May 22-31, 2013 - Original Health Articles

Positive Thinking May Hinder Your Health

Your mother has always told you to look on the bright side. But now, researchers at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany have discovered that having a dimmer outlook on the future may actually be better for your health. The study team found that older folks with lower expectations about what is to come were more likely to make decisions that lead to having a longer life than their more optimistic counterparts.

Should You Trust Online Physician Reviews?

Problem #1: You don't know the source of the review After analyzing almost 5,000 individual online ratings found on the ten most popular rating sites, researchers at Stanford University found that most online physician reviews are positive. Keep in mind, however, that a review you read online could be written by anyone, and no single review, positive or negative, can be trusted if you don't know who wrote it or the circumstances that led to the reviewer's rating.

Be Kind, Be Happy

It's worth making an effort to be a happy person. Research shows that happy people are healthier, wealthier, more creative, and have better marriages than their more sour kin. And while some aspects of personality may be beyond your control, experts say that happiness, to a large degree, can be acquired via positive thinking and small acts.

Tips to Beat Menopausal Weight Gain

Even if you've never had a weight problem in your life, chances are as you approach menopause you will notice your waistline growing. For some women it's just a little bit of extra flab, while for others it's a bigger pants size or two. What's behind...

Top Dandruff-Preventing Foods

Dandruff is a dermatological condition that is as common as it is unwanted. From the scalp scratching to the telltale white flakes in the hair and even on the collar, seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff's scientific name) is unsightly and embarrassing. The condition is caused by a combination of three factors—inflammation, yeast overgrowth, and the production of sebum, an oily substance secreted by glands that works to keep skin and hair moisturized.

Have Diabetes? Tips to Protect Your Teeth

Taking charge of your diabetes means being vigilant about the health of every part of your body—and that includes your mouth. Elevated blood sugar levels increase your risk of tooth decay, early gum disease (gingivitis), and advanced gum disease (periodontitis.

How to Tell If Your Toddler Needs Glasses

Vision is a complex process which develops gradually in children. By three months, your baby can probably follow a moving object with his eyes but he won't see a full range of colors until four months. Depth perception comes after that and 20/20 vision isn't attained until the age of 5.

7 Surprising Causes of Osteoporosis

We know osteoporosis can come with age, especially for post-menopausal women, but there are other causes for osteoporosis that aren't as well known. What are the hidden causes of this dangerous bone disease? Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become porous, lose density and strength, and become brittle and prone to breaking.

5 Hobbies With Big Health Benefits

Most hobbies—whether it's making your own soap, collecting antiques, traveling, knitting, or playing guitar—provide relaxation, instantly relieving stress and boosting your mental health. That, in turn, can help boost your physical health.

The Best Exercise for Your Aging Brain

While it has long been assumed that activities that challenge your intellect is the key to retaining brain function as you age, a new study conducted in the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh suggests that physical activity may actually do you more good when it comes to ways to improve brain health.

More Whole Grains, Less Diabetes Risk

A recent study showed that individuals who consumed more than 59 grams (about two ounces) of whole grains daily were less likely to develop pre-diabetes compared to those who ate less than 30 grams of whole grains in a day. "This is of great importance because pre-diabetes is increasing," said lead study author Tina Wirstrom of Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden in Reuters Health.

How Drinking Causes Premature Aging

While drinking a moderate amount of alcohol may not be harmful, excessive alcohol consumption can have short and long-term health effects. Alcohol damage to your brain and other vital organs is not visibly obvious. However, your bathroom mirror cannot hide the negative changes to your appearance.

Will Rosemary Make You Smarter?

It looks like Shakespeare was on to something when he penned Ophelia's now-famous line from Hamlet, "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance..." way back at the turn of the 17th century. Science seems to be catching up with the poet and with the many practitioners of Chinese traditional medicine, who have long touted the memory-enhancing powers and other healing qualities of this most fragrant herb.

6 Tips for Finding a Live-In Nurse

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease is a difficult, energy-sapping job that can trigger a lot of stress and anxiety. It's such a demanding role, in fact, that eventually, you'll need outside help. If you're thinking of hiring a live-in caregiver, here are some factors to consider.

Exercise: An Additional Treatment for ADHD?

What if there was a non-pharmaceutical way that—along with other appropriate therapies—helped manage the symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) with no side effects and strong evidence supporting its benefits? There is. It's exercise.

Type 2 Diabetes in Kids: 6 New Management Guidelines

Childhood obesity has ushered in a variety of health problems that traditionally afflicted adults. Managing one of the conditions, Type 2 diabetes, is the focus of new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. When diabetes strikes during childhood, it is routinely assumed to be Type 1, or juvenile-onset, diabetes.

Is Bipolar Disorder Avoidable?

Bipolar disorder can be one of the most difficult conditions to live with. One day, an individual may feel on top of the world and able to accomplish anything. But euphoria, joy, and confidence are inevitably followed by a period of profound sadness and feelings of hopelessness.

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