03/15/15 11:00am
03/15/2015 11:00 AM

They’re inexpensive — often free — and quite literally in the palm of your hand. But can smartphone apps really help you lose weight and get in shape?

With hundreds of apps now available for iPhone and Android devices, the options are seemingly endless when it comes to picking one designed to track all the different elements that go into being healthy.  (more…)

03/08/15 7:00am
03/08/2015 7:00 AM
Designed by a Utah family in 2010, the Squatty Potty 'helps you to eliminate faster and more completely' by forcing you to squat. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Designed by a Utah family in 2010, the Squatty Potty ‘helps you to eliminate faster and more completely’ by forcing you to squat. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

One of 2014’s hottest holiday items wasn’t an expensive electronic device or an innovative kitchen gadget. It was a $25 plastic toilet stool called a Squatty Potty — and it sold out on shopping websites like Amazon.com before many people even had a chance to add it to their virtual wish lists.  (more…)

02/21/15 7:00am
02/21/2015 7:00 AM

You know when you’re lying in bed, staring at the ceiling, thinking how badly you’d like to fall asleep?

It usually happens after thinking of just about everything else, which for me usually consists of creative story leads I can never remember, appointments I need to plan and when I last got my car’s oil changed.  (more…)

01/11/15 7:00am
01/11/2015 7:00 AM
Maximus Health & Fitness owners Frank Distefano (from left) and Phil Durinck look on as personal trainer Greg Trent tries out one of the new LifeCycle GX spin bikes. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Maximus Health & Fitness owners Frank Distefano (from left) and Phil Durinck look on as personal trainer Greg Trent tries out one of the new LifeCycle GX spin bikes in May. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

So, it’s that time again. The calendar flips to another year and you announce and start to make good on your New Year’s resolution.

Often, that resolution is a commitment to improving one’s health, whether it be quitting smoking, losing a few pounds or watching what you eat. (more…)

12/28/14 7:00am
12/28/2014 7:00 AM

Under provisions in the Affordable Care Act of 2010, some Medicare recipients are suddenly finding themselves without a safety net when in need of subsequent care at a skilled nursing facility.

It has resulted in the proposal of new legislation in Washington — along with a national class action lawsuit challenging what the nonprofit Center for Medicare Advocacy of Connecticut calls an “illegal policy.”

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12/14/14 7:00am
12/14/2014 7:00 AM

You know that warm fuzzy feeling you get after finding someone the perfect gift, helping an older person cross the street or, say, rescuing a wide-eyed kitten from a tight spot?

It’s more than a warming of the heart — it’s your brain’s way of rewarding you for doing something good, said Stephen Post, director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics at Stony Brook University.  (more…)