Healthcare’s Marketplace: Open with Errors

Obamacare, or as it is officially known, the Affordable Care Act, has had a rough month. It began the month as the target of House Republicans determined to defund the ACA in exchange for ending the partial government shutdown. At the same time, registration opened October 1 for people who want to buy health insurance […]


An Apple a Day

Apples, the crunchy, juicy fall fruit, have inspired writers, philosophers, and scientists for centuries. Quotes about apples abound: The apple does not fall far from the tree. She is the apple of my eye. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Why did the apple fall? You cannot compare apples and oranges. She is […]


Personal Care Products’ Dirty Secret

Every day, men and women, tweens, and teens fight a war for beauty and hygiene. It is a war against bad breath, body odor, and the bad hair day. Your war paint is a cabinet full of shampoo, body wash, and soap, gel, lotion and acne remedies, perfume, cologne, and aftershave, hair color and nail […]

Dental Health: A Window to Your Wellness

You don’t have to brush your teeth – just the ones you want to keep. ~ Author Unknown Did you know that your dental health may be able to offer clues about your overall health and wellness? Regular dental visits can do more than just keep your smile attractive. The dentist may be one of […]

Beat the Flu Bug

Did you get a flu shot this year? If not, you may want to head out to a pharmacy or doctor’s office soon. This year’s flu arrived early and is packing a virulent punch. Last week, the mayor of Boston and the governor of New York each declared public health emergencies. In Boston, there have […]

West Nile Outbreak

Ah, the joys of summer: afternoons in a cool pool, walks in the woods, hanging out with friends, endless reading time and a pile of books no one assigned, shorts and tank tops, mosquito bites and itchy ankles. Wait! What was that last one? Along with the perks of summer come those pesky blood-sucking insects […]

Good News About Peanuts

Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter. ~ President James Garfield In this month’s Internet Challenge™, we will learn about the peanut, which is really not a nut at all, but a legume. (Some other well-known legumes are peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas.) Today, peanuts are one of America’s favorite foods. […]

Sink your Teeth into Some Genetically Modified Food

Think for a moment about what you ate for breakfast today. What do you know about that food? Where and how was it grown and under what conditions? What ingredients were used?  Was any of it genetically altered? February 19, 2012, scientists from Maastricht University in the Netherlands announced they have successfully used bovine stem […]

Be Heart Smart!

Since 1963, February has been declared American Heart Month as part of an effort to urge Americans to recognize the nationwide problem of heart diseases and to support programs to solve it. Heart disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for men and women in America. A serious health concern, heart disease affects […]

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