August 1-7, 2014 - Original Health Articles

Tap Into These 7 Handy Diabetes Apps

Between counting calories, carbohydrates, and sugar intake, and tracking your blood glucose levels, exercise, and weight, managing diabetes can be a full-time effort. If you feel overwhelmed by all of the work involved, a diabetes management app could take some stress out of the equation.

Lou Gehrig s Disease: An Introduction

What Is Lou Gehrig’s Disease? Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a degenerative neurological condition more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, strikes between 5,000 and 6,000 Americans each year. The disease damages the brain and spinal cord cells that control muscle movement.

Heart Palpitations: Common Causes, and How to Cope

If you’ve ever suddenly felt like your heart missed a beat, or beat erratically for a few seconds, you’ve likely had a heart palpitation. These common occurrences can cause a fluttering or pounding sensation in the chest, and you may also feel breathless.

Diabetes Survival Kit: 5 Essential Rules

You may be used to dealing with diabetes. But are you prepared to manage your condition in a crisis? Here are five rules that will help you cope with everything from a natural disaster to the zombie apocalypse. Rule #1: Have a Plan Diabetes patients know that developing and following a routine is a large part of managing the condition.

Reap the Benefits Of Tai Chi

In Mandarin, tai chi literally means “ultimate fist,” but there’s nothing hostile about this gentle practice. In its initial form, tai chi was a martial art; legend has it that it was developed by a twelfth century Taoist after observing a crane preying on a snake in China’s Wu Dong Mountains.

Head Alert: Recognizing Concussions in Children and Young Adults

Kids don’t always play it safe: Whether they’re on the field or horsing around, adolescents and teens are more likely than adults to suffer head injuries. And the damage is often more severe, with long-term effects. But if you can recognize the signs of concussion, you’ll be able to help minimize the damage.

Save Your Pet s Life With CPR

When your pet is in distress, every second counts. That’s why it’s important to be prepared in the event that your animal goes into cardiac arrest. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, can get the heart going again, whether the victim is human or not.

Phthalates in Your Home: Questions and Concerns

Plastics are everywhere. They can be found in our homes, wrapped around our foods, and even in our cosmetics. And recently phthalates, a group of chemicals used to make plastics more pliable, have been the subject of scrutiny about potential health risks to consumers.

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