March 1-7, 2014 - Original Health Articles

Trend Alert: Vitamin C Showerheads

Vitamin C has long been considered the "miracle vitamin" thought to cure everything from the common cold to far more daunting ailments. Now it's enjoying yet another turn in the spotlight, this time in your shower. Here's the reason for the trend, and why it may (or may not) work for you.

Caffeine: The Good, The Bad And The Unhealthy

Ahhh coffee. The aroma, the taste, the boost. Many of us start our day with a cup, but when we start relying on coffee to feel awake and energized, it's a sign we're addicted to the caffeine it contains. Caffeine Effects Caffeine acts as a stimulant on your central nervous system.

Establishing a Routine to Better Manage Bipolar Disorder

There's nothing routine about having bipolar disorder. Also commonly referred to as manic depression, this is a psychiatric disorder that causes serious shifts in mood, energy, thinking, and behavior, explains Alicia R. Camlibel, PhD, LPC, a psychotherapist in Liberty Corner, New Jersey.

How to Indulge Without Overdoing It

When you overindulge your unhealthy cravings on a regular basis, you may be taking hours, or even days, off your life. This finding comes from a study that was published in the British Medical Journal BMJ (2012). Researcher David Spiegelhalter, a statistician with the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge, found that for every day that you eat red meat, drink several alcoholic drinks, or smoke, you lose about 30 minutes off of your life expectancy.

Why Some People Suffer From Allergies

Why do some people suffer from allergies and others don't? The answer has to do with histamines—chemicals found in many of the body's cells—that play an important, but sometimes harmful, role in the immune system. According to Punita Ponda,...

America s Mental Health Crisis

"My colleagues and I were hearing a lot of stories from patients who wanted mental health care but were unable to find a psychiatrist willing to take their insurance, so we decided to look into the problem," explains Tara Bishop, MD, an assistant professor of public health and an assistant attending physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Feeling Fat? The Alarming Cause of Sudden Weight Gain

Have you ever woken up to find you gained weight overnight? Maybe your clothing, shoes, or rings are suddenly too tight. Such "sudden fat" usually isn't the result of eating too much dessert or other high-calorie foods. Rather, it's often caused by edema, which is the formal name for water retention.

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