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With the Aid of Science! News Roundup

Posted on 08/31/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthBionic eyes, curing malaria and sweet, lovely chocolate. There’s a lot of cool and groundbreaking science and medical news that came out this week. Medical science was kind of awesome this week. Cyborg: A 54-year-old blind Australian woman was fitted with a bionic eye that stimulates her nervous system to allow her to see some light. While not actually vision, it does seem to be a good first step toward a better understanding of integrating technology with the nervous system. …

The Old Fashioned’s Grandfather

Posted on 08/19/2012 by | Cocktails, Spirits and Mixology | Comments

Bulletin TodayWhen I was asked to contribute a weekly article on cocktails for the good folks of AARP, there was no doubt in my mind what the first article would cover. The Old Fashioned is one of my favorite cocktails. Unfortunately, most restaurants and bars, when tasked with serving one, give the customer a fruit mashup of booze, fruit, ice and who-knows-what-else. The truth is, the original recipe for the Old Fashioned is deceptively simple and delicious. First, a little history. …

Making Calories Count: Recipe for Chicken Cacciatore—Mouth-Watering, Healthy Chicken Dish

Posted on 08/2/2012 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthMy neighbor Richard Scammell is a wonderful cook. Cooking is Richard’s hobby, but when it comes to food preparation, Richard is a highly skilled and well-educated professional. (He’s even traveled to Europe to take cooking classes.) Richard and I share a love of creative, healthful cooking. When I asked him for ideas that I could share with readers, he sent this simple recipe for Pollo alla Cacciatora (Chicken Cacciatore): Pollo alla Cacciatora (Chicken Hunter Style, from Umbria, Italy) Serves 6 …

Eating Done Right: Cabbage—Food of the Week

Posted on 06/28/2012 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthAfter an afternoon swim at the local postage-stamp sized pool in Earlville, Iowa, my younger sister (age 7) and I (age 9) would return to our grandmother’s house ravenously hungry. Most of the time, Grandma served us a steaming bowl of cabbage, carrot and potato soup, made with three vegetables abundant in her garden. We devoured the soup, along with warm bread slathered in butter and glasses of cold milk. To this day, I credit my grandmother with teaching me …

11 Healthiest Foods That Won’t Go to Waist

Posted on 05/10/2012 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthWhat’s in your cupboard and refrigerator? Are you regularly preparing and enjoying foods that can reduce your cholesterol along with the risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer? Some of these superfoods can help you manage your appetite by stabilizing your blood-sugar level and can even lift your spirit. All of these benefits are critical to those of us seeking to keep our weight in check. Here are 11 of the 150 healthiest foods, according to Dr. Jonny Bowden, a nationally …

What Dietary Pattern Describes Your Diet?

Posted on 04/12/2012 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthResearchers have defined five dietary patterns that are influenced by age, race, region, gender, income and education in a presentation at the American Heart Association’s 2012 scientific session. The study was based on a detailed questionnaire completed by 21,636 black and white adults age 45 and over. The five dietary patterns are as follows: 1. Alcohol—proteins, alcohol (wine, beer and mixed drinks) and salads 2. Healthy—mostly fruits, vegetables and grains 3. Southern—fried foods, processed meats and sweetened beverages 4. Sweets—large …