August 22-31, 2013 - Original Health Articles

Is Type 1 Diabetes in Your Family?

If one of your children has type 1 diabetes, it's natural to wonder if another child will develop it somewhere along the way. Thanks to a nationwide program called Pathway to Prevention, you can learn if your child is at a higher than normal risk. If he is, you even may be eligible to enroll him in one of the clinical trials underway to see if type 1 diabetes can be delayed or prevented.

Roadblock to Pregnancy: PCOS and Diabetes

Many women with diabetes also have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), which is the most common cause of female infertility affecting an estimated 5 to 10 percent of women in the United States. Although the cause of PCOS is unclear, researchers are trying to determine if there is a link between PCOS and a woman's ability to produce insulin.

New Models for Primary Care

If you've recently had difficulty getting an appointment with a primary care physician (PCP), you're not alone. According to Kaiser Health News, 60 million Americans—nearly 1 in 5—lack adequate access to primary care due to a shortage of physicians.

When Doctor Doesn't Know Best

When Jane* learned she had an uncommon autoimmune condition, her physician recommended a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis and rule out the unlikely, but possible, scenario of cancer. The standard medical treatment for this condition is heavy-duty steroids.

How to Handle Retirement Fears

Whatever age you are when you leave the workforce, retirement can cause mixed emotions. On one hand, the thought of sleeping late and not having to please your boss on a daily basis sounds pretty appealing. But for retirees, worries about everything from money to whether you'll be bored can haunt you, making life less relaxing than anticipated.

How Happiness Evolves

Most everyone experiences happiness—but did you know that exactly what happiness means to you will likely change over time? Looking for Answers "It's something many of us feel is intuitively true—we experience happiness differently as we age.

Pre-eclampsia and Diabetes: Know the Risks

Pre-eclampsia is not uncommon during pregnancy, and it's a condition that can land you in the hospital for the duration. Unfortunately, for some women, pre-eclampsia is a prelude to more health problems later on, a new study has found. What Is Pre-Eclampsia? Pre-eclampsia is related to hypertension (high blood pressure); up to about a quarter of women with gestational (pregnancy-related) hypertension develop the condition.

Psoriasis Skin-Care Secrets

Psoriasis is a chronic disease that affects the skin when the immune system malfunctions and speeds the growth cycle of skin cells. While psoriasis is not contagious, it can make people feel unattractive. The most common form of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis, which accounts for about 80 percent of psoriasis cases.

Help for Hammertoes

Do you love high heels and trendy shoes? They may not love you back. Cramming your feet into shoes that are too tight, too high, or have too pointy a toe could worsen a potentially painful condition called a hammertoe.  What Is a Hammertoe? A hammertoe develops when a joint of one or more of your toes becomes damaged and bent into a claw-like shape.

Low Testosterone, High Risk of Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is a frustrating and sometimes debilitating condition that both scientists and doctors are struggling to keep up with. But a recent study in mice from the University of Edinburgh may provide clues about what causes diabetes in some patients.

How to Thrive Despite Your Depression

Depression is a highly treatable mental health condition. However, even with treatment, it's easy to fall into self-defeating behaviors without realizing it. Here's how to be productive despite the pitfalls of depression. Behavior: Low energy How to beat it: Engage in physical activity Physical activity is a powerful tool for combating depression.

Get Relief From Belching, Bloating, and Flatulence

Belching, bloating, and flatulence; these digestive health woes are caused by excessive gas production—often a byproduct of gas-producing bacteria in the body or poorly digested food in the small intestine. The source of the distress can be food, drugs, or drink.

When Your Diabetic Child Goes to College

If your teenager has type 1 diabetes and is heading off to college this fall, you've got more to do than order extra-long twin bed sheets and figure out if the new roommate wants to bring the Wii or the microwave. Actually, you should start planning months in advance to help ensure your child's smooth transition to college life.

10+ Ways to Go Gourmet When Grilling

Few things are more American than grilling on a warm summer day. However, if you limit yourself to hot dogs, hamburgers, and chicken wings, you're missing out. Today's backyard chefs have discovered that almost any food lends itself to the grill. Here, some foods you may not have thought of.

Stock Your Freezer With Healthy Foods

Navigating the freezer aisles can be frustrating. Those convenience products may be high in price, processing, and calories. Not all frozen foods are created equal, says Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, author of the New York Times best seller S.A.S.S! Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches.

The New Age of Older Trainers

When you picture fitness instructors, hard-bodied folks—enthusiastically urging sweaty exercisers to work harder, go faster—probably come to mind. You may be surprised to learn that an increasing number of personal trainers are closer in age to your parents than your kids.

8 Habits of Skinny People

Ever notice that some people seem able to maintain a healthy weight with no effort required? What you may not realize is that they make smart choices throughout the day to help them stave off those extra pounds. You, too, can keep your body trim by making some simple lifestyle changes.

What's the Deal With Bromances?

To say that two straight male friends, or "bros," are having a "bromance," is to say that these guys really like each other and are able to express their feelings in obvious ways. It means they enjoy each other's company, share many thoughts and experiences, and have a very close, meaningful relationship, just like any two best friends.

Walking vs. Running: Which Is Better?

The sun is shining. The birds are singing and the weather is picture perfect. A gorgeous day is beckoning you outside to exercise. As you head out the door you ponder your options. Should you go for a leisurely walk and enjoy the sights? Or would you be better off pounding the pavement, energetically running through the neighborhood? Your health and fitness goals should dictate your direction.

5 Reasons Sex Is Better After 50

Rumor has it that sex—for both women and men—goes downhill after age 50. For women, menopause supposedly ruins everything. For men, conventional wisdom suggests there's no magic without medication. Nonsense! Those rumors are flat out wrong.

Can Maca Supplements Improve Your Love Life?

People have sought ways to increase their libido and enhance sexual performance and enjoyment since ancient times. Many foods and herbs are—or were—purported to be aphrodisiacs (a word that comes from Greek mythology and the goddess of love, Aphrodite).

7 Deadly and Not-So-Deadly Skin Sins

From time to time, it's possible to miss the mark and slip into a bad habit. And although eating the occasional burger, skipping a week of exercise, or forgetting to wash your face one day won't hurt you, continually committing these offenses can become harmful.

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