February 22-28, 2011 - Original Health Articles

Men Suffer From Anorexia, Too

When we hear about the latest female model or actress who has battled anorexia nervosa, it serves to reinforce the notion that anorexia is a "female" disease. And while it's true that the overwhelming percentage of anorexia sufferers are girls and women, there exists a significant number of men and boys who have the condition as well-between five and 15 percent of all people who suffer from anorexia, according to the National Eating Disorders Association.

Vegetarian Diet for Diabetics

Trade your T-bone for tofu? If you're considering giving up meat in the interest of health, you may be wondering if you can you be a healthy vegetarian and have diabetes? Diabetics are constantly told to limit their intake of carbohydrates, which is exactly what's contained in fruits and vegetables.

How to Use a Neti Pot for Asthma

The neti pot, a tried-and-true method that's effective in relieving nasal passages, is also a do-it-yourself asthma remedy that can be used to rinse your nasal passages and prevent related respiratory symptoms. Research on this Method Scientists at the University of Wisconsin followed a small group of people suffering from allergic asthma who tried using some form of nasal irrigation, such as that accomplished with a neti pot, to help themselves feel better.

Weight Gain: Inevitable As You Get Older?

Somewhere around the age of 30, your calorie-burning machinery slows down and, to compensate, you may have to eat less to stay the same weight.  But it's not all about the food. One of the inevitable truths about aging is that you will start to lose muscle mass as you get older and your lost muscle will be replaced by fat.

Secrets of the Superfit Elderly

While senior citizens are not the ones who commonly come to mind when we picture people at the peak of fitness, there is a small but hardy subset of elderly people who defy the typical age-related physical declines experienced by most of their cohorts.

Allergy Treatments May Spark Aluminum Allergy

Is it possible that allergy immunotherapy-a treatment that helps your body build up a tolerance to your worst allergy triggers-can simultaneously put you at risk for developing a new allergy? The Growing Concern over Aluminum Allergy Cases According...

What Has the Biggest Impact on Your Happiness?

Social scientists continue to identify factors that influence how happy an individual is during his or her life. The results are interesting and, more importantly, give us some concrete steps we can take to increase our own happiness. For many years, the set-point theory dominated the happiness psychology field.

The New USDA Dietary Guidelines, Decoded

In an effort to improve the overall health of our nation, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released new dietary guidelines (January 2011). The revised guidelines place a stronger emphasis on reducing calorie consumption and increasing physical activity.

The Link between Women, Migraines, and Multiple Sclerosis

See what people are saying about this article on our Facebook page! Millions of women suffer from migraines. Millions more have multiple sclerosis. New research indicates there might be a connection between these two conditions. According to a study presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 2010 Annual Meeting migraines are seen in women with multiple sclerosis (MS) more often than in women without.

10 Sneaky Tips to Get Your Partner Back in Shape

You're worried about your partner's health, to say nothing of his appearance. But no matter how much you wish that he'd shed those extra pounds or lose the spare tire around his middle, it's really not up to you. "You can't force someone to get in shape," says Jennifer Brennan, RD, CDN, who works at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Avoid Getting Germs From Your Doctor's Office

It's ironic, isn't it? The one place you go to get healthy is also among the best places to get sick. Doctor's offices are full of sick people, and not all of them practice good hygiene or use common sense about keeping their germs to themselves. So, how do you avoid picking up a virus or infection while in the waiting room? Start by following these 10 tips: 1.

Magnetic Jewelry for Arthritis Relief: An Attractive Option?

If you suffer from osteoarthritis, there's a good chance you've come across information stating that magnetic jewelry can help with pain relief. But can donning a bracelet or ring made from magnetic material really quell your symptoms? Or is this simply a case of marketers preying on people desperate for treatment? The answer, not surprisingly, depends on who you talk to.

Nuts about Nuts? Your Heart Says Thanks

Nuts about nuts? Good for you! They make everything from brownies to cookies taste better, they're delicious in stir-fries, and they add texture and crunch to salads. Best of all, nuts are good for your cardiovascular health, so feel free to work them into your daily meal plan.

What is Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome?

Having trouble falling asleep at night? If you've tried everything from relaxation techniques to sleeping pills, and still can't doze off at a reasonable hour, you may have a condition known as Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome. Worrying about it won't make it better, but the right type of treatment just might.

The Link Between Traffic and Asthma

If you live near a busy roadway and find yourself short of breath or constantly wheezing, your address could be to blame. In fact, researchers now believe that there's a strong link between daily exposure to steady streams of traffic and allergic asthma.

Zinc: Can It Stop Your Heartburn?

A recent Yale University study showed that zinc salts could relieve the painful and sometimes debilitating symptoms of heartburn. The study also showed that zinc salts can relieve pain without the side effects of common traditional medications used to treat this condition.

Cursing May Help Ease Your Pain

Ever feel like cursing when your arthritis pain makes getting up from a chair difficult? Or when you wake up stiff and sore? Instead of gritting your teeth and bearing it, consider letting those dirty words fly. Although your actions may not garner you any favors with those within earshot, a recent university study shows that swearing may actually decrease your experience of pain and allow you to tolerate it better.

Post-Exercise Eating: Don't Undo Your Workout

One of the easiest ways to sabotage your weight loss goals is with the Post-Workout Food Binge. We've all been there. You burn a bunch of calories in the gym, then, an hour later you're starving. Next thing you know, you're gobbling up everything in sight (or maybe just a few particularly delicious donuts).

Will Melatonin Help You Sleep?

If you're tossing, turning, and looking for alternative ways to get to sleep, melatonin supplements might help. But then again, they might not. Here's why. You produce your own melatonin, a hormone that's made in the brain and works with your circadian rhythm, or sleep-wake cycle, to help you know when it's time to sleep and when it's time to wake up.

Radiation Risks

No cancer treatment is risk free. Radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery all have their downsides. Cancer patients who underwent radiation therapy in the past are finding that sometimes the side effects don't manifest until many years after treatment. Studies show that radiation for breast cancer and Hodgkin's disease, a cancer of the lymph system, increase a patient's long-term risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

Could Pelvic Pain and Migraines Be Connected?

A recent study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that many women who suffer from migraines also suffer with chronic pelvic pain. Is there a connection between what's going on upstairs and what's going on below the belt? The two most common chronic conditions women seek medical care for are migraines and chronic pelvic pain.

Do Cheaters Have a Genetic Excuse?

If you partner goes astray and has an affair, and you find out, you're probably expecting a certain reaction--like remorse, maybe, or genuine sadness. But how about if he blames his genes? If cheaters want a new excuse for their actions, they may have found just the ticket.

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