June 8-14, 2012 - Original Health Articles

Kidney Cancer: What You Need to Know

Kidney cancer, or renal carcinoma, is a cancer that starts in the kidneys. According to the Kidney Cancer Association, kidney cancer is considered rare when compared to other types of cancer, as it comprises about 3 percent of the total number of cancer diagnoses each year.

The Truth Behind Your Indigestion

About 1 in 4 people in the U.S. suffer from gastrointestinal disorders, according to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. Dyspepsia, or acid indigestion, can be due to peptic ulcer disease, gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), another underlying issue—organic dyspepsia, or for no obvious cause—functional dyspepsia.

The Best Facial Masks for All Skin Types

Using a facial mask once a week can serve various skin care purposes. It's an effective way to help clear up blemishes, and hydrate and exfoliate skin. The key is to make sure you choose one targeted for your skin type, since the wrong match can make skin problems worse.

Asthma and Allergies Linked to a Dangerous Syndrome

Churg syndrome occurs when your immune system becomes overactive leading to inflammation of the blood vessels throughout the body including the lungs, nerves, skin, and abdomen. When these vessels swell, it can hamper blood flow to the organs and tissue.

Do You Twitch In Your Sleep?

A person with Periodic Limb Movement during Sleep (PLMS) experiences repetitive movements, usually in the legs, about every 10 to 90 seconds. The episodes last for a few seconds each and may continue for hours. Regardless of whether you're awake during the episodes, your sleep surely is being disrupted.

Can the Buteyko Breathing Technique Help Asthma?

The Buteyko Breathing Technique (BBT) was developed in Russia more than 50 years ago and consists of combining breathing and relaxation exercises to help you control breathing patterns and reduce reliance on your inhaler. Just keep in mind that BBT can't substitute long-term asthma medications, so continue to take those as directed.

Is There Lead in Your Lipstick?

Lead paint exposure can cause brain damage, anemia, and other health issues, so public health agencies constantly warn us about its dangers. But lead can be present in a different kind of paint entirely—lipstick—and we rarely hear about it.

Cocoa May Prevent Colon Cancer

Got a sweet tooth? Good. You may be protecting yourself from colon cancer. Researchers from the Institute of Food Science and Technology and Nutrition (ICTAN) in Spain have found that cocoa—in addition to playing a role in heart health—may offer protection against intestinal bowel diseases, such as colon cancer.

How to Grow Herbs and Veggies in Small Spaces

Fresh-grown foods have a significant edge over store-bought produce in terms of taste and nutrients, and there's a definite satisfaction in raising and eating your own plants. You can pick them at the height of ripeness when they're bursting with vitamins, and there's no worry about their being contaminated with pesticides or other pollutants.

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