To remove pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables with edible peels, consider using a wash made of baking soda. At least for apples, that is the most effective way, findings in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry suggest.
Many people opt for organic foods, especially fruits and vegetables, because these foods contain little or no synthetic pesticide residues—and thus, they hope, such foods will reduce the risk of cancer and other ailments compared to their conventional counterparts. In October 2018, a large observational French study, published online in JAMA Internal Medicine, lent support to their beliefs, though there are important caveats.
If you have a cold or the flu, these simple precautions can help you avoid transmitting the germs to others.
One increasingly popular way to motivate people to improve their health habits is to provide financial incentives, but is it effective?
Does your New Year's resolution to exercise more seem like a daunting task? Getting plenty of exercise can help you live longer, but keep in mind that even brief bouts of huffing and puffing confer important health benefits, according to updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This holiday season, many of us would probably like to avoid discussing politics at family gatherings. So here's an idea: Talk family health history instead. Since many health problems run in families, a holiday gathering is a good time to delve into a discussion about the health of your blood relatives, both living and deceased. This exercise can offer a glimpse of any conditions or illnesses to which you and your family may be predisposed.
Although it's late November, it's not too late to get your flu shot, if you haven't done so already. The influenza vaccination is an essential protective measure in spite of many misconceptions about its effectiveness. The following flu facts—both new and old—highlight how and why you should take the necessary steps to avoid an encounter with this unwelcome seasonal visitor.
In spite of professional guidelines and educational campaigns to reduce the overprescribing of antibiotics, the problem is still widespread. It's important to recognize when antibiotics can help you get better--and when they can't.
A free smartphone app provides trustworthy information about herbal products.
It's well known that caffeine can improve athletic (and mental) performance, but not in everyone. A study from Canadian researchers finds that how you perform after a caffeine boost depends on your genes.
The benefits of eating conventionally grown fruits and vegetables outweigh the potential risks of exposure to minuscule residues of the synthetic pesticides used. (The undisputed danger of pesticides is to the environment and to farmworkers who are routinely exposed to high levels of these toxic chemicals.) Still, it makes sense to minimize exposure to pesticides on produce when possible.
Working out in groups with people of similar age motivates older adults to stick with an exercise routine, according to a study published in Health Psychology.
Even brief bouts of exercise—5 to 10 minutes or less—accumulated throughout the day can improve health and reduce mortality rates, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
About 12 percent of retirees temporarily increase their alcohol consumption to unhealthy levels around the time they leave their full-time jobs, according to a 2017 Finnish study in the journal Addiction. Here's a look at who's at increased risk and at what might be at the root of the problem.
As you plan your next airplane trip, your priority is probably to find the best price and schedule. Have you ever thought to compare airlines on the healthfulness of the food they serve?