Every Woman Must Know About Heart Disease
February might make you think about Valentine's Day, but while you're at it, think about your heart from a health angle, not just a romantic one. The fact is, we need to know how to protect this precious organ, roughly the size of a large fist, weighing in anywhere from eight to 12 ounces in humans but weighing as much as 1,500 pounds(!) in blue whales. You need to work hard to keep your heart … [Read more...] about What Every Woman Must Know About Heart Disease