Marilu Henner: Her most important role

Members of the staff of Consumers Digest never hesitate to caution consumers that they shouldn’t decide on a purchase or medical treatment when they’re compromised emotionally.

Omnifocal glasses’ unanswered questions

Those who have vision problems that can’t be corrected by a single eyeglass prescription have to rely on bifocals, trifocals or progressive lenses, so they don’t have to juggle multiple pairs of eyeglasses.

Flu vaccines & skin infections

Flu season is not too far off, and the results of new research into flu vaccines apply to people who have boils and cellulitis on their skin that are caused by staphylococcus aureus in conjunction with atopic dermatitis: Your response to a flu vaccine that’s injected into the skin (intradermal) might be reduced compared with your response if you didn’t have that skin condition.

Learning from Julia Child

Does the unwavering allegiance to fresh vegetables by chefs on food shows lead you to believe that frozen vegetables are the devil’s doing?

Effect of Dad’s Vitamin D

Low vitamin D levels in would-be fathers can affect the genetic material that they pass along to their children, according to preliminary research that was described in a Time.com article.

New take on prostate-cancer screening

In April 2017, a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force panel proposed new guidelines to determine whether a man should have a prostate-cancer screening.

From fitbit to sickbit

Medical experts know that wearable devices, such as fitness trackers, can collect a person’s health data, including your heart rate and oxygen level, but researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine discovered that the devices also can detect signs that indicate when a wearer becomes ill.

On track: Surviving ovarian cancer

In 2007, NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. and his girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, started the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation to support childhood-cancers initiatives.

Pregnancy & anemia rising

Two experts believe that the findings of a December 2016 study that was published in the journal Blood in regard to increased rates of anemia in pregnant women are viable.

Salmonella used to fight cancer

Scientists at Cancer Research Center (CRC) and University of Missouri (UM) developed a nontoxic strain of Salmonella that penetrates and targets cancer cells.

Yoga with pets

If your yoga instructor suggests that you bring your cat or dog to your next session, you should know that a clinical, sport and performance psychologist whom we interviewed believes that it’s possible that you can benefit from your pet’s presence when you exercise.

Prostate cancer recurrence

Researchers say they identified a new marker that might predict more quickly whether a man’s prostate cancer will come back after treatment and kill him.

Tick-borne-disease uptick

According to a March 2017 report by National Public Radio (NPR), U.S. incidences of tick-borne diseases other than Lyme disease are on the rise.

High-fiber foods might lower risk of colorectal cancer

A January 2017 study that was published in Journal of American Medical Association’s JAMA Oncology shows that microorganisms that live in a person’s large intestine can serve as a link between diet and certain types of colorectal cancer, according to the study’s lead authors at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Hypnosis and cancer treatment

The use of hypnosis or self-guided imagery as a complementary treatment to relieve pain has risen in hospitals to at least 1,800 programs in 2015 from at least 600 programs in 2000, according to data that were collected by American Hospital Association and National Palliative Care Research Center.

Food stamps & the 21st century

A pilot program through Department of Agriculture will allow people who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits—formerly known as food stamps—to use those benefits to buy groceries online beginning in summer 2017. However, the program isn’t all peaches and cream.

After you have ‘just one more’

Many Americans wake up a little green around the gills after a night of drinking and reach for the latest bottle of pills that are marketed to consumers to cure post-indulgence misery.

Pet foods under new FDA scrutiny

Food and Drug Administration is considering guidelines that call for its staff to look for and possibly take regulatory action against manufacturers of pet foods whose labels are deceptive regarding how their food is intended to treat or prevent diseases.

Food study: Now red means go, green means stop

If you don’t like eating green vegetables, you aren’t alone. Even President George H.W. Bush famously once declared that because he was president, he didn’t have to eat broccoli anymore. Now, scientists might give you a pass if you shun leafy greens.