Health

The Weekly Weigh-In: Pillow Talk

Plus, a RI neurologist starts a relief fund for Puerto Rico, the mysteries of scent and a pumpkin and pooch themed race.

The future is here: A pillow can now tell when you’re snoring and a sleep sound system can help you wake up well-rested. Check out these weird but cool sleeping innovations.   Scent is something that impacts so much, yet we rarely think about just how this mysterious sense works. Why do we like the smell of fresh-baked cookies? Why…

Fact, Fiction or Fickle: Mental Health Myths

We ask a local mental health expert if these myths are fact, fiction or fickle.

This week, we wrap up our myth-busting guide with mental wellness myths. MENTAL WELLNESS Expert: Emily Gentes, PhD, Psychologist, Women’s Partial Program, Butler Hospital Myth: Mental health issues are more common than we think. F A C T Mental illness is quite common. Almost half (46 percent) of Americans will meet diagnostic criteria for a mental health issue at some…

The Weekly Weigh-In: Is the healing power of nature the real deal?

Plus, no more sickouts for Warwick school teachers, cookies for breakfast and a fall health and wellness fair.

It’s football season, which means Sundays are now wing-days. And with wings, you need dip. But forget the gloopy ranch, try this healthier (and tastier) alternative. Is the ‘healing power of nature’ hippie dippy nonsense, or should we all be frolicking in the woods? Cookies for breakfast? The cookie monster would totally go for it (and so would we). No…

The Weekly Weigh-In: Forget an apple a day; eat mushrooms

Plus, a French beauty secret that looks like water, the scoop on the impending bananas apocalypse and a spike in e-cigarette use in Rhode Island.

While the idea of a “healing mushroom” might raise eyebrows, these ‘shrooms are not of the trippy variety. A thirteenth-generation mushroom farmer gives the scoop on his top wellness fungi, i.e. mushrooms that promote skin renewal, are packed with antioxidants and energy boosting beta-glucans — all sans hallucinations. The snooze button is the one roadblock between you and your morning…