March 15-21, 2013 - Original Health Articles

Could Pine Bark Extract Help Treat Osteoarthritis Pain?

More than 10 million Americans have knee osteoarthritis. If you're one of them, you may benefit from pine bark extract. You may already be familiar with pine bark extract, commonly sold as pygenol, or under the brand name Pycnogenol®. Years of research...

Recognizing and Treating Thyroid Disease

For a small gland, the thyroid has a big responsibility. It controls many bodily activities by means of two hormones, called T3 and T4. When the thyroid produces the right amounts of T3 and T4, heart rate and metabolism function optimally. When the thyroid isn't working properly, problems can develop.

In Search of Dr. Right? Look for These Qualities

Long gone are the days when one doctor handled your medical needs for most of your life. Today, health care often requires a collaborative approach, with multiple doctors sharing patients and working together in large practices. It's not unusual for four or more doctors to care for the same patient.

What Migraine Stage Are You Experiencing?

We're all familiar with migraine's classic symptoms−pain, nausea, light and sound sensitivity and irritability. Once the pain is finally over, however, many sufferers still have hours and days of disabling symptoms to deal with. It's called migraine postdrome and for many migraine sufferers, it's almost as frustrating as the migraine itself.

Learn to Become a Better Listener

You may think you're really listening when your spouse, child, or friend is talking to you. You may even look as if you're hearing every word. But the truth is (yes, admit it!), you often tend to zone out and not really focus on what the other person is saying.

Diet and Exercise: The Key to Type 2 Remission?

If you've got type 2 diabetes, it may go into remission if you follow an intensive program of diet and exercise, new research shows. The study, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found 1 in 9 individuals with type 2 who stuck with an intensive diet and exercise program for one year saw their blood sugar go back to the normal range.

6 Myths About Down Syndrome

While many people with Down syndrome are active participants in the educational, vocational, social, and recreational activities of their communities, much misinformation exists about this genetic disorder. To help set the record straight, Cevallos dispels some common Down syndrome myths and facts.

What Are Your Feet Trying to Tell You?

If your eyes are the windows to your soul, then your feet might be the window to your health. Whether they're big or small, narrow or wide, the skin, nerves, blood vessels, bones, nails, and even hair on your feet say a lot about how the rest of your body is doing.

A Basic Guide to Writing Your Will

As uncomfortable as it may be to plan ahead for a time when you won't be here, consider what could happen if you don't. Dying without a will could cause your family a great deal of confusion, expense and, possibly, major squabbles. Here's how to avoid all that.

Are You in Denial About Your Weight?

The scale may have gone up in recent years, your old clothing is tighter, and you can't walk that three-mile loop in the park as fast as you once could. But your weight is just fine. In fact, you don't look any worse than anyone else you know, right? That, experts say, is part of the huge weight-denial problem facing Americans these days.

Scientific Studies Don't Always Tell the Whole Story

Every day (or so it seems), there is a report about a new scientific finding about what causes or cures cancer (or other illness). It's all too easy to get your hopes up, so it's important to understand how to evaluate studies. According to the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR), scientific studies provide clues to deciphering the mysteries of cancer.

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