April 8-14, 2010 - Original Health Articles

5 Super Springtime Sports

Spring is in the air, and bathing suit season is just a few months away. We've got five great spring sports for people of any age or experience level looking to get in shape. Just get outside and have fun. Softball. Popular with men and women, young and old, it's estimated that 56 million Americans play softball every year.

The Effects of Bullying on Your Child s Health

For years parents have told kids who were bullied to stand up for themselves and fight back. But now the experts recognize that this advice may not be enough to help children at the mercy of their peers. As a result, the victims of bullying may end up suffering a variety of ill effects later in life.

Can a Multivitamin a Day Keep Arthritis Symptoms at Bay?

Getting the proper amount of vitamins is important for everyone, but particularly so for arthritis sufferers or those at risk of arthritis. And since it can be difficult to get enough of certain vitamins and minerals via food and drink alone, a multivitamin is the safest way to get all of your dietary needs met.

Can Your Sense of Smell Predict Parkinson's Disease?

Many people are aware of the classic symptoms of Parkinson's disease, such as tremors, muscle rigidity, slowed movement, and compromised posture and balance. But did you also know that a reduced or altered sense of smell is often one of the first signs...

Swine Flu Center

Up until last year, no one had even heard of swine flu. Now, as it's swept through at least 70 countries, including the United States, swine flu has become part of our collective consciousness. As a result of the global spread of the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the worldwide pandemic alert level of swine flu to Phase 6, signalling that a global pandemic is underway.

Is Your Nail Polish Remover Toxic?

In order to do its job, nail polish remover must contain some chemicals. But did you know that many of these products contain harmful toxins? Here are some common ingredients found in nail polish remover, their potential side effects, and how to make sure you choose-and use them-safely.

Prepare for Your First Allergist Appointment

Are you planning to visit an allergist soon? If so, it can be important to know what to expect in advance. This will help you prepare for the appointment so you can get the most out of the experience. The Need for an Allergist Visit You probably already suspect that you have allergies, and you may even have some ideas of your biggest triggers.

TENS: Does It Work?

If you are someone who suffers from chronic pain--whether it is back pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, sciatica, headaches, shoulder, elbow, or knee pain--you are probably not only tired of the pain, but also tired of being dependent on painkilling drugs just to feel like you can make it through the day.

Five Healthy and Delicious Kids Snacks

DIY Healthy Kids Snacks When it's hot outside and your little one is very active, you may find he has a hankering for popsicles and other frozen treats. While many of the items on display in the supermarket aisles can be high in sugar and low in nutrients, you can make your own desserts that look just as appealing and are good for him, too.

How to Remedy Trigger Finger

It seems that trigger finger is not the most common of injuries that people experience, but when it occurs, it is a real nuisance. It affects your ability to grab objects and can be very painful. For those not sure what trigger finger is, it is a syndrome that occurs when you bend a finger and the finger locks in position at some point and will not completely straighten again.

5 Common Pelvic Disorders

There's a lot going on between women's pelvic bones. In addition to our reproductive organs, the pelvis contains our bladder, intestines and pelvic floor (a group of muscles that holds everything in place).  Pelvic disorders are common.  Here, five common pelvic disorders.

Have Crohn's? Avoid these 5 Drinks

Although there's no one single diet that can help prevent the symptoms of Crohn's disease, there are certain foods that can aggravate the problem, including high-fat, fried and spicy foods; processed foods; and high-fiber foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains.

Foods that May Stop You from Sleeping

If you're having trouble falling or staying asleep, staying asleep, it may have something to do with your eating (and drinking) habits. A heavy meal eaten too close to bedtime can make you feel uncomfortably full or cause indigestion, both of which can interfere with your ability to fall asleep.

How to Test for Cancer at Home

With all the emphasis on early cancer screening, it's no surprise that at-home screening tests are becoming widely available. However, just because you can screen yourself for some cancers, does that mean you should? Ways to Self-Screen Currently you can purchase screening tests for breast, prostate, colorectal, and urinary cancer at your local pharmacy or on the Internet.

When Eating Disorders Don't Fit the Mold

If your child had an eating disorder, you would like to think that you would recognize the signs.  And while this sounds like a pretty reasonable assumption, the troubling fact is that some of the most common eating disorders don't follow the expected presentation-result they can often be very challenging for parents to identify.

Coping with a Penicillin Allergy

The Facts about a Penicillin Allergy Penicillin is an antibiotic that is often used by doctors to treat common bacterial infections. While most people tolerate this approach well, others find that this medication causes their immune system to overreact with some serious side effects.

Could You Really Be "Bored to Death"?

In a commentary to be published in the International Journal of Epidemiology in April 2010, experts say there's a possibility that the more bored you are, the more likely you are to die early. Researchers from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London analyzed over 7500 interviews, from 1985 to 1988, with British civil servants aged between 35 and 55 that asked whether they'd felt bored at work.

How to Use Weather to Boost Your Mood

Temperature, sunshine, humidity, and barometric pressure influence how we feel physically and how well we perform mentally. Despite skeptics, many scientists believe weather is an important factor in mood and mental functioning. It's difficult, however, to determine the full impact of weather since people in industrialized countries such as the U.

Do Nice Guys (and Girls) Always Finish Last?

Do mean jerks always come out on top? Not really, but it sure seems that way sometimes. It's enough to make kind, considerate and caring people actually ponder getting a little pushier, more selfish, and more into self-promotion. You might not want to change those inner good qualities just yet.

Female Complications and Diabetes

If you are a woman with diabetes, you must be extra vigilant about certain conditions. The good news is that you're less likely to get some of them if your blood sugar is in good control, says Jeffrey Powell, MD, endocrinologist at the Mount Kisco Medical Group in Mount Kisco, New York.

Herbal Remedies for Asthma Relief

When the side effects of your traditional asthma medication make you feel almost as bad as your respiratory symptoms, you may be tempted to try alternative remedies such as herbal treatments. And while some people find that herbal remedies for asthma can offer some relief, the latest studies warn that they can also make asthma symptoms worse for some patients.

Birth Month and Sports

Did you know that the month in which your child is born could impact how successful he'll be on the athletic field? In February of 2010, researchers from the Queensland University of Technology's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation in Australia found that a child's birth date make a big difference in how he plays football, as well as other professional sports.

Asthma and Marijuana: What You Need to Know

What if you could make your asthma symptoms go up in smoke? As tempting as the idea may sound, unfortunately there aren't any magic potions to make your symptoms disappear. But some people find that using medical marijuana (which can smoked or ingested) can be the next best thing.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain

People suffering from chronic pain can spend a lot of time thinking about—obsessing about—the pain, convincing themselves it is making them useless and helpless. Some individuals become depressed and angry that their pain is interfering with their relationships, and projecting that it could even cost them their job.

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