February 1-7, 2011 - Original Health Articles

5 Diet Busters

Trying to lose weight but can't?  Before you blame it on this or that, it may be time to step back and take a good look at at your actions. Are you taking any of these missteps? Following the Wrong Diet.  There is no "one size fits all" diet, so you may not be doing yourself any favors by following a diet that is too low in calories, or the latest fad diet, unless it is somewhat in line with the way you normally eat or want to eat for the rest of your life.

Asthma or Obesity: Which Comes First?

In recent years, scientists have recognized a link between asthma and obesity, but understanding this which problem comes first hasn't been quite as clear. Researching the Asthma and Obesity Link Some experts believe that asthmatics find it difficult to exercise and as a result make sedentary lifestyle choices that lead to becoming overweight.

Is Your Workout Too Wimpy?

Any exercise is good exercise, but could you be doing better? To find out if your workout is tough enough, ask yourself these five questions: 1. Are you seeing results? The answer to this question depends on why you exercise.  Are you just getting started, recovering from illness or just trying to meet your minimum daily exercise requirements?  In that case, there's no such thing as a wimpy workout.

The Facts About Kiwi

Do you enjoy the sweet taste of kiwi? This popular fuzzy-skinned fruit (which originates from China) is high in potassium, vitamins C, A, and E, and fiber. A growing number of people consider kiwis to be one of their favorite picks. Yet as the popularity of kiwis grow, so does the number of people who are allergic to this tart, Eastern fruit.

Thyroid Problems in Men

Thyroid disease is often thought of as something that affects women, and indeed most cases of thyroid problems occur in females. But men definitely can suffer abnormalities of this small gland that controls endocrine function and metabolism. In fact, as many as five percent of all men may experience a thyroid disorder at any point in their lives.

10 Best Foods for Diabetics

If you have diabetes, choosing the right foods can help keep you healthy and keep your blood sugar in the normal range. "Diabetics are more at risk for heart disease," says Adee Rasabi, RD, CDN, CDE, of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Medical Center in New York City.

How to Make End-of-Life Decisions

Most people are not comfortable discussing their deaths. However, we all want to die with dignity and to have others respect our final wishes. It's important, then, to take control and define the type of medical care we want-or don't want-at the end of our life.

8 Tips for Effective Compromise

Everyone likes getting their own way. But if you're in a relationship, learning the art of the compromise is essential. It can be a delicate balance, experts say, because if you always do what your partner wants, you'll ultimately feel resentful. But if you determinedly move forward with your own agenda all the time, and don't attempt to meet your significant other halfway, there'll inevitably be feelings of negativity and resentment.

Using Omalizumab to Treat Allergic Asthma

Looking for a better way to control your allergic asthma symptoms? If corticosteroid therapy isn't effective enough to treat moderate to severe allergic asthma, it may be time to talk to your doctor about adding Subcutaneous Omalizumab. This injection is administered once or twice a month by a doctor so you can head off your allergic asthma.

Can Menopause be Predicted Through a Blood Test?

Menopause is defined as the 12-month mark after a woman has her last menstrual period and the end of her reproductive life. Most women reach menopause some time in their late 40s or early 50s and might be peri-menopausal for as much as a decade before that time.

6 Truths About Exercise and Weight Loss

Weight loss and weight management are our biggest fitness motivators. Many people are frustrated however; when after months of exercise classes, miles on the treadmill, and lifting the equivalent of the Empire State Building they still haven't lost an ounce.

Why are Childhood Allergies so Common?

These days you're more than likely acquainted with a child who has allergies. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 3 million children under 18 had a food allergy in 2007—an 18 percent increase since 1997.

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