Author lists frugal health tipsFighting a stomach bug? Stay home and drink Gatorade or make a rehydration solution using one teaspoon of salt, eight teaspoons of sugar, five cups of water and an optional half-cup of fruit juice. Want a cheap way to banish acne blemishes? Use an over-the-counter product with benzoyl peroxide. Need a wheelchair? Check with your local Goodwill or Salvation Army stores. These are a few of the no-nonsense, consumer-friendly tips offered by Akron, Ohio, family medicine specialist Dr. Cynthia Koelker in her new self-published book, "101 Ways to Save Money on Healthcare.”
Research‘Magical’ makeup was medicine? There’s more to the eye makeup that gave Queen Nefertiti and other ancient Egyptian royals those stupendous gazes and legendary beauty than meets the eye. Scientists in France are reporting that the alluring eye makeup may have been used to help prevent or treat eye disease by doubling as an infection fighter. Their findings are published in Analytical Chemistry, the American Chemical Society semi-monthly journal. Christian Amatore, Philippe Walter and colleagues said that thousands of years ago, ancient Egyptians used lead-based substances as cosmetics, including an ingredient in black eye makeup. Some Egyptians believed this makeup also had a "magical” role in which the ancient gods Horus and Ra would protect wearers against several illnesses. Until now, modern scientists largely dismissed that possibility, knowing that lead-based substances can be toxic.
Peers sway boys, study showsTeen boys are more likely to use tanning booths, take diet pills and have their bodies waxed — even if they think those activities are unhealthy — if they are influenced by their peers, according to research by a Baylor University assistant professor of fashion merchandising. Research also showed that boys ages 12-17 focused more on how their skin appears to others — tone, texture and color — than on other aspects of their appearance, including body shape, when they were influenced by peers, said Dr. Jay Yoo. The study will be published in the fall in Adolescence, a quarterly international journal. Yoo studied 155 boys in seven schools. "I studied what kids are teased about,” Yoo said. "There are cultural differences, but smooth skin is highly desired, and that may translate into other parts of the body.”
FitnessSafely walk away extra pounds Walking is the most popular weight-loss activity. It requires no expense or equipment, can be done anywhere and is one of the safest and easiest ways to burn extra calories. It also is an ideal way to relieve stress and one of the best ways to get into the habit of exercising. These tips were compiled by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services: →Pump your arms, bent to about 90 degrees, to burn 5 to 10 percent more calories with each step. →To avoid hitting a plateau, take a different route periodically, add hills or increase your minutes, speed or frequency. →Avoid using ankle or wrist weights when walking, as such weights can alter normal movement patterns and gait, increasing the risk of injury. Any added weight should be evenly distributed and positioned close to the body. From staff and wire reports