11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun … 1. The world’s ugliest animal is … the blobfish. (Learn more at CNN)   2. Surprise: The “perfect age” is now 50. (Learn more at AARP) 3. The Beatles have a new album on the way. (Learn more at BBC) 4. A daily cup of coffee can help prevent uterine cancer. (Learn more at AARP)   5. Why Tofutti CEO David Mintz loves older workers: “There’s no experience like experience.” (Learn more at The Tennessean) 6. The latest Forbes 400 list of richest Americans gives …

To Prevent Uterine Cancer, Think Coffee Not Cake

It doesn’t get as much attention as breast cancer, but uterine cancer – also referred to as endometrial cancer – primarily strikes women over 60, killing more than 8,000 a year. Now a new report by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and World Cancer Research Fund International estimates that nearly 60 percent, or 29,500 cases, of uterine cancer annually could be prevented if women maintained a healthy weight and got regular exercise. They also need to drink a …

2 Cups of Coffee Daily May Cut Suicide Risk

Chalk up yet another health benefit to coffee: A new study indicates that drinking two to four cups a day may lower suicide risk — by half! Yes, it seems amazing, but Harvard School of Public Health researchers found that people who drank two to three cups of caffeinated coffee daily had a 45 percent lower chance of taking their own life, while those who drank more than four cups of coffee daily had a 53 percent lower risk when …

Is Your Coffee Habit a Mental Disorder?

My husband knows not to talk to me before I have my first cup of coffee in the morning. Maybe not even until after the third. And the times I’ve been forced to forgo those daily cups? Headache, crankiness, fatigue-and did I mention crankiness? Obviously, I must have a mental disorder. Or at least I do according to the new edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s mental health manual, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5. See also: …

Booze and Cancer: A Drink a Day Ups Your Risk

Is a little daily alcohol good for you or bad for you? The heart experts say it’s good, but the cancer experts – and a major new study – disagree. The first analysis in 30 years to look at the link between cancer deaths and alcohol says even as little as a glass of wine a day is worrisome. Researchers with Boston University Medical Center and the National Cancer Institute found that alcohol is to blame for one in every …

Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee: The Hot, Healthy Trend

It’s the hot new trend among cool summer drinks: Cold-brewed iced coffee that is smoother-tasting and lower in acid so it’s easier on your tummy. Instead of merely pouring hot coffee over ice cubes — which just gives you diluted, acrid cold coffee — cold-brewing allows ground coffee to steep for eight to 12 hours in cool water. You then strain out the grounds and pour the resulting midnight dark, intensely flavorful coffee over ice. Add (optional) milk or cream …