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March 7, 2014 4 Comments

WHO Urges People To Limit Sugar Intake

The World Health Organization is encouraging people to consume less than 5 percent of their daily calorie intake from sugars.

February 20, 2014 Comment

Environmental Concerns Over Palm Oil

We take a closer look at the food additive after Kellogg’s move to only purchase it from environmentally and socially-conscious suppliers.

February 6, 2014 Comment

Study: Young Blood Pressure Can Predict Future Health

A new study finds young people with elevated blood pressure are more likely to develop hypertension and high blood pressure later in life.

January 29, 2014 Comment

Study: Yoga Benefits Breast Cancer Survivors

New research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology shows that yoga may be particularly beneficial at helping breast cancer survivors mitigate fatigue and inflammation.

January 23, 2014 Comment

Study: Low-Intensity Activity Can Have Health Benefits

A new study has found that even men who run for 30 minutes after work or ride their bikes in the morning are still at risk of heart disease if they spend the rest of the day sitting.

January 14, 2014 Comment

Can Caffeine Help Memory?

A new study in the journal Nature Neuroscience found that study participants who ingested caffeine before looking at a series of images were more likely to identify those images the next day.

January 7, 2014 3 Comments

Can Meditation Ease Pain And Anxiety?

A review of scientific literature on mindfulness meditation has found that mediation can be a helpful adjunct treatment for pain and anxiety, but not as the single treatment.

December 10, 2013 Comment

Study Finds Organic Milk Is More Nutritious

The study out this week in the journal PLOS One finds that organic milk contains a lot more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, compared to conventional milk.

November 29, 2013 Comment

‘Tis The Season For New Cookbooks

Cookbooks abound this time of year, just in time for holiday feasting. There are books for slow cooking, gluten-free baking and practical ones for fresh and simple food.

November 14, 2013 Comment

Study Finds Coffee May Protect Against Diabetes

Two new studies are out this week that look at diets that can either increase or decrease ones risk of developing diabetes. The first says coffee could help prevent type 2 diabetes.

October 31, 2013 Comment

Trick-Or-Treating And Your Health

With new pressures on candy makers to avoid artificial dyes, and growing awareness that kids are consuming too much sugar, what’s a parent to do on Halloween?

October 24, 2013 5 Comments

Effects Of Blood Sugar On Short-Term Memory

A new study finds that even small elevations in blood sugar can influence short-term memory, decreasing our ability to do things like recall words.

October 17, 2013 2 Comments

Most Fast Food Workers Rely On Public Assistance

A report from U.C. Berkeley finds that despite working and taking home a pay-check, more than half of fast-food workers rely on public assistance programs, such as food stamps and Medicaid.

October 2, 2013 4 Comments

How The Shutdown Is Affecting Food And Health Programs

On day two of the government shutdown, one struggle for states is how to keep doors open at clinics that administer food assistance to some 9 million low-income women and children.

September 26, 2013 8 Comments

Omega-3s Good For The Heart, But What About The Brain?

Contrary to earlier studies, new research suggest that Omega-3 fatty acids may not stave off cognitive decline. NPR’s Allison Aubrey joins Here & Now to look at why this is hard to pin down.

September 12, 2013 7 Comments

Rethinking Childhood Food Allergies

For some time now, parents have been told it’s best to delay introducing babies to foods such as eggs or peanut butter. But researchers now think the delay may not be needed.

August 7, 2013 5 Comments

Pot Liquor: A Southern Tradition To Salvage Nutritious Broth From Greens

Pot liquor — not what the name implies — is the nutrient-rich water leftover after boiling greens. NPR food and health correspondent Allison Aubrey shares tips on how to use it.

July 31, 2013 2 Comments

How Subtle Factors Influence Our Eating

A growing body of evidence suggests that subtle factors — things we’re not even aware of, such as how our mothers ate when we we were in the womb — influence our food choices.

July 24, 2013 2 Comments

How The Timing Of Meals Affects Our Waistlines

A growing body of evidence suggests that it’s not just what we eat that’s important. It’s also when we eat that influence our health and waistlines. We take a look at the science.

July 17, 2013 2 Comments

Busting The Quinoa Myth

NPR food and health correspondent Allison Aubrey joins us to talk about the myth that the explosion in popularity in quinoa has deprived the indigenous people of the Andes of their share.

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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

December 17 2 Comments

Atticus Lish’s ‘Preparation For The Next Life’

The author's debut novel centers on an unlikely romance between an Iraq veteran and a Uyghur from China.

December 17 3 Comments

Diagnosing Ear Infections With Your Smartphone

The CellScope Oto is a clip-on gadget that turns a smartphone into an otoscope — the tool doctors use to check out a patient's eardrum.

December 16 Comment

‘Sacred Journeys’ Documents Religious Pilgrimages

In a new documentary series on PBS, Bruce Feiler accompanies Americans on pilgrimages to six of the world's holiest sites.

December 16 4 Comments

Jewish Cuisine — It’s Not Just Chopped Liver

Janna Gur shares some history of Jewish cuisine, as well as three recipes from her new cookbook "Jewish Soul Food."