Doctor Takes ‘Epic Measures’ to Revolutionize Health Care [REVIEW]

Dr. Christopher Murray

Dr. Christopher Murray uses Big Data to change the way we look at how and why people die around the globe.
(Photo courtesy University of Washington)

Doctors have always looked at ways to treat the health crisis of the day, from the Black Death to cancer to AIDS. What they have not done, however, is study and compare how, why, and where people die on a global scale… at least, until now. In journalist Jeremy N. Smith’s important book, Epic Measures, he introduces us to the man who has tackled this massive project and is gradually changing health care around the planet.  Read more of this post

Keep Calm, Slow Down and Open Yourself Up to Life’s Little Pleasures [REVIEW]

Cyclists relaxing

Dr. Barbara Ann Kipfer knows all kinds of ways we can relax. She shares them with us in her new book, 1,001 Ways to Slow Down. (Photo by Björn Söderqvist, Flickr)

Author Jane Austen once said, “Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.” This comes from a woman who was born in 1775, long before the Information Age, which has whipped all of us into a frenzy, hurtling us through life at the speed of light. Cell phones. Twitter. The Internet. Twenty-four hour news cycles. It gets to the best of us, which is why I love the new book, 1,001 Ways to Slow Down: A Book of Everyday Calm. Here, bestselling author Barbara Ann Kipfer reminds us about all the many ways to unwind.  Read more of this post

Alleviate Dry Eyes With Four Easy Fixes

Eye

Dry Eye Disease is a growing problem. Here’s what you can do about it. (Photo by John Sheets, Flickr)

My eyes are killing me. They itch. They’re dry. Sometimes they water, but it never seems to alleviate the irritation. I alternate between wearing glasses and contact lenses, but when my eyes are aggravated, it doesn’t matter how many eye drops I put in, I simply want to pluck my eyeballs out of their sockets. Is this normal? And why am I having so much trouble? Read more of this post

Eat More Legumes to Improve Your Health

Bean

You’re not eating nearly enough beans and other legumes. (Photo by Kevin O’Mara, Flickr)

Are you cranky, bloated, and just downright uncomfortable? Are you having trouble fitting into your favorite pair of jeans? If you answered yes to any of the above, then you probably aren’t consuming enough legumes in your diet. This results in fiber deficiency, weight gain and ultimately, constipation. Read more of this post

Make Your Child Pretty As A Princess With Kid Safe Nail Polish

First manicure

Make your child’s first manicure a safe one with edible nail polish. (Photo by Pauline Rosenberg, Flickr)

Little girls love to play dress up, and that oftentimes includes putting on mommy’s nail polish. Now you can indulge your child’s fashion sense by providing a safe alternative to chemical-based products they may be too young to wear. Read more of this post