March 1-7, 2010 - Original Health Articles

What to Eat After a Workout

What you eat after you work out may be the most important meal of your day.  That's because muscles that have been exercised are thirsty, hungry, and stressed.  Making the right food choices may make all the difference in avoiding muscle soreness and fatigue.

Avoiding Insulin Dosage Mistakes

Medical experts say the best way to minimize tragic endings like this are to read insulin labels carefully—and to double—check your doctor's prescriptions, too. "Even in hospital settings, insulin is considered to be one of the high risk medications because if you take too much you can end up with serious consequences," says Suzanne Khanna, program coordinator at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, New Jersey.

6 Ways to Ease a Queasy Stomach

At some point, everyone experiences a bout of nausea, that unsettling feeling in the pit of their stomach in which the thought of eating food is unfathomable. The reasons for queasy stomachs are many, including pregnancy, flu or food poisoning, motion sickness, certain medications, or overeating.

Could Hemochromatosis be a Factor in Your Arthritis?

Hemochromatosis, a form of iron overload, occurs when the body absorbs and stores too much iron. While healthy people absorb about 10 percent of the iron they eat, people with hemochromatosis can absorb up to 30 percent of the iron they ingest. Since the human body cannot rid itself of iron, over the years hemochromatosis can lead to a level of iron in the body that is five to 20 times more than is healthy.

Spice it Up for Allergy Relief

Allergy Home Remedies When it comes to allergy home remedies, spices are getting high marks for their beneficial properties. Better yet, they're usually things you have right at home, so you may not even need to go anyway or spend any extra money for them.

Benefits of Online Asthma Support

If you ever go online for help when your asthma symptoms flare, you could have the right idea. At least that's the word from a study conducted by researchers affiliated with Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, which discovered that people who supplement their regular asthma care with online support are better able to control their daily symptoms than their counterparts.

Body Fat and Disease Prevention

Most people are working hard to keep off fat, but new research published in the International Journal of Obesity suggests that the more fat individuals have in their hips, thighs and hind area, known as gluteofemoral fat, the less likely they are to develop diabetes and heart disease later in life.

5 Ways to Boost Your Willpower

Whether you're a healthy eater who has fallen off the wagon or someone who has never dieted a day in your life, there's no reason resign yourself to extra pounds. With a mind to improve your eating habits and a few tips to boost your willpower, you can tweak your diet enough to make a significant difference.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Increases Risk for Blood Clots

People with active inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are up to 16 times more likely to have a potentially life-threatening blood clot than those in the general population, according to a British study recently published in the journal, The Lancet. The two most common forms of IBD are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, both of which may cause a number of health problems, including pain, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, weight loss, and intestinal bleeding.

Could Rye Be Better Than Whole Grain?

Conventional wisdom tells us whole grains are healthier than refined grains, because an intact kernel of wheat, barley, rye or oat still harbors the fibrous bran and vitamin-rich germ in its outer layers. When grains are milled to make refined white flours, the outer layers come off and these valuable nutrients are lost.

What to Expect from a Body Wrap

What to Expect from a Body Wrap People rave that body wraps can help you detoxify, moisturize, and slim down. Spa and at-home body wraps become more and more popular every year. You may wonder if they're worth the $100-plus price tag. And what can they really do?   Why Wrap? Spa literature claims that after a body wrap, you'll be inches thinner and feel purified.

The Importance of Cardiac Rehabilitation

Not only will cardiac rehab increase your chances of survival, but it can also help you achieve a level of good health that may be even better than what it was before your illness. The goals of cardiac rehabilitation are to help patients regain their strength, prevent the problem from worsening and to reduce the risk of future heart problems.

Muscle Cramps: What You Should Know

If you've ever had a muscle cramp or charley horse, you know how painful they are. They're unpredictable and tend to strike during sleep, exercise, or when you've held one position for too long. But what causes muscle cramps, and how can they be avoided? What Are Muscle Cramps? Muscle cramps are caused by sudden, involuntary contraction of one or more muscles.

Can Quitting Smoking Raise Your Diabetes Risk?

Smokers are at an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes after they give up their cigarettes, according to a study published in the "Annals of Internal Medicine." According to the researchers, the risk is due to the après-quitting weight gain that is all too  common.

Chronic Diarrhea May Be Caused by a Hormone Deficiency

The results from a new British study published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, are showing that a common type of chronic diarrhea called idiopathic bile acid diarrhea may be caused by a hormone deficiency. (Chronic diarrhea is generally defined as having one or more loose stools a day that lasts for at least four weeks.

Fertility Drugs and Uterine Cancer

The inability to conceive is frustrating and disappointing for any woman who aspires to raise a family. So, it's no wonder why many couples turn to fertility treatments to improve their chances of becoming pregnant. There are numerous causes of infertility and almost as many treatments.

Blueberry Juice May Boost Your Memory

You're almost done with that crossword puzzle you've been working on for days, but 9-down is just out of your grasp. The answer is on the tip of your tongue, though, and you know that you know the word. If only there were a magic elixir you could take that would allow you to remember everything you used to know.

The 5 Best Core Exercises

Core exercises and core strength are hot topics in the fitness world.  That's because a strong core is about so much more than six-pack abs.  It's an important part of your overall health. What is your core?  Your core is your trunk or mid-section and includes muscles in your abdomen, back, hips, and pelvis.

4 Unusual Allergies

When you think of things that trigger your allergies, you probably conjure up images of pollen, dust, mold and trees. But did you know that some people's symptoms are triggered by much more unusual allergies? In fact, serious reactions can occur when they're exposed to the most common, and highly unlikely, culprits such as water, sunlight, sweat, cold and heat.

Could Your Child's Sleep Deprivation and Health Be Related?

Does your child have trouble falling asleep at night? If so, he certainly isn't alone. Many children hate to go to bed; however, when his late nights leave him lacking enough z's, this can put him at risk for a number of health problems, ranging from being overweight to having trouble sitting still to an inability to concentrate in school.

A New Cancer Treatment May Improve Asthma

You probably don't associate asthma and cancer, but researchers may now have reason to believe that a new form of cancer treatment may also help improve your breathing difficulties. In fact, a new cancer trial drug called R-Roscovitine seems to make a real difference in controlling asthma symptoms.

The Health Dangers of Diet Soda

Diet sodas have long been encouraged as a "free food" on many weight loss plans and are a staple for many people with diabetes. Now researchers are saying this sweet treat may be hurting some of the same people it's supposed to help. Since 1976, more than 200,000 female nurses have volunteered to participate in the Nurses' Health Study (NHS) at Brigham and Women's University in Massachusetts.

The Truth about Teeth Whiteners

Nothing lights up your face like a beautiful smile, so it's not surprising that people spend so much time and money whitening their teeth. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dental Surgery, 96 percent of Americans think that an attractive smile is important for attracting the opposite sex, and 74 percent feel an ugly smile can hinder career advancement.

Proper Footwear for Arthritis Sufferers

While wearing well-fitting footwear is a good idea for anyone, it's particularly important for people with arthritis. Since arthritis can affect the feet, knees, and back, shoes that don't offer adequate support can make this condition unnecessarily painful and possibly even worsen it.

Why Light Worsens Migraine Headaches

Migraines affect more than 30 million individuals in the U.S. They are notoriously debilitating with symptoms including headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and visual disturbances. It's long been known that light makes migraines worse, but the reason why has been unclear until recently.

The Low-Down on Low-Carb

A low-carb diet can help people with Type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar, according to a study in Nutrition & Metabolism. The study followed 31 subjects, of whom 13 were on a strict low-carb diet and 18 of whom followed a moderate-carb diet.

Kava for Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are more prevalent than you might believe, and include a range of conditions such as panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. The common thread among anxiety disorders is an overwhelming fear or persistent anxiety that interferes in a person's daily life.

Asthma and Corticosteroids: What You Need to Know

If you've noticed your asthma symptoms have been getting out of hand, your doctor may be considering putting you on steroids. And although this is a very common treatment course that can help you feel significantly better, there are some things you should know before you begin.

When Heart Treatment Guidelines Are Not Followed

A recent study published in the journal Circulation noted some disturbing facts about heart treatment guidelines, and the conclusion from researchers can have important health consequences for you. The study found that more than a third of Americans with heart disease may not be getting "guideline-based" treatment for their problem.

Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis: A Deadly Allergy

Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (also called TEN) is the technical name for a very severe type of drug reaction. Some researchers believe that the condition occurs when the body is unable to metabolize a medication. But because there is currently no way to predict such a reaction, and there are more than 100 types of drugs that can be implicated, prevention is nearly impossible.

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