Alison Bruzek

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Thanksgiving, Frozen: A Day-By-Day Guide To What To Cook Ahead, And When

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Editor's note: A version of this story originally ran in November 2014.

The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun. And for those of us who already feel short on time during a regular week, the pressure is on to figure out just how to squeeze in all that extra shopping, prep ...


Fitness App Aims To Deliver Live Feedback From A Personal Trainer 24/7

Sunday, June 21, 2015

It would be easier to exercise, I've told myself, if I had a personal trainer. Maybe one that came to my house. Whenever I wanted. For free.

My dream of a live trainer who won't judge my outfit and is available at my beck and call — like a


Tea Tuesdays: The Chemis-Tea Of Pouring The Perfect English-Style Cuppa

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tea is a daily ritual for millions of Britons. And the British are very specific about how they take their cuppa: black, traditionally with milk and sugar. In 1946, George Orwell wrote an essay in which he claimed to have cracked the code to putting together the perfect cup ...

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Dissolving Contact Lenses Could Make Eye Drops Disappear

Friday, February 20, 2015

If you've ever had an eye infection, you know how annoying it can be to get drops of medicine on the eyeball a few times a day. It's an even harder task with children or for older adults who don't always have the dexterity to squeeze they used to.

That's ...


How Unboiled Eggs Could Help Fight Food Waste

Monday, February 02, 2015

Any chef can whip up an egg over-easy, fried or poached. But what about unboiled?

Leave that to a group of scientific eggsperts at the University of California, Irvine, the University of Western Australia and Flinders University. Recently, they figured out how take an egg from a fresh to a ...


A Weight-Loss Device Aims To Curb Hunger By Zapping A Nerve

Friday, January 16, 2015

What if you could zap your hunger away? A device approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday promises to do just that.

The VBLOC vagal blocking device, developed by EnteroMedics of St. Paul, Minn., generates an electrical pulse in the vagus nerve, perhaps blocking communication ...


How Do We Grow To Like The Foods We Once Hated?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Why do some of us like to slather hot sauce or sprinkle chili powder onto our food, while others can't stand burning sensations in our mouth?

It probably has to do with how much we've been socially pressured or taught to eat chili, according to Paul Rozin, a cultural ...


Your Online Avatar May Reveal More About You Than You'd Think

Monday, January 12, 2015

My Nintendo Wii character, my Mii, looks a lot like me. She has the same haircut, the same skin tone and even the same eyebrow shape. And while my Mii plays tennis slightly better than I do, I designed her to be a real, virtual me (albeit with balls for ...


How Food Shopping Can Turn New Year's Resolutions Into 'Res-Illusions'

Thursday, January 08, 2015

It's the time of year when many of us have promised to drink less, eat less and eat better. But a new study shows that in the first few months of the New Year, families may be piling more food into the shopping cart than they do the rest ...


Paralympic Champion Makes The Case For Meningitis Vaccine

Sunday, January 04, 2015

The last thing on your mind while you're home from school for the holidays is avoiding a deadly disease.

But imagine catching a disease as a teenager — a disease so terrible that it takes not just months to recover, but requires sacrificing both your legs.

That's what happened to ...


How Will You Work Out When CrossFit Is No Longer Hip?

Friday, January 02, 2015

I have, on more than one occasion, unwittingly tuned into a midnight infomercial only to see a beefy male instructor flex as he pulls two high-resistance bungee ropes down into a squat on his gleaming silver Bowflex. Just five easy payments, the infomercial promises.

And yet, does anyone actually use ...


Being Thin Doesn't Spare Asian-Americans From Diabetes Risk

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

We know that you can be fat while still fit, but how about skinny and unhealthy? This may be the case for many Asian-Americans who look slim, but actually face a higher risk of diabetes than people belonging to other ethnic groups.

As a result, Asian-Americans should consider getting tested ...


Japan's Beloved Christmas Cake Isn't About Christmas At All

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Only about 1 percent of the Japanese population is Christian. But you might not realize that if you visited a major metropolitan area during Christmastime. Just as in America, you'll find heads topped with red Santa hats everywhere and elaborate seasonal displays: train sets, mountain scenes and snow-covered trees. Often, ...


Theater Cancels New York Premiere of 'The Interview'

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Updated at 2:10am ET

A source close to Sony Pictures confirms to NPR that the New York premiere of The Interview scheduled for Thursday has been canceled by the theater that was to host the screening.

Sony Pictures had earlier given theaters permission to not show the movie, following ...


Kalettes, Broccoflower And Other Eye-Popping Vegetables For 2015

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Does a cross between Brussels sprouts and kale sound like your vegetable dream come true? Maybe so, if you're someone who's crazy for cruciferous vegetables and all the fiber and nutrients they pack in.

Meet Kalettes, a hybrid of the two that looks like a small head of ...


You Don't Want To Monkey Around With Monkey Malaria

Thursday, December 11, 2014

In Southeast Asia, the battle against malaria is growing even more complicated. And it's all because of monkeys, who carry a form of malaria that until a few years ago wasn't a problem for people.

"According to the textbooks there are only four species of plasmodium parasites that ...


Does Snoring Leave Tots More Vulnerable To Childhood Obesity?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A solid night's sleep does more than recharge a growing brain — it may also help keep a growing body lean.

Breathing problems or a chronic lack of sleep early in life may double the risk that a child will be obese by age 15, according to research published Thursday ...


When It Comes To Day Care, Parents Want All Children Vaccinated

Monday, December 08, 2014

Parents have strong opinions about vaccination, a poll of parents done by the University of Michigan finds. Most want day care centers to require that children are up to date on their shots.

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Is That $1 or $5? Ask This Money Reader For The Blind

Saturday, December 06, 2014

The uniformity of dollar bills is great for shoving them all in your wallet after you buy a sandwich. It's not great, however, if you're one of the over 14 million Americans with vision loss and can't tell the denomination.

From a $1 to a $100, "it weighs the ...


Delivering Health Care To The Uninsured For $15 A Pop

Friday, December 05, 2014

What happens when you break a leg and you live hundreds of miles from the nearest hospital? Or when you can't afford to get a new pair of glasses because you don't have health insurance?

For many, the answer is to go without help. That's why the organization Remote ...