October 8-14, 2015 - Original Health Articles

How Watching Cat Videos May Benefit Your Health

Need a quick pick-me-up? Just try to resist smiling at YouTube kitty video superstar Lil Bub, or any of Bub's irresistible online peers. When Indiana University researcher Jessica Gall Myrick, PhD, posted a survey about the viewing habits of cat video watchers, an overwhelmingly high percentage of people admitted they indulged in the activity because it makes them feel good.

All About Pneumonia

“Come inside or you’ll get pneumonia!” your mother may have yelled to you as you played outdoors on a cold or rainy day as a kid. While inclement weather itself doesn’t cause pneumonia, it is linked with respiratory infections, which are a major factor in the development of pneumonia, an infection that can affect one or both of the lungs.

Autumn's Worst Allergens

Spring and summer are usually the first seasons that come to mind when most people think of allergies. But for many people, autumn is just as irritating a season for itchy eyes, runny noses, and scratchy throats. The biggest culprits are ragweed, which makes an appearance by mid-August and can last through October; and mold, which proliferates toward the middle and end of the fall season.

8 Strategies for Smart Snacking at Work

Do you ever feel like you're snacking too much during the workday? If so, you're not alone—many people find themselves mindlessly consuming excess calories at their jobs, and they may not even be hungry when they indulge. “People primarily snack at work because it’s there in a snack/coffee/break room or a candy jar on someone’s desk,” explains Susan Canonico, RD, of Summit Medical Group in Berkeley Heights, NJ.

8 Fitness Experts Name Their Top Exercise

We enlisted a few top fitness pros to play the deserted island edition of fitness by asking them: “If you could only do one exercise for the rest of your life to stay fit, which exercise would you choose?” Some of the answers were surprising, but all were inspiring.

10 Ways Your Smartphone Could Be Ruining Your Health

Do you ever feel like you spend too much time looking at your smartphone? Constantly scrolling through social media, checking email, playing games, or mindlessly clicking around? Before you glance at that screen yet again, consider these 10 negative smartphone effects: 1.

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