August 8-14, 2014 - Original Health Articles

Can Your Partner's Testosterone Treatment Affect You?

Of course your partner's low testosterone isn't contagious. But did you know that if he uses a topical treatment to address the issue, you could be at risk for experiencing a range of side effects? A Common Problem Testosterone is a male hormone that controls growth and sexual functioning.

Should You Be Screened for Breast Cancer?

A mammogram is an X-ray screening method that’s used for the detection of breast cancer. Confused about whether or not you need one? You’re not alone: In 2009 the US Preventive Services Task Force—an independent panel of health providers that makes recommendations on health services, including screenings—recommended that women ages 50 to 74 have a mammogram every other year.

Surviving Norovirus

The norovirus can sneak up on you: You often start off with nausea and stomach cramps, but pretty soon you’re running to the bathroom. The misery lasts two or three days, after which you slowly try to get your strength back. But just as you’re feeling better, the same noxious symptoms hit someone else in your family.

Google Glass: What it Could Do for Patients and Providers

Could Google Glass, the wearable device from Google, change the way health professionals deliver healthcare? Just What Is Google Glass, and How Can it Help Improve Your Health? Google Glass looks—and is worn—like a pair of glasses. Like a smart phone, the tech device runs on a battery, and provides a visual display, camera, audio, voice activation, storage, Wi-Fi capabilities, and apps galore.

Diabetes: Are You at Risk?

Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition, and it’s becoming more common: As of 2012, 90% of the more than 29 million Americans with diabetes had type 2 diabetes. An additional 86 million had prediabetes, a precursor to type 2. Although no one knows specifically what causes type 2 diabetes or why some people and not others develop diabetes, experts do know that having certain risk factors will increase your odds of having the disease.

How to Manage Pain in Winter

Does winter find you struggling with more than just the weather? If your aches and pains are worse during the colder months, you’re not alone: A 2011 study found that nearly 60 percent of people with back and joint pain reported greater discomfort in the winter.

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