April 15-21, 2013 - Original Health Articles

Back Stiffness: 7 Ways to Loosen Up

Readers ask all the time: What can I do to ease my stiff, sore back? We've got seven tips for how to stretch, sleep, tone and limber up that will take the ache away. 1. Sleep Better. Sometimes, getting out of bed can be the toughest part of the day. That's because, after a long night sleeping, your back muscles and joints become stiff from lack of movement.

Surgery or Drugs to Address GERD?

Severe GERD is hard to live with: Heartburn, regurgitation, difficulty swallowing, and long-term complications that include strictures in the esophagus, Barrett's esophagus, and even esophageal cancer. But talk to a gastroenterologist and he'll say you can effectively control your symptoms and heal damage to your esophagus with medicinal therapy.

How to Overcome Lupus Fog

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disorder that's more common in women than men and damages a patient's skin, joints, organs and other parts of her body. There is no cure for Lupus, though there are treatments that make it easier to live with. The Lupus Foundation...

4 Gentle Stretches to Kick-Start Your Day

Patrice Cahill, Massachusetts-based ISSA fitness trainer, senior fitness specialist, and founder/president of Generational Octane, Inc. Senior Fitness Company and Patrice's Personal Training Company, offers four gentle stretching moves, which can be great to incorporate into your mornings, when your stamina and strength will be highest.

Alleviating GERD With Surgery: When to Talk to Your Doctor

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is very common. In fact, nearly 2 in 10 Americans suffer from this chronic condition. Not as common? People suffering from severe GERD symptoms. But it's those GERD sufferers that experience complications with the chronic condition.

Can Red Wine Help Cure Prostate Cancer?

Love a glass of red wine with dinner? It's not only tasty but a compound it contains may also be good for your health—especially if you're a man dealing with prostate cancer. Before you drink up, it's important to read on, though, since more research needs to be done to understand how to get the potential benefits of resveratrol to fight prostate cancer without experiencing side effects.

Can You Erase Fear From the Brain?

A new study finds a promising approach to erasing painful emotional memories. The research may lead to improved treatment for those who suffer from anxiety disorders. The research, published by the journal Science, found that newly formed emotional memories can be erased in the human brain.

How to Cope With Lupus on the Job

If working with Lupus is becoming part of your job description, it's time to know your rights and responsibilities. It may also be time to learn new ways to tackle your job so you can continue being an excellent employee.  According to the Lupus Foundation of America: 1.

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Can't remember the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? That's probably because either you've never done it (guilty!) or haven't gotten to it in a while. There are some legitimate reasons to give those brushes a thorough sudsing. Truth be told, makeup brushes can become coated with undesirable elements such as bodily oils, makeup residue, dust, and dead skin and will last longer with regular cleaning.

Could Acupuncture Help MS?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory disease of the brain and spinal cord. It can also cause numbness, cognitive impairment, muscle spasms, depression, and visual and speech problems. Oftentimes, patients seek pain management strategies in addition to traditional drug therapies.

6 Secrets of Successful Swimsuit Shopping

Does shopping for a bathing suit really have to induce dread? Not if you go about it with the right attitude. We've got six tips to make bathing suit shopping not only enjoyable, but even empowering. 1. Start With the Right Attitude If you begin your shopping trip with a pep talk, a game plan, and a commitment to have a great time, you'll be more likely to wind up with a suit you love than if you go in with a negative attitude.

Protect Your Teeth and Gums as You Age

Taking steps now will help protect your dental health and prevent serious decay and disease from developing as you get older. The changes that occur in your body as you age can be seen in your mouth just as readily as they can be seen in other areas.

10 Home Safety Tips for People With Epilepsy

Basic home safety is important for everyone, but especially for people with epilepsy. The unpredictable nature of the disease means that seizures may occur at any time, putting epileptics at high risk of injury from falls or loss of balance. Here are 10 simple tips to keep yourself and your loved ones safe at home: 1.

Do You Snack When You're Not Even Hungry?

If you're like most people, you don't just eat when you're hungry. You also turn to food when you're bored, fatigued, or stressed out. Experts call this "emotional eating," and it can exact a heavy toll both on your weight and your sense of well-being.

What Smoking Does to Your Brain

Before you light up that next cigarette, you'll want to know about a new study conducted by researchers in the BBC that reveals smoking can cause long-term brain damage. The scientists identified a significant decline in brain function, including memory, learning, and reasoning among smokers over the age of 50 when compared with their counterparts.

Have Diabetes? 7 Ways to Stay Fracture-Free

A recent study published in Orthopedics Today found an increased fracture risk among people with diabetes. However, the precise reason why adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes have a higher incidence of a fracture that results in a hospitalization is not clear.

What's the Difference Between Osteorarthritis and RA?

Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the U.S.—approximately 21 million adults have arthritis or arthritis-attributable activity limitation, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The word arthritis means inflammation, although we use the term more broadly to describe more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that effect joints, tissues around joints, and connective tissue.

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