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Enchiladas, Tostadas and Tacos — Lightness is not an attribute usually associated with enchiladas, the most comforting of Mexican tortilla foods, writes Martha Rose Shulman. But these enchiladas, filled with a mix of blanched seasoned chard and succulent diced chayote squash and covered with a classic cooked tomatillo salsa, are both light and incredibly satisfying.

The Weekly Health Quiz: Calories, Gluten and a Fat-Melting Drug

'Cook Your Butt Off!' With Rocco DiSpirito — How can you burn calories while you cook? What are some tips for making tasty gluten-free food? How can you be more active while at the supermarket and in the kitchen? Can you make your favorite foods into low-calorie fare?

Ask Well: Is Golf With a Cart Exercise? — A Unfortunately, golf does not provide much of a workout, especially if you use a cart to transport yourself around the course. According to estimates by Stanford researchers and other groups, golfing with a cart requires slightly more effort per minute than shuffleboard but less than archery or juggling, neither of which is known for making people sweat.

Easing Diabetes Risk, One Beverage at a Time — Substituting just one serving a day of water or unsweetened tea or coffee for one serving of a sugar-sweetened soft drink or dairy beverage can significantly reduce the incidence of Type 2 diabetes, a new study has found. The study, in Diabetologia, used data on diet and diabetes incidence from more than 25,000 British men and women ages 40 to 79.

Doctors and Nurses, Not Learning Together — There are few group projects in medical school - which is strange when you consider that there are few solo practitioners in the real world. During medical school, I spent countless evenings in a library, half-asleep, poring over textbooks and talking through cases with other medical students.

New Shingles Vaccine May Offer Improved Protection — In a large randomized trial, researchers have found that a newly developed shingles vaccine is about twice as effective as the one currently in use. Researchers studied the vaccine, not yet approved for general use, in more than 15,000 people whose average age was 62.

Exploring Why Some People Get Fitter Than Others — Anyone in a running group or gym class has likely noticed that some of the participants annoyingly become much fitter than others. But exactly why some people's bodies respond well to working out and others do not puzzles scientists. Studies indicate, unsurprisingly, that genetics must be involved, since a particularly high or low response to exercise tends to run in families.

Air Pollution Tied to Brain Aging — Air pollution is known to increase the risk for stroke and other cerebrovascular disorders. But now researchers have found it is also linked to premature aging of the brain. The study, in the May issue of Stroke, used data on 943 men and women over 60 who were participants in a larger health study.

The New Logic of Calorie-Counting: Take the Quiz — Here's some good news about your diet: you may be consuming fewer calories than you think. It turns out that the traditional way of measuring calorie content in food may be overstating the number of calories we actually use from the foods we eat.
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May 03, 2015

Live long enough, and you're sure to get osteoarthritis.

May 03, 2015

A diet high in potassium appears to protect teens from high blood pressure, while a low-salt diet had no effect.

May 03, 2015

You've been counting your calories incorrectly. And you could be eating more.

May 03, 2015

Chef @roccodispirito will be answering your questions about gluten-free eating and low calorie meals.

May 03, 2015

Quiz: Which of these foods contain fewer calories than you think?

May 02, 2015

There are few group projects in med school, strange when you consider that there are few solo practitioners.

May 02, 2015

Do you take fish oil supplements for heart health? Maybe you can stop.

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