David Spitz

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Zika

Last year, a combination of media coverage and scary outbreaks made Zika the most talked about disease of the year. Then, the winter season brought holiday cheer and diminished mosquito populations, and the public simply forgot about the health threat. However, people need to stay...

Fat Bombs

Fat bomb—sounds like that three-scoop chocolate fudge sundae we devoured last weekend. But they’re actually a weight loss snack making waves in the health and fitness world. Confused? Here’s the skinny. So what exactly are fat bombs? Made from a combination of high-fat, low-carb...

French Fries

People have long known French fries aren’t great for your health-but now a study has linked eating fried potatoes at least twice a week with an increased risk of death. People have long known French fries aren’t great for your health-but now a study has linked eating fried...

Soda

Many people think of diet sodas as healthy, low-calorie alternatives to sugary drinks. Yet a small but growing body of evidence suggests that diet sodas may have health downsides and may not even provide the benefits some people turn to them for, such as weight loss. “Excess...

Tilapia fish skin

Researchers in Brazil are experimenting with a new treatment for severe burns using the skin of tilapia fish, an unorthodox procedure they say can ease the pain of victims and cut medical costs. Frozen pig skin and even human tissue have long been placed on burns to keep them moist...

Chocolate

While so-called “chocoholics” may have gotten a bad rap over the years, a new study has found that eating a small amount of chocolate every week or so may decrease your risk of developing a serious type of irregular heart rhythm. The study, published in the journal Heart, used...

the Carb-Free Bread

Bread without carbs. If dreams define generations, this may be the defining desire of the 21st century. A carb-free bread would be the ultimate way to have your cake, eat it too, and ingest none of the fraught calories, or glutens, or sugars. Maybe this is why something called “cloud...

White Rice

It took me 37 years to really start cooking white rice, and even then I felt guilty about it. Prior to cooking with white rice, I cooked so-called “whole grains”: quinoa, bulgur, brown rice. I put “whole grains” in quotes not because I doubt these things...

Painkillers

A fresh study suggests there may be a link between taking high doses of common anti-inflammatory painkillers – such as ibuprofen – and heart attacks. The paper, published in The B Are the painkillers definitely to blame? Kevin McConway, emeritus professor of statistics...

Overall Health

The dentist may not be your favorite appointment, but it’s a necessity.  Good oral hygiene saves you from more than just tooth decay, cavities and bad breath. It is critically important because it can help prevent certain medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease and...