Are Smart TV Designs Taking Home Security for Granted?

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Millions of smart TVs from Samsung and some streaming devices from Roku recently were found to be vulnerable to cyberattacks, allowing intruders to take control and remotely change channels and volume settings, among other things, according to Consumer Reports research. Vulnerabilities were discovered not only in Samsung televisions, but also in TVs from TCL and other brands […]

How a Bento Box Can Help Your Diet

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Dieters across America are turning to a Japanese lunchbox, called a bento, as an innovative way to help with counting calories and weight loss. The bento has been used for centuries in Japan to carry a delicious, nutritious, and visually appealing meal to eat on the go — kids take their bento boxes to school; employees take their […]

Does the Cheat Day and/or Cheat Meal Work for Weight Loss?

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“I can resist anything except temptation.” For most of us, that quote feels most applicable when we’re in the middle of changing our eating habits — also known as going on a healthy eating diet. Let’s face it: cutting out foods like refined sugar, carbs and anything #coveredwithcheese from our diet can be a challenge, particularly when […]

How to Turn On Your Fat-Burning Switch, Leptin (Your “Starvation Hormone”)

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urrently, a major topic in the field of obesity research is the link between obesity and the hormone leptin. Some evidence suggests that obese-prone individuals don’t respond to increasing leptin levels in the same way that non-obese-prone individuals do, which is the reason obesity is now being associated with possible “leptin resistance.” Scientists first discovered leptin in 1994, after […]

Should I Get a Second Flu Shot This Year?

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This year’s deadly flu season has just about everybody scrambling to protect themselves from the virus. The news that we may not have even hit peak flu activity yet is almost too much to take. There’s only so much protection you can get from eating the right foods, logging eight hours of sleep, and washing your hands more times than […]

The Surprising Benefit of Eating Fish

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Ordering off the seafood menu may help ease the aches and pains of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a new study in Arthritis Care & Research. People with RA who ate fish at least twice a week reported less joint swelling and tenderness than those who rarely or never did—and the findings suggest that the more fish they […]

How an MS Diagnosis Changed My Relationship With Food

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For years, food was my comfort. My husband, Richard, spent ten years in and out of the hospital with complications from vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a rare and life-threatening connective tissue disease that causes spontaneous ruptures of arteries and hollow organs. During his illness, and through the emotional and financial upheaval in our lives, food was […]

The Scary Heart Health Danger Hiding in Plain Sight

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Last spring, I finally made it into my nurse practitioner’s office for a physical, my first one in about five years. (I’d been pregnant twice, moved across the country, bought and sold my first house—I’d been busy!) What I learned from my blood test results shocked and scared me: I was prediabetic. Prediabetes isn’t a disease […]