August 15-21, 2009 - Original Health Articles

The Best Exercises for Diabetics

When you think about the benefits of diabetes exercise they're plenty. First, daily exercise helps your body to work more efficiently. It helps your body to burn more calories, and to use insulin more effectively. It also helps to control your blood glucose, cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

How Do I Get Over a Short-term Break Up?

People most likely offer you sympathy when your long-term relationship ends.  Few know why or how the short-term ones hurt so much, too.  Here, the top reasons why you might be feeling hurt when these briefer love connections fall apart: These relationships are often more intense and passionate.

Tomato Pills for Heart Health

Scientists have devised a pill made from lycopene,  the pigment found in tomatoes, that they say can prevent heart disease and stroke, according to the London Daily Mail. Lycopene not only turns tomatoes red but is recognized for its health benefits.

Too Tired for Sex? How to Put the Pep Back Into Your Step

It's a broken refrain: Americans are just too tired for sex. In the Romance and Parenting poll conducted last month by, 63 percent of women and 49 percent of men admitted to being too tired for sex. In this year's National Sleep Foundation "Sleep in America" poll, sleep-deprived people were more likely to not have sex (18 percent) compared to better sleepers (6 percent).

Sex after Menopause

Reports that women's sexuality ends with menopause now fall into the category of urban myth or old wives' tale. While some women do experience sexual problems in menopause, many don't. Also, many women discover that sex after menopause is more pleasurable and gratifying than ever before.

Cat Owners Have a Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Researchers involved with a Minnesota study analyzed 4,435 participants between the ages of 30 and 75 from the second National Health and Nutrition Examination Study. They found a decreased death rate from heart attack or other cardiovascular diseases such as stroke.

Swine Flu FAQs

Here, answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about swine flu. What is swine flu? Swine flu (also known as novel H1N1) is a new flu virus occurring in humans. It was first seen in this country in April 2009 and has been spreading worldwide.

How to Avoid Common Gym Injuries

Every year thousands of gym-goers fall victim to common injuries that could be avoided with knowledge and preparation. These gym injuries throw your fitness routine off track, so you end up losing a lot of the benefits you've gained. But more importantly, some of them can lead to chronic pain down the road, and possibly, surgery.

Improve Your Concentration Today

Wondering why you can't concentrate? Several physical and psychological factors can influence our ability to concentrate. If you want to improve concentration, you've got to address these factors head on. Illness. Poor concentration may be the sign of an illness or disease.

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Swine Flu: What You Should Know Up until earlier this 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) recently raised the worldwide pandemic alert level of swine flu to Phase 6, signalling that a global pandemic is underway.

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Omega 3 Acids

It's increasingly common for people with rheumatoid arthritis to turn to natural remedies such as omega 3 fatty acids to manage their condition. One of the main goals of treating rheumatoid arthritis is to reduce inflammation which targets the joints and may affect internal organs and increase risk of conditions such as heart disease.

Pregnancy and Neonatal Lupus

If you have lupus, you may be worried about how it will affect your baby and whether your baby will develop neonatal lupus erythematosus, commonly referred to as neonatal lupus. This rare condition affects about one to three percent of infants born to women who have systemic lupus erythematosus and other autoimmune conditions such as Sjögren's syndrome and Raynaud's phenomenon.

Expert Q&A: Treatment Options for Herniated Discs

Q: I've recently developed a herniated disc. What are the best treatment options for this condition? A: The treatment of a herniated disc depends on the initial symptoms and the location. Herniated discs that appear primarily in the lower back are referred to as lumbar herniations; those that appear in the neck are called cervical herniations.

Is a Social Stigma Holding You Back from Seeking Care for Your Depression?

People aren't judged for having cancer or multiple sclerosis or eyesight problems or any number of other diseases and disorders. But hearing that someone suffers from depression may lead others to believe that something is wrong with that person or that he or she is "crazy" or "weak.

How to Choose the Healthiest Fish

Fish has a reputation as one of the most healthful foods you can eat. But given that there are so many types of fish in the world's waters, how can you wade through all of your choices and make the best ones for you and your family? What makes one fish more healthful than another? First, know that simply by choosing fish over beef or other animal products, you're giving your health a boost.

Antioxidants: Are You Eating Enough?

We all know what happens when we slice an apple and leave it out--it turns brown due to oxidation, or the interaction of the molecules in the apple with oxygen, which breaks the apple down. But savvy cooks know that a little lemon juice on the apple slices halts the oxidation process and stops the slices from discoloring, at least for awhile.

Crohn s: Myths vs. Facts

Don't let myths about Crohn's hamper you from doing the things you love or making sound health decisions. Here are a few common myths-and truths-about Crohn's disease. Myth: I can't prevent Crohn's disease. Fact: It's true that you cannot change your genetic predisposition to Crohn's, but there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing this disease.

Is Getting Diabetes Inevitable?

Although much attention has been focused on the new generation of kids being diagnosed with diabetes, diabetes is no stranger to the elderly population. Of the more than 16 million Americans with diabetes, more than half are older than 60. And almost 20 percent of people over age 65 have the disease.

5 Ways to Improve Your Balance

We're all looking for more balance in our lives.  But how do we find more balance in our bodies?  Balance Exercises.  According to the Mayo Clinic, 1 out of 3 adults over age 65 fall every year-and many will be seriously injured.  The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) report that falls in seniors are a leading cause of death.

Sports Injury or Sports Hernia?

Since Tom Brady and other high-profile athletes have been sidelined with a sports hernia, there's been greater awareness of this sports injury. Every year there are about 35 to 40 million injury-related emergency room visits--approximately 10 percent are sports related, reports American Sports Data.

Tips to Help You Prevent Your Children from Being Dehydrated

You want to make sure that your children eat right, but when you are planning their meals, you may not realize that making smart beverage choices, and making sure they drink them often enough to prevent dehydration, is essential for good health, too. Prevent Thirst If your child asks for a drink or complains of being thirsty, he or she could be partially dehydrated, the experts say.

Asians and Asthma: What s the Link?

Although you might not think that a chronic condition such as asthma would play favorites among different races, the fact is that people of certain ethnic backgrounds seem to have a higher predisposition to this disease. But if you are Asian, your risk for developing asthma may be lower than that of some of your neighbors, according to data reported by the American Lung Association.

The Truth About Allergies and Cross-Reactivity

If you have a serious allergy to peanuts or shrimp and have ever found yourself having a reaction to similar foods, you likely experienced food allergy cross reactivity—a problem that causes great concern for many people today. The Truth About Food Allergies According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, food allergies are relatively rare, affecting only about 2 percent of adults in the United States.

Safe Insect Repellent for Kids: Does it Exist?

You want to keep your kids safe from bugs and the illnesses they can transmit, yet you may worry that using repellents to keep insects away can also come with its own set of risks. To this end, it can help to know how the medical community weighs in. The experts recommend that parents do use bug spray on their children, but most stress that safe insect repellent use means following some important guidelines on what to buy and how to apply.

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