Regular exercise appeared as effective as relaxation therapy or the drug topiramate in preventing migraines, according to a study of Swedish women published in Cephalalgia. The data showed topiramate reduced pain intensity better than exercise or relaxation, but the non-drug options had no adverse events and the exercise group increased their oxygen intake, said lead researcher Dr. Emma Varkey.
Nutrition experts warn against putting children and teens on diets or in diet programs if health is not an issue. Arizona State University registered dietitian Melinda Johnson says the act of dieting itself can lead to further weight problems. A whole-family approach to healthy eating and a balanced diet is best, experts say, focusing on diet quality and modest changes, such as substituting water or nonfat milk for soda or juice.
Overweight or obese people who drank water or diet beverages in place of at least two caloric drinks each day were more likely to lose 5% of their body weight, compared with those who were told only to make healthy choices, according to University of North Carolina researchers. The study found people who substituted water saw more improvements in blood pressure and fasting glucose than the control group.
Dark chocolate and red wine say "I love you" in a more heart-healthy way than do oysters and champagne, according to registered dietitian Susan Ofria of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, Ill. Other options for a healthy Valentine's Day menu are salmon or tuna, ground flaxseed, oatmeal, walnuts, almonds and a variety of berries.
A champagne dressing adds just the right touch to a beet and celery salad that has customers raving about Loie Fuller in Providence, R.I. The dressing adds a sweet topping to the salad, which includes goat cheese.