February 8-14, 2014 - Original Health Articles

Why Do Alzheimer's Symptoms Vary From Person to Person?

Generally, the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease take years to develop and gradually worsen over time. But in some people, the disease progresses more rapidly, and produces more severe symptoms. Now, researchers may have uncovered the reason why the course of Alzheimer's disease varies from person to person.

12 Best Travel Tips for Arthritis

Whether you're looking to relax, see some sights, visit relatives, or take care of business, prepare in advance to help ensure a carefree trip. Here are 12 tips that will keep you moving. 1. When planning your itinerary, schedule in plenty of rest time, including frequent stops for a quick stretch while traveling.

5 Ways to Wane Wheezing in Asthma

It may be an all-too familiar sound if you or someone you love has asthma: the high-pitched whistle emanating from the chest that signals difficulty breathing. The sound occurs when the airways in the lungs become inflamed and constricted due to inflammation.

On the Horizon: Advances in the Field of Parkinson's

The tremors, slowed movements, rigidity, and other symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD) can be modified to some degree with medication, therapy, and surgeries, such as deep brain stimulation. At this time, there is no cure for PD and most people notice progression over time.

Is There a Connection Between Creativity and Mental Health?

Many people who work in creative professions bristle at this stereotype, but there may be some validity to the concept of artists and creative types being more susceptible to mental health disorders. That's according to Elizabeth Stringer, PhD, who teaches at the William Alanson White Institute in New York City.

5 Heart-Healthy Ways to Prepare Chicken

Who says chicken is boring? One of the best sources of lean protein—not to mention a terrific source of cancer-fighting vitamin B, niacin and selenium—chicken is the preferred entree of healthy eaters everywhere and it's blandness is the perfect canvas for taking on other favors.

8 Ways to Deal With Winter Eczema

More than 31 million Americans have eczema—an uncomfortable, itchy, inflamed skin condition that often runs in families. Eczema flare-ups can occur at any time of year and may be caused by a variety of different environmental or allergic conditions.

Simple Solutions for 3 Common Scalp Problems

Sure, it's cold. The lucky few only worry about how to avoid hat head. But the rest of us struggle with scalp problems, such as itchiness, dryness, and flaking, during the colder months. Before you pull out the hair products to address your scalp's problems, make sure you know what you're dealing with.

The Benefits of Mucus in Your Digestive Tract

Most people associate mucus with being sick, but now researchers have discovered that when the mucus is located in your digestive tract, it may be key to helping you feel your best. That's according to a new study, published in the journal Science in the fall of 2013.

5 Easy Ways to Make Healthy Food More Exciting

With the right ingredients and cooking methods, those good-for-you meals will look good and taste good, too! Today's healthy food incorporates way more than steamed veggies and poached chicken. Here's how to liven things up in your kitchen. 1. Brown...

Can Asthma Affect Your Fertility?

If you've got asthma and you're planning a family some time in the future, you may want to move up your timeline a bit: A recent twin study conducted in Denmark revealed that women with asthma, whether treated or not, may not get pregnant as easily as women without the condition.

"Cold Caps" May Prevent Hair Loss From Chemo

Widely used in Europe and Canada, "cold cap therapy," is a treatment that involves cooling the scalp during chemotherapy so that many potent anti-cancer drugs are prevented from getting to the hair follicles and damaging them. Chemotherapy is a major stressor on the body, and hair loss is one of its more visible effects.

Got Asthma? Tools to Make Breathing Easier

If you have asthma, there are a few basic items that you should be using to ward off any breathing difficulties. From measuring your airflow regularly to administering short-term or long-acting medications, you'll need a small arsenal of tools to keep you healthy.

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