December 15-21, 2007 - Original Health Articles

As This Year Ends

As the end of each year approaches, we tend to think back over the past 12 months and wonder, Where did the time go? Many of my clients have difficulty answering this question. It seems as if they never had enough time during the past year to get things accomplished.

5 Signs of a Procrastinator

Did you put off going to the gym last week? Is there an unfinished scrapbook buried in your closet or an expired gift card in your wallet? We're all guilty of occasional procrastination, but some people become what experts call chronic procrastinators.

How to Develop Your Baby's Motor Skills

Does your child like to bang on pots and pans? Can he spend hours pouring water from bucket to bucket? Is he always clapping his hands and wiggling his fingers? If so, he's enhancing his fine motor skills, according to child-development specialists. You probably thought he was just playing.

Activity Is Good for Babies

If life with your child sometimes feels like an action-adventure movie, as she crawls from the living room to the dining room and then up the stairs, consider yourself lucky. All that non-stop excitement means she's exercising her body and her mind. The curious 8-month-old baby who crawls all over the floor and up the stairs will one day become the curious 12-year-old who opens an encyclopedia to read all about India or learn more about algebra.

Bringing Up Baby And Taking Care of Mommy

It seems like there's so much to do when your newborn baby first comes home. You've got to learn how to care for the baby, handle sleep disruptions, and adjust to life with a bigger family. You want to make sure your baby is healthy and happy, but don't forget to look out for your own health and happiness.

How to Connect with Your Unborn Baby

You may not have seen your baby yet, but it's likely that you've already formed a relationship with her. Many new moms say they first feel that connection with their baby when they feel the first kick or see their baby on an ultrasound. In addition, your baby has probably already begun forming a relationship with you, too, and will be able to recognize your voice and start trusting you.

Playing Safe: How to Childproof Your Home

When a new baby comes into your home, suddenly, many common household items seem like dangerous traps. Now you have to worry about locking toilet lids, covering electrical outlets, blocking off stairs, and securing cabinets. It may seem like a daunting task, but if you take childproofing one step at a time, it's a pretty simple process.

Sneaky Foods That Can Make You Fat

Perhaps you've tried to cut calories by replacing regular soft drinks with diet sodas or by switching from subs to salads, but you haven't noticed any weight loss. You might be surprised by how quickly sneaky extras, such as lattes loaded with whip cream and bleu cheese salad dressing, can add up.

4 Surprising Things That Pack on the Pounds

You might know that certain foods and drinks are loaded with hidden calories, but other unexpected factors such as your friends or your zip code could cause you to gain weight. Here are a few surprising things that might contribute to an expanding waistline.

From Our Family to Yours

'Tis the season for gratitude and here at QualityHealth, we're truly grateful for all the kindness, goodwill, and cheer you've shown us throughout the year. From emailing us your most pressing health questions to providing support in our forums and sharing...

Health Hero: Mike Johnston

Shortly after Mike Johnston learned he had Parkinson's disease, he felt as if his world were crashing down around him. But gradually--with faith, love, and the right treatment--he has learned not only to live with the disease, but also to flourish. I was on top of the world: I had a super daughter, a new house, and pets.

Understanding Parkinson's Disease

If you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, you probably have many questions. While the disease affects each person differently, this overview will help you better understand the symptoms and treatments. Symptoms and Risk Factors Parkinson's is a disease that stops nerves from working properly in the part of the brain that controls muscle movement.

Coping With Parkinson's Disease: 7 Tips to Help Manage Symptoms

Parkinson's patients spend more than $5 billion on treatment each year. Drug treatments have improved so much that doctors are now less likely to recommend surgery to people with Parkinson's. These tips can help you manage your symptoms and maintain an active lifestyle, but it's important to consult with your doctor, too.

Pinkeye Survival Guide

Redness, swelling, itching, irritation. These are just some of the symptoms of conjunctivitis, an eye ailment that affects millions of adults and children at any given time, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Also known as pinkeye, the condition refers to an inflammation of the conjuctiva, the thin, clear membrane that covers the eye's white portion.

Expert Q&A: Estate Planning

Q: I keep hearing about the need to have an estate plan. I'm fairly young, with two small children. Isn't estate planning for those nearing retirement and advanced age? A: Contrary to popular belief, estate planning isn't just important for the elderly; it's a necessity for people of all ages, and as a parent, it's especially crucial for you.

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