February 1-7, 2010 - Original Health Articles

The Science of Kissing

Kissing feels good, but it serves even more of a purpose than that. It's a great way to check out how compatible you are with the one you're kissing, says Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D., LMFT, and author of The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again. "Kissing is a way to tell if you fit together physically," she says.

Diabetes and Insomnia

If sleep eludes you night after night, chances are you're feeling the mind-numbing effects by day. Maybe you're drinking more coffee to keep awake, or succumbing to a mid-afternoon nap just to stay alert for the rest of your day. For those who have diabetes, better control of the blood sugar may be just what you need in order to get high quality slumber every night.

Is Your Pain Caused By Structural or Muscular Abnormalities?

Well, let's set things straight right now. Pain is not arbitrary. It is not floating in the air waiting to befall an unfortunate individual. Pain is the body's mechanism for identifying that a tissue is in distress. The key to good diagnostics is being able to establish which tissue is causing the distress signal.

What You Need to Know about Epidural Spinal Injections

Ninety percent of American adults will experience an episode of back pain during their lifetime, says Daniel Mazanac, MD, Associate Director for the Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health. Back pain can come from a variety of causes including injury, structural problems, arthritis, poor posture and stress, and can interfere with an individual's work, home, sleep and relationships.

Dust Allergies Decoded

What is Dust? Dust exists no matter where you go, despite your best attempts to remove it from your home and surroundings. As a result, your dust allergies may cause you to cough and sneeze all year long. The best you can do to protect yourself is to understand what dust is and figure out how best to minimize it in the spaces where so you spend the most time.

Autism and Food Allergies: Is There a Link?

If you have a child who has been diagnosed with autism and also suffers from food allergies, you may wonder if there's any relationship between these two serious conditions. In fact, some research does indicate that a link between food allergies and autism exists, yet the findings aren't consistent and exactly how the two topics relate seems to be a subject of great debate.

Are You Lacking Vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 is a key nutrient that people need for the production of red blood cells and DNA and for the maintenance of nerve health. Found in meat, fish, poultry and dairy, B12 is widely available, and as our bodies stockpile several years' worth, it's difficult to be deficient in it.

10 Unwritten Rules of Flirtation

We've all done it--cast an extra glance at a person who looks attractive, occasionally smiling, maybe striking up a conversation. Flirting is fun, it's sociable, and it can lead to an enduring romance. That said, there's an unwritten code of behavior that should be followed when you flirt.

Men at Highest Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death

New information from a comparison of three major heart studies is showing a disturbing trend in men's heart health.  Men, especially African-American men age 40 and over, have a one in eight chance of experiencing sudden cardiac death, triple that of women in that age group, whose risk is one in 24.

Childhood Abuse and Adult Osteoarthritis

At first glance, it doesn't seem likely that something as horrifying as childhood physical abuse would have anything to do with adult osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis, while difficult for many people who have it, is not an obvious testament to past abuse and neglect.

The Link between What You Eat and Your Blood Sugar

You may have heard the term "glycemic index" (GI) tossed around by your healthcare provider, but not know exactly what it is. The GI measures how foods that contain carbohydrates raise your blood sugar, according to the American Diabetes Association. Foods with a high GI raise the blood sugar more than foods with a low or medium GI.

BPH and Prostate Cancer

Men who have an enlarged prostate gland or difficulty urinating may may jump to the conclusion they have prostate cancer. There are other conditions other than cancer, however, that may cause these symptoms. They also require medical attention. Normal prostate changes Two common changes in a man's prostate are part of the normal aging process: prostatis and BPH.

Canker Sore Treatment for Children

The Facts about Canker Sores A canker sore is an ulcer inside the mouth or lip. It's usually a raw white or yellow spot with a reddish border, and it may sting when it comes into contact with something that has a high acidity level such as orange juice or ketchup, or something salty like potato chips or pretzels.

Lifestyle Changes to Help You Manage Your Asthma

Managing asthma is never easy, but if you find that your symptoms are interfering with your regular activities, it's important to take the time to reevaluate your lifestyle and determine ways to do things that may help you breathe better. Please consider the following recommendations that can help you take control of your asthma and your health.

What to do When You re out of Treatment Options

If you've tried most possible anti-inflammatory medications, gone through physical therapy, and made every effort not to stress your joints, you may be extremely frustrated when your osteoarthritis symptoms don't dissipate. And if they actually get worse, you may be tempted to throw up your hands.

Can Orange Juice Make Your Heart Healthier?

The health benefits derived from eating oranges are well documented. Rich in vitamin C, which offers antioxidant protection and helps boost the immune system, oranges are also a good source of fiber and other important nutrients like folate, thiamine, potassium, vitamin A and calcium, crucial for maintaining strong bones.

Marriage Could Ward Off Depression

Think about this next time you and your spouse are in an argument. Despite all your squabbling and minor skirmishes, marriage is actually good for you. That's the result of a study of 34,493 people in 15 countries over a 10 year period. The study was based on surveys conducted by the World Health Organization's World Mental Health (WMH) which appeared in the journal Psychological Medicine.

Is Spinal Decompression the Answer for Herniated Discs?

About one in 10 people with herniated discs eventually need surgery, according to the Mayo Clinic. A herniated disc, also known as a ruptured or slipped disc, can affect your ability to perform every day tasks, as well as cause severe pain that can interfere with almost everything you do.

Is Loneliness Contagious?

Researchers say that loneliness can spread through social networks like the common cold. In other words, people can "catch" the emotional states they observe in others. The data from the current study came from the famous Framingham Heart Study, a longitudinal study that followed the same group of people over 10 years.

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