Gear Guide: yogitoes SKIDLESS Yoga Towel

Recently, one of my fitness expert friends urged me to check out the Yogitoes Skidless yoga towel, saying that it had changed her yoga practice (and no, she's not on the company's payroll). Well, how could I NOT check it out, after a recommendation like that?

The New Heart-Healthy Foods: Research Proves Me Wrong

A fascinating study published earlier this month in the Archives of Internal Medicine came to some surprising conclusions about some of the foods we normally consider to be heart-healthy or unhealthy. It wasn’t a single clinical trial, but rather, a review article that looked at the results of over 140 randomized, controlled, human clinical trials—the research gold-standard—published between 1950 and 2007.

Breast Density in Young Women Offers Clue to Later Cancer Risk

Young women with dense breasts-as measured by the percentage of water in their breast tissue-may be at greater risk of developing breast cancer later in life than women with less-dense breasts.

Swine Flu: When to See a Doctor, Try Tamiflu, and More

Currently, the CDC says that if you’re a generally healthy person and you start having flu symptoms, the best thing you can do is to check with your doctor and stay home until you feel better. If you live in an area with active swine flu cases (check this Google map for updates on cases), and a member of your family is ill, you should consider staying home as well.

Eat Whole Grains to Feel Full, Stay Slim, and Get Healthy

Whole-grain foods—and science—have come a long way. Get tips on how to spot whole grains in the grocery and delicious ways to eat them.

64 Confirmed US Swine Flu Cases, 5 Hospitalized

TUESDAY, April 28, 2009 ( — There are now 64 confirmed cases of swine flu in the United States, including five people who have been hospitalized in California and Texas, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.

FDA: Raw Alfalfa Sprouts Contaminated with Salmonella

At least 31 people in the United States have gotten sick from eating raw alfalfa sprouts, or mixtures of raw sprouts that contain them, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA recommends that consumers avoid the sprouts for the time being due to potential contamination with salmonella bacteria.

Questions About Swine Flu, Answered

Will swine flu end up sweeping the globe in a flu pandemic? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this week that it’s taking some aggressive precautions—just in case. The federal agency reported Monday that there were 40 confirmed US cases of swine flu, which were mostly mild infections seen in New York, Ohio, Kansas, Texas, and California. There are 26 confirmed cases in Mexico, but there are thought to be hundreds more (including reports of 149 deaths).

Study: ADHD Drugs May Help Boost Child’s Test Scores

Elementary school-aged children with ADHD who take medication seem to do better on standardized tests than their non-medicated peers with ADHD, according to a study in the May issue of Pediatrics.

Gear Guide: Black Crater Cord Lock Light

Let me sing the praises of the Black Crater Cord Lock Light. This little gadget attaches via spring lock to your jacket's drawstring cord or zipper tab and casts a surprisingly strong beam to light you through a pre-dawn or evening workout.