August 2014


Meditation-Benefits-160x170.jpgMeditation Benefits A Person Mentally, Physically And Spiritually.

It’s fairly well-known that one of the major meditation benefits this alternative healing practice provides is an outlet to relaxation and stress reduction.

To read the full article A Look at Meditation Benefits, click here.

Fallinlove160x170.jpgA 4-part series, see the other parts... Want to fall in love with your partner all over again? Wish the two of you could have more fun together, feel more connected, increase your passion or create the perfect date nights?

To read the full article How to Fall in Love With Your Spouse Again, click here
breastcancer170x160.jpgOmega-3s Inhibit Breast Cancer Tumor Growth

A lifelong diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can inhibit growth of breast cancer tumours by 30 per cent, according to new research from the University of Guelph.

To read the full article Omega-3s Inhibit Breast Cancer Tumor Growth, Study Finds, click here.
cooking130x170.jpgBoost your kitchen confidence and make cooking more fun with awesome cooking courses around the country. Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. But teach a woman to cook and she’ll eat well for a lifetime. It’s true: cooking classes can actually improve your diet and boost your kitchen confidence.

To read the full article The 9 Quirkiest Cooking Classes in America, click here.
doless160x170.jpg4 Sneaky Ways to Boost Your Productivity—And Prevent Burnout

If you clock in long workdays to chip away at your never-ending to-do list, you’re not alone. But the key to getting things done—without burning out—is to work fewer, more productive hours, according to a recent article in The New York Times.

To read the full article Do Less, Achieve More, click here.
seniorscards112x170When older people's mood improves, so does their brain power, new research suggests.

Being in a good mood appears to enhance decision-making skills and working memory among older adults, according to the study published in the current issue of the journal Cognition and Emotion.

To read the full article A Good Mood May Boost Seniors' Brain Power, click here.
Backpain-140x170What will help your back pain? There are a lot of choices.

Your best plan depends on your specific case. For instance, has your back been hurting for a couple of days, or a long time? Did it start with an obvious injury, or are you not really sure what happened? Are you basically healthy, or do you have other conditions, like diabetes or arthritis, to consider, too?

To read the full article Find the Right Treatment for Your Back Pain, click here.
bloodpressure170x130What is high blood pressure? See how much you really know about this silent killer. This is an 8 question self quiz to test your knowledge of high blood pressure.

To read the full article How High Is Your Blood Pressure IQ?, click here.
mintleaves170x134Studies have shown peppermint oil to be fairly effective at relieving irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a collection of symptoms that includes abdominal pain and cramping, bloating, constipation and diarrhea that affects 5 to 20 percent of the population.

To read the full article The Power of Peppermint, click here.
medical-breakthroughs170x130Grow-your-own organs, bionic eyes and more life-changing innovations. Imagine fighting cancer with a vaccine. Or treating depression with a magnet. Or even growing a new liver or bladder using cells from your existing organs.

To read the full article Amazing Medical Discoveries, click here.
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Could your Valentine's kiss give you lead poisoning? Study by FDA finds most lipsticks contain lead, so you might want to make that smooch bare-lipped. If you're going to be on either end of a kiss this Valentine's Day, you might want to consider smooching bare-lipped. Most lipstick contains lead.

To read the full article Could your Valentine's Kiss Give You Lead Poisoning?, click here.
Walking-Meditation-170x113.jpgSome might scoff at the idea of a walking meditation. For most, the practice involves grabbing a cushion, plopping oneself down with eyes closed, and turning one’s focus within.

To read the full article The Advantages Of A Walking Meditation, click here.
pad170x124.jpgWomen with peripheral artery disease, or PAD, are two to three times more likely to have a stroke or heart attack than those without it - yet it's often unrecognized and untreated, especially in women, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement.

To read the full article Need For Further Study Of Peripheral Artery Disease In Women, click here.
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There's no link between menopause and increased risk of death from heart disease, says a study that challenges a long-held medical belief that the rate of cardiovascular death in women spikes after menopause.

To read the full article Aging, Not Menopause, Raises Women's Heart Risks, Study Finds, click here.
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New research presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) found that 77 percent of trauma patients had deficient or insufficient levels of vitamin D.

To read the full article Vitamin D Deficiency High Among Trauma Patients, click here.
OlderWomenBreastCa130x170.jpgOlder women with breast cancer may be at greater risk than younger women of dying from the disease, regardless of the type of tumor they have or treatment they undergo, according to a study released Tuesday.

To read the full article Older Women at Highest Risk for Breast Cancer Death, click here.
lonelywoman170x114.jpgNewly divorced middle aged women are more vulnerable to contract HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. this occurs because they tend to let their guard down with new sexual partners and avoid using protection since they are unafraid of getting pregnant.

To read the full article A Lonely Heart Can Make You Sick: Middle Aged Divorced Women Vulnerable to Contracting HIV, click here.

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A new study of a promising Alzheimer's treatment has doctors buzzing that the drug may reverse the deadly neurodegenerative disease.

To read the full article Cancer Drug Reverses Alzheimer's Disease in Mice: Hope for Humans?, click here.

Alzheimers-140x170.jpgAlzheimer's research in U.S. gets extra $50 million in funding

Alzheimer's disease research is set to get a big cash influx from U.S. government. The National Institutes of Health announced Tuesday it would immediately devote an extra $50 million to dementia research, as part of the Obama administration's plan to develop an effective treatment for the disease by 2025.

To read the full article Alzheimer's Research in U.S. Gets Extra $50 Million in Funding, click here.
BackPinWeight130x170.jpgObesity may be a major cause of back pain and even worse problems.

If you look at your back in a mirror, you can see your vertebrae, which are the bones in your spine. What you can't see are your discs, which are soft cushions between these bones. Discs that break down can lead to pain and disability.

To read the full article Obesity May Be a Major Cause of Back Pain and Even Worse Problems, click here.

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A Guide to Decoding Ingredients on Grain Products

Claims on the front of packages such as “whole grain,” “multigrain” and “12-grain” have been given no legal definition given by the Food and Drug Administration.

To read the full article A Guide to Decoding Ingredients on Grain Products, click here.

marijuana170x140.jpgMarijuana Lung Findings Unlikely to Change Minds

Marijuana smoke does not damage lungs in the same manner as tobacco smoke, according to a study released Tuesday.

To read the full article Marijuana Lung Findings Unlikely to Change Minds, click here.
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Are You at High Risk for Serious Illness from Flu?


If you are at high risk, flu vaccination is especially important to decrease your risk of severe flu illness. Get your flu vaccine today.

To read the full article Are You at High Risk for Serious Illness from Flu?, click here.
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Why People Who Pray Are Healthier Than Those Who Don't


If you want to achieve maximum health, here are a few things that you should do: exercise regularly, eat nutritious and minimally processed foods, drop those extra pounds -- and pray.

To read the full article Why People Who Pray Are Healthier Than Those Who Don't , click here.
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This is the second in a series of article on Sex and Menopause. While many women and a large number of their partners believe that once menopause occurs sex is a think of the past in this article we tell you why this happens and how to first prevent it and secondly resolve it if it has already in progress. No woman has to give up sex and partner has to find themself feeling left out.
 
To read the full article Your Sex Drive and Menopause, click here.

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Similar to the preceding article the group of medications now currently being used to prevent or treat osteoporosis appear to be demonstrating some previously unexpected benefits. In this article we look at the work of one research group which has found that these osteoporosis medications can reduce your risk for colon cancer.

To read the full article Women on Bone Drugs Have Less Colon Cancer, click here.

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Many men and women are unsure of medications now being prescribed for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. While they do have some important side effects and potential hazards in this article we look at a new study that suggest that those men and women taking them can abe adding as much as f years on to their life span.

To read the full article Osteoporosis Drugs Linked to Increased Lifespan, click here.

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This is the second in a series of article on Hypothyroidism: What it is, how it occurs, how it affects you and what you can do about it. In this article we look at Thyroid Function, Stress and Your Adrenal Glands as well as a number of commonly unsuspected facts that can cause hyperthyroidism.

To read the full article Thyroid Function, Stress and Your Adrenal Glands, click here.

 

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There are many causes for depression in this video presentation by Women’s Health Magazine you will find yet another unsuspected cause for depression. If you or a loved on are depressed and not sure what is causing, you may find this presentation interesting and valuable.

To read the full article A New Cause of Depression, click here.

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A recent study finds that one out of every five men in the United States get up at least twice a night to empty their bladders. The study suggests that for some of these men this problem could be an indication of  an underlying medical problem or that it could end up contributing to a reduction in overall health and well-being.

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Five Foods for Smoother, Softer, Healthier Skin


Winter can be tough on your skin, and you certainly need more than moisturizer to fight its effects.

To read the full article Five Foods for Smoother, Softer, Healthier Skin, click here.
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Going to Great Lengths for Beautiful Hair? Dermatologist Shares Hair Care Tips for Healthy and Damaged Hair

While the latest hairstyles and hair colors may look great, dermatologists warn that many women are subjecting their hair to harsh chemicals and heated styling devices that, in turn, can damage the hair.

To read the full article Going to Great Lengths for Beautiful Hair? Dermatologist Shares Hair Care Tips for Healthy and Damaged Hair, click here.

 

What Exactly is Constipation?


Constipation is a condition that most people have experienced, yet everyone has his or her own idea as to what it is. Generally, when we talk about being constipated we mean that the individual has hard stools that are difficult to pass. The term constipation also means infrequent bowel movement, that stools are not passing on a daily basis. Strictly speaking, the usual medical definition of constipation suggests that an individual is constipated if he or she has less than 3 bowel movements over a one week period. While many people normally have only one bowel movement every three days and this is often considered to be perfectly normal, a healthy individual with an adequate diet will generally have a normal bowel movement after each meal. This rarely happens in our society because few people eat normally. The usual American diet is almost entirely made up of too much processed and refined foods and hence has inadequate fiber and residue to create adequate stools. Therefore, a bowel movement every two or three days has become the norm. Constipation occurs when bowl movements are too hard, too small, infrequent or require too straining.

Other Myths About Bowel Movements?


Many people believe that regular bowel movements prevent the buildup of "toxins" in the colon and that these toxins are responsible for many important health problems. There is, however, no evidence at all that toxins are produced nor that they accumulate in the gastrointestinal tract (the bowels) nor that constipation itself causes any health problems. Many people swear that high colonic enemas cleansing and essential, yet we have no scientific evidence that this is in anyway true. On the contrary, overuse of enemas can lead to imbalances and  disturbances in the body which can lead to illness. On an occasional basis there is no evidence that enemas are in the least harmful.

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What Causes Constipation?


There are three causes for constipation
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1.    Hard stools are created when the large intestine (the colon) removes too much water. This occurs when we drink too little water in our daily diet, or when we sweat or lose water from excessive work or exercise and this water is not replaced. When this happens the body tries to conserve water and removes as much as it can form our stools. Stools created this way can be very large and painful to pass and sometimes can cause tearing of the anal opening (i.e., an anal fissure). Hemorrhoids can develop or worsen and bleed.


2.    As mentioned above constipation also occurs as a by-product of what we eat or better still what we do not eat. Hence a diet which is high in processed and refined foods (white flour, white rice, instant potatoes, pastas, simple carbohydrates, sugars, etc.) and deficient in foods which are high in fiber such as vegetables, whole grains and fruits.


3.    The third reason combines several categories, it includes a sedimentary life style, not enough exercise, poor bowel habits, poor toilet training, use of medications such as codeine, Vicodin, high blood pressure medications, diuretics, antacids, tranquilizers or medication to relieve depression or slow down the digestive tract. Many over-the-counter drugs (such as cold and allergy preparations) can cause constipation. If these medications cannot be stopped then the above treatments are usually effective. These factors are mostly related to life style factors. There are also a host of anatomical problems and other medical conditions where in constipation is a symptom.

What Are the Symptoms of Constipation?


The most common symptoms are bloating, distention (swelling of the abdomen), and abdominal discomfort. Constipation can also lead to hemorrhoids, rectal pain and tearing of the rectal opening (fissures).

Diagnostic Tests


Constipation is decided on purely by the patients symptoms, no diagnostic testing is needed for mild or intermittent constipation. If constipation is new and there are obvious symptoms which go beyond simple constipation, then testing may be needed. In people over 40, a flexible sigmoidoscopy and barium enema (lower GI X-ray), occult blood evaluation should be performed to be sure colon cancer is not present. In long standing constipation of unknown cause, colonic marker studies can often show the problem to be related to a particular part of the colon, if so then specific treatment can then be started.


Treatment Of Constipation


1.    Diet: The best treatment should start with evaluation and changes in the diet. First of all, refined and processed foods should be decreased and high fiber content foods such as grains, vegetables and fruits should be increased in the diet. Food such as prunes can be used to stimulate the intestinal tract to move stools through itself faster. One to two tbsp. of bran flakes and powder can be added to foods or taken in juice twice daily. This may produce gas in some people.


2.    Fluids: Increase fluid intake to 6 to 10 8 oz glasses of water daily.


3.    Medications: If a high fiber diet is not possible, then fiber supplements such as Metamucil, Fibercon. methyl cellulose (2 grams),  Efferpsyllium may be used. All of these supplements contain psyllium (average dosage is 3.4 grams)which is the outer husk of a plant and can significantly increase the bulk of the stool. Citucel contains methyl cellulose and is also effective. All of these products work by increasing the amount of water in the stool, making the stools less hard and easier to pass. They should be taken 1 to 3 times daily as needed.


4.    Enemas: When dietary manipulation is not enough, enemas or laxatives may be needed. Small volume enemas such as Fleets enemas are often effective and safe to use periodically. These enemas are not "addictive" and do not harm the bowel. Laxatives should only be used occasionally, there is evidence that prolonged overuse can actually damage the colon and worsen constipation.


5.    Laxatives: Certain stimulant laxatives (cascara 4 to 8 ml once daily), bisacodyl (5 to 15 mg orally or 10 mg suppositories once daily), castor oil (15 to 45 ml daily) or Senna or phenolpthalein are over-the-counter products which are easily available with instructions. They all act by irritating the nerves of the colon once again medical studies suggest that repetitive use can damages the nerves in the colon. The other main group of laxatives are the "osmotic laxatives." They work by increasing the amount of water in the stool. These include Milk of Magnesia, Ducolax, Duphalac, CoLyte, etc. These laxatives are generally safe even when used chronically. However, individuals with kidney disease (and even older people without known kidney disease) can get high blood magnesium levels with Milk of Magnesia and this can be fatal.


6.    Exercise: Increase exercise, especially walking, can be helpful in stemming constipation.


7.    Medical Problems: If a medical problem such as bowel disease, relaxation of vaginal or rectal muscles or systemic disease is the cause then the specific problem should be treated.

 

For information about Hemerrhoids, click here.

For information about a High Fiber Diet, click here.

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Heart disease tied to mom’s number of births
Giving birth to five or more children greatly increased risk, study finds

A woman's risk of heart disease and stroke in middle-age and beyond may be associated with the number of children she gives birth to, a large study of Swedish women hints.

To read the full article Heart disease tied to mom’s number of births, click here.
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Meat Might Be Behind Many Unidentified Allergic Reactions
Certain carb could be causing severe anaphylaxis, researchers warn.


A carbohydrate in meat called alpha-gal may be the unrecognized cause of recurring severe allergic reactions in some patients, a new study suggests.

To read the full article Meat Might Be Behind Many Unidentified Allergic Reactions, click here.
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Lactose Intolerance: Actual Prevalence and Levels of Severity Unknown

In ancient Greece, the physician Hippocrates first noted gastrointestinal upset in some people who consumed milk.

To read the full article Lactose Intolerance: Actual Prevalence and Levels of Severity Unknown, click here.

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We know diets high in fat, like those that are prevalent in Western countries, are harmful and can lead to a variety of health problems such as diabetes, heart failure, and obesity.

To read the full article High-Fat Diet More Than Waistline Worry for Women Over 50, click here.


stroke130x100.jpgIn Preventing Stroke, Surgery Beats Stents
Surgery Appears Safer than Stenting for Preventing Stroke Caused by Narrow Neck Arteries


When the arteries that supply blood to the brain become narrowed by the build-up of the waxy substance called plaque, skyrocketing the risk for stroke, surgery is the best and safest way to treat the problem, according to European stroke researchers.

To read the full article In Preventing Stroke, Surgery Beats Stents, click here.

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Pain in the ear has many possible causes and may be accompanied by other symptoms.
Here are possible causes


Pain in the ear has many possible causes and may be accompanied by other symptoms.

To read the full article Pain in the ear, click here.

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High blood pressure a neglected disease in U.S.
Report: 1 in 3 adults affected but doctors failing to treat it aggressively


A critical new report declares high blood pressure in the U.S. to be a neglected disease — a term that usually describes mysterious tropical illnesses, not a well-known plague of rich countries.

To read the full article High blood pressure a neglected disease in U.S., click here.


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Health Tip: Avoid Triggers for Eczema
What may make the skin condition flare


The skin condition eczema, characterized by an itchy red rash, may be caused by a host of allergens or irritants.

To read the full article Health Tip: Avoid Triggers for Eczema, click here.


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Results Encouraging, But Don't Read Too Much Into Them, Says Dr. Richard Besser


Doctors have known that low levels of vitamin D are linked to certain kinds of cancers as well as to diabetes and asthma, but new research also shows that the vitamin can kill human cancer cells.

To read the full article In Tests, Vitamin D Shrinks Breast Cancer Cells, click here.


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Hot Dogs Are a Choking Hazard for Small Children, Experts Warn in New Pediatrics Report


In mere seconds, a seemingly innocuous piece of food can turn deadly. And Katherine Zuehlke, of Westerville, Ohio, knows firsthand there's nothing more frightening than realizing your child is choking.

To read the full article Should Hot Dogs Carry Warning Label for Kids? , click here.

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Men more evolved? Their Y chromosome is
Genes that make a man are evolving far faster than rest of human code


Women may think of men as primitive, but new research indicates that the Y chromosome — the thing that makes a man male — is evolving far faster than the rest of the human genetic code.

To read the full article Men more evolved? Their Y chromosome is , click here.


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Hypertension fuels a scarring that can cause Alzheimer's, research shows


If the cardiologist's warnings do not scare you, consider this: Controlling blood pressure just might be the best protection yet known against dementia.

To read the full article High blood pressure linked to dementia , click here.

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A simple change each day can drastically cut your heart disease risk

Did you know that more than 41 million women in America have heart disease? And that more women than men will die from it?

To read the full article 28 days to a healthier heart , click here.

Active ImageBody dysmorphic disorder patients see details, not whole face

Some people check their appearance in any mirror, window or computer screen they can find, but not out of vanity. It's because they hate the way they look so much.

To read the full article Body dysmorphic disorder patients see details not the whole face, click here.


Active ImageThe Miracle of Vitamin D: Sound Science, or Hype?

Imagine a treatment that could build bones, strengthen the immune system and lower the risks of illnesses like diabetes, heart and kidney disease, high blood pressure and cancer.

To read the full article The Miracle of Vitamin D: Sound Science, or Hype? , click here.
Active ImageBe Religious About What Really Matters; Take Shortcuts With the Rest. Check Out Our Guide to Being a Sensible Slacker

It's not your imagination: Our bodies simply become higher maintenance after 40. Indulgences of food or drink are quicker to take revenge. Muscles require more maintenance.

To read the full article Health Rules You Can Rewrite After 40, click here.
Active ImageThe Truth Behind 13 of Your Body's Physical Quirks -- and Easy Moves That Leave You Feeling Your Best

To read the full article The Odd Body Explained , click here.

Active ImageBe Religious About What Really Matters; Take Shortcuts With the Rest. Check Out Our Guide to Being a Sensible Slacker

It's not your imagination: Our bodies simply become higher maintenance after 40. Indulgences of food or drink are quicker to take revenge. Muscles require more maintenance.

To read the full article Health Rules You Can Rewrite After 40, click here.

Active ImageHow Teens Make Decisions

A new study provides some explanation as to why young teens might practice poor judgment when it comes drugs and having sex.  

To read the full story How Teens Make Decisions, click here.

Active ImageFeeling frazzled? 8 ways to decrease stress
Meditation, music can help lower body's fight-or-flight response


Poor cortisol: It means well but just doesn't know when to quit. Produced by your adrenal glands, this "stress hormone" helps regulate blood pressure and the immune system during a sudden crisis, whether a physical attack or an emotional setback.

To read the full story Feeling frazzled? 8 ways to decrease stress, click here.

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Eating Heart-Healthy In Restaurants
Peter Moore of Men's Health Magazine Tells How, On The Early Show


Eating out doesn't have to mean consuming foods that contribute to heart disease.

On The Early Show Tuesday, Men's Health magazine Editor Peter Moore discussed healthy options in three different types of cuisines, Italian, Mexican, and Chinese, and talked about menu "warning" words that can hint at unhealthy choices, and menu "friends" that could point to the opposite.

To read the full article Eating Heart-Healthy In Restaurants, click here.


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Oh, behave! Embarrassing body quirks, solved
Banish bewildering skin tags, dry mouth, spider veins or flatulence


You do right by your body, and in return you expect it to behave — but as the years go by, it can start to rebel and embarrass you on a regular basis. From excess gas to skin tags, these minor physical betrayals don't threaten your health, but they can present major challenges to your self-esteem and body image and make you feel older than you are.

To read the full story Oh, behave! Embarrassing body quirks, solved, click here.

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Tips on Prevention and Information on New Treatments


About 30 million people in the United States are believed to suffer from migraine headaches, with women three times more likely than men to experience them.

To read the full story Migraines 101: Symptoms, Triggers, Treatment, click here.

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Valentine's Day still rich in romance, sex

The sluggish economy might make sweethearts a little stingier when buying Valentine's Day gifts, but it hasn't slowed down their sex lives.

To read the full story Valentine's Day still rich in romance, sex, click here.

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There is nothing like the suggestion of a cancer riskto freak out a parent, especially one of the hypereducated, ecoconscious ilk. So you can imagine the reaction when a recent USA Today investigation of air quality around the nation’s schools singled out those in the smugly green hamlet of Berkeley, Calif., as being among the worst in the country.

To read the full story The Toxic Paradox, click here.

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Statins Fall Short in Breast Cancer Prevention

They've been hailed as miracle drugs for the heart, but statins aren't getting rave reviews when it comes to cancer prevention.

To read the full story Statins Fall Short in Breast Cancer Prevention, click here.

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Marijuana may raise testicular cancer risk
Study: Long-term pot smokers face highest chance of developing disease


Marijuana use may increase the risk of developing testicular cancer, in particular a more aggressive form of the disease, according to a U.S. study published on Monday.

To read the full story Marijuana may raise testicular cancer risk, click here.

Active ImageCBS Evening News Exclusive: Vaccine-Safety Group Study Shows Higher Instance Of Medical Side-Effects Than Another Vaccine

There are new concerns about Gardasil, the vaccine that prevents a virus that caused cervical cancer. It's approved for girls as young as nine. And five million have received it since it was approved two years ago. The FDA and its maker insist it's safe. But CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has exclusive information on some very serious side effects.

To read the full story New Worries About Gardasil Safety, click here.

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A territorial cat or dog can make a new relationship messy

Every morning, Jill Kessler whispered sweet nothings to her rottweiler, Tor. “I love you; you’re my sweetest boy,” she’d coo to him. One morning, she heard a voice from the other room: “I love you, too, honey,” her husband, Steve, called to her.

To read the full story When your pet hates your partner, click here.

Active ImageDrugmakers Spent Millions Marketing Pills, Some Experts Doubt Validity Of Illness

Two drugmakers spent hundreds of millions of dollars last year to raise awareness of a murky illness, helping boost sales of pills recently approved as treatments and drowning out unresolved questions - including whether it's a real disease at all.

To read the full story Fibromyalgia: Disease Or Marketing Ploy?, click here.

Active ImageIf these nutrition powerhouses are not on your plate, it's time to taste them.

Many Americans have an adventurous spirit, but perhaps not always when it comes to food. Learn which foods are good for your mind and body.

People tend to eat what they know how to prepare, and they may be reluctant to invest in a new food if they're not sure if it tastes good, said Joanne Ikeda, a nutritionist emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley.

To read the full story The 10 Healthiest Foods You've Never Tried, click here.

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 Are the Wrong Kids Getting Vitamins?
Children Who Could Possibly Benefit From Vitamins Aren't The Ones Taking Them


As scientific debate continues over the importance of vitamin supplements, a new study suggests that the children receiving them stand to benefit the least.

To read the full article Are the Wrong Kids Getting Vitamins? , click here.

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Red wine and resveratrol: Good for your heart?

Red wine and something in red wine called resveratrol might be heart healthy. Learn the facts, and hype, regarding red wine and its impact on your heart.

To read the full story Red wine and resveratrol: Good for your heart?, click here.

Active ImageDoes diabetes make the mind go to pieces?

Sweet sugar. That's the Greek translation of the word glucose, the substance our bodies make to use for energy. Glucose and the glucose-regulating hormone insulin have long been studied by scientists looking for a cure for diabetes. Now the substances are increasingly coming under the study of brain scientists because it appears they might just be golden keys to brain health as we age.

To read the full story Does diabetes make the mind go to pieces?, click here.

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Senate Likely to Pass Bill on Kids' Health Insurance
SCHIP Could Cover 11 Million Children


The Senate is expected to approve a bill today that provides health insurance to about 11 million low-income children, paving the way for President Obama to claim an early legislative victory and collect a quick down payment on his campaign pledge to guarantee care to every American child.

To read the full story Senate Likely to Pass Bill on Kids' Health Insurance, click here.

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 Home Repair Raises Lead Levels in Kids
Study Shows Renovations in Older Homes Can Be Source of Lead in Children's Blood


Repair, renovation, and painting of older homes can raise lead in the blood of children living in such environments to dangerous levels, the CDC says.

To read the full story Home Repair Raises Lead Levels in Kids, click here.

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Concussion Damage Follows for Decades

For the 50,000 to 300,000 athletes who sustain concussions in the United States each year, a new study brings bad news about their future mental health. In the first study to look at long-term effects of sports-related concussions, findings show former athletes who sustained concussions more than 30 years ago still suffer problems with memory, attention span and movement.

To read the full story Concussion Damage Follows for Decades, click here.

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More evidence ties preemie birth to autism
Study: Whatever causes developmental disorder may force early delivery


A U.S. study looking at children born more than three months prematurely provided fresh evidence on Thursday linking pre-term birth and autism.

To read the full story More evidence ties preemie birth to autism, click here.

Active ImageCommon Chemicals Linked to Infertility
New Study Reveals Possible Link; Experts Say Findings Still Too Preliminary


In the current issue of Human Reproduction, researchers suggest that chemicals called perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs for short, might be linked to delays in getting pregnant. But study authors and experts in the field caution that the findings are preliminary and mainly highlight an area that needs more research.

To read the full story Common Chemicals Linked to Infertility, click here.

Active ImageDoctors blame rise in belly fat for spike, despite blood pressure medications

Strokes have tripled in recent years among middle-aged women in the U.S., an alarming trend doctors blame on the obesity epidemic.

Nearly 2 percent of women ages 35 to 54 reported suffering a stroke in the most recent federal health survey, from 1999 to 2004. Only about half a percent did in the previous survey, from 1988 to 1994.

To read the full article Strokes among middle-aged women triple, click here.


Active ImageDoctors Turning To New Painkillers That Don't Cause Addiction

For many Americans, drug abuse is a painful fact of life. And pain is often the cause. By one estimate, more than 33 million Americans have abused prescription pain killers. For the second part of the series, Easing the Pain, CBS News medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook examines new prescription pain killers that are designed to prevent abuse.

To read the full article Relieving Pain With Abuse-Proof Drugs, click here.

Active ImageMedical Mystery: Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome
Private Moments Turn Public When PSAS Renders a Woman's Body Out of Her Control

If you thought "Grey's Anatomy" writers invented Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome (PSAS), think again. PSAS, identified and named just six years ago, remains a mysterious condition that thousands of women wish they didn't have. They are constantly on the edge of orgasm regardless of time, place or circumstance. And while this situation might sound desirable, funny or just plain weird it is actually akin to being a prisoner: a nightmarish reality where a woman's body acts independently of her own desires.

To read the full article Medical Mystery: Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome, click here.

Active ImageFew meet recommendations for fruit, vegetables, fiber

A one-year follow-up study of patients with heart disease found that few are meeting recommendations for fruit, vegetable and fiber intake, and they were eating a "disturbing" amount of trans fat, Dr. Yunsheng Ma and colleagues from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester found.

They surveyed 555 people about their eating habits one year after they had been diagnosed with heart disease using coronary angiography. All had suffered some type of cardiac event, such as heart attack, abnormal heart rhythm, or chest pain.

To read the full article Heart patients rarely change eating habits, click here.

Active ImageStudy Shows Younger Siblings Shortchanged On Attention

 Firstborn children spend about 3,000 more hours of quality time with their parents during childhood than the next-oldest child, new research suggests.

The study found that in two-child households, the elder children typically got between 20 and 30 minutes more quality time with each parent each day between the ages of 4 and 13.

To read the full article Firstborns Get More Quality Parent Time, click here.

Active ImageUS Cancer Deaths Up by 5,400 in 2005; Death Rate Continues to Fall Among Total Population

U.S. cancer deaths rose by more than 5,000 in 2005, a somewhat disappointing reversal of a two-year downward trend, the American Cancer Society said in a report issued Wednesday.

The group counted 559,312 people who died from cancer.

To read the full article US Cancer Deaths Rose by 5,400 in 2005, click here.

Active ImageA longer interval between the age a woman first begins to menstruate and her age when she first gives birth is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, the results of a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests.

To read the full article Breast cancer risk linked with fertility timing, click here.
 

 
Active ImageIT can happen for no reason, it seems, taking you completely by surprise. And it can be excruciating. Suddenly, a muscle contracts violently, as if it had been prodded with a jolt of electricity. And it remains balled in a tight knot as painful second after painful second drags on.

To read the full article A Long-Running Mystery, the Common Cramp, click here.

Active ImageTobacco smoke is known as a primary cause of periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Now a new study finds regular use of cannabis (marijuana) is also associated with an increase of gum disease.

Researchers in New Zealand conducted a study looking at marijuana and gum disease. They included more than 900 participants who were born in 1972 or 1973. The participants were asked if they smoked marijuana at ages 18, 21, 26 and 32. The answers included never, some and often. Some was considered to be one to 40 times total during those four years, and often meant more than 41 times.

To read the full article Smoking Pot Causes Gum Disease, click here.


Active ImageMen who share the load (of laundry and otherwise) inspire lust

I had a party not too long ago where a funny thing happened. One of the guests
Active ImageSwedish Study Finds That Fast Food Can Stress the Liver

"Welcome to Fast Foods! How can we destroy your internal organs?"

It's not very catchy, but fast food restaurants may as well update their greetings, considering the negative effects their food can have on our health, our hearts and, now, our livers.

To read the full article Fast Food: The Fast Track to Organ Damage, click here.



Active ImageCDC Issues First-Ever Death Count From 'Choking Game'; Warns Parents to Watch for Signs


At least 82 youths have died from the so-called "choking game," according to the first government count of fatalities from the tragic fad.

In the game, children use dog leashes or bungee cords wrapped around their necks or other means to temporarily cut blood flow to their head. The goal is a dreamlike, floating-in-space feeling when blood rushes back into the brain.

To read the full article CDC: Death Count 82 for 'Choking Game', click here.

Active ImageNew Research May Pave Way for New Alcoholism Treatment Therapies

A drug known to inhibit the stress response in the brain may also be a potential weapon against alcohol addiction.

So suggests a small study on recovering alcoholics published Tuesday in the journal Science.

To read the full article Stress-Related Drug May Cut Alcoholics' Cravings, click here.

Active ImageSix Common Myths You Should Know To Protect Your Heart

Dr. Tim Johnson exposed heart disease myths on "Good Morning America" today.

February is National Heart Month, a time to raise awareness about heart disease, which remains the leading cause of death for American men and women. Ask yourself if you're taking care of your heart, and do not be fooled by these common myths.

To read the full article Heart Disease Myths Busted, click here.

Active ImageHerbal Options May Help Some Women Control Pain From Period

In the blinding, searing, white-hot moment of the first major cramp of the month
Active ImageMore women opt to have both breasts removed

When Cheryl Lawrence got a diagnosis of breast cancer, her surgeon told her she could save her breast. But Lawrence decided to have it removed anyway. And then she decided to have the healthy one removed, too.

"I didn't want to ever have to deal with this again," said Lawrence, 40, of Olympia, Wash. "I just didn't want to have to worry about it. For me, it was a matter of peace of mind."

To read the full article Choosing radical cancer surgery, click here.


Active ImageLifestyle Expert Sissy Biggers Offers Food For Thought To Chew On -- And Recipe

Who doesn't love comfort food, especially in the dead of winter?

We all have a few whose smells and textures evoke a cozy, safe, nesting feel. When we walk in a room and smell a meatloaf cooking or apple pie in the oven, they bring back childhood memories.

To read the full article Comfort Foods We Crave -- And Why, click here.



Active ImageNapping May Give The Brain A Chance To Reinforce New Memories, Sleep Experts Say

Take a daytime nap, and you might wake up with a sharper memory. That's what happened in a new napping study that involved 33 undergraduate students.

First, the students took three different tests of their short-term memory.

In one test, they had to learn and remember pairs of unrelated words, such as "alligator" and "cigar." In another test, they had to navigate and remember a maze shown on a computer screen. And in the last test, the students had to copy a complex drawing onto a sheet of paper, and then
sketch the drawing from memory.

To read the full article Daytime Nap May Boost Memory, click here.

Active ImageBreathing Problems During Sleep More Common in Older People, Study Shows

As people age, their breathing during sleep may become more irregular, a new study shows.

That news comes from a study of 163 healthy, non-obese adults who spent a night at a sleep lab, with their every breath monitored as they slept.

The researchers tracked the number of times each person's breathing was disrupted during sleep. Those disruptions included not breathing for at least 10 seconds or slowdowns in breathing.

To read the full article Sleep Disruptions May Arise With Age, click here.

Active ImageClean or Boiled Water as Good at Cleaning Wounds as Saline
Water may be a good alternative to saline when it comes to cleaning wounds.

A Cochrane Review finds using drinkable tap water to clean wounds does not increase infection rates. But there is no evidence that it reduces infection rates or increases healing compared to simply leaving the wound alone.

It is part of standard medical care to clean wounds caused by injuries but there is a debate about the best way to do it. Research shows using antiseptic with chemicals may slow wound healing. Many people recommend saline (salt solution) instead, but some worry this will wash away growth promoters and infection-fighting white blood cells. Sterile saline can be expensive and is not always available.

To read the full article Clean or Boiled Water as Good at Cleaning Wounds as Saline, click here.

Active ImageA common drug may help prevent bone fractures in postmenopausal women. A Cochrane Review shows women who take 10 milligrams a day of the bisphosphate drug alendronate (Fosamax) can help prevent the loss of bone mass and reduce the risk of fractures. This applies to women who have started to lose bone mass but have no fractures (primary prevention) as well as those who have lost a lot of bone mass and/or have had fractures (secondary prevention).

To read the full article Prevent Bone Fractures After Menopause, click here.

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Active ImageEmotional Stress Of Watching Championship Sporting Events Can Increase Heart Troubles

Study: Watching Sports May Up Heart Woes
Emotional Stress Of Watching Championship Sporting Events Can Increase Heart Troubles

To read the full article Study: Watching Sports May Up Heart Woes, click here.

A Little Girl with a Big Appetite and an Even Bigger Temper
While Dealing With Terrible Tantrums, Family of Obese 5-Year-Old Seeks Help

Since the story of Kayla Galo -- a 4-year-old who at 105 pounds is twice the average weight for a child her age -- was first posted on ABCNews.com on January 31, it has had enormous response from readers. You can read those comments by clicking on the "Comments" link on the right side of this page. You can also see much more about this story tonight on "Nightline" at 11:35 p.m. ET.

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Active ImageKeith Orr thought he would surprise his doctor when he came for a checkup. His doctor had told him to have a weight-loss operation to reduce the amount of food his stomach could hold, worried because Mr. Orr, at 6 feet 2 inches, weighed 278 pounds. He also had a blood sugar level so high he was on the verge of diabetes and a strong family history of early death from heart attacks. And Mr. Orr, who is 44, had already had a heart attack in 1998 when he was 35.

To read the full article Lessons of Heart Disease, Learned and Ignored, click here.


Active ImageStudy Shows More Women Under 45 Dying of Heart Disease, While Rate for Men Is Leveling Off

For decades, heart disease death rates have been falling. But a new study shows a troubling turn more women under 45 are dying of heart disease due to clogged arteries, and the death rate for men that age has leveled off.

Heart experts aren't sure what went wrong, but they think increasing rates of obesity and other risk factors are to blame.

To read the full article Heart Disease Kills More Women Under 45, click here.

Active ImageStudy: Garlic Won't Lower Cholesterol

Study Finds Garlic Has No Effect on Cholesterol in People Whose Levels Are Already Elevated

Garlic doesn't do much for the breath and it stinks for lowering cholesterol. That's the conclusion of the most rigorous, head-to-head study of raw garlic and popular garlic supplements, despite promoters' claims to the contrary.

Whether it was eaten raw in heart-healthy sandwiches, or in pills made of powdered or aged garlic, the strong-smelling herb had no effect on cholesterol in people whose levels were already elevated, the government-funded study found.

"If garlic was going to have a chance to work, it would have worked in this study," said researcher Christopher Gardner. But it didn't.

Garlic is a longtime folk remedy for a variety of ills, including heart disease, cancer, infections and even mosquito bites. Scientific research on its purported benefits has had conflicting results. Some previous studies suggested garlic might help lower risks for digestive and prostate cancers, or might reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels; others found no benefit.

Health benefits have been thought to come from a sulfur-containing substance called allicin that is released when raw garlic is chopped or crushed. In lab tests, it can be applied directly to cells and has been shown to prevent cholesterol production.

But any direct benefits to the body from allicin may be diluted when garlic is eaten, said Gardner, an assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University.

Still, Gardner, a garlic lover, was optimistic when he and colleagues began their study. He called the results disappointing but said it's still possible garlic might improve cholesterol when eaten in bigger doses or by people with more severe cholesterol problems. Also, garlic could have characteristics other than influencing cholesterol that might benefit the heart, he said.

The study appears in Monday's Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Active ImageNew Scans May Speed Chest Pain Diagnosis

Millions of people with chest pain enter emergency room limbo, spending up to 24 hours waiting for tests to tell if a heart attack really is brewing or if it's something less dire. A computerized heart scan may start easing the wait, giving doctors a faster picture of clogged arteries to help determine who can go home _ within just four hours _ and who needs more care. If these souped-up CT scans pan out _ and major studies of several thousand chest-pain sufferers are to begin soon _ they may do more than send the worried well home faster.

"To be able to show the patient what's going on in their arteries is very powerful," says Dr. James Goldstein of William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.

He's finding that the 3-D pictures of gunk-filled arteries can motivate patients to change their heart-risky behaviors better than lecturing them about high blood pressure or cholesterol.

On the other side, when arteries look clean, "you can say the chance that this patient would have any cardiac event in the next five years will be very, very low," adds Dr. Udo Hoffmann of Massachusetts General Hospital. "If they come back a week later with chest pain, you know it's not the heart."

Sudden chest pain sends about 6 million people to U.S. emergency rooms every year. It's the most common symptom of a heart attack, but a maddening symptom, too _ because half the time it signals something other than heart disease, and telling the difference can be tough.

To read the full article New Scans May Speed Chest Pain Diagnosis, click here.

 

HEALTHBEAT: Souped-up heart CT scans may help speed diagnosis of chest pain

Sample ImageDo Painkillers Present a Heart Risk for Men?

New Study Suggests High Blood Pressure Threat With Painkillers, but Benefits Still Likely Outweigh Risks


Researchers raised the possibility Monday that common painkillers containing aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen could increase men's risk of high blood pressure.

However, the significance of the findings, as well as their likely impact on physicians' practice, is still up for debate.

The study, published in the current issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, looked at 16,000 male subjects. Of these men, those who took drugs such as aspirin, Tylenol and Advil for most days in a week were one-quarter to one-third more likely to be diagnosed as having high blood pressure than men who did not.

The study freshens concerns over a possible link between painkillers and high blood pressure, as a previous study in 2002 has suggested the same association in women taking these medications.

Dr. John Forman of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, who led the study, said in a statement that painkillers represent "a potentially preventable cause of high blood pressure."

Risk May Not Be Great

However, not all doctors agree that the findings warrant a change in physicians' practice.

"We've known for 25 years that NSAIDs [a class of painkillers] raise blood pressure, and a recent study showed the same for acetaminophen," says Dr. Steve Nissen, president of the American College of Cardiology.

One of the country's top arthritis experts agrees. "The results are not surprising," says Dr. Marc Hochberg, head of the Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology at the University of Maryland. He says a rise in blood pressure could possibly come from the fluid retention associated with use of the drugs.

Dr. Patrick McBride, associate director of the Preventive Cardiology Program at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, says that if the findings are true, the study shows only a "small difference" in the risk of high blood pressure between those taking painkillers and those who do not.

And Dr. Nortin Hadler, professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, calls the study "Much ado about the minuscule.

"The absolute risk is trivial and probably can't be measured reliably," he says.

To read the full story Do Painkillers Present a Heart Risk for Men? click here.

New Study Suggests High Blood Pressure Threat With Painkillers, but Benefits Still Likely Outweigh Risks

I am  worry'I Am Worry'

Some People's Lives Are Ruled by Worry and Anxiety

By JOHN STOSSEL and GAIL DEUTSCH Published by ABC News.

Most people who meet college student Sarah Fortino would describe her as beautiful, smart and articulate.

How would she describe herself? "I am worry. Worry is my life," she said.

Fortino is a constant worrier, and two of her biggest fears are flying and big cities. She confronted both of those fears when she came to New York City, with the help of Dr. Robert Leahy, the author of "The Worry Cure" and the director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy.

Leahy agreed to meet her plane at LaGuardia airport, where she was still shaking from a bumpy ride.

"I started to feel nauseous," Fortino said. "For a moment, I [felt] like, this must have been what it felt like to be on the flight that went into the Trade Center. I actually made myself feel like what it would have felt like, and I started to panic a little bit."

To read the full article 'I am worry', click here.

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Medicalizing People -- and Mongering DiseasesMedicalizing People -- and Mongering Diseases

How Modern Society Defines What It Means to be Well

OPINION by NORTIN HADLER, M.D. Published ABC News.

The title of my monograph, "The Last Well Person" was borrowed (with his enthusiastic encouragement) from Clifton Meador.

In 1994, Meador published an essay in the New England Journal of Medicine in which he described a 53-year-old academic whose symptoms defy diagnosis despite extensive medical investigation. No other person in this brilliant parody is said to have escaped diagnosis.

Today, it's no longer a parody.

We are a country of obese, hypercholesterolemic, hypertensive, diabetic, osteopenic, depressed, pitiful creatures perched on the edge of a cliff staring at condors: cancer, heart attacks, strokes, dementia, fractures, and worse. We fear for our future. We teach our children that they, too, must live in fear for their future.

We mobilize all our courage when faced with creakiness, achiness, heartburn and heartache, headache and bellyache, constipation or diarrhea, impotence, sleeplessness, and even restless legs. No infant can simply be fussy and no child can simply be fidgety, obstreperous, or below average in performance. We are told that all these are symptoms of disease, or harbingers. We are a vigilant society.

We are also a modern people blessed by remedies. For us, mortality is an abstraction, a formless beast that we can bring to heel by the determined application of the latest and most convincing scientific insights.

To read the full article Medicalizing People -- and Mongering Diseases, click here.

Editors Note:

Every once in a while someone in medicine comes along who actually makes sense. In a culture where fear of illness has become a mantra of the medical profession, the media and even the public, it is hard to make sense of what are the signs and symptoms of a real illness. While as the physician we must take seriously every symptom or "difference" an individual senses in his or her body, behavior or ability to function, we must also remember that not every symptom means illness, disease, death, cancer, impairment, pain or suffering, Unfortunately, too often, our patients, you the general public, are unclear about these differences. This therefore often leads to fear, pain and suffering.

Dr. Hadler is right when he says "we wait, breath bated, for the next pronouncement of the biomedical establishment." The medical establishment has been given power by many people to decide whether we are sick or well. I ask the question, "Do doctors (those in the current standard Western medical system) even really know what sickness or wellness is?" From my vantage point I truly believe that they do not. They may know if illness exists or does not exist, but I find few physicians who understand what wellness is and even fewer who understand why people get sick or how to prevent them from getting sick in the first place.

Wellness is not just the absence of disease and sickness is not always caused by a disease. Many of the symptoms Dr. Hadler described are what can be called "Stress-Related" and the medical conditions they cause when this stress is not relieved are then Stress-Related Disorders." Dr. Hadler does not bring this up and in my experience while this represents 70% to 80% of all problems seen in medical practice, few physicians even admit, know or understand what a stress-related disorder is.

Dr. Hadler states that "The best we can expect is to arrive at our 85th birthday feeling reasonably well, even healthful, regardless of our burden of disease." We can agree with this only because medicine is not about prevention but treatment. Hence if we save lives by treating conditions that might well have killed us we thank the medical profession for their help. Yet, if medicine was dedicated as strongly to preventing illness as treating it once it had already occurred, we might well be able to change Dr. Hadler

Active ImageHow Sick Is Too Sick for School?

Decoding Symptoms Can Be Tricky for Parents

It's a familiar scene for every parent of a child in elementary school.

The lethargic, shuffling steps into the kitchen. Coughs and complaints of a sore throat and the hint of a feverish forehead.

Deciding whether or not to send your kid to school can sometimes be a tough call. After all, it's not always easy to distinguish simple theatrics from true illness.

Worse, a diagnosis and decision must often be made in the few spare moments after breakfast

Active ImagePanel: Military Health System Needs Help

Many Iraq war soldiers, veterans and their families are not getting needed psychological help because a stressed military's mental health system is overwhelmed and understaffed, a task force of psychologists found.

The panel's 67-page report calls for the immediate strengthening of the military mental health system. It cites a 40 percent vacancy rate in active duty psychologists in the Army and Navy, resources diverted from family counselors and a weak transition for veterans leaving the military.

The findings were released Sunday by the American Psychological Association.

More than three out of 10 soldiers met the criteria for a "mental disorder," but far less than half of those in need sought help, the report found. Sometimes that's because of the stigma of having mental health problems, other times the help simply wasn't available, according to the task force. And there are special difficulties in getting help to National Guard and Reserve troops, who have been used heavily in Iraq, the report said.

The special task force found no evidence of a "well-coordinated or well-disseminated approach to providing behavioral health care to service members and their families."

To read the full article Military Health System Needs Help, click here.

Psychology association says military mental health system stressed out, needs help

Active ImageNine secrets to a healthier heart

Heart problems? Me?

If that's your reaction when you hear all of the healthy-heart messages during American Heart Month in February, here's a wake-up call: Fact is, heart disease kills far more women each year than cancer does.

It's also true that preventing heart problems is getting easier. Health gathered the latest tricks -- all backed by solid research -- to take care of your heart.

To read the full article Nine secrets to a healthier heart, click here.

To learn more about heart disease, its diagnosis and how it can affect you, click here.

Active ImageHormone patches, gels safer for menopause?

French study finds fewer dangerous blood clots than with pills

For women who have struggled with the symptoms of menopause but are fearful of taking risky hormone pills, there is at last a bit of hope.

Hormone skin patches and gels, it seems, are far less likely than pills to cause dangerous blood clots. At least that was the finding from a recently published French study.

Patches and gels are already known to be effective for relieving the hot flashes and sleep-interrupting night sweats that plague many women. No one knows whether they will prove safer than pills in terms of breast cancer, heart attack or stroke risk. A large study currently under way may answer that.

But if they do, it may soften some of the backlash against hormones since a landmark study in 2002 frightened many women away from their use. Critics of that study have long contended that it is the type of estrogen or progestin, the dosage, and the method of taking the hormones that may affect the health risks.

The French study, while not the final word, is the strongest proof yet that this may be true, said Dr. JoAnn Manson, chief of preventive medicine at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women

Ask the Doctor - Children's Health Issues


Question - Fever Vomiting in Five Year old

Dear Dr. Lawrence:

I am wondering if I should be pushing the subject of a complete physical examination of my five year old daughter. She started kindergarten this year, and has spent the majority of the school year thus far sick at home either vomiting, fevered, or both. She has made no comments of sore tonsils, appendix, or ears, and these episodes have occurred every other week since the beginning of October. She has lost weight, and is not as lively as she used to be. She has dark circles under her eyes, but the pediatrician doesn't seem to be concerned. I know my little girl, and I have noticed a dramatic change for the worse in her. 
            
I don't know what to do.
 C.M.

Answer

Hello C.M.

If you are concerned make this known to the pediatrician, ask him or her to reevaluate your child given the total picture rather then simply treating her when she is acutely ill. 
            
I have always trusted my patients and the mother's of children, if they think something is wrong....I take this seriously. This does not always mean that there is something wrong, but it has always deserved my attention.
            If you do not get satisfaction from this pediatrician, than find another one, one who is good. If you do not know another good pediatrician, then call the pediatrics ward at the nearest large hospital, or go over to them and ask the nurses who is the very best doctor...You can also call your local medical society for a referral or if you have friends with children ask them who they trust.
            Do not stop until you are sure that you have the answers you need to satisfy you. You are the only protector your child has and if you feel something is wrong, and if you normally trust your instincts, than act on that and push it until you are satisfied. You would hate yourself in the end if you were right and something was wrong and you did not act.

I hope this helps.
Allen Lawrence, M.D.



Question - Lump on Child's Shoulder

Dear Dr. Lawrence:

What are blood vessels that are producing raised bumps on my child's shoulders. I think it is called Pyogenicgranuloma.

Thank you!
C.C.


Answer

Hello C.C.:

Pyogenicgranulomas are localized inflammatory lesions involving the skin. They are essentially over growths of blood vessels - hemangiomas that commonly develops at the site of some injury or trauma. They have a dome shaped bright red papule that often bleeds on touch. They are much more of a nuisance than a real serious medical problem. They are harmless and may resolve on their own or often are injured and break or fall of. It they do not resolve on their own and they are large enough to create a problem of any type they can be surgical removal by your child's doctor.
            
At the following sit you can see exactly what they look like: http://www.nevdgp.org.au/video/skin/pg_ss.html

I hope this helps.

Allen Lawrence, M.D.



Question - Sixteen month Old Problems Having Bowel Movement

Dear Dr. Lawrence:

My granddaughter is small for her age (16 months) but she has good eating habits. her problem is that her stool is so large and hard she cries and often vomits before she can go to the bathroom. This is almost every time. Her mother found that a warm bath helps and she can go in the tub, but we are very concerned that stools an inch and a half in diameter are hurting her intestines. Should her doctor be looking for something here?

Thank you,

M.R.

Answer

Hello M.R.

Has your daughter talked with the baby's pediatrician? She should make sure that the Pediatrician checks you granddaughter out. If everything is okay she should ask about a very mild stool softener. I might tell my patient to use a very small amount of Milk of Magnesia, a 1/4 tsp in the babies formula. Usually constipation or hard stools are caused by three main factors in babies (assuming there is nothing physical going on, too little water or liquids in their diet, too little fiber in their diet or stress.
         If your granddaughter is being breast feed, then her mother should drink more water and reduce any stress in her life so that her stress is neither transmitted to the baby through her increased body tension or through the stress chemicals that are being produced in her body that will likely end up in her breast milk. Mom could also increase the amount of water she is giving the baby either by bottle or using a sippy cup. She could also increase or add cereal and puddings to the baby diet, possibly between feedings.
         If she if now bottle feed or eating solid foods, more vegetables will also help. Mother should begin to increase the amount of vegetables in the baby=s diet, slowly but steadily. Less meat, more fruit and cereal will also help. Once again increase the amount of fluids she is giving the baby and reduce any stress in the family.

Hope this helps.

Allen Lawrence, M.D.

 

 


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Active ImageFDA Approves Laser to Treat Baldness

Drawing this special comb over a balding pate could restore some real hair according to a Florida company. The Food and Drug Administration has cleared for sale a handheld laser device to promote hair growth.

Called the Hairmax Lasercomb, it increases the numbers of thick hairs on the scalp, according to 26-week clinical trials conducted by its manufacturer, Lexington International LLC.

As the device's name suggests, it combines a low-level laser with a comb. When drawn through the hair, the laser strikes the scalp to promote hair growth, according to the company.

The device, sold on the Web for $545, is the only drug-free product meant for home use in combatting hair loss that's won the endorsement of the FDA, the company said.

To read the full article FDA Approves Laser to Treat Baldness, click here.

Active ImageScience Finds New Ways to Regrow Fingers

Sounds Like Magic: Scientists Use Pig Bladders, Salamanders and Mice to Help Regrow Fingers

Researchers are trying to find ways to regrow fingers and someday, even limbs with tricks that sound like magic spells from a Harry Potter novel.

There's the guy who sliced off a fingertip but grew it back, after he treated the wound with an extract of pig bladder. And the scientists who grow extra arms on salamanders. And the laboratory mice with the eerie ability to heal themselves.

This summer, scientists are planning to see whether the powdered pig extract can help injured soldiers regrow parts of their fingers. And a large federally funded project is trying to unlock the secrets of how some animals regrow body parts so well, with hopes of applying the the lessons to humans.

The implications for regrowing fingers go beyond the cosmetic. People who are missing all or most of their fingers, as from an explosion or a fire, often can't pick things up, brush their teeth or button a button. If they could grow even a small stub, it could make a huge difference in their lives.

And the lessons learned from studying regrowth of fingers and limbs could aid the larger field of regenerative medicine, perhaps someday helping people replace damaged parts of their hearts and spinal cords, and heal wounds and burns with new skin instead of scar.

To read the full article Science Finds New Ways to Regrow Fingers, click here.

Active ImageAssociation Releases Guidelines to Protect Women's Hearts

"Doctors May Underestimate Women's Risk of Heart Disease Risk"

Heart patient Susan Goodreds says the signs of her condition were relatively subtle at first.

"I would just feel a fist-sized tightness in the middle of my chest, but it wasn't painful," she says in an interview with ABC News medical correspondent John McKenzie for "World News."

Still, her symptoms prompted her to consult with her physician. What doctors told her was that her heart was fine.

But when she insisted on a heart scan, doctors discovered that two of her coronary arteries were 95 percent blocked with plaque.

Goodreds' story is all too common.

Because women often have symptoms of heart disease different from those of men, they're often misdiagnosed.

However, that could change. New guidelines, released Monday by the American Heart Association, underscore the importance of preventing and treating heart disease in women.

The guidelines, published in the current issue of the journal Circulation, use information from the most recent scientific studies to highlight what works

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Nearly all American women are in danger of heart disease or stroke and should be more aggressive about lowering their risk -- including asking their doctors about daily aspirin use, the American Heart Association said Monday in new guidelines.

It is the first time guidelines have urged all women to consider aspirin for preventing strokes, although specialists warn that it can cause ulcers and dangerous bleeding. They said it is probably not a good idea for young women with no big health problems.

"We do not want women to go to the drugstore and just start taking this themselves. It is critical that every woman talk to her doctor," said Dr. Lori Mosca, director of preventive cardiology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and chair of the expert panel that wrote the guidelines.

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Nearly all American women are in danger of heart disease or stroke and should be more aggressive about lowering their risk -- including asking their doctors about daily aspirin use, the American Heart Association said Monday in new guidelines.

It is the first time guidelines have urged all women to consider aspirin for preventing strokes, although specialists warn that it can cause ulcers and dangerous bleeding. They said it is probably not a good idea for young women with no big health problems.

"We do not want women to go to the drugstore and just start taking this themselves. It is critical that every woman talk to her doctor," said Dr. Lori Mosca, director of preventive cardiology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and chair of the expert panel that wrote the guidelines.

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Active ImageChild's trauma may affect parents' health

The stress of having a child go through a life-threatening event may have long-term health consequences for parents, a new study suggests.

Researchers in the Netherlands found that parents of teenagers who'd been in a disastrous New Year's Eve fire were at increased risk of developing high blood pressure over the next four years.

Past research has linked chronic stress to elevations in blood pressure, and it's certainly stressful for parents to help a child recover from burn injuries, as well as from the emotional trauma of such a disaster, explained Dr. Tina Dorn of the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research.

However, a problem in trying to measure the impact of disasters on people's health is that studies typically have no information on what survivors' health was like before the experience.

The new study is different because the researchers had access to electronic registries with health information on parents before and after the fire. Dorn and her colleagues found that compared with parents whose children were not involved in the disaster, parents of victims were nearly 50 percent more likely to have high blood pressure diagnosed pressure in the following years.

The study, reported in the American Journal of Epidemiology, included parents of teenagers who were involved in one of the Netherlands' worst mass burn incidents ever. About 350 adolescents were in an overcrowded pub that caught fire during a New Year's celebration on January 1, 2001, injuring more than 200 and killing 14.

"The parents of these victims have gone through difficult times, too," Dorn told Reuters.

Losing a child in such a way is one of the most devastating experiences anyone could have, she noted, and caring for a child with severe burn injuries is also painful. Even in cases where the teenager was unharmed physically, Dorn said, parents may still feel the stress of helping their child deal with the trauma.

The findings, according to Dorn, show that disasters can affect not only the direct victim, but the whole family as well. This means that the whole family might need help in dealing with the stressful aftermath.

Besides seeking professional help, Dorn noted, families can try turning to friends, relatives or church groups for support.

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Active ImageDoctors find clues to mystery dizziness

Chronic dizziness that is not due to vertigo, a problem that has puzzled doctors for years, may have a variety of causes including anxiety disorders and brain injury, according to a study published Monday.

Vertigo, a feeling of turning or whirling usually involving inner ear problems, is well recognized, according to the report from the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia.

But so-called chronic nonspecific dizziness where victims also suffer imbalance and are super-sensitive to some motions such as walking in a busy store or driving in the rain is more complex, it added.

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Active ImageTeen Sex May Take Emotional Toll

Parents and health professionals should help teens prepare for and cope with the emotions attached to sex, say Sonya Brady, Ph.D., and Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, Ph.D. The two researchers work at the University of California, San Francisco.

They studied a diverse group of 273 sexually active students at two California public schools between 2002 and 2004. The students, 56 percent of whom were girls, all reported having had vaginal and/or oral sex by spring of 10th grade.

Of the students, 116 said they had had only oral sex, 43 said they had had only vaginal sex, and 114 said they had had both.

For the study, the students completed surveys every six months between 9th and 10th grade about the consequences they experienced from sex.

Overall, the teens reported positive consequences

Active ImageStudy: Pollution Leaves Women at Greater Risk for Heart Disease, Death

 The most rigorous study of its kind to link pollution and heart disease has found that women who live in areas with higher levels of pollution are at much greater risk of developing and dying from cardiovascular disease, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.

The study suggests women living in cities with the highest levels of air particles, such as Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York, were 76 percent more likely to die from a heart attack or stroke than women breathing the cleaner air of Honolulu or Tucson, Ariz.

According to the study, while doctors have known air pollution can be bad for the heart, they didn't know how severe the health effects were. {quote_middle}

"The magnitude of the findings are substantially higher than what's been seen in prior research on long-term effects of air pollution," said Dr. Joel Kaufman at the University of Washington.

The study monitored the health of more than 65,000 post-menopausal women for up to nine years and tracked the air quality near their homes, checking the level of tiny particles spewed from cars, trucks and power plants.

It used pollution meters, which are scattered in virtually every metropolitan area in the country, to measure the amount of particles in the air. The federal Environmental Protection Agency compiled the results.

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Active ImageDCA: Cancer Breakthrough or Urban Legend?

Enthusiasm Outpacing Science in Possible Cancer Therapy Discovery

There is the medical equivalent of a tsunami wave building out there, only we don't know where this one is going to land.

It is called DCA, and we at the American Cancer Society are suddenly receiving requests for information about something few if any of us had heard about as a cancer treatment until this past week. {quote_middle}

I suspect some of this rapid explosion is fueled in part by the Internet and the rapid exchange of information, and some by advocates who believe in the long-held conspiracy theory that someone is holding back the single simple answer to curing all cancer.

We even received an urgent plea from one media outlet Thursday asking us to help them out with understanding DCA, since its Web site was being inundated with Internet traffic that was overwhelming its servers.

Before we replace rational discourse with irrational exuberance, it is my personal opinion that a bit of caution is in order. The basic reason for my conservative view is "been there, done that."

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Active ImageSome Experts Blame FDA Labeling for Child Suicide Increase

Child and teen suicide rates rose for the first time in more than a decade in 2004

Active ImagePredicting Breast Cancer's Return

Tuesday's announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that it had approved the MammaPrint test represents a step forward in our efforts to more precisely define which women with breast cancer require adjuvant (preventive) chemotherapy following primary treatment for the disease. {quote_middle}

Adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer has been one of the great success stories in cancer treatment over the past 30 years. Through the efforts of many researchers, women and their families, we have learned how to prevent recurrence of breast cancer and increase survival for many women with breast cancer. As a result, we have seen steady declines in the death rates for women with breast cancer.

We also know that we provide adjuvant chemotherapy to many women with primary breast cancer who would have otherwise done well without additional treatment. But the types of tests and information about a particular woman's breast cancer that we have available today are simply too imprecise to allow us to accurately and confidently separate women at high risk of developing recurrent of breast cancer from those who are at low risk of recurrence.

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Famous Quotes About Health and Wellness


 
January 2008

A Sense of Humor - Laughter Heals

The best blush to use is laughter: It puts roses in your cheeks and in your soul.
- Linda Knight

Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.
- Arnold Glasow

Laughter is the most healthful exertion.
- Christoph Wilhelm Hufeland

Laughter is part of the human survival kit.
- David Nathan

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
-Cummings

He who laughs, lasts.
-Victor Borge

Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
- Thomas Edison

Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke.
- Unkown

Laughter is the language of the Gods.
- Russ Dudley

Friendship: a building contract you sign with laughter and break with tears.
- Unkown



Doctor: I have some bad news and some very bad news.

Patient: Well, might as well give me the bad news first.

Doctor: The lab called with your test results. They said you have 24 hours to live.

Patient: 24 HOURS! That's terrible!! WHAT could be WORSE? What's the very

bad news?

Doctor: I've been trying to reach you since yesterday.

- Courtesy of http://www.medindia.net/Humour/quotesnew.asp


 

Patient: I'm in a hospital! Why am I in here?

Doctor: You've had an accident involving a train.

Patient: What happened?

Doctor: Well, I've got some good news and some bad news. Which would you

like to hear first?

Patient: Well... The bad news first...

Doctor: Your legs were injured so badly that we had to amputate both of them.

Patient: That's terrible! What's the good news?

Doctor: There's a guy in the next ward who made a very good offer on your slippers.



 

Doctor: I have some good news and I have some bad news, which shall I tell first?

Patient: Do begin with the bad news, please.

Doctor: All Right. Your son has drowned, your daughter has been raped, your wife has divorced you, your house got blown away, and you have AIDS.

Patient: Good grief! What's the good news?

Doctor: The good news is that there is no more bad news.

 



Doctor: We need to get these people to a hospital!

Nurse: What is it?

Doctor: It's a big building with a lot of doctors, but that's not important now!




Doctor:
Does it hurt when you do this?

Patient: Yes.

Doctor: Well, don't do that.




Natural Childbirth

A boy was assigned a paper on childbirth and asked his parents "how was I born?"

"Well honey ..." said the slightly prudish parent, "the stork brought you to us."

"OH," said the boy. "Well, how did you and daddy get born?" he asked.

"Oh, the stork brought us too."

"Well how were grandpa and grandma born?" he persisted.

"Well darling, the stork brought them too!" said the parent, by now starting to squirm a little in the Lazy Boy recliner.

Several days later, the boy handed in his paper to the teacher who read with confusion the opening sentence:

"This report has been very difficult to write due to the fact that there hasn't been a natural childbirth in my family for three generations."




She Ate Ants

A medical student was doing a rotation in toxicology at the local poison control center.

A woman called on the hot line and she was very upset. My little daughter is eating ants. What should I do?

The medical student quickly reassured her that ants are not harmful and there would be no need to bring her daughter to the hospital.

At this point the woman calmed down.  Oh! That

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