November 1-7, 2009 - Original Health Articles

The Dangers of a Sexless Marriage

A sexless marriage. While it's not something you'd want to participate in, experts estimate that nearly 15 to 20 percent of American couples aren't being inimate regularly. It's the very rare marriage in which both spouses are happy with a no-sex policy, says Israel Helfand, marriage counselor, sex therapist and member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Diabulimia: A Concern for Diabetics

Diabulimia is a disorder that's becoming more common among insulin-dependent diabetics who want to lose weight, explains Ann Goebel-Fabbri, a psychologist at the Joslin Diabetes Center. About one third of all American women with type 1 diabetes, have manipulated their insulin at some point to lose weight, according to the same body of research.

The Do's and Don'ts of Long Distance Relationships

Long-distance relationships require commitment, patience and a rich imagination.  But love can grow and thrive--even if it has to travel far.  Here are some do's and don'ts about how to make your long distance relationship a success.  These skills are especially important now because one partner might be serving time in the military or have to move away from home for a job.

Should You Use Early Aggressive Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

In recent years the medical community has promoted treating rheumatoid arthritis early and aggressively. They point out that by taking rheumatoid arthritis medications such as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) early, patients can delay problems such as joint damage, loss of function, disability and deformity.

The 10 Best Beauty Investments

It's time to get back to basics on what really makes you beautiful: good healthy both inside and out. You don't need an unlimited budget to make you beautiful, but here are ten investments that are sure to pay off: 1. Sunscreen. Nothing ages you faster than the sun, so you should make sure to wear this all-year long.

The Truth about Male Acne

It's difficult to admit, but guys care about their skin too. But figuring out the right products or treatment for male acne can be challenging--a reality that one savvy company has taken advantage of in the nick of time. In 2008, the Mentholatum Company in the U.

10 Skin Care Dos and Don'ts

With so many different types of skin in the world, it would be impossible to write a skin-care prescription for everyone. However, there are some cardinal rules for keeping your skin healthy and spotting potential problems. DO Wear Sunscreen Every Day Most of us lather on the SPF when we're at the beach, but damaging UV rays can harm your skin even when you're just walking around.

Is the HPV Vaccine Safe?

If you're the parent of a tween or teen girl, you probably know about the HPV vaccine, commonly known as Gardasil, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006.  The first vaccine developed to prevent cervical cancer, precancerous genital lesions and genital warts due to human papillomavirus (HPV), the three-shot regimen is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for girls ages 11 and 12 and "catch-up" shots for girls 13 to 26.

Depression and Shopping: Does "Retail Therapy" Exist?

Few people haven't indulged in a little retail therapy on occasion. However, if you suffer from depression you may be more at risk for compulsive shopping, according to a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research Compulsive shopping is becoming a national epidemic, with consequences that range from financial difficulties, to health problems, family conflicts and poor self esteem.

Side Effects of 3 of the Most Common Painkillers

When you have a headache or a pulled muscle, your first concern is relieving your pain. While common painkillers such as acetaminophen or codeine may stop your aches and pains, they can also cause severe side effects. Find out what they are and how you can avoid them.

Is Foreplay Overrated?

Whether or not foreplay is important is controversial these days. Some people say it's overrated. In fact, a survey in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, says that women apparently think foreplay doesn't really add all that much to the experience and that they would rather just concentrate on intercourse.

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