April 22-30, 2015 - Original Health Articles

What You Should Know About Psoriasis, High Blood Pressure, and Medication

If you suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure) and use a type of medicine called a beta blocker to control it, you could be at increased risk of developing psoriasis, according to a recent study in JAMA Dermatology. Psoriasis: An Autoimmune Condition What is psoriasis? This skin condition, which causes raised red patches to form on knees, elbows, scalp, and/or torso, and currently affects approximately 7.

8 Important Facts About IBS

If you were recently diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you may have some questions about what it means for your health. Is it a form of inflammatory bowel disease? Can it lead to other diseases, such as cancer? We asked Matilda N. Hagan, M.

4 Myths (and the Facts) About Nasal Allergies

If you regularly sniffle, sneeze, and cough, you may be one of the 50 million people in this country, including one in five children, who suffer from allergies. There’s a lot of information swirling around about allergies—and some of it isn’t correct.

Is Insomnia Deadly?

Can a lack of sleep raise your risk of death? People who suffer from persistent, or chronic, insomnia—which affects about 10 percent of U.S. adults—have a 58% higher risk of death than those who don’t, according to a recent study from the University of Arizona in Tucson.

9 Great Health Apps

Everybody can use a little extra support when it comes to tackling their health and fitness goals, and if you’re like most people, your phone is never far from reach. Why not turn your phone into your fitness buddy? We talked with a professional trainer and a health coach, and then we checked in with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to find out which apps they love.

Spring Herb Guide: 11 Seasonings To Brighten Your Meals

From early spring through the summer months, you’ll find more and more varieties of fresh, seasonal herbs showing up in food markets, home gardens, and on kitchen windowsills. Some spring herbs are perennials, living for many years, while others are annuals that are planted in very early spring.

The Four Worst Infectious Diseases In The U.S.

Every country in the world is vulnerable to transmissible diseases, and the United States is no exception. Here's a look at a few of the most dangerous infections currently making the rounds in America—and information on how to protect yourself from them: 1.

A New Online Tool to Determine Breast Cancer Risk

There’s no doubt that a diagnosis of breast cancer can be terrifying: Approximately 232,000 women will be diagnosed with the disease, and 40,000 will die of it in 2015, according to the National Cancer Institute. However, the decision about when to be screened for the disease can be downright confusing.

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