A small study in Michigan finds that snowy days are busy ones in emergency rooms. Blue Cross Blue Shelf of Michigan says that cardiac-related cases in the ER jumped by 22% on snow days compared to clear ones. So the Michigan docs are telling people to try to avoid shoveling snow if you have a heart condition or if you are otherwise inactive, smoke or have recently eaten a large meal. And they say healthy snow shovelers should push the snow instead of lift it because that's easier on the heart.
A mere three minutes is all you have to escape from a blazing house, according to a government research organization. The National Institute of Standards and Technology turned back the clock on the escape time from an active fire from 17 minutes to just three minutes. The dramatic drop in exit time is attributed to research that shows fires today burn hotter and faster than 30 years ago when the fire tests were done. The agency's recommendation: when the smoke alarm sounds, head for the door.
Chewing on some pine bark sounds unappealing, but a pill made from the bark of a special pine tree reportedly helps reduce blood pressure. Pycnogenol, an extract from maritime pine trees found in France, seems to have properties that help reduce blood pressure and control cholesterol. Recent research found that patients taking pycnogenol were able to reduce their prescription blood pressure medicine. For more information ( click here ).