11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun … 1. Francis is the first pope on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. (Learn more at Rolling Stone) 2. The Grand Canyon could be 6 million years old … and 70 million years old. (Learn more at NPR) 3. Men are more forgetful than women. (Learn more at¬†Medical News Today) 4. Your cellphone carries¬†10 times more germs¬†than your toilet. (Learn more at¬†AARP) 5. Cyber criminals are using malicious¬†“RAM scraper” software¬†to steal information about you and …

Will Going Gluten-Free Help You Lose Weight?

The popularity of gluten-free food products has soared in the past few years, with supermarkets carrying everything from gluten-free cake mix and crackers to pasta and pancake mix. In fact, sales of these products are expected to hit $10.5 billion this year – a 44 percent jump from 2011, according to the latest estimate. But there’s only a very small number of people who, for medical reasons, need to avoid gluten, a protein found in wheat and related grains such …

Friends Jump-Start Fitness (and Hotness) Together

As National Women’s Health Week comes to a close, my thoughts turn to physical activity … or lack thereof, which has been my problem. As a working caregiver (for both of my parents), I am typical: I focus on those two necessities of my life first and taking care of myself falls to the bottom of the list. It’s a terrible conundrum – I can’t let my work or caregiving slip, but there are only so many hours in the …

Wait, Now They Tell Us Being Overweight Is OK?

Just in time for those New Year’s resolutions about diet comes this surprising news: While being obese is still bad for your health, new research suggests that those who are moderately overweight have a lower risk of dying than normal-weight people do. The study, published this week in the¬†Journal of the American Medical Association,¬†is a big one – an analysis of 100 international studies that included about 3 million adults. The authors were researchers with the National Center for Health …