October 8-14, 2012 - Original Health Articles

Good Vibrations to Ease Pain

Vibration therapy has been shown to reduce the discomfort associated with fibromyalgia and athletic injuries. Now, studies show it may help with arthritis as well. Although fibromyalgia doesn't affect the joints, it is a rheumatoid condition that, like arthritis, causes chronic pain and fatigue.

After Joint Replacement Surgery

Recovery times from hip and knee replacement surgeries vary, and even with newer, minimally invasive surgical techniques, you'll need time to heal completely. Here's what to expect. Hip and knee replacement surgeries ease the pain and stiffness of arthritis and improve mobility, but you'll have work to do at home to help your healing along once you leave the hospital.

Control Your Cravings, Here's How

Crunchy, salty, sweet, creamy, and greasy—that's what most people crave when they feel the need to indulge. So, what are some healthy choices you can make when your cravings call? Check out our list of healthy options to keep from sabotaging your healthy diet.

RA and Autoimmune Conditions: How Do You Know You Have It?

If your doctor suspects you have rheumatoid arthritis or another autoimmune condition that's affecting your joints, tests will be performed to make a diagnosis and rule out other conditions. Here's what the lab is checking when they examine your blood and synovial fluids.

You Can Make New Friends Later in Life

While some of your social circles will inevitably shrink as you get older, others can easily open up for you, if you stay open to new ideas. Volunteer at a local school, hospital, or community center. Attend lectures at libraries or wellness workshops at medical centers.

Why We Lie to Ourselves

Nearly everyone is guilty of being less than honest with themselves at some point. It's an easy behavior to fall into, and can be a hard habit to break. "Lying to yourself is a defense mechanism, designed to help keep us going when things get tough," says Tina B Tessina, Ph.

When to Seek Help for Anxiety

Final exams, job interviews, public presentations, athletic performances. These events can make anyone anxious for a short time and, in fact, a certain level of anxiety helps us perform better by making us more alert and focused on our task. However, for some individuals, anxiety is a way of life and can be debilitating.

When Can You Stop Practicing Birth Control?

Whether you're on the pill, have an IUD, or use some other form of contraception, practicing birth control can be a nuisance. Depending upon what method you choose, there can be side effects. It costs money. And if you use condoms, it certainly might dampen spontaneity in the bedroom.

The 4 Best (and 7 Worst) Foods and Meds for Gout Patients

Avoiding your next gout attack might depend on what you put in your mouth. That's because many of the foods you eat--and the vitamins and medicines you take--could be gout triggers. So avoiding certain foods, supplements, and medications might help you fend off gout attacks.

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