Desk rage. Back-stabbing bosses. Sarcastic and inconsiderate co-workers. This isn’t the plot of the latest reality TV show. This is 9-to-5 reality for way too many people. You may have heard about a new, headline-making survey that says 43 percent of Americans have been targets of workplace incivility. It’s easy to guess why: The shaky economy’s ratcheting up workday stress for 70 percent of us. Here are three great reasons you shouldn’t put up with it: Read More
Heart-stopping plunges. Steep climbs and then, whoosh, another dizzying drop. We’re not talking about the new roller coaster at your favorite amusement park. We mean the stock market’s recent gyrations. The Dow Jones Industrial Average now qualifies as the wildest ride on Earth. Scary? You bet. The market’s violent swings can threaten your fiscal and physical health. Read More
Q. I’m a gym manager. I’m promoting a weight-loss diet of 1,300-1,600 calories and at least 100 grams of protein a day for our women members. Most are over 40. They do cardio and lift weights three days a week. One woman’s doctor told her that the amount of protein I’m suggesting is unhealthy. What do you think? — Hailey, Lee’s Summit, Mo. Read More
Riddle: What could your credit-card airline miles and your hard-earned vacation days possibly have in common with stopping a stroke? Answer: A strict “use it or lose it” policy applies. Getting your brain cells in gear now can prevent a brain attack later. Read More
Since you’re reading this column, we bet you’re aware that the news about vitamin D-3 — the superhero of nutrients, able to bolster bones and battle everything from heart disease to cancer — just keeps getting better. But glowing reports aren’t the whole story. And like repeat rides on the Tilt-a-Whirl at the county fair, more isn’t always better. In fact, too much D may be dangerous. Read More
If your closets are packed with skinny jeans, fat pants and in-between ones (with drawstrings), you know the only thing tougher than getting slim is staying slim. You’re not alone. Statistics like this are rampant: “Eight out of 10 dieters regain their lost weight within two years.” Now a compelling new study suggests why: The things that make you slim are not what keep you slim. You need a different skill set. Read More
The complex battle over a proposed 555-bed hospital on Cathedral Hill has gone on for six years, and the latest negotiations between California Pacific Medical Center and The City are likely to make it last even longer. Read More
Ever wonder why you ordered the four-cheese pizza with pepperoni and sausage instead of that great-looking salad? Or why you can’t keep your hands off many of those adorable 100-calorie snack packs? Everywhere you turn there are sneaky temptations that can bamboozle your best intentions. Watch out for these three diet deceivers: Read More
For years, health advocates have fought to remove unhealthy drinks from school cafeterias, but little attention, until now, has been paid to healthy alternatives.
Beginning Friday, school districts across the state were required to provide tap water in all school cafeterias as a way to fight obesity and increase concentration in class though proper hydration. Read More
This summer’s top horror story doesn’t feature Lord Voldemort, your tan line or watching the Houston Astros.
The villains: metabolic syndrome and prediabetes, two scary blood sugar problems rising faster than gas prices.
Don’t brush them off as “not my problem,” and don’t skip this column because it feels like a downer. There’s a feel-good twist at the end that could save your life. Read More