Get Fit and Social with Chicago Intramural Sports

Going to the gym alone can get boring quickly. This fall, shake up your routine and meet new people by joining one of Chicago’s intramural leagues. We rounded up some of the top recreational groups, so you don’t have to be a pro to… read more >

FDA Recalls Peanut, Almond Butters Tied to Salmonella Risk

Peanut and almond butter lovers, beware: The Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall of various brands potentially tied to a salmonella contamination earlier this week. Which products are being recalled? nSpired Natural Foods, a unit of Hain Celestial Group, is voluntarily recalling… read more >

Understanding Parkinson Disease

With the sudden tragic death of Robin Williams and his wife’s revelation that he was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson disease, this common, progressive neurologic disorder is back in the news. And it is common—approximately 1 percent of persons aged 60 or… read more >

Does Aspirin Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer?

There has been a growing body of evidence suggesting that regular use of aspirin may lower the risk of certain cancers, particularly those of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This gradual upsurge in interest has been countered, however, by the well-known risks associated with aspirin—notably… read more >

ALS: Why is Everyone Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge?

Is your Facebook feed flooded with videos of friends and celebrities doing the “Ice Bucket Challenge”?¬†Everyone from Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg has dumped buckets of ice water over their heads in an effort to raise awareness for ALS. But how much do you… read more >

The Best Summer Alternatives to Boston Bar Hopping

Despite the fact that happy hours have been banned in the state of Massachusetts since 1984, alcohol is still a pretty consistent staple in Boston’s social scene. “Whether you’ve moved to Boston as a student, new professional or an empty-nester, it can be hard… read more >

Does Birth Control Increase Your Breast Cancer Risk?

A recent study that links birth control use to an increased breast cancer risk caused a stir when news outlets splashed the findings across front pages without adequate context. The¬†study, published in this month’s Cancer Research suggests that using certain types of birth control… read more >