September 1-7, 2010 - Original Health Articles

Early Puberty in Young Girls on the Rise: What it Means for Your Daughter

The arrival of puberty often surprises parents and children but it's especially shocking when it happens to 2nd and 3rd graders. Breast development—the first stage of puberty—normally begins in girls around 10 years of age but a new study published in the journal Pediatrics (August 2010), indicates that being overweight, obese, or exposed to certain chemicals may be affecting development.

The Truth about the "Beer Belly"

Beer-the beverage favored by most men nationwide. It could accompany your nightly dinner or favorite TV program. A six-pack may join you during your weekend barbeque or while you watch the game. Regardless of when you consume it, one thing tends to remain-the beer belly.

How to Soothe Your Child s Aches and Pains

Dealing with your child's body aches can be a real pain! When they occur at bedtime-as is often the case-it's understandable for well meaning parents to write it off as yet another feeble attempt to delay lights out. As many as one third of all young children experience benign limb pain.

New C-Section Guidelines: How Will They Affect You?

The United States cesarean section rate has skyrocketed from 5% in 1970 to over 31 percent in 2007.  Are we saving more mothers and babies?  Unfortunately, no and in fact, the opposite is true.  More women and babies are experiencing complications from cesarean sections, the most common surgery in the US.

5 Reasons Your Allergy Treatment Isn't Working

Have you ever felt like your allergies were an unruly pet, refusing to be tamed despite your best attempts? If you take your medicine and follow all the right steps to allergy-proof your environment, yet still find yourself feeling sick, you may question what you're doing wrong.

What an Arthritis Diagnosis Means for Your Heart

You might not think that a disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, which causes inflamed joints, would have anything to do with the heart. Research indicates, however, that patients with rheumatoid arthritis are in fact at increased risk of cardiac problems.

A Diabetic Top Chef Shares His Wisdom

If you're a diabetic, you know what a predicament food can put you in.  For most, finding meals that are diabetes-friendly is difficult enough-let alone finding meals that are both diabetes-friendly and delicious. Well, tell that to Sam Talbot, Top Chef Season 2 Finalist and Executive Chef of the Surf Lodge in the Hamptons, and the soon-to-be Mondrian in New York City's Soho.

Get Your Fiber without the Gas

Maintaining a fiber-rich diet is a great way to shed unwanted pounds, lower your cholesterol and keep your bowels functioning normally. Unfortunately, foods high in fiber can also cause increased gas (flatulence), which can be not just embarrassing but painful as well.

Milk: It Does Your Heart Good

Although dairy foods have long been associated with heart disease because of their high content of saturated fat, a new study from Sweden suggests that eating dairy foods may actually help maintain heart health by lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

How to Handle Disturbing Dreams

For years, sleep researchers have tried to figure out exactly why we dream and what our dreams really mean. Theories abound, but none are proven. Dreams are recognized as a form of thinking, however, and, at one time or another, most of us have had to deal with some pretty disturbing thoughts.

Working With Soy May Cause Occupational Asthma

Could your job be making you sick? If you work in a soy processing plant and suffer from asthma, the answer could certainly be yes. This finding comes from researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who looked at the relationship between workers in a soy processing plant and their allergy and asthma symptoms and found some interesting connections.

10 Steps to Prevent Fall Allergies

Do you look forward to autumn, or do you dread months of coughing and sneezing? Each year, more than 36 million Americans fall prey to seasonal allergies, and for many, fall can be the worst time of year. This is because ragweed pollen and mold spores are out in abundance and these triggers can make your eyes, nose, and throat itch.

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