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Silence is the leading cause of a seriously overlooked health crisis in America — men are living sicker and dying younger than women at a rising rate. A century ago, women lived, on average, one year longer than men. Today, men, on average, … more
Q: I have heard that turmeric supplements work quite well in an anti-inflammatory capacity, with less risk than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. What are your thoughts on turmeric as an anti-inflammatory supplement? A: The turmeric powder found … more
New England states are experiencing a high prevalence of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. In 2015, Vermont experienced the highest incidence of Lyme disease per population (CDC, 2015 and 2016). This year, the anticipated rate of tick … more
Diana Nyad — the endurance athlete who, at age 64, swam from Cuba to Florida — has another big dream. It doesn't involve water, poisonous jellyfish or an exhausting 111-mile journey that took her 53 hours. Instead, it involves millions of feet, which Nyad wants to see stride across every state in America. more
Q: A friend suggested I try MSM crystals for arthritis. What are they, and do they work? If they do, where can I find them?A: Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is an organic sulfur-containing compound naturally found in plants such as Brussels sprouts, … more
The National Weather Service recently officially adjusted heat indexes in New England to more accurately portray the risk to residents, who are used to lower average temperatures year round than in other areas of the country. Heat index, also known … more
Q I'm a 77-year-old woman, and I'm a hoarder. Well, maybe I'm a hoarder. Or maybe I'm just lazy or even a procrastinator. Regardless, how can I get myself in gear?A Hoarding behavior has only recently been recognized as a disorder. According to the … more
PITTSFIELD — My editor must have been clairvoyant when she asked me to write about allergies associated with this year's unusually high pollen count across the region. That's because half my face had ballooned to near-softball-size as a … more
Q: A new study said that prolonged antibiotic use is tied to colon polyps. But "prolonged" meant "two weeks or more." I had a couple of bacterial infections in a six-month timespan. How worried should I be?A: Antibiotics have undoubtedly … more
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the number-one cause of serious long-term disability in the United States. Every 40 seconds in this country, someone has a stroke. Every three to four minutes, someone dies from stroke. While the … more
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