February 15-21, 2015 - Original Health Articles

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: What Women Need to Know

Polycystic ovarian syndrome, also known as Stein-Leventhal Syndrome, is among the most common endocrine (hormone) problems women face. In fact, according to the Office on Women’s Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the condition affects as many as five million girls and women, and can impact their health for life.

PTSD and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in Women

Women suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than women who have not experienced trauma, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry. What Is PTSD? You may be familiar with PTSD in the context of war veterans.

The Potential Dangers of Preventative Aspirin Therapy

Do you regularly take aspirin in the hopes of preventing cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) disease and cancer? You may want to rethink this: A recent study finds that for most people, the risks outweigh the benefits. This study, published in the journal Heart, reports that "aspirin only moderately lowers cardiovascular risk, while increasing the risk of major gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding.

The Germiest Places in Your Home

Your home may be host to all sorts of unwelcome guests—namely germs. While you can’t avoid all microbes, since young children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems are especially susceptible to viral and bacterial infections (like the easily transferrable staphylococcus aureus, or staph) that may not affect otherwise healthy adults, it’s a good idea to try to keep your home clean, and limit your (and your loved ones’) exposure to germs.

All About Acne

Acne, the most common skin condition in the United States, isn’t just something that plagues teenagers. It can bother people at any age. The good news is, it’s easy to treat and few people need to suffer with it anymore. Acne is "a skin condition that consists of pimples, deeper lumps (cysts or nodules), and plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, and even the upper arms," according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).

Go Green While You Clean: 7 DIY Alternatives to Potentially Hazardous Cleaning Products

Do you purchase green cleaning products? If so, you’re part of a growing trend, as more people today are turning to environmentally friendly, chemical-free (commonly referred to as “green”) cleaners to disinfect their kitchens and bathrooms, wash their dishes and floors, and clean their laundry.

Bone Broth: Good for Your Body?

Home cooks and chefs all over the world have traditionally boiled leftover bones to make rich, flavorful broth. Now bone broth is a rising health trend that may become as popular as fresh vegetable juice and smoothies in some circles. Why is this simple soup gaining superstar status? Followers of the trendy Paleolithic, or Paleo, diet are familiar with bone broth, a staple stock made from the cracked and slowly simmered raw or cooked bones of poultry, fish, or almost any type of meat.

4 Nutrition Trends to Watch Out For In 2015

Trends don't just happen in fashion and entertainment. When it comes to nutrition, certain ideas catch on while others die out (remember the low-fat craze of the '90s)? While you shouldn't make food decisions based entirely on what's popular, it's worth taking note of ideas that dietitians and other experts are talking up.

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