Is There Such a Thing as ‘Traveler’s Constipation’?

Q. Is there such a thing as “traveler’s constipation”? A. Traveler’s constipation is probably real. And the scientific evidence behind it is fascinating. The largest study of traveler’s constipation appeared 40 years ago in the Swiss medical journal Schweizerische Medizinische Wochenschrift. The authors administered a questionnaire to 10,500 tourists returning to Switzerland after visiting the … Read more

There’s a ‘lost city’ here that’s older than Machu Picchu

(CNN) — Tourism to Colombia has grown exponentially in recent years, with thousands more people flocking to the South American destination after decades of it being practically off limits because of a long, drawn-out civil war. There are still plenty of less explored natural treasures to discover, from swimming among mangroves by starlight to spotting … Read more

Can I Drink Alcohol While Taking Antibiotics?

Q. Can I drink alcohol while taking antibiotics? A. With some antibiotics, the answer is a definite no. With most, however, the answer may be a cautious yes. Concerns about alcohol and antibiotics may have their roots in the rubber industry of the 1880s. Around this time, manufacturers began using a chemical known as disulfiram … Read more

Can I Drink Alcohol While Taking Antibiotics?

Q. Can I drink alcohol while taking antibiotics? A. With some antibiotics, the answer is a definite no. With most, however, the answer may be a cautious yes. Concerns about alcohol and antibiotics may have their roots in the rubber industry of the 1880s. Around this time, manufacturers began using a chemical known as disulfiram … Read more

Scared of High-Intensity Interval Training? A Heart Monitor Can Make It Fun and Easy

Some things to remember when using a heart rate monitor and calculating your target heart rate. Listen to your body. “If you feel sick and dizzy or nauseous, it’s irrelevant what your heart monitor says,” said Mr. Jordan. “You should slow down and get off the machine. It’s important everyone listen to their body as … Read more

Scared of High-Intensity Interval Training? A Heart Monitor Can Make It Fun and Easy

Some things to remember when using a heart rate monitor and calculating your target heart rate. Listen to your body. “If you feel sick and dizzy or nauseous, it’s irrelevant what your heart monitor says,” said Mr. Jordan. “You should slow down and get off the machine. It’s important everyone listen to their body as … Read more

How Many People Can’t Tolerate Statins?

Q. Are there studies concerning the number of people who cannot tolerate statins? A. Yes. Studies show that about 5 percent to 10 percent of people are unable to tolerate statins, largely because of muscle aches and related side effects, including potential muscle damage. But many people who have been labeled intolerant to the drugs … Read more

How Can Oats, Which Don’t Contain Gluten, Be Labeled ‘Gluten Free’?

Q. How can foods like oats, which don’t contain gluten, advertise themselves as “gluten-free”? A. While oats do not inherently contain gluten, they may carry the gluten-free label to allay concerns about cross-contamination with gluten-containing grains. Although most people can enjoy gluten-containing foods without issue, unintentionally consuming even small amounts of gluten can pose health … Read more

Older Americans Are ‘Hooked’ on Vitamins

Too Much of a Good Thing Taking megadoses of vitamins and minerals, using amounts that people could never consume through food alone, could be even more problematic. “There’s something appealing about taking a natural product, even if you’re taking it in a way that is totally unnatural,” Ms. Price said. Early studies, for example, suggested … Read more