| Jun 22, 2011
| 1:52 PM
Movies are often viewed as the perfect way to relax: You sit in a comfy seat, eat some popcorn and tune out for two hours.
But there's a lot more to cinema than simply entertainment. Movies affect your brain and body in ways you may not be able to...
| Jun 29, 2011
| 1:13 PM
In 1960, Americans averaged 81/2 hours of sleep a night, and our obesity rate was around 12 percent. Today we're averaging 6 1/2 to seven hours, and our obesity rate has climbed to around 30 percent. Coincidence?
No, say sleep experts. They point out...
| Jun 30, 2011
Many familes will be heading to the park this 4th of July, but there may be some unwanted guests at your bbq this weekend. We're talking about ticks, particularly ones that carry a potentially devastating infection. Dr. Clifford Bassett, Clinical...
| Jul 14, 2011
| 11:21 AM
WASHINGTON — If you’ve hit the beach, chances are you’ve experienced an unfortunate rite of summer: The sunburn. Skin so swollen it hurts to bend. The heat that rises from reddened shoulders. The “ow, ow, ow” from the shower...
| Jul 15, 2011
| 5:34 AM
Summertime in Northern Michigan offers plenty of opportunity for outdoor recreation. But whether hiking, biking, camping, fishing or swimming, outdoor enthusiasts run the risk of picking up some of the season's itchiest inconveniences, such as poison...
| Aug 9, 2011
Stress, it's something we deal with on a daily basis. Some of us take it all in stride, others let it build up to the breaking point.
Our emotional condition can create harmful physical effects on our bodies, including digestive problems, ulcers,...
| Aug 14, 2011
Among the hundreds of drastic and unproven weight loss plans, the controversial hCG diet may take the cake.
Discredited by researchers in the 1970s, the near-starvation diet restricts followers to 500 calories a day for six weeks. At the same time,...
| Nov 13, 2011
Pregnant women sacrifice many of life's simple pleasures — caffeine, sushi, a glass of wine — in the hope that their baby will be born healthy.
But according to a provocative new field of research, what happens during pregnancy can have...
| Nov 2, 2011
| 12:06 PM
Q: My son is 5 years old and just started school. He hasn't had the chickenpox yet, but I'm sure he'll get it eventually. I know some parents actually expose their children to kids with chickenpox so they can catch it and get it over with. Is this safe?...
| Sep 20, 2011
Night owl Leete Jackson has a hard time falling asleep--and when he enters never never land it's all too often interrupted by a nightmare.
It's usually the same theme--walking, windows and faces he can't put a name to. The ending is never good....