September 1-7, 2009 - Original Health Articles

7 Foods for Better Bone Health

Nearly 10 million Americans are living with dangerously fragile bones that are susceptible to breaks and fractures, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. But as it turns out, osteoporosis is preventable. The first step is incorporating the recommended daily amounts of calcium and vitamin D into your diet.

The Perils of High Heels

For many women, high heels are the ultimate fashion statement. After all, Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw wore her Jimmy Choo stilettos with everything (even shorts!) while running down New York City's busy streets. What's more, high heels make our legs look longer and sleeker, so is it any surprise that most women own at least a pair or two? But as stylish as high heels may be, according to experts, they also come with a host of potential drawbacks.

8 Ways to Reduce Anxiety

Anxiety can strike at any time, and some of us are more susceptible than others. Family issues, workplace worries, and the day-to-day obligations of our busy schedules can take a toll on how we feel, both physically and emotionally. To ease feelings of anxiety or tension, try these easy methods for stress reduction.

Diabetes: Stem Cell Research

Last March the American Diabetes Association (ADA) applauded President Obama's executive order that will advance stem cell research by lifting existing restrictions on the use of embryonic stem cells, while maintaining strict ethical guidelines. "The ethical use of stem cell research holds the promise of accelerating medical advancements in many fields.

Recently Diagnosed with Crohn's? Next Steps to Take

Learning you have a chronic disease is a shock, and you may feel a bit overwhelmed at first. Here are a few suggestions about what to do next--so you can put your mind at ease. Learn as much as you can about the disease. Find out what is normal and what you should expect when you have Crohn's.

How to Become a More Positive Thinker

It's not easy to be around people who are downers. But if you're the type who sees the bad in everything, you might be hurting more than just your social life. Several studies have revealed that those who think positive actually live better and longer than those whose glass is perpetually half empty.

Diabetes Medications and Weight Gain

Last year a study revealed that weight gain can be a positive thing for people who have type 1 diabetes. Those who gained an average of 10 to 55 pounds lived longer compared to those who gained less weight. But, in most cases, doctors recommend that you do not gain additional weight, especially if you have type 2 diabetes.

Sports Drink or Water: What s the Better Choice?

Which is better:  sports drinks or water?  The answer is:  both.  Water is free, contains no excess calories, and is nature's perfect solution for rehydrating after exercise.  Sports drinks contain water, sugar, carbohydrates, electrolytes and protein.

Can Going Vegetarian Help You Lose Weight?

Vegetarians eat plant-based diets that eliminate meat, poultry, fish, or other animal-derived foods.  There are several types of vegetarians, including: Lactovegetarians - include milk and milk products, but exclude meat, poultry, fish, seafood and eggs.

Do I Really Need to Get Along with My Partner s Siblings and Best Friend?

It's difficult enough to get along with your mate's parents.  In the movie Meet the Parents, actor Ben Stiller has to earn the acceptance of his future father-in-law, played by Robert de Niro.  At times, it seems like Stiller's task is impossible.

When Shampooing Your Hair Makes Eczema Flare

If you suffer from eczema, have you ever wondered if the fragrance and other ingredients contained in your shampoos, conditioners and other hair care and beauty products can cause your symptoms to flare? If so, you're definitely on the mark. In fact, researchers confirmed the connection.

Exercising When Sick: Helpful or Harmful?

While some think of the sniffles as a great reason to skip the gym, others are eager to heal themselves with a good old-fashioned workout. Read on to find out when exercising while sick is a good thing-and when it's better to curl up with a big bowl of chicken soup.

Hair Loss Causes

That first clump of hair in your brush or comb can make your heart skip a beat. Is it just stress? Does your uncle on your mother side have it? Or are using too much hair dye? About 40 million men suffer from male pattern baldness (MPB). Other conditions, such as alopecia, can wreak havoc with your hairline - and your love life.

Does Depression Run in Families?

Having a family history of depression doesn't mean you'll definitely become depressed. And just because everyone in your family is relentlessly upbeat doesn't mean you'll never experience a bout of depression yourself. But people with parents, grandparents, siblings or other blood relatives who've suffered from depression have a higher risk of suffering from the disease.

4 Natural Remedies for Erectile Dysfunction

It's hard to ignore those uplifting ads for erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra and Cialis. But natural remedies for erectile dysfunction—from difficulties getting an erection to premature ejaculation—have long been used by various cultures throughout the world.

Side Effects of the Birth Control Pill and the Patch

You may be relieved to learn that the risk of breast cancer from taking the birth control pill is very small, as revealed in research from the Mayo Clinic. However, there are many other side effects associated with the pill and the birth control patch.

Will Tanning Beds Be Banned for Teens?

Does your teen visit a tanning salon to keep a golden glow year round? If so, he or she is not alone. In 2003, more than one quarter of teens between 15 and 18 visited a salon. Tanning bed use is increasing in teens, especially girls. So is the incidence of skin cancer.

Rid Your Kitchen of Allergens

Remove Allergens If you suffer from hay fever, you may not think of your kitchen as a breeding ground for some of your biggest symptom triggers. But the fact is that allergens can lurk even in places where you least expect them. That's why the experts stress the importance of remove allergens in your kitchen.

A Triple Threat: Lupus, Heart Disease, and Osteoporosis

Lupus affects about 1.5 million Americans and nine times more women than men. There are several forms of lupus, but the most common is systemic lupus erythematosus. This autoimmune condition has serious side effects ranging from joint pain and stiffness, muscle aches, anemia and chronic fatigue.

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