June 22-30, 2013 - Original Health Articles

Is It Seasonal Hair Loss or Alopecia?

It's late fall and you're losing a lot of hair. You're not losing your mind, you could have  seasonal hair loss, which usually occurs in the late fall and early winter. There are a few different theories as to why seasonal hair loss occurs. According to Dr.

How to Prepare for the Death of a Pet

No one wants to think about it—but at some point, all pet owners will be faced with the inevitable loss of their loyal, furry friend. Whether the death occurs from natural causes or euthanasia, saying goodbye to a beloved member of the family can be heartbreaking.

Transient Ischemic Attacks: What You Need to Know

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) shares many similarities with stroke but there are differences. Like a stroke, it occurs when the blood flow to your brain is impeded and causes a part of the brain to stop working. It differs in that, with a TIA, stroke-like symptoms are temporary and there is no damage to the brain.

The 5 Components of Physical Fitness

New to the gym, or not, a personal trainer can help determine a baseline for five measures of physical fitness. From there, use those numbers to track your progress and stay motivated. What exactly does it mean to be fit? It's that feeling you have when you're strong, toned, lean, flexible and have the energy to go the distance.

Daily Stretches to Help You Feel Your Best

Stretching throughout the day gets the blood circulating and heart pumping when you wake up or feel sluggish in the late afternoon. It completes a work out and is an excellent habit to get into before going to bed. Stretching is one of those anytime, anywhere, good-for-you activities you can do from the comfort of home, at your desk or while walking the dog.

Which Is Better: Bagged Greens or Bulk?

What's the best way to buy leafy green vegetables like lettuce, spinach and kale? While some people prefer their greens unbagged and straight from the ground, others go for the triple-washed, pre-cut brands packaged for everyday convenience. Both have their pros and cons.

Beyond Zumba : Dance Workouts You've Got to Try

That weekly Zumba® class inspired your obsession with dance-based fitness, but looking for something new? Look no further. We found six routines guaranteed to keep both your mind engaged and your body in motion. If you love Zumba®, you'll love.

Clay: The Great Health Elixir?

Mention the word "clay" and you may think of making pottery—or applying a face mask as part of a beauty treatment. Though you may never have considered actually eating the dirt, devotees claim it's actually beneficial to your health, providing energy and eradicating a multitude of woes.

Health Benefits of the Prickly Pear Cactus

It's a fruit, vegetable, and flower all wrapped into one. It's got vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Yet the prickly pear cactus is not exactly a supermarket staple. "I believe the prickly pear cactus is destined to be the next herbal superstar," says Ran Knishinsky, author of Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine.

Will Giving Up Gluten Deliver Weight Loss?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, but can be in a surprising amount of other foods, whether added intentionally or from being contaminated (think ketchup, ice cream, even oats). While some people need to follow a GF diet due to diagnosed celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, many followers just feel better—and find they shed a few pounds.

6 Surprising Health Benefits of Beer

Americans love their beer. Rare is the backyard barbeque or baseball game in which someone isn't enjoying a cold one. Despite its popularity, beer is believed to be unhealthy. True, when consumed in excess, it can cause health problems and its calorie and carbohydrate-dense brew can add pounds.

Breakfast Recipes to Jump-Start Your Day

What you eat is just as important as when you eat it so make sure breakfast count. Experts recommend foods low in unhealthy fat and calories and high in fiber (like fruit, vegetables, and whole grains) and protein (from meat, dairy, nuts, and seeds). Three well-known nutritionists share their favorite healthy ways to start the day.

Enlarged Prostate and Transurethral Microwave Therapy

If you're a man of a certain age, you may have noticed that you're making many more frequent bathroom trips than you used to. This most often occurs because of a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or an enlarged prostate. It's extremely common in older men, but that may be small consolation when every car trip becomes a quest for the next rest stop or when peaceful slumber is interrupted by nature's call several times through the night.

Chiropractic Care: Benefits Beyond the Back

Pain is never easy to live with, but pain has an important place in our lives. It can be a warning that we're harming our bodies or a sign that something isn't right and needs investigating. As we age, improper lifting, sharp or sudden movements, or participating in sports can strain or injure the soft tissue areas surrounding the spine—often resulting in acute pain lasting a days or weeks.

Who Will Care for Your Disabled Child After You Die?

As difficult as it is to imagine a future for your disabled child that does not include you, his most devoted caretaker, it's crucial that you make plans to ensure that his future is as secure as possible. Here's how: Gather your family Start by asking for your family's thoughts.

Safeguard Your Future With Disability Insurance

Expecting the unexpected. No one likes contemplating "what ifs," but being prepared for when the clouds roll in is important. Far too many people have found themselves suddenly unable to earn an income due to an illness or injury they did not anticipate.

How to Make Your Home Smell Fresh

Your living space is your haven and you want it to smell as good as it looks. "Our associations to scents are processed in the primitive part of our brain," explains Sally Augustin, PhD, an environmental psychologist who is the founder of Design With Science and editor of Research Design Connections.

7 Razor-Free Ways to Remove Unwanted Hair

As the weather heats up, so probably does your hair removal routine. While shaving is a cheap and easy hair-removing process, it's very short term and can leave nicks, cuts, and ingrown hairs that can be prone to infection, says Sabrina Taylor, an expert in natural skin care products who regularly shares her expertise on BESskincare.

6 Life-Changing Medical Breakthroughs on the Horizon

Penicillin. Hailed as the world's first miracle drug because of its ability to cure people of many once-fatal bacterial infections, may be one of the best-known medical breakthroughs of all time. It's almost impossible to imagine a time before antibiotics were discovered and dying from an infected scratch was commonplace.

More Americans Successfully Managing Diabetes

For the past few years, the news about Americans and diabetes has mostly bleak. There are 26 million people who have the condition, and almost three times that many have prediabetes, a condition that typically is a marker for the development of diabetes.

5 Doctors Every Man Should Have on Speed Dial

The stereotype of the guy who avoids his annual checkup exists for a reason—most men don't like going to the doctor. However, having a contact list of physicians and specialists who can tackle pressing medical needs is essential to maintaining health and detecting issues before they become more serious.

6 Simple Tips for a Better Day

Is stress, anxiety or depression is taking a toll on your mental health? If so, medical research has shown that it's quite possibly harming your physical well-being as well. A survey of more than 7,000 adults with arthritis found that those who reported symptoms of depression or anxiety had more physical complaints than those who did not experience psychological distress.

Deal With the Dreaded Airplane Headache

Research suggests that so-called airplane headaches may be a real problem for a small percentage of the roughly two billion annual air travelers. Some medical experts even propose including this phenomenon as a new headache designation. Airplane headaches most often strike during takeoff and landing.

Acupressure: Give Yourself Relief

Acupressure is an ancient form of healing that applies pressure, usually from fingers, along specific trigger points on the body. It's similar to acupuncture, which uses tiny needles instead of pressure. Proponents of acupressure use it for a wide variety of healing and wellness purposes, including stress and pain relief, colds and flu, insomnia, depression, dizziness, digestive disorders, nausea, morning sickness, and immune system enhancement.

Why Long-Married Couples Divorce (and Tips to Help Save Your Marriage)

A growing number of couples today are calling it quits after many years of marriage. In fact, the United States Census Bureau reveals that the number of divorces in people over 50 years of age has more than doubled in the past two decades. Reasons for Divorce Among Long-Married Couples There are so many reasons that long-term marriages end in divorce, says LeslieBeth Wish, EdD, MSS, a psychologist, licensed clinical social worker, and author of the upcoming book Smart Relationships.

Packaged-Food Pitfalls: What Healthy Eaters Need to Know

With so much focus on food news lately, from horsemeat in meatballs to pink slime in hamburgers, it's enough to make you swear off fast food. But fast food isn't the only convenience food you should eat less of. Let's start in your pantry.  Most prepared and packaged foods that make mealtimes a cinch are highly-processed.

12 Ways to Break Out of a Bad Mood...Fast!

All kinds of ordinary stuff including traffic jams, rude store clerks—even the nightly news—can make you cranky. But there's an upside to feeling down. Bad moods give you a chance to appreciate the days you feel great. Snap out of that funk fast with these 12 tips designed to help you see the sunny side of life again, pronto: 1.

It's Never Too Late to Find Love Again

Losing a long-time spouse or partner may make you feel painfully alone. Perhaps you miss the companionship and intimacy that comes with a relationship. If you find yourself wondering whether it's too late to look for love, take heart in knowing that there's no need to stay lonely.

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