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Get sweet on sauerkraut

On “Beat Bobby Flay,” when chef Flay’s world-famous tacos were bested by Brian Tsao’s Korean beef and kimchi version, the not-so-happy Bobby found out the hard way that fermented cabbage (that’s sauerkraut and kimchi) is just what’s needed to create a tasty, healthful meal (and an entertaining TV show).

Suicide intervention important, no matter the season

Spring, with its longer days, blooming flowers and rising temperatures might seem like a time of peak happiness, but some studies indicate that suicides are more common in the spring and summer months than in December. Researchers don’t know why they’re higher in these seasons, but they say that friends and loved ones should not be lulled into thinking a brighter season necessarily means a brighter mood for someone who is struggling with mental health issues. Intervention is important no matter the month.

With extreme thrills come extreme risks

Many young people eager for an adrenaline rush are trying to copy their extreme sports idols, putting themselves at terrible risk. Amateurs without referees, coaches or medical personnel around can end up with broken bones, crushed skulls, severe concussions, ruptured blood vessels or lifelong disability – if they survive.

Pain-free ways to cut calories

Use these strategies to cut 50 calories from just about any meal you’re preparing. You’ll barely notice the difference on your plate.

Study confirms teens are just as stressed out as adults

Recently, the American Psychological Association announced the results of a study on stress in America. They asked the question: Are teens adopting the stress habits of adults?

Egg whites work magic to make filling omelet for 2

Leaving aside anything made with powdered eggs (which don’t really count as eggs at all in my book), I’ve never met an egg dish I didn’t like. But at the tippy top of my list of favorites is the edible magic trick known as the souffled omelet.

Doc Talk: Sudden abdominal pain may be an appendix in distress

In your lower abdomen, you have a small, finger-shaped pouch – your appendix. It doesn’t do much – in fact, doctors aren’t sure exactly what it does – and for the most part, you will never realize it’s there.

The sound of music (therapy)

If you’ve ever wondered whether music could help protect your health, consider the life of Maria von Trapp – “Louisa” in “The Sound of Music.” The last of the singing von Trapp children, she passed away this year at 99, more than three-quarters of a century after fleeing Nazi-occupied Austria.

Mom was right: Eat lots of veggies

People who eat seven or more portions of fresh fruits and vegetables each day may reduce their risk of dying from a variety of diseases by as much as 42 percent over people who consume less than one portion, according to a new study by British researchers who tracked the eating habits of more than 65,000 people for 12 years.

Sleeping pills may not really be helping, experts say

Insomnia. “It’s a lifestyle thing; everybody’s got it,” says Gregg Jacobs, an insomnia specialist at the Sleep Disorders Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. More than half of American adults report that they suffer from insomnia symptoms – trouble falling asleep or waking up during the night – a few times a week, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

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