'Granny Pods' Allow Elderly Family Members to Live in a High-Tech Backyard Cottage

When it comes to finding a place for Mom and Dad to live out their golden years, the options used to be pretty slim. Nursing homes might not make the most sense from a financial standpoint in the long run—plus, letting an aging parent live alone may cause anxiety and guilt for some families. And while some adult children can welcome Grandma or Grandpa into their own homes with open arms, others might not have the space....


2019’s States with the Best & Worst Taxpayer ROI

Tax Day can be a painful reminder of how much we have to invest in federal, state and local governments, though many of us are unaware of exactly what they give us in return. As a result, this creates a disconnect in the minds of taxpayers between the amount of money we should fork over every April and how much we deserve in return...


Paleo and veganism have given birth to peganism.

While Americans are still in varying states of awareness about the keto, paleo and Whole 30 diets, along comes another new eating regimen, labeled “pegan.” This hybrid of “paleo” and “vegan” was introduced in a 2014 blog post by physician and author Mark Hyman. After Hyman included the pegan diet in his February 2018 diet book, “Food: What the Heck Should I Eat” in February 2018, searches related to the pegan diet spiked, landing it on a number of trend lists for 2019....


Want to help bees? Plant flowering herbs

Herbs are among the most useful plants in nature. They can tantalize the taste buds, help cure what ails you, oil the body, perfume the air, and attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Many gardeners are trying to help declining pollinator populations by providing them with the plants they need to thrive...


Jane Austen believed beauty could come in every shape and size.

“Where health is at stake, nothing else should be considered.” I used to skim over that line from “Emma” faster than a rich gent in want of a wife, all the quicker to get back to what really matters in Jane Austen’s writing. Romance, gossiping into tiny tea cups, the giddy delights of winning the Regency marriage lottery — surely the only things Austen was put on this good earth for. ..

Lifestyles Stories

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    Kvass, celtuce and a few other ‘new’ good-for-you foods

    Just when you’ve finally learned how to pronounce quinoa (it’s keen-wah in case you’re late to the party), you’re about to encounter a new batch of healthful foods and drinks with names reminiscent of a word scramble. These products are not actually new — rather, like quinoa, they are ancient edibles being rediscovered and gaining popularity for the way they fit into today’s food landscape. ..

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    Who decided we should all take 10,000 steps a day, anyway?

    My phone is on me at all times to make sure I don’t miss a step (my goal is 11,000). And I’m not alone in my pursuit of a daily step goal. Step counters are built into all iPhones (check out the “Health” app), #10000steps is a popular Instagram hashtag, and watches with pedometers and heart monitors adorn many wrists...


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    Be a Little More Optimistic: 6 Things Optimists Do Differently

    Truly, the most powerful weapon against daily stress is our ability to choose one thought, or response, over another.Optimism is your choice today. It’s not an inborn trait bestowed on a lucky few—it’s a skill that can be learned and honed. Let those two little girls be your guides, and allow me to fill in the gaps...


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    Some personal beliefs and morals may stem from genetics

    The medicinal powers of aspirin, digitalis, and the anti-malarial artemisinin all come from plants. A discovery of a potent neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory chemical in a native California shrub may lead to a treatment for Alzheimer's disease based on a compound found in nature...

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Tech Bites

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    Health Apps Can Share Your Data Everywhere

    The researchers examined 24 of the top-rated Android apps for health medicine management in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia, including Ada, Lexicomp, Medscape, and Medicinewise. They found that 19 out of the 24 tested apps shared user data outside of the app, frequently to third-parties like Amazon Web Services, Facebook, Google, and AT&T. An app called “Pill Identifier and Drug List” shares data with the Department of Health and Human Services...