The buzz about caffeine and health

For most people, consuming caffeine from coffee, tea, or chocolate poses no serious health risk if taken within safe amounts. Healthy people who have never had a heart attack or currently manage high blood pressure should consume no more than 400 mg per day, which is about the amount in four cups of coffee or 10 cups of black tea. However, people who have had a prior heart attack or have heart disease should keep their dosage to about half that per day. (Locked) More »

Does exercising at night affect sleep?

New research suggests that people can exercise in the evening without it affecting their sleep as long as they avoid vigorous physical activity for at least one hour before bedtime. More »

Should I worry about a twitching eyelid?

Eyelid twitching often occurs after physical and emotional stress. While it’s not a serious problem, applying a warm compress to the eyelid or gently massaging around the area provides quick relief. (Locked) More »

The mental side of recovery

A major health issue, like surgery, an injury, or even a heart attack is hard enough to deal with without having to also confront the stress, anxiety, and even depression that often comes with it. Yet taking care of one’s mental health is just as important as physical health when it comes to recovery. Relying more on social support, focusing on being more active, and using past successful strategies can help. (Locked) More »

Nothing to sneeze at

Older adults can develop seasonal allergies—also known as hay fever, even if they never had them before. The best ways to help avoid allergy symptoms and manage their severity is to track the daily pollen count, use certain over-the-counter medication as needed, and potentially take allergy vaccines to build up resistance to specific allergens. More »

No time to exercise? Then take five

Growing evidence continues to show that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) offers similar—or even better—results compared with longer, lower-intensity workouts. The main advantage to HIIT is that it takes less time than the traditional workout of 20 to 30 minutes or longer. It is also possible to squeeze a HIIT routine into as little as five minutes and still get a great workout as long as the routine focuses on all the major muscle groups. (Locked) More »

Put your best foot forward

Most people experience foot pain at some time during their lives, and the pain often becomes persistent. Years of daily wear and tear, a genetic predisposition to foot problems and injuries can lead to three common conditions: arch collapse (or flat feet), arthritis, or stress fractures. (Locked) More »

Zinc oxide shows no link to skin damage

Zinc oxide (ZO) is one of the most effective ingredients in sunscreen to protect against damaging rays. New research has found that ZO nanoparticles don’t penetrate the skin or damage skin on a cellular level from repeated applications. More »