October 1-7, 2010 - Original Health Articles

5 Ways to Ward Off Knee Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is one of those conditions that, if you live long enough, you'll likely develop to some degree. Occurring when the joint cartilage breaks down, it results from wear and tear and usually hits during middle age or afterward. The knees are particularly vulnerable to osteoarthritis because they bear so much of your body weight.

The 10 Best-Kept Hair Secrets

Great hair doesn't just come from good products and genes. Try these insider tips (some of which may contradict what you've heard) to see if they help whip your locks into shape. 1. Head massages do more than just feel good. Take a few extra minutes to massage your scalp when shampooing.

Top 5 Supplements for Men

Whether you're trying to get fit or to enhance your sex life, taking supplements can be of great help. According to the Council for Responsible Nutrition, 53 percent of American adults take a multivitamin supplements, and 50 percent of adult men 18 and older take a multivitamin.

Are You Just Drowsy...or is it Something More?

When you don't get enough sleep, you feel drowsy the next day. Simple enough. But if you're getting plenty of z's and still catch yourself nodding off in the middle of the day, it could be a sign of other health problems. Find out what's normal and what's not.

How Diabetics Should Treat Cuts and Bruises

A simple wound can get infected when you are diabetic, so it makes sense to pay close attention to cuts and bruises—even if they don't look all that bad. "The longer you have diabetes, the more you should be watchful," says Amy Hess Fischl, MS, RD, LDN, BC-AD, CDE, of the University of Chicago's Kovler Diabetes Center.

How Pulmonary Function Tests Measure Up

Doctors rely on periodic pulmonary function tests to monitor asthma. This is because the severity of asthma varies over time. Keeping up with these changes is important to make any necessary modifications to your treatments. Spirometry The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) recommends that once a person is diagnosed and her asthma is stabilized, doctors should perform a spirometry test every year or two (or more often if the situation warrants).

How to Find Help for Hemorrhoids

If you have hemorrhoids, also called piles, you are not alone. Hemorrhoids are so common, in fact, by the age of 50 half of the adult population in the U.S. will have to contend with some common symptoms of the problem, including itching, irritation and bleeding.

5 Heart-Smart Fall Activities

If the record-breaking heat kept you cooped up indoors this summer, the cool, crisp days of autumn give you the perfect excuse to spend time outside. The days may be getting shorter, but that shouldn't keep you from enjoying fun fall activities, just remember to dress for the weather and the activity you have planned.

Red Meat Linked to Bladder Cancer

Red meat is making headlines again. This time, new research links the consumption of red meat to an increased risk of bladder cancer, the tenth most common cancer in the U.S. The Study In the National Institutes of Health and AARP's Diet and Health Study,...

Childhood Leukemia: Signs and Symptoms

This is one of the most common types of cancers affecting children today and with early detection, the cure rate is also very high. Many children with leukemia who get prompt and appropriate treatment are able to overcome their cancer and go on to live long and healthy lives.

Kickbox Your Way to a Better Body

Ever since the 1970s when everybody was Kung Fu Fighting, martial arts-based exercise has been a solid fitness favorite.  For the last decade, kickboxing, and its "cousin," cardio-boxing have become popular variations on these challenging workouts, through Tae-Bo, Powerstrike and classes all over the world.

5 Reasons Antidepressants are Not the Best Choice

Antidepressants are one the first lines of treatment for depression. While antidepressants are invaluable for many depression sufferers, they're not always the best choice for some people. Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults In 2004, a well-publicized study linked an increase in thoughts of suicides, or suicide attempts, to young people taking antidepressants.

Prevent Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) drug manufacturers spent $313.4 million on measured media last year, according to TNS Media Intelligence. Watch any television channel, read any magazine, drive on any major highway and you'll see an onslaught on advertisements for ED treatments.

How Is the Recession Affecting Your Health?

There's no doubt, America is suffering due to the economic downturn. Stress levels are through the roof. Kitchen tables are groaning under the weight of too many bills. Millions of homeowners are facing foreclosure and there's no end in sight to record unemployment statistics.

Fructose and Cancer Growth

For some time the medical community has warned us about the well-established link between diet and the risk of developing cancer. Every day, it seems, new studies contribute yet another piece to this complex puzzle. Now there's evidence that fructose, a type of sugar, is associated with pancreatic cancers.

"Rotten Egg" Gas May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Inflammation

Hydrogen sulfide, a naturally occurring gas that smells like rotten eggs, may do more than make you want to hold your nose and run for the hills. Scientists have discovered that this gas, which is highly toxic and can be emitted from places such as hot springs, food-processing plants, and paper mills, may actually be beneficial to your health in at least one way: It may help reduce joint inflammation affected by rheumatoid arthritis.

How to Choose a Mattress

The question is no longer a simple, "soft or firm?", but do you want to include"muscle-recovery properties" or "thermal-regulation technology" when you buy your next mattress? Whatever criteria you choose, comfort rules! Even the best mattresses lose support with time.

How Safe Is Laser Liposuction?

If you suffer from stubborn pockets of fat that just won't go away no matter how much you diet and exercise, you've probably considered liposuction. In recent years, new liposuction techniques that utilize laser technology are growing more and more popular, but is this relatively new procedure safe? About Laser Liposuction During laser liposuction, small lasers liquefy pockets of unwanted fat before it's vacuumed out of the body through small tubes.

Understanding Endometriosis

If you have painful periods, irregular bleeding, pelvic pain, or have even had trouble getting pregnant, you could be among the 9 percent of American women with endometriosis.  While this common condition can be disabling, there are plenty of treatment options that can cure it or make living with endometriosis a whole lot easier.

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