March 1-7, 2011 - Original Health Articles

When Should You Keep Them Home?

See what people are saying about this article on our Facebook page! "Mommy, I don't feel good." No parent wants to hear these words, especially first thing in the morning. If you're not sure if your child is sick enough to warrant staying home from school or daycare, you're not alone.

Diagnosing Breast Cancer: Risk Factors and Early Detection

See what people are saying about this article on our Facebook page! "But no one in my family ever had breast cancer." This is an all-too-common response from women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. While family history is a significant risk factor, only about one in 10 women diagnosed have family members with breast cancer.

Packing on the Pounds in Your Warm House

See what people are saying about this article on our Facebook page! Is the bitter blast of winter leaving your driveway ice-coated, car slush-covered, and heating bills at an all-time high? With all these cold weather woes, it's hard to believe it could get much worse.

Why Some Foods Get Better With Age

Why do some foods get better with age? Because humans help them along. Connoisseurs of fine food say that ripening, or aging, of some types of cheese enhances both the flavor and texture of the finished product. Although not everyone agrees—especially when the result is a "stinky"or musty-flavored cheese—it is true that the basic nature of cheese changes as it ages, until it becomes an entirely different food.

Do the Sexes Experience Fibromyalgia Differently?

See what people are saying about this article on our Facebook page! Fibromyalgia syndrome affects approximately 10 million Americans with widespread pain, fatigue, insomnia, depression and other debilitating symptoms. While it affects people from all social statuses, races and ethnic groups, approximately 75-90 percent of fibromyalgia patients are women.

Is Broken Sleep a Bad Thing?

Do you wake up at 2, 4 and 6 a.m.? While it probably won't hurt you to experience occasional nocturnal stirrings, night after night of interrupted sleep is dangerous to your mental and physical health. Here's what you can do to help yourself sleep through the night.

Want a Tan? Eat Vegetables Instead

See what people are saying about this article on our Facebook page! Over and over again, you've heard about the dangers of tanning booths—skin cancer and eye damage, to name just two. But what if you simply can't get the desire for bronze out of your head?  Then, it's time to walk away from the tanning bed.

Delayed Heartburn: Why Does it Happen?

See what people are saying about this article on our Facebook page! Even though you shouldn't have had that spicy Mexican enchilada or that extra cup of coffee, you actually don't feel too bad afterwards-at least not right away. But hours or even a day or two later, you feel those familiar and terrible symptoms of reflux coming on and heartburn brought on by reflux is plaguing you once again.

When Sex Makes You Sick: Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome

Most people enjoy having sex, but for a small group of men, the very act of having an orgasm can make them sick. Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome This condition was first discovered about a decade ago and is relatively rare, causing some doctors to question whether it's psychological in nature.

How to Keep Track of Multiple Medications

Gone are the days when the only pill you popped was a multivitamin. Now, it seems your medicine cabinet is bursting with remedies for a variety of ailments, each with its own directions for use. But how do you keep track of different medications when...

Taking Antioxidants May Boost Male Fertility

Researchers in New Zealand and Australia have a hunch that antioxidants-long touted to decrease the risk of cancer and heart disease-may also help fertility-challenged couples to conceive. Cochrane Library lead researcher Marian Showell, who works in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Aukland in New Zealand, recently reported the results of a small study of 2,876 couples and the effects of oral antioxidants on "subfertile" males.

Tossing and Turning All Night? What to Do

See what people are saying about this article on our Facebook page! You may not realize that you are tossing, turning, and kicking up a storm each night. But if you're not waking up feeling rested and refreshed in the morning, or if you're okay but your sleep partner is complaining, you know something is up.

7 Cost-Effective Treatments for Asthma

You're probably very aware of how much you spend for a gallon of gas or a carton of milk these days. But do you know how much it costs to manage your asthma? Asthma Treatment Comes at a Cost Having an asthma attack can take a toll on your wallet. Even if you have a good health insurance plan, when you need medical treatment for asthma, there are out-of-pocket fees for doctor visits or hospital stays as well as the cost for your medications, and even lost wages.

Running Through Pain: When is it OK?

Forget about that famous "runner's high." Serious runners will tell you: running hurts, at least at first. If you can't run away from the pain, should you run through it? It all depends on the level of pain. Your legs have to get used to the hard work of running.

How Do You Know If You're Having a Stroke?

It doesn't seem to be as greatly feared by many of us as cancer and heart attacks. Yet stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and the largest cause of disability in adults, according to the American Stroke Association. When a blood vessel ferrying oxygen or nutrients to the brain either bursts or is blocked, a stroke results--and the brain tissue in that area, since it's not getting nourishment, starts to die.

Michael Douglas: Does Remission Mean Cured?

Fans of the morally challenged tycoon Gordon Gecko from the movie Wall Street are happy to learn that leading man Michael Douglas declares himself free of cancer. Douglas recently completed treatment for late stage IV throat cancer. Cancer experts say that when caught early, throat cancer can be cured 85 percent of the time with surgery or radiation.

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