Sarah Kliff

Stories by Sarah Kliff

  • Why I Hate Facebook

    The site nurses my worst self-indulgent instincts. Does anyone really care that I love penguins?
  • Sports Drinks: Fresh Sip Appeal

    The right fluids are essential for athletes, especially in summer. A new line of all-natural sports drinks provides much-needed electrolytes, energy and hydration but ditches the unhealthy high-fructose corn syrup found in most mainstream varieties. ...
  • Expert: NY Subways Need Investment

    For not the first time, flash floods shut down or delayed New York City's entire subway network on Wednesday. A transportation expert says it's just another sign of America's decaying infrasctructure.
  • Six of the Worst Workout Habits

    Some of the most common exercise routines could be turning your gym sessions into wasted time. Here's how to make every minute count.
  • Why Infertility Patients Are Donating Embryos

    After a successful series of infertility treatments, Kristen Cohen and her husband, Lee, had two sets of twin boys, now ages 6 and 2. They also had about a dozen embryos that they no longer needed but could not imagine going to waste. "We went through so much to create these embryos," says Kristen. "This was much more than blood, sweat and tears." The Cohens had also benefited firsthand from medical research; Lee, who has cystic fibrosis, has been helped by advanced treatments. So in 2006, when Kristen saw an article about the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, she contacted it and began the process of donating their embryos, which could be used to create new lines of embryonic stem cells. After five months of paperwork and counseling for the couple, the Cohen embryos were in the hands of researchers. "We know they might be destroyed without making a single stem-cell line," Kristen says. "I don't need to know that my embryo helped save patient X. It's the greater good."In the ongoing,...
  • The Seven Worst Ways To Eat

    It's not just what you eat that matters. How you dine can play a major role in your weight and digestive well-being.
  • Up Close & Edible: Coffee

    A weekly look at the nutritional value, or lack thereof, of some of our favorite foods.
  • Why Most Sunscreens Don't Work

    A new study finds that most sunscreens don't offer sufficient protection. How to find the right one.
  • College Students: Failing the Health Test

    College students now have more to stress about than finals: they are as much at risk for serious diseases, like diabetes, as their parents or grandparents.A new study of 800 undergrads at the University of New Hampshire found many students had risk factors ranging from high cholesterol to low bone density. Sixty percent of male students had high blood pressure, and two thirds of females were not meeting their needs for calcium, iron or folate. More than one third were overweight or obese, the same as in the general population. "Many of the students were astounded that they could be at risk for what they would view as elderly-related diseases," says Joanne Burke, a researcher who led the study.Previous research has confirmed these health concerns on campus. A 2005 study of undergrads at Washington University in St. Louis found that 70 percent had significant weight gain between freshman and sophomore years. "It's scary to see these things, because people are dying from the effects of...
  • Up Close & Edible: Apples

    To peel or not to peel? For apple lovers, that is the question. An apple's peel contains many important nutrients that, according to new research, can help fight cancer. But the apple has also gotten flack for its heavy pesticide content, which can be reduced by tossing the peel in the trash. What is an apple eater to do?In general, apples are a pretty healthy—and popular—snacking decision. The average American ate just under 17 pounds of fresh apples in 2005 alone, according to the U.S. Apple Association. Nutritionally, they're making a wise choice: the apple is low in calories, high in fiber and a good source for potassium and vitamin C."In terms of getting fiber, it's a great choice," says Marisa Moore, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. "It's also good for potassium, which most people don't get enough of."And there's good news about apple peels: a number of studies at Cornell University have found that that eating apples may help reduce the risk of cancer. The...