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5 Hangover Myths Debunked

It's easy to over-indulge on festive occasions, but if you do, you're likely to suffer the consequences the next day. Read on for the fact-based tips that will actually cure the dreaded hangover. Excessive thirst, headache, sensitivity to light and sound, dizziness, bloodshot eyes, perhaps even nausea and vomiting are among the unpleasant side effects of being over served. Next time you're tempted to drink alcohol in excess, make sure you have the facts.

Can Drinking Wine Make You Happier?

One study has found that moderate consumption of wine may improve your mental health. But don't uncork that bottle of Chardonnay just yet! Could a glass of wine really help with depression? Yes, according to one study that found depression improved when study participants imbibed in "moderate alcohol." Wine, according to the study in BioMed Central (BMC) Medicine, seemed particularly effective, with researchers reporting "wine consumption in the range of two to seven drinks/week was significantly associated with lower rates of depression.

Alcohol Abuse and Eating Disorders: Is There a Link?

A new study indicates a possible genetic link between these two issues. Dangerous alcohol use and having an unhealthy relationship with food can be chronic, long-term problems and claim far too many lives each year. According to the National Institutes of Health, 1 in 6 people in the US have a drinking problem and approximately 10 million Americans are believed to suffer from potentially life-threatening eating disorders.

When Your Loved One Has a Drinking Problem

Talking to a friend or family member about her alcohol problem can be difficult. Here's help in saying the right thing. If someone you care about drinks too much, should you ignore the problem or bring it up? While talking to someone about their drinking can be an awkward conversation, if you think a friend or family member is struggling, it can be worth the effort to raise the issue and offer your help, says Gerard J.

The Facts About Oral Cancer

Oral cancer occurs twice as often in men as it does in women. And increasing age is a major risk factor. Here's what you need to know. Oral cancers are the 6th most common cancers worldwide, and account for about 3 percent of all cancers. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), about 52,000 people in the U.S. were estimated to be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2012. Oral cancer is twice as common in men and the incidence generally increases with age.

The Sepsis Epidemic

An estimated 750,000 Americans get sepsis each year and 28 and 50 percent will die from the infection. Who's at risk for sepsis, and what can be done to prevent it? An estimated 750,000 Americans get sepsis each year—and 28 and 50 percent of these people will die from the infection. What's more, the number of patients being treated for sepsis has increased at an increasingly staggering cost—$17 billion dollars a year—due to a prolonged hospital stay to treat the condition.

Nomophobia: 2 out of 3 Adults Have it, Do You?

Do you recognize these telltale signs of the fear of being out of cell phone contact? Here's how to manage your obsession. Donna Talarico, who works in marketing at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, realized she was addicted to her cell phone when it "died" and she had to leave it charging in her car. That night, as she listened to a band at a nightclub, Talarico found herself clutching a small rectangular box of crayons "for comfort" while she didn't have her phone.

What Causes Impotence in Men?

Thanks to TV ads erectile dysfunction is no longer under the covers. Still, misconceptions remain. Learn what causes impotence and ways to reduce your risk. Between 15 and 30 million men suffer from some form of impotence or erectile dysfunction. At first glance this range seems wide, but it's due to the fact that some health professionals use the term "impotence" to include a host of sexual problems in men—not just the total inability to have or maintain an erection.

Wide Awake in America

Insomnia affects more than 70 million Americans. Find out more about what's keeping you awake at night. "To sleep, perchance to dream." Shakespeare's famed words sound so tranquil, but if you've ever read Hamlet, you know the story's about to take a bad turn. For many Americans, sleep is also a maddening prospect representing hours of tossing and turning with little to show for it other than the eventual fatigue, irritability, and exhaustion.

7 Ways to Manage Rosacea

Rosacea, which often causes constant redness in the face, can be frustrating and difficult to treat, but there are steps you can take to manage the condition. Rosacea is a common, long-term skin disease that affects more than an estimated 16 million Americans. The condition may produce persistent redness, or flushing; acne; and visible blood vessels in the center of the face. What's more, these symptoms can eventually spread to the cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose.

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