March 8-14, 2013 - Original Health Articles

How Social Situations Affect Your Child's Food Allergies

The pre-school and kindergarten years were difficult times for your child with food allergies. But as your child grows, so may her risk of having a serious food allergic reaction. It's not because the problem worsens as a child ages, but rather that...

What You Need to Know About Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer for which there is a readily identifiable cause: asbestos. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned asbestos in 1989. However, it was widely used in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, primarily for insulation on floors, ceilings, water pipes, and heating ducts.

How to Handle the "Food Police"

The "food police" come out in full force during special occasions. Go to a cocktail party, and chances are a well-meaning friend who knows you have diabetes asks whether you're supposed to be eating a particular food. At a family gathering, your aunt inquires in a loud voice (and within earshot of the entire table) if that's your second slice of pie.

Retirement Communities Reinvented

Forget the old-fashioned senior community that offered little more than a tired-looking swimming pool, a weedy shuffleboard court, and a weekly shuttle bus to the supermarket. Today's retirement communities are bustling hotbeds of activity and energy, offering more options for fun and healthful recreation than many resorts.

Growing Your Family? Tips to Help a Jealous Sibling

The gift of a new family member may feel more like the booby prize to your firstborn, so don't be surprised if number one greets the new baby with anger instead of adoration. To help your child adjust to life with a younger sibling, QualityHealth enlisted the expertise of Roni Cohen Leiderman, PhD, Dean of the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development at Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

Emu Oil for Arthritis: Will It Help?

Can a natural remedy that has been used for thousands of years to treat skin conditions effectively treat arthritis pain and inflammation? For now, the answer appears to be: it could possibly help and probably won't hurt. Extracted from the fat of the large flightless bird native to Australia, emu oil is an ingredient found in a variety of topical skin care products.

When Is It Time for a Colonoscopy?

The colonoscopy is the most widely used screening tool for colon and rectal cancer (colorectal cancer, or CRC), the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. Most colorectal cancers start as polyps (growths). While about 20 percent of adults 50 and older have polyps, most never become cancerous.

Reusable Menstrual Products: The Eco-Friendly Alternative

Women around the world are seeking alternatives for dealing with their periods. They're tired of buying and tossing mountains of disposable tampons and sanitary napkins. They want something greener and cheaper but don't want to give up the convenience of conventional menstrual products.

The Link Between Menopause and Osteoporosis

Women's bodies can change a lot after menopause and one of the most ominous changes could be the development of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease that occurs when bones become porous and brittle. The minerals that make up the bone become less dense, weakening bones and increasing risk for breakage.

10 Ways to Be More Tender

If you and your partner often tend to take each other for granted (which given the pace of most people's lives, is very easy to do), chances are that you both feel underappreciated from time to time. But it's not hard to show your tender side, and you don't have to spend a lot of time and money to do so.

Are You Neurotic?

Although you rarely hear the expression anymore, mental health professionals traditionally used the term neurotic to refer to conditions associated with poor functioning, anxiety, and depression. Diagnosing mental health conditions, such as personality disorders, is generally not as straightforward as it is with many illnesses.

The Emotional Benefits of Mindful Breathing

What if there was a quick, easy, no-cost way to relieve stress? There is, and you're already doing it-every single day. This magic remedy is breathing. Breathing is automatic and something we don't think about. However, the simple act of taking a few moments to be mindful of our breathing can be transformative.

The Weather: A Tricky Migraine Trigger

One of the trickiest migraine triggers is something you can't change—the weather. While you can't control Mother Nature, you can take charge of your weather-related migraines. The National Headache Foundation says environmental factors that can provoke a migraine are extremely variable and affect only a small proportion of migraine sufferers.

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