October 22-31, 2012 - Original Health Articles

How to Avoid Holiday Anxiety

The holidays generate a mixed bag of emotions for many of us, not the least of which is anxiety. A study by the American Psychological Association (APA) found that people in the U.S. are more likely to feel stress during the holidays than those in other countries.

Which Comes First: Allergies or Asthma?

Allergies and asthma can often occur together, but does one cause the other? While it can be difficult to know, the answer is probably allergies—especially if you suffer from the very common condition, allergic asthma. Understand the Allergy and Asthma Connection Allergic (also called extrinsic) asthma is another name for asthma that's caused by an immune system response to an inhaled substance in the environment.

Ow! Fix Your Muscle Spasm

Nobody knows exactly what causes a muscle spasm or a "charley horse." We don't even know how it got the name, but everyone recognizes it when they get one. Here's the low-down on what to do when a muscle spasm comes to you. It's a muscle contraction that comes on suddenly, tightening muscle fibers to the point of extreme pain.

Stomach Bacteria Might Be Making You Fat

Scientists from the University of Chicago Medical Center have showed that weight gain is not just due to excessive caloric intake, but also the interaction between intestinal bacteria and the body's immune response. "Diet-induced obesity depends not just on calories ingested but also on the host's microbiome," said the study's senior author Yang-Xin Fu, MD, PhD, professor of pathology at the University of Chicago in a press release.

Why Does His Lower Back Hurt?

If you have back pain, chances are you may be leading a sedentary life, weigh more than you should, and have a stressful job. Research indicates that a history of smoking, hypertension, and coronary artery disease are all risk factors for atherosclerosis, or blocking of the arteries—a condition closely associated with the development of low back pain.

Workout Sabotage: Don't Sell Yourself Short!

Are you really giving your workout 100 percent? Or do you sometimes sabotage yourself by engaging in one of these four bad habits? 1. You Sell Yourself Short Instead of challenging yourself at most workout sessions, you take it easy too often. Sure, any exercise is good exercise, but the key to advancing your fitness goals is to incrementally challenge yourself to work harder and get stronger.

Best Foods for Men

Research shows the right diet can help men fight heart disease (the number one killer of men over 35) as well as other top killers including prostate and colon cancer which claim the lives of far too many brothers, fathers, sons, and husbands. Today, thanks to what we know about nutrition, it's possible to extend your life by adding more of the right foods to your diet and eating less of the wrong ones.

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