May 1-7, 2014 - Original Health Articles

Does Alcohol Increase Your Risk of Cancer?

Recent news reports have raised concerns that drinking alcohol increases the risk for melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. Alcohol is a significant risk factor for cancer, but the headlines are a bit misleading. What the research really says about alcohol and cancer risk The study in question reports that people who drink alcohol regularly had a 20 percent higher risk of developing malignant (spreading) melanoma than people who drink occasionally or not at all.

The Aging Mind: A New Explanation for Cognitive Decline, and a Battle Plan for Better Brain Power

Older adults tend to score lower on tests of mental function, a phenomenon that was long-attributed to be a symptom of age-related cognitive decline—a serious but common problem. However, recent research proposes a new theory to explain why older adults score lower on cognitive tests: Like a computer jam-packed with photos, videos and text files, the longer we live, the more our minds fill up with information.

6 Foods That Will Boost Your Mood

Did you know that the foods you eat can affect your mood? "Many people are aware that there is a link between physical health and diet, but they don't make the connection between what they eat and how they feel emotionally," says Elizabeth Somer, RD, MA, and author of Food and Mood and Eat Your Way to Happiness.

Dry Eyes in Winter: The Effects of Cold Weather and Indoor Heat

It's nothing to cry about. According to the National Eye Institute, dry eye occurs when tears aren't properly produced. Tears—a complex mixture of water, fatty oils and mucus which protects against infection—keep eyes smooth and vision clear.

Men with Baldness at the Crown May Be More Prone to Heart Disease

If you're bald—or are balding at the crown—don't be surprised if your cardiologist takes notice. Men who are completely bald or bald at the crown may be at higher risk of developing atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) and heart disease than those with frontal baldness, a receding hairline, or a full head of hair, according to an analysis of six scientific studies published between 1993 and 2008.

Diabetes and the Mediterranean Diet

Research has shown that a balanced, Mediterranean-style diet can be a healthy eating plan for everyone—and especially people with diabetes. But, until recently, there was no reason to think it could also help prevent the disease. A study of more...

How Good and Bad Events Can Trigger Depression

It's not unusual to experience both depression and anxiety following some types of trauma or significant life change. And the change doesn't have to be negative such as job loss. Positive events—like having a child or moving to a bigger home—can be stressful and bring on anxiety and bad feelings, too.

Want To Try Yoga? Finding The Right Teacher Is Key

Whether your goal is to get fit, reduce stress, relieve pain, become more flexible, improve your health, gain some spiritual grounding, or all of the above, the best yoga teacher is the one who makes it happen for you. Bear in mind that for a beginner or a returning practitioner, yoga can be quite challenging, especially if you are older or have a chronic medical condition that requires special accommodations.

5 Ways to Deal With Post-Nasal Drip

Post-nasal drip. We've all experienced it. Mucus dripping from the back of our nose and down our throat. That persistant tickling or irritating feeling sometimes accompanied by throat soreness or coughing. We know it's nothing serious, but it feels miserable, and we want to do something about it.

Headache? Or Something More Serious?

If your head hurts, take comfort: "Headache is a universal human experience," says Richard B. Lipton, MD, director of the Montefiore Headache Center, Edwin S. Lowe Professor, vice chair of neurology, professor of epidemiology and population health, and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY.

Afraid of Needles? Ultra-Thin Options May Remove Fear Factor

An estimated 10 percent of the population suffers from belonephobia, a fear of needles. And it's probably safe to say that a much larger percentage simply doesn't like them. The reasons are pretty simple—needles can be an unpleasant experience.

How Trauma Leads to Depression

When bad things happen to you or a loved one, you may experience scary memories, unsettling emotions and/or a sense of hopelessness. Trauma from an unexpected event takes a person from a state of normal emotion to a state of high emotional arousal, and depression as a result is not uncommon.

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