Friday August 18, 2017

Archive for the ‘Advice’ Category

Spike in calls to poison control centers over dietary supplements

A study published in the Journal of Medical Toxicology finds that U.S. Poison Control Centers receive a call every 24 minutes, on average, regarding exposures to dietary supplements. Botanical ingredients were to blame in nearly a third of cases. Botanicals, which is often used as an aphrodisiac, can cause heart beat rhythm changes, kidney failure, seizures, heart attack, and death.  More…

How eating a big breakfast helps you lose weight

New research from a seven year study suggests making breakfast your biggest meal of the day, is the key to a healthier weight. The study found that not skipping breakfast, and having a larger meal at breakfast time, were associated with a decrease in Body Mass Index.  More…

How to rent your house to a film set and make $3,000 a day

Mary Dalton has gotten much-needed help paying her bills by renting out the three-bedroom house as a location for TV productions including Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie,” HBO’s “Entourage,” “Law & Order: SVU” and the upcoming Netflix crime drama “Seven Seconds.” She makes around $3,000 every time a production crew takes over her property.  More…

Hackers can ruin your life with just two numbers

Cybercriminals are using a simple trick to steal people’s mobile phone numbers, move them to a different carrier and use the stolen number to gain access to the victim’s other personal information, including their bank accounts. In most instances, fraudsters simply need an account number for your mobile provider and your date of birth.  More…

In her bubble, Kathy Griffin thought nothing was out of bounds in mocking Trump

Imagine living in a bubble so impermeable it didn’t occur to you that being photographed with a decapitated president’s head would be a horrendous career move — a bubble in which you don’t know anyone who doesn’t think the world would be a better place once Donald Trump had had his head cut off. That is the sick and scary world Kathy Griffin and many other liberals live in.  More…

Lyme disease is set to explode and we still don’t have a vaccine

Lyme disease is the most common infection following an insect bite in the US: the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 300,000 Americans contract Lyme disease each year, calling it “a major US public health problem”. While it is easy enough to treat if caught early, we are still getting to grips with lifelong health problems that can stem from not catching it in time.  More…

If you do the crime, don’t post proof on Facebook

Anyone who uses social media has heard the advice: If you want to keep something secret, don’t post it on Facebook. Which is why Manhattan DA Cy Vance is absolutely right to defend his office’s bid to seize data from 300-plus “private” user accounts in a criminal investigation.  More…

Letter Frank Sinatra wrote George Michael advising him to ‘loosen up’ over fame

Frank Sinatra wrote George Michael a letter shortly after the pop star complained about the pitfalls of fame in an interview. ’The tragedy of fame is when no one shows up and you’re singing to the cleaning lady in some empty joint,’ Sinatra wrote.  More…

The care you get from your doctor may depend on his or her political views

A new study from researchers at Yale University details significant differences in the way primary care physicians from across the political spectrum approach medical issues that touch on hot-button topics, such as abortion and gun control.  More…

Taxpayers are fleeing New York in droves

In 2014, 126,000 New York tax filers fled to other places in the United States — more than from any other state, according to the study. Illinois lost the second-largest number of people to other states with 82,000 people moving elsewhere in 2014, followed by California, which saw 57,900 ­residents depart.  More…

Thumb-Sucking, Nail-Biting Kids May Have Lower Allergy Risk

Young children who suck their thumbs or bite their nails may be less likely to develop allergies later in childhood, according to a new study that spanned three decades. Although the results do not suggest that kids should take up these habits, the findings do suggest the habits help protect against allergies that persists into adulthood, the researchers said.  More…

The best hot dogs in America

Choosing America’s best hot dogs is a chalenge: from simple-but-satisfying griddled links with a simple swipe of mustard to custom-made wild game sausages loaded with house-pickled vegetables, hot dog aficionados from Seattle to New York can find satisfaction. Still, some stand out above the rest: These are the best hot dog restaurants in America.  More…

Study: Eating pasta can help you lose weight

Eating pasta is not fattening and actually decreases the chances of becoming obese, a new Italian study has found. For centuries Mediterranean diets have enjoyed a healthy reputation, but in recent years more and more people have been shunning pasta, believing it to be fattening. A new survey of more than 23,000 people, however, has linked pasta consumption to both lower body mass and waist-to-hip ratio.  More…

Big Science is broken

Advocates of the existing scientific research paradigm usually smugly declare that while some published conclusions are surely false, the scientific method has "self-correcting mechanisms" that ensure that, eventually, the truth will prevail. Unfortunately, William Wilson makes a convincing argument that those self-correcting mechanisms are broken.  More…

Detectives question lack of autopsy in Scalia death

Veteran homicide investigators questioned the way local and federal authorities in Texas handled the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. “It’s not unreasonable to ask for an autopsy in this case, particularly knowing who he is,” retired Brooklyn homicide Detective Patricia Tufo.  More…