May 15-21, 2011 - Original Health Articles

Treadmill vs. Outdoor Running: Pros and Cons

Track, trail, or treadmill? You don't have to choose—all have a place in the race to fitness. To help decide which might be better for you, we've broken down the pros and cons of running on a treadmill versus running outdoors. Running on a Treadmill Pros: No excuses.

Asthma Treatment for Alzheimer's Disease?

Who would have guessed that the very same treatment to help you manage respiratory symptoms can also help improve your brain health? Researchers now believe that one type of the FDA-approved asthma medication, Zileuton, might be able to slow down or even reverse Alzheimer's disease.

A Groundbreaking Vaccine for Cat Allergies

As many as 10 percent of people in the Unites States suffer from cat allergies, and exposure to these furry pets can cause itchiness, sneezing, and even wheezing To date, the only cat-allergy treatment options are allergy control medications and immunization therapy.

Want to Live Longer? Eat Whole Grain Fiber

We all know that eating a diet rich in whole grains is good for your heart. Now a new study shows that the kind of fiber found in whole grains may also reduce your risk of dying at an early age from a variety of other causes. The study, which was funded...

Rheumatoid Nodules: Frequently Asked Questions

The presence of rheumatoid arthritis doesn't always just mean swollen, painful joints. The autoimmune disease is an inflammatory condition, meaning it can wreak havoc on many parts of the body, including the skin. This can take the form of rheumatoid nodules, bumpy growths under the skin that usually occur near an arthritic joint.

The Dirty Truth Behind Body Mass Index

In 2004, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) labeled obesity as the number one health risk facing Americans. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, obesity affects 32 percent of adult men and 35.

Sleep Aggression: A Disturbing Phenomenon

Sleep aggression is one of several known parasomnias, or sleep disorders that are characterized by unusual or disturbing experiences upon arousal, such as sleepwalking, sleep eating, teeth grinding, sleep talking, bedwetting, and night terrors. Aggressive...

Why Worrying Hurts Your Heart

The link between heart-attack risk and factors such as Type-A personality, anger, and depression has been well established. But little was known about the cardiovascular risks of people suffering from chronic worry and anxiety until the findings from a long-term study were published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Multiple Myeloma and Gene Sequencing

If you're a patient with multiple myeloma, you'll find the recent progress in deciphering the human genome very exciting and promising. Multiple myeloma is cancer that forms in plasma cells, a type of white blood cells. When these abnormal (myeloma) cells accumulate in the bone marrow, they interfere with the production and function of normal blood cells.

5 Habits of Daily Exercisers

Every morning, rain or shine, Lucy drinks her coffee, pulls on her sneakers, and walks out the door. She comes home 45 minutes later and feels great knowing she's gotten her exercise out of the way. At 80-years-old, Lucy hasn't missed more than a dozen daily walks in over 60 years.

Your Saliva: What's It Really For?

What exactly is saliva, and what is its purpose? Could your saliva reveal secrets about your health? We've got your "saliva basics" (and beyond) right here.  Saliva is the watery, sometimes frothy liquid that forms in your mouth.  Salivary glands in the cheeks and jaw produce between two and four pints per day.

4 Causes of an Irregular Sex Drive

If you find that your fire is burning one minute only to find it extinguished the next, you may have an irregular sex drive. In order to remedy your libido woes, you need to know what's causing it. When your libido's plummeted to the point where your sex life is anything but satisfying, taking a close look at what's going on in your life may be the first step toward revving it up again.

Exercise Away Your Panic Attacks

You know physical activity is good for you, and that lack of exercise is associated with negative physical and mental outcomes. However, did you know exercise is also an effective way to stop a panic attack in its tracks? Studies with large samples of participants consistently demonstrate a positive association between exercise and lower emotional distress in healthy individuals and in people who suffer from anxiety and extreme panic.

What's Behind Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy?

Making one's own child ill in order to receive sympathy and attention from health-care professionals is a rare psychiatric disorder known as Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy that impacts an estimated two in 100,000 children. Considered one of the most harmful forms of child abuse, Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSP) was named for Baron von Munchausen, an 18th-century German dignitary with a reputation for fabricating the truth.

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