All posts in " studies and research "

Household Solar Power on the Horizon?

By Piper Stull-Lane / April 30, 2014

“Declining panel and installation prices have made solar power more attainable for the average consumer.” What’s clean, sustainable, decreases our dependency on fossil fuels and encourages economic development? If you guessed sunlight, wind, water or geothermal heat, you’re on the right track. These are sources of renewable energy, and we’ve been hearing about them forever. However, for […]


Spring Cleaning: Your Cabinets and You!

By Nicole Dorsey Straff / March 25, 2014

Every year around this time, I turn to green juices each morning, weekly power yoga to clear my skin toxins, and I completely cut out alcohol and simple sugars. I maintain my spring diet, eating, hydrating and exercising for as long as I can. My liver and kidneys get a break because they don’t have […]


Protect Against Lyme Disease Outdoors

By Nicole Dorsey Straff / March 20, 2014

When she moved to Barrington, Rhode Island, Andrea Caesar was an active, vivacious 10-year-old who loved playing kickball and hanging from the monkey bars. A year later, Caesar had trouble catching her breath, plagued by migraines and battled constant muscle aches. Although she didn’t know it at the time, Caesar had contracted Borrelia burgdorferi, better […]


Exercise Your Willpower

By Nicole Dorsey Straff / March 18, 2014

We generally tend to think that those of us with a semblance of self-control are more likely to adhere to an exercise regimen. Recent research from neuroscientists now introduces the possibility that exercise itself chemically increases your feelings of self-control to help you lose weight and keep exercising. In other words, working out builds your willpower. Adopting […]


Global Warming Splits Us in Six

By Piper Stull-Lane / March 7, 2014

Twice a year, the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication surveys a random sample of the adult American population to find out how our nation is responding to global environmental change. This survey is called “Climate Change in the American Mind.” In addition to the more basic questions—think “Do you believe global warming is human-caused?”—researchers […]


Banish a Bummer Body Image

By Nicole Dorsey Straff / March 6, 2014

Women of every shape and size should learn to love and appreciate their bodies, but it requires nourishing positive body images as we age, and helping our daughters, sisters and other young people protect themselves from strict dieting and eating disorders. The earlier a person with an eating disorder seeks treatment, in fact, the greater the […]


Exercise and the Art of Self-control

By Nicole Dorsey Straff / February 27, 2014

For me, knowing that regular exercise mediates daily stress and helps me steal one hour per day all for myself is enough to get me to the gym 4 to 5 days a week. Sometimes I run and do yoga; sometimes I do the elliptical trainer, lift weights and stretch—but I know I’m going to […]


Would You Go 500 Miles for Our Trees?

By Piper Stull-Lane / January 31, 2014

This year’s STIHL Tour des Trees—a 500-mile bike ride dedicated to saving trees—takes place July 27 to August 2. There are still spaces available! Click here to sign up, or donate directly to the fundraiser by clicking here. The average lifespan of an urban tree is 8 to 10 years. Forget those decades-defying specimens we learned about in […]


Natural Sleep Solutions

By Nicole Dorsey Straff / January 30, 2014

Some people are just born to sleep. Loud traffic? Keg party next door? Not even earthquakes will keep them from an appointed snooze! When insomnia becomes chronic, it can lead to numerous health problems, including insulin resistance and weight gain, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. I want to avoid sleep medications, so […]


Fitness From the Neck Up

By Jeremy McCarthy / January 15, 2014

Research points to the importance of exercise for brain health. A few years ago, I was studying applied positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, which was one of the most enriching (and intensely challenging) times of my life. I was still working my full-time job in New York; schlepping back and forth to the […]


Banish Back Pain with Expert Tips

By Nicole Dorsey Straff / December 5, 2013

Back pain is one of the most common health issues in the United States, with up to 80 percent of the population suffering the condition at some point. “This exceedingly high number is just the beginning of the problem because multiple studies indicate that roughly 70 percent of back surgeries fail,” says fitness exert Jesse […]


Improving the Patient to Doctor Relationship

By Nicole Dorsey Straff / November 21, 2013

Most parents want online options from kids’ health care providers, but half say it should be free, according to a national health care poll. In fact, most parents would love to get an email response from their kids’ health care provider for a minor illness rather than making an office visit, but about half say […]


Fight Breast Cancer with Power Walking

By Nicole Dorsey Straff / November 7, 2013

Although National Breast Cancer Month is officially over, breast cancer affects about 12 percent women in the U.S., and a sedentary lifestyle is one of the top risk factors for this disease. According to researchers from the American Cancer Society, women who walk for an hour a day can cut their chance of breast cancer […]

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