October 1-7, 2011 - Original Health Articles

Where There's Smoke There's No Allergies?

You've already heard from Surgeon's General and a myriad of other credited sources the many reasons why smoking is bad for your health. And while their claims are still very true, there's actually one little-known health benefit that you can get when you light up a cigarette: a reduction in allergy symptoms.

Getting Along With In-Laws: When Her Parents Become Your Problem

In-laws...love 'em or hate 'em. Unlike choosing a spouse, you didn't have a hand in selecting them. Your wife loves them and they're part of your life—like it or not. Of course not all in-law relationships are fraught with tension, but if yours is, learning how to peacefully co-exist can improve your marriage as well as your emotional well-being.

Why Men Are More Likely to Die of Cancer Than Women

Cancer—especially late in life—can be deadly, but a new report from the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) reveals that the often precarious disease prefers men. Lead researcher Michael B. Cook, an epidemiologist with NCI explains that differences in "carcinogenic exposures, metabolism, and susceptibility," seem to be the cause.

10 Best Foods for Men

While the quickest way to a man's heart may be through his stomach, the easiest way to prevent chronic conditions and improve longevity is through his diet. Following a balanced diet that is low in fat and simple carbohydrates and high in lean protein and whole grains is beneficial for both sexes; however, these 10 foods are particularly beneficial for those with the Y-chromosome.

Should You Use Oil on Your Hair?

Natural oils have been used for centuries to keep hair looking healthy. In recent years, products derived from oils to help achieve sleek styles have become very popular. Best of all, oils can be very budget friendly. Learn how and when to work oil into your hair care routine.

7 Essential Safe Driving Tips

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 30,000 Americans are killed in car accidents each year. Though there are a variety of causes linked to motor vehicle accidents—drunk driving, distracted driving, and speeding to name a few—the statistics prove that starting your car and pulling out onto the road is a dangerous task.

Why This Bacteria May Prevent Asthma

Being exposed to germs could actually have a positive effect on your immune system. The latest research shows that coming into contact with some infections may be necessary in order to prevent allergic asthma—a word of warning: Don't go out seeking...

Can Male Hormones Protect Against Allergies?

If you think women get the short end of the stick when it comes to experiencing allergy symptoms, you may be right. The latest research confirms that women have a higher incidence of allergies than their male counterparts and it may boil down to hormonal differences.

How to Avoid Nighttime Heartburn

If you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or feeling refreshed in the morning, you're not alone. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, about 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders and 20 million more have occasional bouts of disrupted sleep.

Popcorn, Peanuts, and Pretzels: Healthy Snacks or Harmful Nibbles?

How do you define a healthy snack? Low-fat? Low-calorie? Low-carb? Foods that fit into those categories may be good choices, but a better approach might be to choose snacks that are also high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Snacks are healthy when they fill in any nutritional gaps in your diet without adding excess calories.

Can Vitamin D Prevent Arthritis?

What if you could take a pill that would stop you from ever developing rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis? Research suggests there may be such a pill—and it's widely available and easy to obtain. In fact, your local supermarket no doubt has a bottle of it on a shelf right now.

Is It Asthma, COPD, or Both?

Have you noticed that your fast-acting relief inhaler isn't providing as much relief as you'd expect? If you're an older person who smoked, it's possible that in addition to asthma, you could have another ailment called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Do You Drool in Your Sleep?

If you wake up with a wet pillow, it may just be a normal effect of sleeping on your stomach or your side. In some cases, however, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. Saliva coats your mouth and throat, makes it easier to swallow, helps food taste better, and keeps the area clean by washing away leftover food particles.

Why Starchy and Fatty Foods Are Hard to Digest

Did you know that your gut contains 500 species of bacteria and that altogether, they weigh about three pounds? These bacteria play a critical role in digestion and other important health-related functions. Eating the wrong foods can throw off the delicate balance of good and bad bacteria and cause a host of digestive (and other) health problems.

Why Ragweed Season Can Worsen Your Pet Allergies

If you suffer from pet allergies, you understand the far-reaching effects of being around these furry animals. But now researchers have found that people who experience an immune system response to common household animals can also be more susceptible to suffer from a severe reaction to ragweed in the fall when the pollen is out in full force.

How to Deal With the Jerk From Work

Nearly every workplace has one: a truly annoying employee who gets under everyone's skin and who puts everyone into a bad mood. You may actually have entertained fantasies about him being transferred to another branch office. The office jerk is likely...

Can Migraines Be Prevented?

Migraines are an all-too-common condition from which many suffer; however, few are aware of what causes them. Migraines are different for different people but are often associated with a severe, one-sided headache; visual, olfactory, or auditory auras (signals or changes in the way things appear, smell, or sound); nausea; vomiting; dizziness; and light and sound sensitivity.

Why Men Have Difficulty Discussing Their Problems

The media and popular books, such as John Gray's Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, lead us to believe that men and women have very different communication styles. This is only partially true. Men and women are actually more similar than not in how they communicate in close, personal relationships.

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