July 15-21, 2012 - Original Health Articles

When Healthy People Get Cancer

Lance Armstrong may be the poster child for a seemingly highly healthy individual who develops cancer. Armstrong was a competitive athlete when he was diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer. He overcame his grim prognosis. Many otherwise healthy people are not as fortunate.

Health by the Numbers: Colds

No one escapes the common cold. It's the leading cause of doctor visits and missed days from school and work in the United States, according to the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases. Children's noses are the major source of cold viruses.

Health by the Numbers: Osteoporosis

Literally translated, osteoporosis means porous bones. Osteoporosis is a major, underlying cause of fractures in older people. Because it's not possible to feel bones weakening and the disease progresses without symptoms, osteoporosis is often referred to as the "silent disease.

How Does Anxiety Differ for Women and Men?

When it comes to mental health disorders such as anxiety, there are differences between the genders, even at early ages. Anxiety is characterized by worried thoughts, physiological tension, and cognitive defects. Persistent and unproductive anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems in the U.

False-Positive Mammogram Results

It's human nature to be nervous before undergoing a medical screening test, but for women who have a mammogram, a screening test done in healthy women to detect breast cancer early, the situation can turn serious if the test comes back with a false-positive result.

Health by the Numbers: Heart Health

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. Heart disease has many manifestations. From congenital heart defects (structural problems that arise from abnormal formation of the heart or major blood vessels that can sometimes be corrected with surgery) to acquired heart disease such as coronary heart disease, hypertension, and pulmonary heart disease and other conditions that affect the heart and its blood vessels.

The Link Between Peripheral Artery Disease and Depression

There's an association between psychosocial factors, such as stress, depression, hostility, and social isolation, and risk for adverse cardiac events, especially for individuals who already have heart disease. Peripheral Artery Disease Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is the narrowing of arteries in areas of the body not near the heart-most commonly the pelvis and legs.

Health by the Numbers: Influenza

Few experiences cause more misery than fighting off the flu. Many people confuse the flu with the common cold since the symptoms are similar and include headache, sore throat, stuffy nose, dry cough, and a general feeling of lethargy. Unlike the cold however, the flu is very often accompanied by a fever, muscle aches, and a more severe cough.

Health by the Numbers: Menopause

Some women find the end of monthly periods a cause to celebrate—no more hassling with tampons; no more pregnancy scares. Others feel sad. For them, menopause signals the end of the reproductive years and what some view as the start of life's sunset.

Uterine Cancer: Risks and Treatment Options

As cancer is always named for the body of your body where it begins, when cancer starts in the uterus, it's called uterine cancer. The uterus is a hollow, pear-shaped organ in your pelvis, the place a baby grows when you are pregnant. The most common type of uterine cancer is endometrial cancer, named because it develops in the lining of your uterus, called the endometrium.

Health by the Numbers: Children's Health

Colds, sniffles, and the occasional upset tummy don't always warrant a trip to the pediatrician. Being exposed to germs—especially in school and day care—is an ordinary part of childhood and it helps strengthen the immune system. In order to ensure the health and well-being of your child, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you make sure your child gets her annual checkups and receives her immunizations at the correct time.

Cervical Cancer: Risks and Prevention

The good news about cervical cancer is that early detection and prevention efforts have helped to decrease the incidence rates since 2004. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS) the rate is now  2.1 percent per year in women younger than 50, and by 3.

Better Living With Fibromyalgia: 15 Tips

How do you get through the day when you're living with pain, fatigue, and a foggy brain? How do you work, meet family responsibilities, and take care of your health when you live with fibromyalgia? We've got 15 tips for making every day a little easier.

25 Heart-Smart Foods

A food is considered heart-healthy if it meets specific criteria established by the American Heart Association (AHA), or if it has been shown in scientific studies to enhance heart health in some way. Food products that are certified by the AHA display a badge with a red and white Heart-Check mark on their labels.

8 Ways to Reinvent Yourself After Divorce

It's over. The divorce papers are signed, your spouse is now your ex, and you're trying to move on. Actually, you should do more than just move on. This period is a time to reinvent yourself, to rediscover who you really are, and to rethink who you want to be going forward.

Can Loneliness Be Deadly for the Elderly?

Can loneliness be deadly for the elderly? Apparently it's as dangerous as obesity, smoking, and alcohol, according to a recent British summit on loneliness that was reported in The Independent. "Loneliness is the great unspoken public health issue," British Care Services minister Paul Burstow said, according to The Independent.

10 Ways to Avoid a Gout Flare-Up

Gout—if you've had it once, you don't want to have it again. Luckily, this painful joint condition can often be avoided, if you're careful. We've got 10 tips to help you avoid a gout recurrence.  "Gout is a kind of arthritis that occurs when uric acid builds up in blood and causes joint inflammation," according to the National Institutes of Health.

Are Psychic Dreams Real?

If you've ever had a true psychic dream, you're in the minority. According to Letitia Sweitzer, MEd, ACC, an Atlanta-based life coach who co-authored a book on dreams that come true, only about 10 percent of people have had what she considers a compelling psychic-dream story.

Adult Bed-Wetting: A Common Issue

Estimates are that as many as two percent of adults still have trouble controlling their bladder while asleep. Whether this is a continuation of a youthful problem or it's onset later in life, it's universally embarrassing and can have a substantial impact on quality of life.

Noisy Neighbors and Can't Sleep? 5 Solutions

Unless you live on an isolated patch of land, dealing with noisy neighbors is a fact of life. Apartment dwellers naturally hear more neighbor noise than those in private homes, but even suburban cul-de-sacs can be beset by barking dogs, summer parties, and car alarms.

How Smoking Affects Your Sleep

There are plenty of compelling reasons to quit smoking, and recent research has uncovered one more: Smokers don't sleep as well as nonsmokers. In fact, they're about four times less likely to report refreshing sleep. One surprising reason? Nicotine withdrawal.

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