Why the War on Salt Is Dangerous

This article was previously published March 15, 2017, and has been updated with new information. The theory that salt is bad for you and contributes to high blood pressure and heart disease is an idea that has become more or less cemented as dogma. Alas, the war on salt has had a number of drawbacks … Read more

Vaccine Makers to Update Boosters to Target Omicron Subvariants

By Steven Reinberg and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters THURSDAY, June 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) — The US Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it has asked vaccine makers to update their COVID-19 booster shots to target the Omicron subvariants known as BA.4 and BA.5. The two highly contagious subvariants now account for more than … Read more

State parks want more diverse visitors

Placeholder while article actions load As Americans plan their summer vacations, states around the country are struggling with a persistent challenge: how to attract more Black residents and other visitors of color to their parks. The racial gap in park visitation is long-standing. Officials estimate that about 3 in 4 visitors to America’s state and … Read more

Did 'Catastrophic Accident' Start COVID-19?

According to a “senior European politician,” World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus confided to him in private that he believes COVID-19 was the result of a catastrophic accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in Wuhan, China.1,2 Publicly, in a June 14, 2022, press conference, Ghebreyesus stated:3 “We do not yet have the … Read more

How Much Health Insurers Pay for Almost Everything Is About to Go Public

By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News Friday, July 01, 2022 (Kaiser News) — Consumers, employers, and just about everyone else interested in health care prices will soon get an unprecedented look at what insurers pay for care, perhaps helping answer a question that has long dogged those who buy insurance: Are we getting the best … Read more

Bad News for Fast Eaters

This article was previously published December 2, 2017, and has been updated with new information. There are many things regarding food that are said to be good or bad for you, but you may not have thought of this one: Eating too fast can literally do you in, and in a few more ways than … Read more

This Fourth of July, Aim to Be Free of Food Waste

July 1, 2022 – As one of America’s favorite holidays lurks around the corner, red, white, and blue won’t be the only consistent theme this year. In the US, the aftermath of celebratory gatherings is almost always the same: loads of leftover food that is mostly packed or thrown away. “Americans waste a lot of … Read more