March 8-14, 2008 - Original Health Articles

5 Ways to Manage Diabetes

Although diabetes can lead to a host of health problems, you can prevent most complications by keeping your blood glucose levels under control, eating healthy, and being physically active, reports the Centers for Disease Control. What's more, diabetics should work with their health-care providers to keep their blood pressure in check.

Teens and Meningitis

It's every parent's worst nightmare: Their teenager returns home from camp or college with a fever, headache, and stiff neck—symptoms that sound a lot like the flu. But as it turns out, their son or daughter is suffering from a much scarier illness, meningitis.

Asthma 101

Asthma is a chronic condition of the respiratory system characterized by inflammation of the airways. Nearly 20 million Americans suffer from the disorder, according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. Asthma attacks can range from mild to life-threatening and are usually accompanied by coughing, wheezing, and breathlessness.

Reality Check: Taking a Closer Look at Food Claims

Lately, food seems to do a lot more than just provide nourishment. Many products claim to help you concentrate, stay awake longer, or lose weight--but can you believe the hype? Here, a look at some of the new foods being marketed and their claims. Weight-Loss Snacks The products: Special K Bliss bar, Hershey's Sticks, Nabisco and Hostess 100-calorie packs The claim: In addition to the popular 100-calorie packs, other products are promoting a limited amount of calories in their sweets.

The 5 Most Dangerous Food Additives

What did you have for lunch today? If you ate a turkey sandwich and low-fat potato chips, you may have consumed a few unexpected ingredients, too. Perhaps some potassium bromate in your bread or sodium nitrite in your turkey. And those chips, were they made with olestra? The foods currently lining U.

Cholesterol-Lowering Medications 101

It seems as though medications for lowering cholesterol are constantly being developed, tested, and enhanced. As a result, it can be difficult to keep them all straight, especially as new research comes out to show that drugs once thought effective don't actually work the way doctors had hoped.

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