August 2014


kneepain124x170.jpgGot Knee Pain? Blame Your Cycle

Aching knees? Don’t blame the weather–check your cycle instead. The muscles in your knees work differently at different points in your menstrual cycle, according to a study presented at the Integrative Biology of Exercise Conference. This changing muscle function destabilizes your joints and can set you up for serious pain.

To read the full story Got Knee Pain? Blame Your Cycle, click here.
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When Is It Okay to Go Without a Condom?


Safe sex: Does it always mean using a condom? You should know by now that forgoing condoms during sex puts you at heightened risk of unintended pregnancy and contracting STDs.

To read the full article When Is It Okay to Go Without a Condom?, click here.
uti130x170.jpgThe Common UTI Remedy That Doesn’t Work

Dealing with a urinary tract infection? Skip the cranberry therapy. According to a review published in the Cochrane Library, drinking cranberry juice or taking cranberry supplements may do little to prevent a UTI.

To read the full article The Common UTI Remedy That Doesn’t Work, click here.
memory140x170.jpgHow To Forget Unwanted Memories

There are two ways we can forget a memory that causes unpleasant sensations, be they a humiliating gaffe at some dinner party or an extremely frightening event, say researchers from the University of Cambridge, England, in the October 17th edition of Neuron.

To read the full story How To Forget Unwanted Memories, click here.
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Free Birth Control Cuts Abortion Rate Dramatically


A dramatic new study with implications for next month’s presidential election finds that offering women free birth control can reduce unplanned pregnancies -- and send the abortion rate spiraling downward.

To read the full story Free Birth Control Cuts Abortion Rate Dramatically, Study Finds, click here.
greens170x105.jpgIn this article WebMd presents a slideshow to offer readers 13 ways to add greens tot heir diet. We all know that greens are high density nutrient laden foods. They can help us increase vitamins, minerals and fiber in simple fun to eat dishes.

To read the full story 13 Easy Ways to Eat More Greens, click here.
MediterraneanDietPyramid-170x170.jpgModerately obese people who ate the Mediterranean diet lost more weight than groups of people who followed either a low-fat or a low-carbohydrate diet, researchers reported.

To read the full story Mediterranean Dieters Kept Weight Off for Six Years, click here.
Probiotics105x170.jpgA fascinating, if disconcerting, fact: More than 100 trillion so-called good bacteria thrive in or on the human body. A sizable chunk of them maintain residence in the human digestive tract. Probiotics, live microorganisms that benefit their human host, are among these beneficial bacteria.

To read the full story Probiotics: a Gut-check on Bacterial Health, click here.
burnout120x170.jpgJust into October and it officially feels like fall. Those free feelings of endless summer days and warm weather are completely gone. We've gone back to work, the kids have started school and everyone is wondering how to bring back those feelings of stress-free happiness and avoid burnout in the office and at home.

To read the full story 5 Steps to Avoid Burnout, click here.
moneydownthedrain-170x170.jpgIf Mitt Romney gets elected as president and keeps his promise to repeal the 2010 health reform law, more than 72 million Americans will be lacking health insurance by 2030 and health care costs will rise, a report from the Commonwealth Fund projects.

To read the full story Romney Health Plan Would Cost Us, Group Says, click here.
antibiotics170x150.jpgYour family doctor knows best, right? Not always. Many physicians routinely prescribe antibiotics for a common ailment that cannot effectively be wiped out with drugs.

To read the full article ALERT: Antibiotics Won’t Fix This Common Condition, click here.

womanwalking130x170.jpgHere are 4 Secrets To Never Getting Sick

Ever wonder why you always seem to come down with a life-interrupting virus this time of year, while other women you know sail through the season sniffle-, cough-, and ache-free?

To read the full article 4 Secrets To Never Getting Sick, click here.
happiness159x170.jpg5 Ways To Increase Your Happiness

I’m not sure why, but most people are reluctant to admit they would like to increase their overall happiness. Maybe it’s because in doing so, one also has to confront the fact that they aren’t as happy as they would like to be – a vulnerable admission.

To read the full article 5 Ways To Increase Your Happiness, click here.
maturewoman127x170.jpgDoctors: Pap Remains Best Test For Cervical Cancer

Scientists advising the government say a Pap test is a good way to screen young and middle-aged women for cervical cancer, and it's only needed once every three years. But they say there is not enough evidence yet to back testing for HPV, the virus that causes the disease.

To read the full article Doctors: Pap remains best test for cervical cancer, click here.
mammography120x170.jpgBusted! 8 Mammogram Truths Every Woman Must Know

Do mammograms save lives? Of course they do. But is mammography the surefire "fix" for the breast cancer problem that many women believe it to be? Unfortunately not, says Dr. Laura Esserman, director of the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center at the University of California at San Francisco.

To read the full article Busted! 8 Mammogram Truths Every Woman Must Know, click here.
sexmp-170x120.jpgDr. Donnica Moore discusses post-menopausal sex drive. A video form ABC News.

To read the full article Sex After Menopause, click here.
litecigarette130x100.jpg“Light” Tobacco Products No Less Harmful

You may be wondering where your “light,” “low,” and “mild” cigarettes are, as they rapidly disappear from retailer’s shelves.

To read the full article “Light” Tobacco Products No Less Harmful, click here.

lovedrug130x100.jpgThe Love Drug
Study Indicates Intense, Passionate Love May Act as Potent Painkiller


Sometimes, love hurts. But sometimes, a new Stanford University study suggests, intense, passionate love might actually be able to provide you with pain relief - perhaps even as much as morphine does!

To read the full article The Love Drug, click here.


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Buprenorphine Expands Access to Addiction Treatment
Drug May Help Many Painkiller Addicts Break Their Addiction


In 2010, addicts' drugs-of-choice are often found in a bottle with a child-safety lid and a local drug store label.

To read the full article Buprenorphine Expands Access to Addiction Treatment, click here.

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Medical Milestone: Genetics Company Begins First Embryonic Stem-Cell Treatment on Patient
First Study to Focus on How Patient With Spinal Cord Injuries Will React to Treatment


For years, scientists have held out the promise that embryonic stem cells could repair damaged spinal cords and cure other serious ailments.

To read the full article Genetics Company Begins First Embryonic Stem-Cell Treatment on Patient, click here.

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Taking Early Retirement May Retire Memory, Too

The two economists call their paper “Mental Retirement,” and their argument has intrigued behavioral researchers.

To read the full article Taking Early Retirement May Retire Memory, Too , click here.

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

When you think of October images of pumpkins, spider webs, ghosts, ghouls, and goblins often spring to mind.

To read the full article National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, click here.

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Almost Half of Women Have Sexual Problems
But study found only 12% are upset about it.


In a double whammy for the female gender, new research shows that 40 percent of women report sexual problems, but only 12 percent are distressed about it.

To read the full article Almost Half of Women Have Sexual Problems, click here.


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Female Sexual Dysfunction -- Medical Fiction?
Experts Debate Existence, Prevalence and Treatment of FSD

Many doctors have critiqued the over-medicalization of female sexual dysfunction by the pharmaceutical industry, but journalist Ray Moynihan, author of "Sex, Drugs, and Pharmaceuticals", goes so far as to argue that drug-makers helped to create the disorder.

To read the full article Female Sexual Dysfunction -- Medical Fiction?, click here.

job130x100.jpg7 Ways to Work Yourself to Death
Research Reveals Several Surprising Ways Your Job Could Shorten Your Life


It turns out your job might be a double-edged sword when it comes to your health.

To read the full article 7 Ways to Work Yourself to Death, click here.

camemoryproblems130x100.jpgCancer Survivors May Be at Risk for Memory Problems
40% of patients with history of disease reported forgetfulness, confusion


Memory problems are common among people who have a history of cancer, new research reveals.

To read the full article Cancer Survivors May Be at Risk for Memory Problems , click here.

Active ImageAre You Working with Dangerous Germs?
"The Early Show" Takes a Closer Look at Germs Lurking in Its Workplace


Correspondent Kelly Wallace looks at how germy, and potentially disease-ridden, the workplace can be.

To read the full article Are You Working with Dangerous Germs?, click here.

Active ImageEasing Back Pain

Excellent video by The Early Show’s host Harry Smith as he speaks with Dr. Norman Marcus about tips for preventing and easing back pain. A must see.

To read the full article Easing Back Pain , click here.
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Childhood Meds Lead to Behavior Disorders?


Young animals treated with commonly prescribed drugs to treat epilepsy, mood disorders and pain develop behavioral abnormalities in adulthood, according to researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC).

To read the full article Childhood Meds Lead to Behavior Disorders? , click here.
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Scientists seek clues to obesity in the womb
Research reinforces importance of losing weight before pregnancy

When Kathy Perusse had weight-loss surgery and shed 120 pounds, she may have done more than make her own life easier.

To read the full article Scientists seek clues to obesity in the womb, click here.

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Scary Breath Holding Spells Turns Kids Blue, Leaves Parents Alarmed
Children May Seek Attention by Holding Their Breath

Last Wednesday, 1-year-old Stephen Albert was playing under the wide arm of the couch in his family's Cheverly, Md., home. But as he moved to stand up, his head collided with the couch arm and he sat back down again, hard.

To read the full article Scary Breath Holding Spells Turns Kids Blue , click here.

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One-Third of Low Back Pain Patients Recover Completely Within a Year

Got a new case of low back pain? There's a good chance you'll recover completely within a year, a new study shows.

To read the full article Bouncing Back From Low Back Pain, click here.

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 When Stress Takes a Toll on Your Teeth

With economic pressures affecting millions of Americans, dentists may have noticed a drop in patients opting for a brighter smile, but they are seeing another phenomenon: a rise in the number of teeth grinders.

To read the full article When Stress Takes a Toll on Your Teeth, click here.

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10 Unexpectedly Risky Foods
Common Foods Besides Meat Pose Health Hazards


High-profile cases of illness due to contaminated beef, such as the 1993 Jack in the Box hamburger outbreaks that killed four children, may be one reason why meat is often framed as the primary culprit of food poisoning.

To read the full article 10 Unexpectedly Risky Foods, click here.

younggirlsbreastcancer130x100.jpg'Lightning Strikes' When Young Girls Get Breast Cancer
Breast Cance
r Takes a Special Toll on Girls

Taylor Thompson was planning to spend her summer vacation by the pool with friends. Instead, she spent a month becoming very familiar with her hospital in Little Rock, Ark.

To read the full article 'Lightning Strikes' When Young Girls Get Breast Cancer, click here.

Active ImageResearchers Claim Birth Control May Influence the People You Want to Date, for the Worse

Science tells us that humans have evolved over the years to make better decisions about whom to choose as a spouse, but a growing body of research suggests that women could undo all that evolution with a simple pill many are already taking.

To read the full article Is the Pill in Control of Your Romance?, click here.

Active ImageLove, pleasure, duty: Why women have sex

What makes a woman want to have sex? Is it physical attraction? Love? Loneliness? Jealousy? Boredom? Painful menstrual cramps?

To read the full story  Love, pleasure, duty: Why women have sex, click here.

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Estrogen May Improve Colon Cancer Survival


Younger women with advanced colon cancer live slightly longer than younger men with advanced disease, but the survival advantage disappears as women age and their estrogen levels drop.

To read the full story  Estrogen May Improve Colon Cancer Survival, click here.

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Some Simple Steps for the Stressed-Out


A middle-aged, working-class woman recently came to my medical office complaining that her back had "seized up."

To read the full story  Some Simple Steps for the Stressed-Out, click here.

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Study Finds Women Wear Shoes That Cause Pain

Some women love their shoes so much it hurts. That is the conclusion of a new study that looks at the link between shoe choices and chronic foot pain.

To read the full story  Women Wear Shoes That Cause Pain, click here.

Active Image Gene Linked to Glaucoma

An international team of researchers discovered gene variants for glaucoma in a black population. The finding could lead to treatment or a cure for this disease, which causes blindness in two million Americans each year.

To read the full story  Gene Linked to Glaucoma, click here.


Active ImageSome dogs and cats reaching 15 years or more, veterinarians say

When Denice Shaughnessy’s wirehaired dachshund Chanel died last month at the age of 21, she was heralded as the world’s oldest dog, according to Guinness World Records.

To read the full story  Life in dog years: Many pets living longer, click here.
Active ImageStudy Suggests Many Physicians Prescribe Drugs for Patient Peace of Mind Alone

When you visit the doctor's office with a cold or other minor illness, you may be leaving with a prescription that does more for your peace of mind, than it is going to do for your actual ailment.
Active ImageExperts Explain How to Avoid Influenza

With flu season less than a month away, it isn't too soon to take steps to protect yourself from influenza. Catching the flu can be a setback as it can knock you out of commission for a couple of weeks. Simply watching out for co-workers who have it probably won't be enough, as they can contract the flu and pass it along well before they suffer any outward symptoms.

Active ImageCeramic dishes, art supplies and gardens may contain dangerous doses

While exposure to lead may sound like a somewhat old-fashioned health threat, it is not, in fact it may be more dangerous and more of a problem today than ever before. This may be thanks to sources of lead poisoning that  you might never have expected, such as ceramic dishes, art supplies, and even vegetables grown in city gardens. While the average blood lead levels are way down, new research shows that even low amounts can be harmful, says Ellen Silbergeld, PhD, a professor of environmental health sciences at Johns Hopkins University.

Active ImageShowing Your Heart Some Love!

You probably already know that smoking, being overweight and inactivity can damage your coronary vessels with arteriosclerosis, and that these can also lead to diseases such diabetes and high blood pressure. You probably also know that diabetes and high blood pressure are linked to other dangerous problems. What you may not know is exactly what you can do to protect your heart...


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Should You Tan to Avoid Vitamin D Deficiency?

A number of recent books and studies have touted the benefits of vitamin D and the perils of not getting enough vitamin D, some books and article some encourage lying in the sun and taking vitamin supplements in order to prevent depression. However, many dermatologists that laying out in the sun isn't necessary, they tell their patients that most Americans get all the vitamin D they need just by going outside in the course of their daily duties or activities, and that beyond this it s easy to get adequate levels of the vitamin through nutrients in food. One New York dermatologist tells his patients. "Sunlight helps us produce vitamin D, but the amount of sunlight you need is so low that you could walk outside for probably five minutes and have enough."









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Show your heart some love!

You probably already know that smoking, being overweight and inactivity can damage your coronary vessels with arteriosclerosis, and that these can also lead to diseases such diabetes and high blood pressure. You probably also know that diabetes and high blood pressure are linked to other dangerous problems. What you may not know is exactly what you can do to protect your heart...

Active ImageKeep Your Colon Happy for Better Health

"The colon is not just an organ, it's an entire ecosystem," says Mark Liponis, M.D., author of UltraLongevity: The Seven Step Program for a Younger, Healthier You. “It is infinitesimally folded to produce food-absorbing surface area, the stretched-out gut would resemble a tissue paper large enough to blanket a tennis court. Trillions of bacteria (or "flora") slosh around — some playing nicer than others — and all playing a key role in your digestion, elimination and immunity.”
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Do High-Protein Weight Loss Diets Work?

Are high-protein weight loss diets dangerous?

High-protein diets weight loss diets with carbohydrate restriction are a popular way to lose and control weight. Recently, several clinical studies have looked this approach measuring the human measurements and metabolic effects of this type of diet. The studies focused on the affect of high-protein diets on energy expenditure and how well these high-protein diets controlled hunger. They also looked at how these diets affect weight loss, body composition, cardiovascular (heart) risk, and blood sugar levels, and whether there were any potential damaging consequences to eating a high-protein diet.

Active ImageSense of Smell Important in Animal Mate Selection... but for Humans?

Scientists are still wrestling with the rules of attraction, but the nose, rather than the heart, may be the place to start looking for an answer, suggests one new study.

Active ImageDespite Huge Supply, Too Few Kids & Adults Get Flu Vaccine

More Americans are getting flu shots -- but still far too few, the CDC reports.

Statistics tell us that only one in five babies aged 6 to 23 months are getting both of the flu shots they will need for full protection against getting the severest varieties of flu. Generally, young children are most highly vulnerable to serious complications of the flu and these children should be immunized to protect them for infection with the flu. Immunization against the flu can protecting them, their life and well-being from exposure and complications of the flu.
Active ImagePlasma Vitamin C Level, Fruit and Vegetable Consumption, and the Risk of New-Onset Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Recent research suggests that a greater consumption of fruit and vegetables may decrease your risk of diabetes mellitus. Blood-plasma vitamin C level is a good biomarker of fruit and vegetable intake, but, to our knowledge, no prior studies have examined its association with diabetes risk. This study was designed to determine whether fruit and vegetable intake and plasma vitamin C level are associated with an higher or lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Active ImageIncorporating Omega-3 in the Food Chain - Why, Where and How?

It has long been recognized that a high fat dietary intake is not conducive to good health. Recently, the fat quality of the diet (sometimes referred to as the fatty acid profile) of your daily meals has also come into question. Over recent years the recommended daily fat intake recommendations have declined in line with its role as proportion of total food energy as calories and in relation to its overall value in our health. Although these recommendations have created significant changes in the types of fats consumed and a fall in the total intake of saturated fats towards the more healthy recommended level, there appears still room for improvement. The proportion of energy derived from saturated fats is still too high in most Western diets.

Active Image5 Rules for Saving Money and Improving Health When Food Shopping

It is no surprise that we are paying more these days at both the gas pump and also at the grocery store. Whether we blame it on rising oil prices, disappointing crop yields, global warming, or a weak dollar the prices are going up and the quality of our food has not improving very much.

The most important question for us however, is what does this means when we are shopping for food. While we may want to save money, we don’t want to be sacrificing nutrition. The rest of this article will deal with a few tips and strategies on saving money on your grocery bill while still maintaining your ability to eat healthfully.

Active ImageWomen More Often Surprised About Sex and Aging

A recent survey suggested that women are more likely to experience age-related sexual symptoms than men and that women are more likely to be surprised by these symptoms.

In June of 2008 Harris Interactive conducted an online survey of some 705 adults, half of which were men and the other half were women. The participants were all between ages 50 and 70. The study was funded by Duramed Pharmaceuticals manufacturer of several birth control and estrogen regalement products.
Active ImageVitamin D and the Risk for Hip Fractures

Osteoporosis is a major problem today. There are many questions regarding what the best treatment for the prevention of osteoporosis and specifically prevention of hip fractures really is.

One approach to prevention of osteoporosis and hip fracture is the use of vitamin D. The question then is does it work and if so, how do you monitor it and know that it has reached the optimal treatment level?  Several studies suggest that vitamin D is definitely helpful in preventing osteoporosis and hip fractures and that the best way to monitor it is to evaluate the serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels and maintain them at an optimal therapeutic level.


Active ImageThe results of a new survey indicate that 48 percent of physicians between 50 and 65 years of age are planning to reduce or end their clinical practice in the next 1 to 3 years. The findings also suggest that many older physicians believe that their younger counterparts do not have the work ethic they do.

The survey, which was conducted by Merritt Hawkins & Associates, a Texas-based physician search and consulting firm, suggests that many older physicians are simply unhappy with the changes that have taken place in medicine over the years.

To read the full article How to Figure Out When Therapy Is Over, click here.


Active ImageSmokers can add a new health risk to the ever-growing list of hazards posed by their habit: the unsightly and often painful skin condition known as psoriasis.

American and Canadian investigators who analyzed data from the long-running Nurses Health Study find smoking increases the risk of psoriasis by 78 percent when compared to never smoking. The link is long-lasting too. Former smokers have a 37 percent higher risk overall, and the risk doesn
Active ImageStudy shows gains in strength and endurance, but best timing still debated

If stretching ranks among your list of health priorities somewhere below turning down the volume on your iPod, a new report may give you extra incentive to reach, bend and twist.
 
The study found that a regular stretching program may actually enhance performance, making people stronger and increasing their endurance.

To read the full article Stretching may offer extended benefits, click here.


 
Active ImageHaving someone who cares may be more important than medical factors

Having someone to drive you to cancer treatments or make sure you are eating may be even more important than tumor size or other medical factors in predicting cancer survival, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.

They found patients with a below-average quality of life before getting treatment for lung cancer
Active ImageDoctors Recommend Limiting Television To 2 Hours A Day And Forbidding TV While Eating

A new childhood obesity study links watching lots of TV to high blood pressure in obese children.

The researchers advise parents to heed recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about limiting kids' TV time.

The AAP doesn't recommend TV for children aged 2 or younger. The AAP recommends no more than one to two hours per day of educational, nonviolent programs for older children.

To read the full article TV Tied To Blood Pressure In Obese Kids, click here.



Active ImageGet Tips on How to Effectively Manage Your Child's Sleep Patterns

With after-school practices, TVs in the bedroom and an online social life that allows them to be connected 24/7, it's no wonder that 60 percent of high school age children admit to being sleepy during the school day.

Henry Elliman, 15, has a shelf full of trophies that only hint at how busy he is. "I am on the soccer team, I play tennis, I play the piano and of course schoolwork."

To read the full article Sweet Dreams Make for Smarter Teens, click here.



Active ImageNo Impact on Cancer Death, New Research Suggests

We have been bombarded over the last couple of years with scientific articles suggesting that vitamin D is the key to improving many aspects of our health, including reducing the risks of dying from cancer.

An article in this week's Journal of the National Cancer Institute reminds us that perhaps we should be a bit cautious in embracing vitamin D as "the answer" before we do more research.

To read the full article Vitamin D No Magic Bullet for Cancer, click here.



Active Image90,000 Americans Get Potentially Deadly Infections From Drug-Resistant Staph Germs, CDC Says

More than 90,000 Americans get potentially deadly infections each year from a drug-resistant staph "superbug," the government reported Tuesday in its first overall estimate of invasive disease caused by the germ.

Deaths tied to these infections may exceed those caused by AIDS, said one public health expert commenting on the new study. The report shows just how far one form of the staph germ, called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, has spread beyond its traditional hospital setting.

To read the full article "Superbug" Deaths In U.S. May Surpass AIDS, click here.



Active ImageWhen aging hampers memory, some people's brains compensate to stay sharp. Now scientists want to know how those brains make do
Sample ImageConsumers should never put Bumbo Baby Sitter Seats on an elevated surface or leave children unattended, the Consumer Product Safety Commission warns.

About 1 million baby seats sold at major U.S. retailers are being recalled after the Consumer Product Safety Commission received 28 reports of serious head injuries, including three skull fractures, after young children fell out of the seats when they were placed on tables.

Improper use of the Bumbo Baby Sitter Seats, manufactured by South African company Bumbo International, could lead to serious head injuries if placed on any elevated surface. Young children could arch their backs, flip out of the seat and fall onto the floor, the agency warned Thursday.

To read the full story Baby seats recalled, click here.


Active ImageWomen who have undergone hysterectomy, or removal of the womb, are at higher risk of urinary incontinence that needs to be corrected by surgery later on, a 30-year Swedish study has found.

The risk is especially high for women who have given birth to more than one child vaginally, the researchers wrote in the latest issue of The Lancet journal, urging more caution.

To read the full story Hysterectomy raises incontinence surgery risk, click here.


Active ImageExtreme Stress Taking A Toll On Health, Relationships, And Work, Survey Shows

Nearly a third of U.S. adults report "extreme stress" in a new survey from the American Psychological Association. Stress didn't come as a surprise. Most participants indicated that stress is a natural part of life.

But the survey shows that participants are suffering physically, emotionally, professionally, and personally as a result of stress.

To read the full story Nearly 1 in 3 Adults Feel Extreme Stress, click here.



Active ImageMore Than Half Are More Stressed Now Than Five Years Ago: Report

Americans may be significantly more stressed than they were five years ago, and concerns over home mortgage rates could be a big part of the problem.

The American Psychological Association's (APA) 2007 Stress in America poll, released Wednesday, showed that nearly half of Americans -- 48 percent -- believe that their stress levels have increased during the past five years.

To read the full story Mortgage, Terror Woes Figure Big Stress, click here.


Active ImagePopular medications should not be used for kids under 6, health experts say

Julie Eshelman always believed that the decongestant liquid she gave her young daughter for a cold was helpful.

The girl, now 7, used to come home from day care with the sniffles.
Active ImageDr. Holly Phillips Explores Symptoms And Treatments For The Male Change

Yes, men do have drops in hormone levels like women. For men it's testosterone, for women it's estrogen. The big difference is, for women menopause signals a time when they stop ovulating, when they can no longer have babies. Men through their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, it's a different situation.

Most people think of menopause as a mid-life change women go through, complete with hot flashes and mood swings. But men can also go through some of those changes.

To read the full article Male Menopause? No Myth, click here.


Active ImageGene Tweaks and the Male Pill: Contraception of the Future?
Researchers Hint at the Way We Won't Be Making Babies in the Future

The Pill. Condoms. Intrauterine devices. They are staples of modern birth control. And while they represent some of the best options that men and women have at their disposal today to prevent pregnancy, each is decades old -- and comes part and parcel with a number of its own drawbacks.

To read the full article Gene Tweaks and the Male Pill: Contraception of the Future?, click here.




Active ImageStudy: Many accept it as fact even if own observations suggest otherwise

People are influenced by gossip about others, even when it contradicts what they see with their own eyes, suggests a new study.

Past research has found that gossip
Active ImageStudy of 1,000 Pairs of Gay Brothers Seeks Genetic Clues That May Help Explain Homosexuality


ulio and Mauricio Cabrera are gay brothers who are convinced their sexual orientation is as deeply rooted as their Mexican ancestry. They are among 1,000 pairs of gay brothers taking part in the largest study to date seeking genes that may influence whether people are gay.

The Cabreras hope the findings will help silence critics who say homosexuality is an immoral choice.

To read the full article Study Seeks DNA Clues on Homosexuality, click here.
 
Active ImageWhether you're trying to avoid peanuts or dairy products, experts offer strategies for dining safely at restaurants.

Having a food allergy used to mean dining out was limited to carrying your plate from the kitchen to the porch or, at best, eating at the home of a close friend or relative who could guarantee your food offenders were nowhere in sight.

Today, however, eating out is a lot easier -- and safer -- for the 2 million Americans who suffer with a mild, moderate, or even a severe food allergy. One reason: Restaurants are more aware and more prepared.

To read the full article Food Allergies: Tips for Eating Out, click here.


Looking for Oats When Dining Out

Oats area highly nutritious food, with power to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke significantly. Adding oats to your diet has many benefits.


Oats, A Breakfast Food For Your Heart

For the most part oats are easiest found for breakfast in the form of oat meal, granola or  muesli cereals. On occasion a restaurant may also serve oat bread or oat muffins. On a very rare occasion a restaurant may serve oat meal pancakes.

Oats may be used in baking cookies (oatcakes) as well as a variety of other baked goods (e.g. bread made from a mixture of oatmeal, with or without other flours) and in cold cereals, such as the ingredient in oatmeal, granola and muesli.

Oats may also be consumed raw and cookies with raw oats are becoming popular.

Oatmeal is usually made from crushed or rolled oats and often served with cream, butter or small amount of salt. If you ware watching your cholesterol, use as little butter as possible and non-fat or low fat milk. In many restaurants oatmeal may be served with brown sugar. There is no problem here unless you are watching your weight or do not wish to use refined products.

For an extra taste treat ask the waiter to have strawberries, blueberries or what ever berry or fruit is in season added on top or along side. Finally you can add almonds, cashews or other nuts before cooking or upon reaching your table.

We suggest asking if the oat meal is being made from instant or quick oatmeal. While instant (quick) oat meal is overall less nutritious than oat groats or whole oats, steel-cut oats, Irish oats, rolled oats, or old-fashioned oats, if there are no other choices it is still better then bacon and eggs.


To learn more about The Benefits of Oats, click here.

To learn more about Adding Oats to Your Diet, click here.


Active ImageBut the debate over the impact of birth order gained new urgency this summer when the results of a new study were announced: Firstborns' IQs tend to be higher than those of their younger siblings.

Does that mean later-born kids are destined to be less accomplished and successful? Studies like this don't tell the whole story -- and neither do birth-order stereotypes. Here's how to bring out the best in each child:

To read the full story Does birth order matter? What every parent needs to know, click here.



Active ImageStudy links desire for cocoa to type of bacteria living in digestive system

If that craving for chocolate sometimes feels like it is coming from deep in your gut, that
Active ImageMore than half of name-brand products have detectable levels

Lipsticks tested by a U.S. consumer rights group found that more than half contained lead and some popular brands including Cover Girl, L'Oreal and Christian Dior had more lead than others, the group said on Thursday.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics said tests on 33 brand-name red lipsticks by the Bodycote Testing Group in Santa Fe Spring, California, found that 61 percent had detectable lead levels of 0.03 to 0.65 parts per million (ppm).

To read the full story Lipsticks contain lead, consumer group says, click here.



Active ImageStudy: Both Overweight And Lean Women With Hypertension More Likely To Develop Disease

Women may have a new reason to control their blood pressure: to help prevent type 2 diabetes.

Researchers today reported that women may be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if their blood pressure rises substantially over the years.

Based on the findings, "women with increasing blood pressure levels should have their blood sugar (glucose) levels monitored," David Conen, M.D., says in a news release.

To read the full story Rising Blood Pressure Tied To Diabetes, click here.


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Linoleic Acid Also Protective, Study Suggests

An orange a day may keep the wrinkles away.
In one of the first studies to examine the impact of nutrients from foods rather than supplements on skin aging, researchers reported that people who ate plenty of vitamin C-rich foods had fewer wrinkles than people whose diets contained little of the vitamin.


To read the full article Vitamin C May Slow Skin Wrinkling, click here.


Active ImageDo you agonize too much?
Simple ways to spot the signs and find better ways to handle life's most common stressors

To read the full article Stress less: 16 worry cures, click here. 
Active ImageFlu season is almost here, and a new study finds that skipping that annual flu shot could have serious consequences for older people.

The 10-year study of seniors included those from the Portland area. It found that vaccination against influenza was associated with a 27% decrease in the risk of hospitalization for influenza or pneumonia
Active ImageTests Suggest Less Mental Decline for Current Generation of Elderly

Senior moments notwithstanding, elderly people are smarter today than they were less than a generation ago, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that when it comes to mental acuity, 74 is the new 59.

They compared performances on a battery of intelligence tests between a group of contemporary 74-year-olds and another group of people who took the tests 16 years earlier, when they were also 74.

To read the full article Today's Seniors Are Smarter, click here.

Active ImageIn Survey, Many Menopausal Women Say Vaginal Symptoms Are A Problem

Menopausal symptoms dim the sex lives of many women, according to a new online survey.

Murray Freedman, M.D., and colleagues from the Medical College of Georgia evaluated the survey, which was conducted by Harris Interactive in late June and early July. They presented their findings yesterday in Dallas at the North American Menopause Society.

To read the full article Menopause Symptoms May Hamper Sex, click here.


Active ImageScientists Believe That the Appendix's Purpose Is to Produce, Protect Good Germs for Your Gut

ome scientists think they have figured out the real job of the troublesome and seemingly useless appendix: It produces and protects good germs for your gut. That's the theory from surgeons and immunologists at Duke University Medical School, published online in a scientific journal this week.

To read the full article Appendix Protects Good Germs, click here.


Active ImageKnow a Harsh Critic? Their Negative Views May Skew Your Opinions, Marketing Study Suggests

Negativity may be catching among consumers, especially among those with a personal connection, a new study shows.

The researchers, who work at Indiana University, make three main points in their paper:

People tend to abandon their positive views of a new product when they find out that others dislike that product. People become even more negative about a new product when they find out that people they were about to meet with dislike that product. The flip side isn't true: Positive views aren't as persuasive.

To read the full article Negativity May Change Your Mind, click here.


Active ImageThe six most common tooth-damaging habits, and how to avoid them.

No one wants to have nasty breath, or big dental bills. Nonetheless, there are several very common habits that can produce both of those unpleasant results. And they can also leave your smile looking more Pirate of the Caribbean than Christie Brinkley.


To read the full story Tooth-Busters, click here.

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New research suggests that social isolation alters the immune system at the genetic level, raising the risk of serious disease. Oh, and the definition of loneliness might surprise you.

We all know about heartache. For some, feeling alone can be physically painful. And a strong body of recent research has established that it
Active ImageExperts say a variety of new techniques are increasing the accuracy of breast cancer diagnosis.

You wake up feeling fine. You grab your morning coffee -- and maybe a doughnut -- and head for the shower. But not more than five minutes pass when suddenly you get a shock.

What's different? You find a lump in your breast. And even though studies show up to 80% of all breast lumps are harmless, you still feel threatened and want to know you'll be OK.

Fortunately, that's a lot easier now, thanks to advances in diagnostics -- a variety of options that pull together not only the specifics of your breast lump, but also look to your personal and family history, your age, even the results of a previous mammogram, to ensure you have the quickest and most accurate diagnosis possible.

To read the full story Advances in Diagnosing Breast Cancer, click here.


Active ImageResearcher: Diners Thinking They're Eating Healthy Items Often Ingest Extra Calories

A restaurant's image might influence what people eat when seeking a healthy meal, and the effect may not always be beneficial, according to a Cornell University researcher.

Brian Wansink, author of the book "Mindless Eating," co-authored a study of what customers choose at some popular fast food places. He spoke about it on The Early Show Tuesday.

To read the full story Fast Food "Halo" Hurting Consumers?, click here.


Active ImageU.S. Women Not Doing Enough To Lower Their Risk, Survey Shows

U.S. women could stand to upgrade their cancer prevention efforts, a new poll shows.

The poll, which included 800 women, comes from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Prevention magazine.

"Our findings should serve as a wake-up call to women," Jennifer Irvine Vidrine, Ph.D., assistant professor in the health disparities research department at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, says in a news release.

To read the full story Poll: Female Cancer Prevention Falls Short, click here.


Active ImageWorking Out at Home a Time-Effective, Cost-Effective Route to Better Results

Who doesn't hate going to the gym? I personally know that even some of the most gung-ho fitness fans -- old and young alike -- drag when it comes to their daily trip to the gym.

Face it: It takes time to go to the gym, to work out and to take care of all the other necessary duties that accompany this endeavor.

To read the full story Your Home Is Your Gym, click here.


Active ImageBiological Differences, as Well as Variations in Play, Could Be to Blame

While concussions are on the rise among all young athletes in the United States, girls may run a higher risk of suffering concussions than their male counterparts engaging in the same sports, researchers say.

Concussions result from a blow to the head that causes the brain to slam against the inner wall of the skull. Bleeding or tearing of the nerve fibers causes symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, confusion, loss of consciousness and amnesia.

To read the full story Female Athletes Bear Brunt of Concussions, click here.


Active ImageHealth Officials Advise Against Giving Cold and Cough Medicine to Toddlers



Very young children simply should not take some commonly used cold and cough medicines, federal health officials say in recommending that the "consult your physician" advice to parents on the labels be dropped.

The preliminary recommendation, from Food and Drug Administration safety officials, would apply to decongestant use in children under 2, and antihistamines in those younger than 6, according to agency documents released Friday.

To read the full story FDA Officials: Cold Meds Not for Kids, click here.

Active ImageResearchers Say All Types of Alcohol Add Equally to Risk of Developing Breast Cancer in Women

All types of alcohol wine, beer or liquor add equally to the risk of developing breast cancer in women, American researchers said Thursday.

"This is a hugely underestimated risk factor," said Dr. Patrick Maisonneuve, head of epidemiology at the European Institute of Oncology in Italy, who was not connected to the study.

To read the full story Alcohol Boosts Breast Cancer Risk, click here.

Editorial

Once again, this editor has to stand on a soap box and shout to his readers that article like this while most likely factual are often only part of the story. While there may be merit in recognizing that alcohol to excess has a relationship to breast cancer, or in fact all cancers, this set of facts may be only part of the story. It might be smart to stop and ask, "Why are these women drinking to excess?" Simply stating that drinking to two drinks a day increase a woman

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In a world of fad diets and ever-changing ideas on how to get thin, Gary Taubes is not just another diet guru but a journalist who has covered science for the past 30 years.

It was Taubes who wrote the eye-opening -- and controversial -- New York Times magazine cover story five years ago that asked the near-blasphemous question: "What If Fat Doesn't Make You Fat?"

To read the full story Carbohydrates Make You Fat, and Perhaps Sick, click here.

Editorial

This article is somewhat confusing to me so it may require a bit of clarification particularly of its terminology. While the general idea stated is reasonably and correct, we must make it clear that a blanket statement that assumes all people are the same is wrong. I have long been a proponent of the fact that our evolution and development control our genetics. Clearly humans have evolved in three definable groups: 1) meat eater (or carnivores), 2) vegetarians, and 3) people who eat combinations of meat and vegetables (omnivores). Over time with the creation of cities and states intermarriage has confused the genes and enzymes they produce so that while we can to a great degree breakdown the majority of people into one of these three groups, few people really understand to which group they belong to.

The author if this article initially wrongly uses the term "complex carbohydrates," (I am not sure exactly who misused this term Mr. Taubes or Ms. Marbrey) when in fact they were talking about refined carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates do not kill. Complex carbohydrates are the whole unadulterated form of grains, vegetables and fruits. The culprits are the refined or processed form of carbohydrates. Overeating carbohydrates, whether refined or complex, could at times also be a factor in obesity. What is not discussed or clear in this article is that complex, whole unprocessed, grains, vegetables and fruits, especially if they are vine ripened (picked when ready to be picked) and grown in appropriate well nutritioned soil are vitamin and mineral rich and are needed by our body for healthy chemical reactions which are essential to our overall health and well-being.

Today it is extremely difficult to find healthy whole grains, fruits and vegetable that are not picked before they are ripe, or are not grown in soil that is loaded with chemicals or poor to begin with, and finally do not have sugar, preservatives and other additives added to them. The largest part of carbohydrates you will eat are refined and hence DO increase blood sugar levels and do contribute to obesity. But still not everyone who eats these adulterated foods will become obese. Some people can eat refined carbohydrates as their genetics are capable of handling them and maintaining a healthy blood sugar. The problem is most people cannot do this and hence the rising rate of obesity pointed out by Mr. Taubes do to refined and carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are essential as they are the major source of natural vitamins, minerals and micronutrients which are required by our body to keep it healthy and alive. Do not give up eating carbohydrates, just do your best to make sure they are healthy carbohydrates, whole, vine ripened, and fresh.

JournalistTakes on the Conventional Wisdom About Diet and Disease

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Today in America, the obesity conversation is very loud.

Every day, Americans are inundated with the latest statistics, weight-loss products and information about how healthy -- or unhealthy -- they are.

We know that in the United States too many adults (about 66 percent) and children and adolescents (about 33 percent) are overweight or obese. Most of us would like to be able to change our diets and increase our physical activity level and lose weight -- but achieving this isn't easy.

To read the full story Why Americans 'Tune Out' Obesity Talk, click here.

Simple Lifestyle Changes, Not Crash Dieting, Are the Key to Weight Loss Success

Active ImageStressful Jobs May Make for Depressed Workers, Study Shows

On-the-job stress and unsupportive workplaces may foster depression, a new study suggests.

The study comes from psychiatry researchers including Emma Robertson Blackmore, PhD, of New York's University of Rochester.

They interviewed more than 24,300 workers in Canada in 2002 about the workers' depression symptoms. Based on the interviews, the researchers concluded that 4.6% of the workers qualify for a diagnosis of major depression.

To read the full story Job Stress May Be Depressing, click here.

Active ImageExperts tell WebMD about situations in which another medical viewpoint may be priceless. A medical diagnosis isn't always black and white. Indeed, it's often clouded by shades of gray. Some diseases begin with symptoms so subtle or common that they confound even experienced doctors. Other times, a patient knows exactly what's wrong but can't decide which treatment is best.

Enter the second opinion. It's never a bad idea to seek a second opinion, but if you receive one of these five diagnoses, it's practically a must.

To read the full story 5 Diagnoses That Call for a Second Opinion, click here.



Active ImageDivorced women have more illness  

 Women may give up more than a husband by divorcing — they may also lose some of their good health, according to a study by Iowa State University.

To read the rest of this article about divorced women and illness, click here.

To learn more about why divorce increases the risk of illenss read about stress-related disorders and how it leads to illness.

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Abstinence message goes beyond teens

The federal government's "no sex without marriage" message isn't just for kids anymore.

Now the government is targeting unmarried adults up to age 29 as part of its abstinence-only programs, which include millions of dollars in federal money that will be available to the states under revised federal grant guidelines for 2007.

To read the full article in USA Today, click here.


Commentary by WOW Editor:

Is what happens in your bedroom or for that matter the backseat of your car an issue for the government to legislate over? In years past an individual could break any number of laws if they had sex with an individual of a different racial group, if they were not having intercourse only, or if they were not married. We have, with much work, thrown over most all of these old "bad" laws and yet, religious and "moral" forces using our government, a government supposedly for all Americans, of the people and by the people, to legislate their moral convictions. Is this right? Is this what you want your tax money to go toward? Is it right to get into bed, so to say, with consenting adults and tell them when, under what circumstances, and how to have sex or make love?

If a parent feels strongly that their child should be celibate and say "No!" is this not between the parent and the child? Shouldn’t discussions about sex not originate and stay in the home? Why are we being asked to legislate when the parents of the targeted children cannot openly and freely discuss sex and its consequences with their children?

Why are these so called "moral" individuals avoiding sex education in the schools, when they cannot control or talk with their children in their home? Are they trying to create a national morality as well as a national language, or is that their children see through them and their impotency so they feel forced to pass meaningless laws that will only end up hurting their children and our country.

This approach is wrong! If they cannot see it then maybe we have to help them learn not to use our government to push their political-morality on us. What is your opinion on this issue?

 

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More benefits than risks in higher fish consumption

The benefits of eating fish generally outweigh any risks from potentially high levels of mercury and other contaminants in some species, according to two major reports out Tuesday

 

For the rest of this USA Today article, click here.

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Flu Season 2006-2007
 

 

The season for influenza is quickly coming upon us. What can you do to prevent getting the flu and what can you do if you do get it. How can you know if you have the flu.

 

To recognize the differnece between a simple cold and influenza, click here.

To learn what you can do to preventing and treating the flu, click here.

 

 

 

 

Is It a Cold or the Flu?

Here are some of the more common respiratory symptoms related to the common cold, and the flu.

Check
your symptoms, and ask your doctor for advice.

Remember, a flu shot is your best protection against the flu.

 

 

Symptoms

Cold

Flu

Bacterial infection

Onset

Gradual

Sudden

Gradual, occasionally rapid

Fever

Rare in adults and older children, but can be as high 102ºF in infants and small children.

Usually 102ºF, but can go up to 104ºF and usually last 3 to 4 days

Characteristically high > 101ºF

Cough

Mild hacking cough While or yellow sputum

Usual, and can become severe, While or yellow sputum

Can be dry or productive, usually greenish or brownish sputum

Headache

Rare

Sudden onset and can be severe and prominent

Sometimes

Muscle aches

Mild

Usual, and often severe

Sometimes

Fatigue, tired and weakness

Very mild

Can last up to 2 or more weeks

Common

Extreme exhaustion

Rare

Sudden early onset and can be severe

Rare

Chest discomfort

None

Common

Common

Runny nose

Often

Sometimes

Sometimes

Sneezing

Often

Sometimes

Rare

Sore throat

Often

Sometimes

Sometimes

 


Important Facts about Colds and the Flu

 

Both the common cold and the flu, are viral infections that typically affect the respiratory tract. Since they are caused by viruses, antibiotics are of no value. Using antibiotics can increase the risk of allergic reactions to the antibiotic and super-infections with the stimulation of "super bacteria" being created during a period of impaired immune system functioning and with antibiotics killing off friendly protective organisms. One of the best ways to help fight the common cold or the respiratory symptoms of the flu is with plenty of fluids. If you use this chart above, and recognize that you do not have a bacterial infection, then do not go to your doctor’s office as you can infect already impaired sick people who are sitting in the waiting room waiting their turn to see the doctor.

 

 

About Flu 2006-2007 Season


The correct diagnosis and they correct timing that the patients comes to see his or her physician will allows for more accurate diagnosis and hence better treatment even relief of symptoms and shortening the course of the illness. 

Studies have demonstrated that the best means of prevention for the more serious varieties of influenza is immunization, "the flu shot." There are however a number of medications and lifestyle modifications that can help to protect you from getting the flu.


Vaccination

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends that all adults 50 years of age and older, and anyone who has chronic health conditions, such as diabetes or heart or lung disease, should get yearly flu immunizations. The CDC acknowledges that immunizations against the flu shot are not always 100% effective. This is especially true in some elderly individuals. If you are a caretaker, taking care of a family member who is at high-risk if they get the flu, then both you and your family member need to get vaccinated. This is important for them, as well as for you so that you don

Active ImageCan Lab Test Predict Who Will Live or Die?


When most of us go to see our doctor we want to know whether or not we are in good health. Whether there is something wrong with us or whether we are healthy. In a recent article researchers at UCLA we able to determine that at least for people over 70 years of age, the chance death within a 12 year period of time, may in fact be predictable.

While this may not help the bulk of us right now, it is at least an indication, possibly for the first time im medical history that the laboratory tests we have taken each year can provide information regarding our true risk of not just getting ill, but of dying.

To read the article about this process, click here.

To review what the authors of this study wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America Journal, click here.

 

For those of you who might want to talk with your doctor about these 13 biomarker tests.

The 13 Biomarkers Are:

  • Biomarkers for Neuroendocrine Functioning are: epinephrine, norepinephrine, cortisol, and dehydroepiandrosterone
  • The Biomarkers for Immune Activity are: C-reactive protein (CRP), fibrinogen, Interleukin 6, and albumin
  • The Biomarkers for Cardiovascular Functioning are: systolic and diastolic blood pressure
  • The Biomarkers for Cardiovascular Functioning are: systolic and diastolic blood pressure
  • The Biomarkers for Metabolic Activity are: high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-cholesterol), total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol ratio, and glycosylated hemoglobin (Hg1Ac)

  • Of the 13 biomarkers examined, almost all entered into one or more high-risk pathways although combinations of neuroendocrine and immune markers appeared frequently in high-risk male pathways, and systolic blood pressure was present in combination with other biomarkers in all high-risk female pathways.

    These findings illustrate the value of identifying biomarker combinations which can be predictive of mortal outcomes in older adults, as well as the multiplicity of biological pathways to mortality in elderly populations.

    Active ImageSleepless in America

    Are Americans getting enough sleep? In recent months both articles and news storeies have highlghted the fact that many, and possibly most Americans, are not getting nearly enough sleep. The articles tell us that because of this they may suffer health problems, even problems relating to sex and relationships.

    Sleepless nights can cause worse problems than grumpiness
    Periods bring on sleepless nights

    Counting Sheep
    Reclaim Your Z’s