A Surprising Link Between Beer and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Having a couple of beers a week may reduce a woman’s risk of getting painful rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by nearly a third, a new study finds. Researchers with Harvard Medical School wanted to see if moderate alcohol consumption might be associated with a lower risk of this particular form of arthritis, which affects more than 1.5 million Americans, primarily women. The disease typically strikes women between ages 30 and 60. In the study, having a few alcoholic drinks during the …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Two artists in Brooklyn are living in a giant hamster wheel. (Learn more at Huffington Post) 2. A simple blood test predicts 9 times out of 10 who will develop dementia. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Elephants can tell men from women and friends from foes by listening to their voices. (Learn more at Discovery) 4. Rolling Stone Keith Richards has written a children’s book about his first guitar. (Learn more at AARP) 5. William …

A Second Chance for the Woodcarver

A ruptured aortic aneurysm is known to cause death almost instantly. Basically a tear in one’s main artery, it pours out blood at a heartbeat tempo and leaves a lifeless victim in its wake.  The mortality rate from a burst aneurysm is 90% even if you make it to the hospital. Only a few survive. One of the survivors is Barry Lysaght, a master woodcarver who lives in the Santa Monica Mountains just north of Los Angeles in a small …

Say No to a Nightcap: It’s Bad for Your Sleep

A nightcap before bed may help you fall asleep more quickly, but it can also disrupt your sleep later in the night and worsen snoring, new research finds. Sleep researchers analyzed 20 previously published studies on the effects of alcohol on sleep. The studies included more than 500 healthy people who drank low, moderate or high amounts of alcohol before undergoing testing as they slumbered in a sleep lab, reported NBC News. What the researchers found was that drinking alcohol …

Hangover Helper: 6 Ways to Ease the Pain

The pounding headache, the churning stomach, the remorse for having had one too many – just in time for New Year’s Eve tonight, we have six ways to relieve or even prevent the effects of a hangover tomorrow morning. Oh wait, we forgot the seventh: Don’t overdo it in the first place. Don’t smoke. Smoking while you drink may increase the risk of a hangover the next morning, according to a study in the January 2013 issue of the Journal …

Boomer Boozing Costs UK 10 Times More Than In Younger Set

A new report from the UK finds that when it comes to treating alcohol-related ailments, middle-aged patients cost England’s National Health Service 10 times more than younger adults.