May 1-7, 2010 - Original Health Articles

Contact Lenses and Eye Allergies

Eye allergy sufferers may fantasize about one day wearing contacts—without discomfort. But you may not be too hopeful, and for good reason. According to the findings of a recent survey conducted by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the eye allergy discomfort respondents experience is enough to discourage almost half of them from wearing their contacts during allergy season.

Number of Births Increases Heart Disease Risk

A large Swedish study of 1.3 million women ages 50 and older found that a woman's increased risk for heart disease and stroke as she gets older may be linked to the number of births she's had. According to the study results, women who gave birth twice had the lowest risk of future cardiovascular disease, while women who had given birth five or more times had a 60 percent increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the future.

3 Lifestyle Risks for Breast Cancer Recurrence

Learning you have breast cancer can be devastating. After you've completed treatment, the last thing you want to worry about is developing breast cancer a second time. Fortunately, you can significantly reduce your risk for breast cancer recurrence by addressing three lifestyle-related risk factors: being overweight, smoking, and drinking excess alcohol.

Patient Compliance with Asthma Treatment Plans

A study conducted by scientists in Northern Ireland has revealed that asthmatics with especially hard-to-treat symptoms who find their medication isn't working adequately to manage their respiratory distress may actually be causing the problems themselves because they aren't following their doctor's order.

Extract Derived from Onions May Minimize Stretch Marks

Dozens of stretch mark therapies are available, but according to experts, any stretch mark treatment is only partially effective. However, new research shows that an extract derived from ordinary onions shows promise in reducing the unsightly appearance of stretch marks.

Sitting Too Long Could Be Dangerous to Your Health

Americans sit a lot. In fact, it is not uncommon for people to spend half of their waking hours sitting. Whether you sit at the office, in the car, at school, at the computer or in front of the TV, if you're seated for too many hours, you are increasing your health risks, experts say.

The Life Cycle of the Penis

As men age, some of the common fears are that his penis will get smaller, that it will be too small to satisfy his partner during sex, and that he will lose sexual desire and function. While the penis itself undergoes changes as a man ages, your sex life can still be great.

Celebrities with Tourette Syndrome

You may be surprised to learn that some of your favorite athletes and celebrities have a condition called Tourette Syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, involuntary movements and vocalizations. Tourette Syndrome is rare (fewer than 200,000 Americans have a severe case) and it usually strikes children between seven and ten.

Diabetes and Necrobiosis Lipoidica Diabeticorum (NLD)

Even if you've had diabetes for a long time, chances are you've never heard of Necrobiosis Lipoidica Diabeticorum (NLD). In fact, the condition is so unusual that it's not even listed in the Merck Manual Home Health Handbook, which lists just about every imaginable malady you can possibly think of.

All about Male Muscle Dysmorphia

We often hear about body image disorders in women, but male body image disorders are not commonly discussed. However, male body image disorders do exist and are on the rise. One in particular, muscle dysmorphia, has been reported to be more common in men, and in particular, male body builders.

Schizophrenia and Multiple Personality Disorder: What's the Difference?

You're probably familiar with some of the more common mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder. However schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder may be two of the least understood mental health problems.

Overcoming Media Influence on Children and their Weight

Flip through any fashion magazine and you're sure to find an array of beautiful, thin, celebrities gracing the glossy pages. But while they may be pretty to look at, do you worry about what message such idealized images are sending to your child or teen? The fact is that many children and adolescents use these celebrities to measure their own body shape and appearance.

Moderate Drinking May Slow Rheumatoid Arthritis

Enjoy a glass of wine with dinner a few times a week? A new study suggests that it just might keep your arthritis at bay, at least for a while. Scientists in Switzerland have found that people who are light to moderate drinkers experienced a slower progression of joint damage than either teetotalers or those who hit the bottle hard.

The Dos and Don'ts of Exfoliation

Exfoliation can help to keep your skin fresh and reduce breakouts, but it can also dry and irritate skin. Here are some common answers to questions about if, why, and how you should exfoliate your skin.   What does exfoliation do? The principle of exfoliation is simple: dead skin cells are removed from skin's outer surface to make room for newer, fresher cells.

5 Foods that Can Kill Your Sex Drive

Not in the mood? That cheeseburger and fries you had for lunch today may be dampening your desire. Believe it or not, your sex drive is affected by many of the lifestyle choices you make from day to day, including what you eat and drink. Some of these choices, like eating gassy foods or drinking too much vino, can affect you the very same day (or night).

How to Live Long like Betty White

At an age when many people are slowing down, 88-year-old Betty White is still going strong. The veteran TV and movie actress, best known for her roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s and The Golden Girls in the 1980s, has continued to appear on screens large and small over the past two decades.

Shift Workers May Be at Higher Risk for IBS

A new study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology is showing that shift workers, especially those working in rotating shifts, are at a significantly higher risk for developing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and stomach pain than workers in a standard nine-to-five time schedule.

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