November 22-30, 2009 - Original Health Articles

One in Five Men is at Risk of a Drinking Problem

In the United States, approximately 18 million people have an alcohol-use disorder. Drinking problems have been associated around the world with depression, severe anxiety, insomnia, substance abuse, suicide, and an increased risks of many health other serious problems.

Honey: A Miracle Cure?

For most, when the symptoms of a cold set in the honey is taken out. Historically, honey has been used as a folk remedy in cultures around the world. It has been known as a "cure" for smallpox, baldness, eye diseases, and indigestion. It's even been used as a contraceptive.

Eye Complications for Diabetics

As the incidence of diabetes continues to rise--an estimated 23.6 million Americans now have type 2 diabetes--the number of cases of eye complications is on the increase, too. In fact, the CDC projects that the number of diabetic retinopathy cases will double by 2050.

Coping With Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer treatment affects each man differently. Some sail through treatment with few, if any, side effects or complications. Others are may experience a litany of treatment related issues. The good news is that most problems caused by prostate cancer can be managed and often disappear following treatment.

Exercising with Asthma: Harmful or Helpful?

The Benefits of Regular Exercise According to the American Council on Exercise, the more you engage in such regular activities, the more you build up your stamina and strength. Better yet, your respiratory system can often benefit, too, making it less prone to asthma attacks over time.

10 Best Tips That Moms Give

Remember all those times your mom told you to go to bed early and eat your veggies? You might not have wanted to admit it back then, but as it turns out, she was right--about almost everything. Here, the 10 best pieces of advice that moms give: 1. Wash your hands Think about everything you touched today--toilets, door handles, telephones.

Can Keeping a Routine Help Control Bipolar Symptoms?

Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme mood swings from emotional highs (mania) to emotional lows (depression). Most people who have bipolar disorder take daily mood-stabilizing medicines to control their symptoms. But medicine isn't the only solution.

The Dos and Don'ts of Laser Hair Removal

Wondering whether laser hair removal is right for you? Here are some answers to common questions about this popular procedure. How does it work? Powerful, controlled flashes of light are beamed onto the area with unwanted hair. The melanin pigment in the hair attracts the laser energy towards the follicle, heating it up and eventually destroying it.

Can Vitamin B Benefit Celiac Sufferers?

A recent study conducted by a group of Dutch researchers has found that vitamin B supplements can be beneficial in increasing vitamin B6, B12 and folate levels in celiac disease patients and in reducing their homocysteine levels. High levels of homocysteine, an amino acid in the blood, has been associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease, a narrowing of the vessels that carry blood to the legs, arms, stomach or kidneys.

The Vitamin D-Asthma Connection

Vitamin D and Asthma Researchers have long recognized that maternal Vitamin D levels during pregnancy can end up having an impact on the baby's respiratory system after birth. But whether the Vitamin D and asthma link also exists in later childhood has been more of a mystery.

Panic Attacks and Mitral Valve Prolapse

Although there is some evidence to suggest that there's a correlation between panic disorders and mitral valve prolapse (MVP), a common heart valve abnormality, there's no definitive proof linking the two health problems. The mitral valve is one of the heart's four valves and consists of two flaps that allow the flow of blood from the heart's left upper chamber (left atrium) and the left lower chamber (left ventricle).

The 10 Riskiest Foods in the U.S.

Most people don't think of fruits and vegetables as being hazardous to their health. We tell our kids to eat their leafy greens and juicy fruits so they can grow up to be healthy and strong. But did you know that the "healthiest" foods are on the list of the 10 riskiest foods to eat in the U.

Kids and Fitness: Weighing the Health Benefits

Kids and Fitness: Key to Combating Obesity There has been much attention focused lately on the growing problem of obesity in the United States and the need for children to be become more physically fit. That's why the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), along with a number of other public health organizations, is working to educate parents and other role models about the importance of preventing childhood obesity by increasing fitness levels.

New Ways to Get Your Vegetables

Low in calories, packed with vitamins and minerals, and essential for good health--vegetables are a powerhouse food! Nutrition experts say you can never have too many veggies in your diet but most of us aren't eating enough to reap their benefits. In addition to simple side dishes, there are many familiar and easy ways to enjoy all kinds of vegetables, including soups, salads, pastas, stir-fries and even desserts.

The Link between Exercise and Brainpower

Parents and teachers have known for centuries that kids do better in school after they've "gotten their wiggles" out or played hard at recess. The benefits of exercise are undisputed and now, studies show there's scientific evidence to support this age-old parenting wisdom—the link between exercise and brainpower.

Can Treatment For Reflux Lead to Pneumonia?

Of all the bad things about heartburn, the good news is that it is treatable. Over-the-counter drugs can be purchased easily and cheaply, and often times all it takes to reduce the burn is an antacid after a heavy meal. Indeed, treatment for reflux nearly negates the symptoms.

Can Food Allergies Lead to Weight Gain?

When it comes to food allergies and weight gain, there's been increasing attention in recent years to the fact that some people who're overweight may be able to trace the problem back to the way their bodies respond to certain foods they eat. A 2007 study published in The Journal of the American Diabetes Association explains that when people eat foods that cause an immune system response, this can set off a chain reaction.

The Lowdown on Scar Treatments

As skin tries to heal itself, it produces excess collagen to close the wound. Scar tissue contains tough collagen fibers that arrange themselves haphazardly, rather than the even pattern they create regular skin. This distortion of fibers makes them stand out.

The Link Between TV and Blood Pressure

Much attention has focused in recent years on the widespread nature of childhood obesity and the health risks that being overweight brings, including elevated blood pressure levels that can increase the risk of having a heart attack, stroke and kidney failure.

Could You Have Runner's Knee?

You may not know what Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is, but you may have it. PFPS, or "runner's knee," accounts for approximately 42 percent of all overuse injuries.  How do you know if you have runner's knee?  Simply put, it hurts. Runner's knee is usually the result of too much exercise on muscles and tendons that may not be as strong as they should be.

Improve Your Sex Life with These Hot Spots

It's easy for men to become sexually aroused. For women, though, sex may seem like just another "task" in their busy day-to-day. This can be because of their crazy schedules and an unwillingness to ask for what they want in the bedroom, according to LiveScience, and so women may tend to just settle for so-so sex.

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