Crohn’s disease and pregnancy

Some women with Crohn’s disease may worry whether being pregnant will affect their condition, while others fear that disease or the medications they are taking will harm the fetus. Crohn’s disease is a long-term condition that causes inflammation within the digestive tract. Along with ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).…

Details

What We Know About Diet and Weight Loss

Image CreditGaia Stella You’d think that scientists at an international conference on obesity would know by now which diet is best, and why. As it turns out, even the experts still have widely divergent opinions. At a recent meeting of the Obesity Society, organizers held a symposium during which two leading scientists presented the somewhat…

Details

Is Screen Time Bad for Kids’ Brains?

A generation ago, parents worried about the effects of TV; before that, it was radio. Now, the concern is “screen time,” a catchall term for the amount of time that children, especially preteens and teenagers, spend interacting with TVs, computers, smartphones, digital pads, and video games. This age group draws particular attention because screen immersion…

Details

Can D-mannose treat a UTI?

Some research suggests that the supplement D-mannose may be able to help treat urinary tract infections. D-mannose is a type of naturally occurring sugar. There is ongoing research on its uses, which may include the treatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs). This article looks at what D-mannose is, how it may interact with UTIs, and…

Details

Personal Health: How to Foster Empathy in Children

As the year’s end approaches, most Americans get bombarded by emailed and snail-mailed requests for donations to all manner of charities, A to Z. I’m an easy target, a softy readily seduced by impassioned pleas to help improve the well-being of people, animals and the environment, and I often respond to more appeals than my…

Details

Front Burner: Moroccan Sweets With a Twist

Mehdi Menouar, originally from Casablanca, Morocco, is a founder of Meska Sweets, created to share a taste of his homeland. His assorted cookies, classics like cornes de gazelle (gazelle horns or almond crescents), are traditional teatime treats, as are honey-sesame chebakia and a type of Moroccan macaron, though he innovates these with flavors like matcha.…

Details

Front Burner: For the Slopes, a Ski-Themed Aquavit

Back in 1872, a group of Norwegian immigrants formed the Nansen Ski Club in Berlin, N.H., at Mount Washington. It is still in operation. In 2015 Tamworth Distilling & Mercantile in nearby Tamworth — owned by Steven Grasse, who created the brand Hendrick’s Gin — produced an aquavit for the club as a fund-raiser to…

Details

Front Burner: Californian Caviar for the Holidays

The sweet spot, when it comes to buying caviar, is quality that costs less than $100 an ounce. This season there are several options for sturgeon varieties like transmontanus (white sturgeon) and baerii at that price, and some for less than $50. At those prices, you can forget genuine osetra. Passmore Ranch sells Circle 41…

Details

In Chilean Patagonia, Following a Track to the End of the World

The hiking trail leading to the Morada del Diablo volcano (the Devil’s Dwelling) crossed a field of blackened lava, congealed during the last ice age. Black lizards covered with white speckles, known as lagartijas Magallanicas, skittered across the ground, and the desiccated corpse of a guanaco, a wild grazer related to the llama, baked beneath…

Details

MIND: Can We Really Inherit Trauma?

In mid-October, researchers in California published a study of Civil War prisoners that came to a remarkable conclusion. Male children of abused war prisoners were about 10 percent more likely to die than their peers were in any given year after middle age, the study reported. The findings, the authors concluded, supported an “epigenetic explanation.”…

Details