February 22-28, 2010 - Original Health Articles

Stem Cells May Help Repair ACL Damage

Many athletes are all too familiar with Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries, but now scientists is bringing some fresh ideas to traditional treatment options.  Stem cells in bone marrow are proving effective in helping athletes recover from ACL surgery.

Juvenile Detention, Recidivism, and Mental Health

With rising rates of juvenile delinquency among conduct disordered youth, juvenile detention facilities are experiencing increasing populations while offenders struggle with recidivism. Recidivism refers to the tendency of offenders, after release from detainment to relapse into criminal behavior and return to prison.

10 Ways to Curb Your Carb Cravings

When you crave carbs, you probably don't yearn for a crisp, juicy apple or a plate of steamed green beans, both of which are actually chock full of carbohydrates. No, carb cravings are usually reserved for the calorie-dense, doughy stuff-bread, bagels, cookies, and doughnuts-that are loaded with sugar and often with fat, too.

The Difference between Sexual and Emotional Intimacy for Women

When it comes to sex, women and men truly do seem to inhabit different planets. Women tend to have a very strong emotional connection to sex that men simply aren't saddled with, explains Cheryl Pappas, Ph.D., a psychotherapist and social commentator. Men just do not have the need to be as connected emotionally to a partner as a woman does when having sex, she says.

Gene That Helps Control Acid Production is Discovered

Researchers from the University of Cincinnati have identified a gene that helps control the production of stomach acid, according to data published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Overproduction of stomach acid can result in reflux disease as well as peptic ulcers.

Common Infections May Raise Stroke Risk

Exposure to some common pathogens (infectious organisms) may raise the risk of having a stroke, according to a study published in the Archives of Neurology. The study, led by Mitchell Elkind, M.D., associate professor of neurology at Columbia University...

The Benefits of Sexercise

Disappointed that you don't have time to both spend at the gym and in bed with your sweetie? That's not to say that you can't occasionally use sex as a form of exercise, says Cathie Helfand, MS, a marriage and sex therapist. "Using sex as a workout from time to time can help trim the body," she explains.

Can Acupuncture Ease Eczema?

Hundreds of Eastern and Western medical studies have demonstrated that acupuncture can help alleviate pain and treat ailments. In very basic terms, this more than 2000-year-old practice involves inserting tiny needles in precise places of the body in order to release and promote a healthy flow of energy.

The Diabetes-Menopause Connection

As if there weren't enough unpleasant aspects of menopause, such as hot flashes, insomnia and forgetfulness, it now appears that this change may actually be associated with Type 2 diabetes. "There has been some research where we see women going through menopause and developing Type 2 diabetes," says Tracy L.

What to Do If You're Having a Panic Attack

Pounding heart. Sweating. Nausea. Chest pain. Feeling weak. If you’ve felt these symptoms, chances are you’ve experienced a panic attack. Panic attacks are frightening, disruptive—and more common than you might think. At least six million Americans have had panic attacks and experts estimate that 28 percent of us will experience a panic attack in our life.

The Link Between Car Pollution and Asthma

Did you know that if your house is near a busy road, you could be putting yourself at risk for greater problems with your asthma? Some scientists believe that there's a strong link between how close you live to a high traffic area and the course your asthma takes.

Pediatric Stroke: What You Should Know

When you think of strokes, you probably think it only happens to adults. In fact, pediatric stroke also exists and it's important to know the signs of this serious condition in case your child is at risk. Pediatric Stroke While pediatric stroke is rare, it does happen, affecting about 3 in every 100,000 children every year.

Allergy Misdiagnosis: A Very Real Risk

So you have a food allergy. Or at least, that's what you think. But did you know that food allergy misdiagnosis is an extremely common occurrence today?  Unfortunately, misdiagnosis possibilities can create confusion when deciding what you can, and cannot, safely eat.

Why Your Body Needs Vitamin C

You may have heard that vitamin C cures colds, protects your skin from aging and even prevents heart disease. Unfortunately, years of scientific research have not been able to confirm any of these benefits. What vitamin C does do, however, is work hand-in-hand with other nutrients to enhance your health by strengthening your bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood vessels.

A New Treatment Regimen for Ovarian Cancer

Women with ovarian cancer often have a poor prognosis because they aren't diagnosed until the cancer is advanced and difficult to treat. Now, a new treatment regimen prolongs the life of women with certain types of advanced ovarian cancer. Ovarian Cancer Ovarian epithelial cancer, which forms in cells that line the ovaries, is rare; it accounts for about four percent of all cancers in women.

Get 3 Workouts in 1 with Circuit Training

Even if you're the most dedicated fitness buff, you're going to cut corners if you're too busy for separate cardio, strength, and flexibility workouts. Total fitness doesn't have to take a lot of time though, if you take a lesson from multi-taskers.  With circuit training, you get a power-packed total-body routine that combines weights, cardio and flexibility into one short workout.

The Link Between BPA and Heart Disease

New research from the Peninsula Medical School and the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom has confirmed the results from an earlier study showing a link between bisphenol-A (BPA) exposure and cardiovascular disease.  Bisphenol A is a chemical used to make hard, clear plastic and epoxy resin and can be found in such everyday items as plastic food and drink containers and it can leach into food and drink.

Contrast Baths for Arthritis

Many people, when faced with joint pain, will turn to either heat or cold to relieve their symptoms. But did you know that using both in an alternating fashion can provide more relief for osteoarthritis sufferers than just one method? This type of treatment, known as a contrast bath, can be done as often as desired and can even be incorporated into your daily routine.

Polymyalgia Rheumatica Versus Rheumatoid Arthritis

Although they may seem similar, polymyalgia rheumatica and rheumatoid arthritis are actually two separate diseases. But how do you know what you're dealing with when you feel pain and stiffness that usually occurs in the morning? Here are the main differences between the two conditions: Rheumatoid Arthritis: Targets the joints.

Overweight? Blame Your Kitchen

According to research in the Annual Reviews of Nutrition, everything from the size of your plates to the wattage of your light bulbs has a direct effect on what and how much you eat. Whether you're struggling to lose weight or just want to eat healthier, the first step is to make your kitchen work for you, according to Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.

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