Health

The truth about sugar addiction

Do you ever dream of sugar? Whether it’s the doughnuts on the counter at work, or the cookies on the counter at home, there’s something about sugar that makes us crave it. “Sugar creates body fat, which helped our ancestors prevent starvation,” said Stephen Goykovich, D.O., ...

Women take abortion pills in Northern Ireland protest

LONDON (AP) — Abortion rights campaigners swallowed what they said were abortion pills outside a Belfast court on Thursday, as pressure grows to ease Northern Ireland's strict ban on terminating pregnancies. Northern Ireland is the only part of the U.K. in which abortion is illegal in all ...

For delicious cake pops at home

Ditch the store-bought mix By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN There's no denying the novel appeal of cake pops; after all, everyone loves food on a stick, and if it's dessert, even better. Most recipes call for starting with cake made from a store-bought mix, breaking it into crumbs, combining ...

Chicken larb bursts with flavor

By KATIE WORKMAN Associated Press Larb is a Thai minced-meat dish that some regard as the unofficial national dish of Laos. It is bursting with the quintessential flavors of this part of the world, that amazing balance between hot and sour, salty and sweet. For this version, I ...

Fruity, sweet summer salads

Summer meals are my favorite to plan and prepare. I love all the choices of fresh ingredients and all the opportunities there are to experiment with both new and old recipes. Some of my favorite dishes to make are summer salads, especially those that include fresh fruit. Not only are they ...

All-American fruit kabobs

By MEGHAN RODGERS Associated Press Some people can pull off elaborate cakes that look like perfect American flags. Those works of art are inspiring, but hardly practical for busy families. For the party host who wants to add patriotic flair to the table, without staying up too late the ...

How to make a yummy Cobb salad without bacon and cheese

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN Stunning presentation aside, Cobb salad has all the markers of a powerhouse meal, including eggs, avocados, tomato, and lean chicken_we just had to do something about all that bacon and cheese. We were sad to sacrifice bacon's smoky flavor until we tried ...

Tuscan spinach and ricotta dumplings

By KATIE WORKMAN Associated Press If you are from the South, then you do not need grits explained to you. Slide right on down to the recipe. If you need a little more edification (and if you aren't familiar with grits, your world is about to be rocked), here we go. Grits are ground ...

Tuscan Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings topped with marinara

By SARA MOULTON Associated Press It was my great good fortune recently to spend a week in Tuscany on a culinary tour, assisting a friend of mine with some cooking classes. Of course, I was as much a student as a teacher, and I learned a ton as we banged around from town to town. One ...

Look for ‘apples’ at this time of year

It is apple season time. No, not the Gala, McIntosh nor Golden Delicious apples, but Mayapples. Mayapples, however, do not grow on trees, but are found in usually shady area, growing in large colonies. These plants with 12-inch-wide leaves that sit on stems of 12 to 18 inches tall are native ...

Save the Fallon

I’ve written a lot about destruction and disasters. The Jay Street covered bridge burned down in 1919, and I’ve written about that. I’ve written about how the Normal School burned down in 1888. I’ve also written repeatedly about the fire of 1862, and how it burned down a good portion of ...

SENIOR CENTER MENUS

Bread available daily Monday — Centers closed. Tuesday — Chicken divan, buttered noodles, peas with pearl onions, orange. Wednesday — Steak roll-up with stuffing and gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, chocolate pudding. Thursday — Breaded chicken cordon bleu, creamy ...

Don’t let illness derail your vacation

You’ve done all the planning, pored over all the details and you’re finally ready for the perfect vacation. Your flight went well, your hotel is absolutely great and everything seems perfect. But not so fast … not long into your vacation, your throat starts to hurt. When you wake up the ...

Emergency department, urgent care clinic, or doctor’s office?

Today, more than ever, you have a choice of where you can go to receive medical care. Urgent care. Emergency department. Extended hours. With more ways than ever to access medical care, we have created greater consumer choice-and greater confusion. How can you know which choice is right ...

Mt. Nittany outpatient diabetes program recognized

STATE COLLEGE – Mount Nittany Health’s “Life with Diabetes” self-management education program has been awarded continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The program was originally recognized in 2007. “Life with Diabetes” helps people with diabetes ...

DNA testing may reveal more than consumers bargained for

By Catharine Wang Boston University The company, GEDmatch, is well-known among genetic genealogy enthusiasts. When consumers want to learn more about their relatives than previously revealed by commercial testing companies such as AncestryDNA or 23andMe, they can seek out third-party ...

Oregon State study says it’s OK to eat placenta after all

By MOLLY HARBARGER The Oregonian/OregonLive PORTLAND, Ore.— First experts said eggs are bad for you, then they say it's OK to eat them. Is red wine good for your heart or will it give you breast cancer? Should you eat your placenta? Conflicting research about diets is nothing new, ...

FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

By MATTHEW PERRONE AP Health Writer WASHINGTON — Federal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers. The Food and ...

Amplify the peaches’ flavor with this simple, warm dessert

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN It might seem impossible to improve on a perfect peach, but we decided to try. We wanted a simple, warm dessert that amplified the peaches' flavor. To achieve tender, flavorful peaches with a lightly sweet glaze, we began by tossing peeled and halved peaches ...

The secret to perfectly grilled corn?

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN Grilling corn sounds like a simple proposition_but our research found dozens of variations on the cooking method for this classic summer vegetable. For a recipe that produced corn with a distinctly grilled taste and lightly charred kernels, we grilled the corn ...