Health and Fitness News

Welcome to the Stars Hollow Gazette‘s Health and Fitness News weekly diary. It will publish on Saturday afternoon and be open for discussion about health related issues including diet, exercise, health and health care issues, as well as, tips on what you can do when there is a medical emergency. Also an opportunity to share and exchange your favorite healthy recipes.

Questions are encouraged and I will answer to the best of my ability. If I can’t, I will try to steer you in the right direction. Naturally, I cannot give individual medical advice for personal health issues. I can give you information about medical conditions and the current treatments available.

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Passover begins April 22 at sundown but now is the time to start planning for the multi-coarse feast. Traditionally, a beef brisket is roasted all day in a slow oven but for something different, New York Times chef Melissa Clark has a recipe for a beef tenderloin seared then simmered with root vegetable. She serves with some creative traditional sauces. Bring a good appetite.

For Juicy Beef for Your Seder Table, Look Beyond Brisket

The problem with boiled beef has nothing to do with the dish itself, and everything to do with the translation.

Tafelspitz, the Austrian meal of a very gently simmered (never boiled) chunk of beef, served with root vegetables from the pot and horseradish cream alongside, is one of the most esteemed dishes of the very estimable cuisine. [..]

Usually, the dish is made with a cut like rump roast or brisket, which needs slow, moist cooking to render it tender.

In my version, I start out with a boneless cut that is already tender, so it cooks far more quickly. Instead of simmering in that richly flavored stock for two or more hours, it will cook up rosy-centered and juicy in under 30 minutes.

Tenderloin works best here if you’re not strictly kosher. But if you are, a boneless rib roast or center cut London broil can be substituted. [..]

This beef, with its bloody rare center, is nobody’s idea of “boiled beef,” and it’s not really tafelspitz anymore, either. But I’ll bet there’s a lovely Austrian term for “yum.”

Beef With Horseradish-Beet Aioli

Tenderloin works best here, but it’s not generally considered kosher, so if you are making it for Passover, Rosh Hashana or another Jewish holiday, use a boneless rib roast or center cut London broil.

Walk, Jog or Dance: It’s All Good for the Aging Brain

More people are living longer these days, but the good news comes shadowed by the possible increase in cases of age-related mental decline. By some estimates, the global incidence of dementia will more than triple in the next 35 years. That grim prospect is what makes a study published in March in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease so encouraging: It turns out that regular walking, cycling, swimming, dancing and even gardening may substantially reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.

Full Fat Dairy Is Not That Bad, After All

Two recent studies reveal that consuming full-fat dairy foods are better than low-fat, non-fat equivalents. Does that mean we can back to putting whole milk in our coffee?

A lot has been said and written about the ill effects of consuming full-fat dairy products, especially for the ones on a tight dietary regime. However, recent studies in this field suggest something totally different from what has been commonly believed. Eating whole dairy foods may actually help in cutting down diabetes and obesity risk. However, the research is still in its early stages.

After Whoopi Goldberg product launch, NJ may OK pot for menstrual cramps

With a nod to Whoopi Goldberg, lawmakers in New Jersey announced legislation that would loosen the state’s strict medical marijuana law to allow women to get pot-based products to ease menstrual cramps from dispensaries like for the sake of pain relief.

Democratic Assembly members Tim Eustace, L. Grace Spencer and Angelica Jimenez introduced the bill on Thursday, noting in a news release that their move follows the actress’ collaboration with a maker of organic marijuana edibles on a line of medical cannabis designed to relieve menstrual pain.

Mumps outbreaks at Indiana colleges draw concern

With outbreaks of mumps turning up at multiple universities in Indiana, it’s a good time for Hoosiers to familiarize themselves with the disease’s symptoms and to make sure they’re protected.

That’s what Indiana health officials are saying amid outbreaks on four Indiana college campuses and with cases popping up throughout central Indiana.

Outbreaks of the “highly contagious” respiratory disease have been confirmed at Indiana University in Bloomington, Purdue University in West Lafayette, and these Indianapolis schools: Butler University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), according to a news release from the Indiana State Department of Health on Friday.