January 15-21, 2015 - Original Health Articles

What You Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act: Money-Saving Tips from An Expert

If you don’t have health insurance, there’s still time to purchase a plan through HealthCare.gov—the official website of the government’s healthcare marketplace, also known as the exchange. Established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the healthcare marketplace will allow you to compare the private insurance options available in your state, and purchase insurance.

The 5 Filthiest Spots in Your Office

If you're feeling under the weather, you may be tempted to go to work anyway—after all, why get behind on your work and make your coworkers pick up the slack? But a recent University of Arizona study provides compelling evidence that an office worker who shows up sick may cause more problems for his colleagues than one who stays home in bed.

5 Really Embarrassing Topics to Discuss with a Doctor

Going to the doctor can be stressful if you’re worried that your physician might ask you some personal questions about sensitive matters you’d rather not discuss. But you shouldn’t let your shyness get in the way of having an honest conversation, since the answers can provide important information about you and your health.

Intermittent Fasting and Artificial Sweeteners: The Latest Diabetes Research

Researchers continue to discover new information about preventing and managing diabetes. Here are two recent findings and what they might mean for you. 1. Intermittent Fasting. Fasting—the process of limiting food intake for some predetermined time—has long been dismissed as an unhealthy “quick fix” approach to dieting.

What You Should Know About Enterovirus D68

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported an outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), confirming a total of 1,121 cases in 47 states and the District of Columbia between mid-August and November 20, 2014. Although the most common symptoms of this viral infection are mild and mimic those of the common cold, in children with asthma, the EV-D68 can be life-threatening.

The 5 Most Germ-Ridden Public Places

One of the biggest dangers you’ll face this winter will probably be the germs (a.k.a. microorganisms or microbes) that lurk in public places. Becoming more aware of where these microbes live can help you to avoid getting sick. The Real Dangers to Your...

Super Quick Workout: Super Squats

Looking for an easy exercise that you can do in a few minutes and will yield results almost as quickly? Try super squats, suggests Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, a doctor, exercise and nutrition expert, and author of Dr. Dean's Future Health! series and The Complete Natural Guide to Women’s Health.

Midlife Diabetes and Cognitive Decline

Since the early 1900s, physicians have noted that people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes often experience some degree of cognitive dysfunction—that is, problems relating to mental processes like learning, reasoning, and memory. A new study in Annals of Internal Medicine found that diabetes in midlife is associated with a 19 percent greater cognitive decline over 20 years when compared with people who don’t have diabetes.

Your Guide to New Year's Resolutions

Some 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, says Sharon Zarabi, RD, CDN, CPT, a dietitian and fitness trainer based in New York City. "But only about 8% actually stick to them," she explains. In fact, by the time you read this, "Between 93 and 97% of all New Year's resolutions are lying on the floor," says Alan Manevitz, MD, a psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Is Coenzyme Q-10 Right for You?

Could the popular supplement coenzyme Q-10 (also known as Co Q-10) be the answer to your fatigue, muscle pain, and even heart health concerns? This naturally occurring, fat-soluble, vitamin-like substance is present in tissues throughout the body, especially in the heart, liver, pancreas, and kidneys.

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