August 2014


sleep-10-170x170.jpgSlide Show: Sleep better once you learn the lies behind the following sleep myths

To read the full article Get More Sleep: 10 Sleep Myths Busted, click here.
burnoutwoman130x170.jpgEmotional exhaustion and physical and cognitive fatigue are signs of burnout, often caused by prolonged exposure to stress. Burnout can cause negative health effects including poor sleep, depression, anxiety, and cardiovascular and immune disorders.

To read the full article Burnout In Middle-Aged Women, click here.
muscleloss130x170.jpgNew review by International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) Nutrition Working Group examines role of nutrition in sarcopenia, with focus on protein, vitamins D and B, and acid-based diet.

To read the full article Which Nutritional Factors Help Preserve Muscle Mass, Strength and Performance in Seniors?, click here.
breastcancerdna130x70.jpgMedical researchers at the University of Alberta tested the DNA of more than 300 women in Alberta and discovered a 'genetic marker' method to help accurately profile which women were more apt to have their breast cancer return years later.

To read the full article DNA Marker Predicts Breast Cancer Recurrence, click here.
newdrug100x170.jpgResearch led by Dr. Suresh Alahari, the Fred Brazda Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans and its Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, details exactly how the Her2 cancer gene promotes the progression and spread of breast cancer cells.

To read the full article New Drug Target for Her-2 Related Breast Cancer, click here.
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Do you visit Dr. Google more than you do your MD? You’re not alone. In the past year, about 35 percent of Americans have gone online to diagnose themselves or others, according to a new survey from The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

To read the full article The Danger in Googling Your Symptoms, click here.

exercise-couple-110x170.jpgNew research reveals that walking at least three hours a week reduces the risk of stroke among women.

To read the full article Walking Reduces Stroke Risk Among Women, click here.

dryskin130x130.jpgThroughout the winter, excessive hand washing to prevent the spread of germs can leave skin extremely dry and itchy. 

To read the full article Tips to Avoid Dry Skin During Winter, click here.

FatherChild130x170.jpgCan a father's mental health affect his unborn child? New research suggests it can.

To read the full article Father-Child Connection, click here.

anger130x170.jpgCan losing your cool be good for you? According to a new German study, people who express their anger live two years longer, on average, than those who bottle up their rage.

 

To read the full article Get Angry and Live Longer?, click here.

Memories2-170x150.jpgMem'ries: Where Did I Put My Keys? Walt Handelsman's Toons

Admit it: You've searched high and low for the eyeglasses that are already on your head; you've groped for the forgotten name; and you've had the mystifying experience of standing in your closet wondering, "Why did I come in here?"

To read the full article Mem'ries: Where Did I Put My Keys?, click here.

ALLLRLFormal902-1b.jpgIf you are anything like me, you are likely in a bit of shock and a bit excited about the arrival of 2013 and the New Year. In many cultures the coming of the New Year offers opportunity and challenges to change, to grow, to resolve past conflicts and problems and then to be able to move forward in life. The coming of the New Years not only opens the door to new opportunities, it now allows us to correct old negative issues, and then to start afresh and create either a new direction in life or firm up and solidify changes that you have already been made so that the coming year is even better than the past year.

My last year was terrific. Of course, it was not without its positives and negatives, its challenges and opportunities to grow and evolve. I spent a great portion of the past year writing and working on completion and publication of six books. Three were old books written in the 1990's but to renew them my wife Lisa and I spent a great deal of time reviewing and updating them so they are now current. Five have already been published as e-books on Amazon and Smashwords. Three will be printed and will soon be available on their own websites as well as a number of our other web sites and book stores across America.

As if this was in itself a triumph, not to mention enough work, we plan to publish at least six more books by mid 2013. These books will include our work on how stress, not just the common garden variety of stress, but stress occurring from our inability to resolve long term conflicts, are the cause of nearly 70% to 80% of all illness seen in medical practice. In When Your Body Talks, Listen! we tell readers how chronic recurrent stress, stresses that we often are unaware exists, can and frequently does lead to illness. What is most important is that these Stress-Related Disorders, are not just minor illnesses, but they are illness that can be recognized early and if treated correctly can lead to full reversal of illness and a complete cure of all their associated health risks. Even more important, and best of all, by resolving these unresolved conflicts we can stop and even reverse the process which has been set lose and if not appropriately resolved may lead to not just to acute illness or disease, but ultimately to chronic disease, life-changing disabilities and most disastrous of all, premature death.

In the last stages of editing is the sequel to When Your Body Talks, Listen!, When Your Body Talks, Heal It! In this book we take the information and understanding created in When Your Body Talks, Listen! and we use this information to stop, reverse, undo and heal illnesses that were once thought to be incurable. In both of these books we move farther forward than any other book on either stress or healing currently available. The goal of both of these books is not to just look at Stress-Related Disorders and the problems they cause us, but to look at them as a cause of illness, so that we can activate our many defensive and protective systems which our body has built into it so that we can protect and heal ourselves. So that we can take power of ver our body and learn how to direct these built-in defensive and protective systems so that they work for us 100% of the time so that we 1) do not become ill, 2) can heal any and all illnesses that take root within us.

We also will release a series of three books on an ancient Hawaiian healing system called Hunā which in Hawaiian means “the Secret.” When the missionaries came to Hawaii, they were introduced to a very sophisticated healing system which they totally misunderstood. In the mid to late 1800's illness was still a grand enigma to everyone. Bacteria had just been recognized but were still not clearly understood, genetics was not yet a part of medicine, and surgery was still at very best very primitive, yet, the Hawaiians were rarely, if ever ill. The missionaries concentrating on bringing God to the heathens entirely missed the sophistication of Hawaiian medicine. The Hawaiians, who for the most part, were unaware of the Western medical system and the meaning of their wellness, were put into a situation in which they were unable to explain what they did to create wellness and healing. This combination of events created an additional situation where those who benefitted were unable to teach what they did to create and maintain wellness and those that sorely needed this valuable information were unable to recognize a system that was in many ways light-years ahead of what they believed was the best available to them.

Since the early 20th century scholars and healers have studied the Hawaiian system, some have embraced it while others labeled it by a host of epithetic names such as primitive, shamanistic, heretic, even witchcraft. Yet, the Hawaiian system works and it works quite well, it also works in the 21st century as our New Year downs. In fact it is possible that when made a part of mainstream medicine, it may become more meaningful and important than ever before.

One very important aspect of Huna is Huna Prayer. In many ways much like Christian prayer, Huna Prayer offers individuals the ability to make contact with his or her personal deity, but it goes considerably farther as it offers a system, a formula, that can increase the opportunity and likelihood to get everything you want, need and ask for.

Huna is neither a religion nor a religious system, hence it not only does not compete with your personal religion, but in fact, will help you to understand more about your religion. Huna is at the root of most secrete teachings that form the basis of not only Christianity, but also Judaism, Muslimism, Buddhism and virtually every other religion. While outwardly each of these religions generally appears to have significant differences, Huna explains the root teachings in a way that allows the student and searchers to fully understand and hence embrace the true essence of their religion. Hence, Huna neither competes with nor is in conflict with your personal religious views, instead it adds to and may even help you better understand what many of the deepest teachings of your religion really mean.

In this series of three books, the first book starts with basic review of the New and Old Testament in order to demonstrate how they are influenced by Huna directly or indirectly. Even today many Hawaiians believe that Jesus spent time in Hawaii and studied with ancient Kahuna (the keepers of the Secret). While there is no solid proof that Jesus was ever in Hawaii, one only has to look at Huna in relationship to what Jesus tells us in the New Testament to recognize that these parallel closely to what Huna masters taught and what Jesus told his disciples. Only then it is clear that there is likely a meaningful relationship between Huna and Christianity.

In February 2013, we will begin a series of lectures and programs discussing and reviewing how stress leads to illness, how illness no matter its cause can be healed. In this series we will look at how illness starts, how it takes hold, and then the steps you can use to not only stop your illness where it is, but if you so desire reverse and eliminate it.

Stay tuned to our websites so that you will soon get a complete schedule of these programs, then come join us and heal your self.

Lisa and I not only wish you a happy and healthy New Year, we also offer to teach each of you how to make it the healthiest and most healing year of your life.
petloss120x170.jpgSupport group helps those mourning loss of four-legged family members

Last year was a tough one for Janine Kressler. Within six months, the Phillipsburg  resident lost three beloved pets — Lily, Toby and Rosie — all to cancer.

To read the full article Coping with Pet Loss, click here.
PainandMeditation170-170.jpgWhy Meditation May Be Effective In Relieving Pain

If you’ve been around meditation for a while you know that it’s helpful with a lot of things. Emotional challenges, physical problems, and spiritual maladies are just some of the things that meditation can help provide both relief and insight into.

To read the full article Why Meditation May Be Effective In Relieving Pain, click here.
ColonBreastCaPrevention130x170.jpgColon and Breast Cancer Prevention Through Lifestyle Changes

While some causes of breast and colon cancer are unpreventable (like age, family history, and inherited risk), others are completely within your control. Help prevent the formation of these dangerous diseases with some important lifestyle changes.

To read the full article Colon and Breast Cancer Prevention Through Lifestyle Changes, click here.
gossipingwomen170x110.jpgGossip Might Be Good for You

Despite its bad rap, gossip might be a good thing. Spreading the word about untrustworthy people or unfair situations helps temper frustration, a new study found.

To read the full article Gossip Might Be Good for You, click here.
healthywoman120x170.jpgWhy Women Report Being in Worse Health than Men

When asked to rate their own health, women, on average, consistently report being in worse health than men do, and a new study from researchers in Spain says this is because women have a higher rate of chronic diseases — contradicting a previous theory that women's lower self-rated health is simply a reporting bias.

To read the full article Why Women Report Being in Worse Health than Men, click here.
Stroke142x170.jpgAnti-Stroke Diet

A way to protect yourself from strokes is a method that Goldilocks might support: Don't eat too many calories or too few calories, but just the right amount.

To read the full article Anti-Stroke Diet, click here.
familydinner170x120.jpgHealth Tip: Make Eating a Family Affair

Suggestions for healthy group meals. It's easier to eat healthy when everybody in the family is practicing the same nutritional habits.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions to help the whole family eat healthy:

To read the full article Health Tip: Make Eating a Family Affair, click here.
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Chinese Licorice Root May Help Prevent, Treat Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

A substance known as the main ingredient of a classic candy may actually be good for your teeth: licorice. According to a new study in the Journal of Natural Products, licorice root may help keep teeth healthy.

To read the full article Licorice Root May Cut Cavities, Gum Disease, click here.
mentaldecline140x170.jpgMental Decline Can Start at 45, Study Finds

Early lapses in memory, reasoning may signal dementia later in life, researchers say, Sorry, Boomers, but a new study suggests that memory, reasoning and comprehension can start to slip as early as age 45.

This finding runs counter to conventional wisdom that mental decline doesn't begin before 60, the researchers added.

To read the full article Mental Decline Can Start at 45, Study Finds, click here.
ProstateScreening170x120.jpgRoutine Prostate Cancer Screening Doesn't Reduce Risk of Death

Routine screening for prostate cancer does not lower the risk of dying from the disease, according to new study results, reigniting the controversy over the benefits of annual testing.

To read the full article Routine Prostate Cancer Screening Doesn't Reduce Risk of Death, click here.
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A Woman's Heart Attack Risk May Begin Before She's Born


A woman's risk of having a heart attack may begin to rise even before she is born, a new study suggests, and the findings may help researchers better understand the nature of heart disease  in women.

To read the full article A Woman's Heart Attack Risk May Begin Before She's Born, click here.
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The Advantages Of A Walking Meditation


Some 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.
hipfracture120x170.jpgHealth Tip: At Risk for Hip Fracture?

Hip fractures are common among seniors, and their risk increases with age.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says risk factors for hip fractures include:

To read the full article Health Tip: At Risk for Hip Fracture?, click here.
smoking170x130.jpgQuality of Life May Improve for Smokers Who Quit

Buck up, all you smokers who are trying to quit or thinking about quitting: a study finds your quality of life might improve once you stop smoking.

To read the full article Quality of Life May Improve for Smokers Who Quit, click here.
14recipehealth170x112.jpgThis simple, fragrant soup is delicious as thick vegetable soup, not puréed. It becomes a different soup altogether when you purée it, and I like both versions equally.

To read the full article Leek, Turnip and Rice Soup, click here.
docexamwoman150x170.jpg8 Ways to Help Your Doctor Make the Right Diagnosis

Your feeling sick, maybe you are aching all over, tired or even exhausted, coughing, have a fever, some part of your body is not working correctly, what do you do?

To read the full article 8 Ways to Help Your Doctor Make the Right Diagnosis, click here.

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We know smoking cigarettes can cause lung cancer but until recently we were unaware that it might also play and important role in either causing or potentiating breast cancer. More important is that the women who suffer the most are women who start smoking at a young age. For more information read Smoking and Breast Cancer Risk, Younger Women, click here.

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Once menopause sets in many women will find that they soon either lose or have a decrease in their  sex drive. Loss of libido, vaginal dryness, mood swings, irritability, vaginal irritation can all be symptoms associated with the menopause. This is part one of a three part series, Your Sex Drive & Menopause, click here.

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Hypothyroidism is more common after the onset of menopause, It can play havoc cause weight gain, hair loss, loss of energy, fatigue, and much more. Unfortunately, it is often missed by conventional doctors. To learn how and why hypothyroidism occurs and how it can affect you read Hypothyroidism & Menopause, click here.
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Millions take calcium supplements daily. Whether to prevent osteoporosis or for other reasons’ calcium is one of the most common minerals in the medicine cabinet. Do you really need calcium? If so, in what form and what dosage? In this article we cover the basics and answer your questions. To read Confused About Calcium Supplements, click here.
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We have all heard that people can die of a broken heart. Some people laugh at this idea, but it is real. We now know that a broken heart can cause heart problems and also problems that act very much like to heart problems. To learn more about Broken Heart Syndrome, click here.

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Study Shows Health Benefits of a Diet Rich in Vegetables, Fish, and Olive Oil

Eating a Mediterranean style diet, which is rich in vegetables, olive oil, and fish may keep the mind sharp and slow age-related cognitive decline.

 To read this article Keep Your Aging Mind Sharp, click here.

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“Doctor, I need help. I feel tired all of the time!” One of the most common complaints in medical practice is fatigue.

How often have you wished you could take a nap in the middle of the day? Do you wish you had a bed in your office?  What can you do about feeling fatigued all the time?

To read this article Tired of Fighting Fatigue? Try these, click here.
fall190x135.jpg  New guidelines show a good workout could help elderly patients prevent a fall.

The American Geriatrics Society and the British Geriatric's Society have just released a new set of guidelines to offer help to prevent falls in the elderly.

To read this article Guidelines to Prevent Elderly Falls, click here.

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Guidelines Would Require Schools to Cut Sodium by More Than Half, Use More Whole Grains and Serve Low-Fat Milk

School cafeterias would have to hold the fries - and serve kids more whole grains, fruits and vegetables - under the government's plans for the first major nutritional overhaul of students' meals in 15 years.

To read this article Making School Lunches Healthier , click here.

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Migraines Linked to Depression?

The study in the Netherlands involved 2,652 people who took part in the larger Erasmus Rucphen Family study. All of the participants were descendants of 22 couples who lived in Rucphen in the 1850s to 1900s.

To read the full article Migraines Linked to Depression?, click here.

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Finger pointing at others, especially at work, can cause cascade, study says


Blaming mistakes on others is socially contagious, according to a new study. Just watching someone pawn their failures off on another can make you do the same to protect your self-image.

To read the full article Passing the Buck: Blaming Others Is Contagious, click here.


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19 Bizarre Home Cures That Really Work

Of course there are some health staples you should never be without — bandages or OTC pain relievers come to mind. But you can treat or cure a surprising number of minor ailments with these unexpected household objects and foods.

To read the full article 19 Bizarre Home Cures That Really Work, click here.

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600,000 Cribs Recalled After Baby's Death
Drop sides on 20 models of Dorel Asia cribs can detach, creating deadly gap


The death of a 6-month-old child prompted the recall Tuesday of about 635,000 cribs sold by Kmart, Sears, Wal-Mart and other stores.

To read the full article 600,000 Cribs Recalled After Baby's Death, click here.


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Parents Magazine Editor in Chief Discusses Health Concerns, Gives Advice on How to Discourage High Heel Envy


There is a growing trend of little girls wearing high heels. However, there are many health-related concerns that have parents trying to steer their kids away from these fashions.

To read the full article Should Little Girls Wear High Heels?, click here.

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Pomegranates Prevent Breast Cancer?

Researchers have linked fruits that contain anti-aromatase phytochemicals, such as pomegranates, to a reduced risk of hormone-dependent breast cancer.

To read the full story Pomegranates Prevent Breast Cancer?, click here.

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10 ways to boost your brain power

Around the time we hit 30, our brains begin a slow, steady downward trajectory, or so popular wisdom would have it. But cognitive decline is by no means an inescapable side effect of aging.

To read the full story 10 ways to boost your brain power , click here.

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Dr. Jennifer Ashton Sits Down with Them to Find Out What They Know About Sex, Puberty and Contraception


To celebrate the release of her book, "The Body Scoop for Girls: A Straight-Talk Guide to a Healthy, Beautiful You," CBS News medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton sat down with some typical teenagers from the New York area to give them the scoop on their health on everything from body image to contraception.

To read the full story Empowering Teen Girls on Sex, click here.

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 Study: Antidepressants, Placebos Near Equally Effective
Commonly Prescribed Antidepressants Had 'Negligible' Effect on Patients With Mild, Moderate, Even Severe Depression


A new analysis found that commonly prescribed antidepressants had little effect on people with cases of mild to severe depression compared to those treated with placebos.

To read the full story  Antidepressants, Placebos Near Equally Effective , click here.

Active ImageG-Spot Study: Erogenous of Erroneous Zone?
Sex Educators Say Study Dismissing G-Spot Is Flawed, Didn't Account for Positions, Partners


California saleswoman Tamara Bell has been married 26 years and she credits the longevity of her relationship, in part, to the contentious G-spot.

To read the full story G-Spot Study , click here.

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US abortion debate altered by Obama presidency

The advent of the Obama administration is rousing enthusiasm among abortion-rights supporters and deep anxiety among opponents as both sides mark Thursday's anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

To read the full story  US abortion debate altered by Obama presidency, click here.

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More Americans Skipping Necessary Prescriptions, Survey Finds

One in seven Americans under age 65 went without prescribed medicines in 2007 as drug costs spiraled upward in the United States, a nonprofit research group said on Thursday.

To read the full article More Americans Skipping Necessary Prescriptions, click here.

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Some people may simply be hard-wired to overeat, brain scans show

Weight gain is not always just a matter of lacking willpower, but has more to do with how your brain reacts to what it sees, according to a new study by neuroscientists.

To read the full article Mmm, the food looks good, so I eat it, click here.

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Freaky Fitness: What Working Out Can Do to You
Weird Things Exercise Can Do to Your Body, From Black Toes to Orgasms


When it comes to exercise, you get out what you put in. So, when you devote a lot of work, you expect fabulous results. But, sometimes, the results of a workout are far from what was expected.

To read the full article Freaky Fitness: What Working Out Can Do to You, click here.


Active ImageBetter Air Quality Partly Behind Americans' Longer Life Spans, Study Says

Steps to curb air pollution in the United States are paying off, helping to dramatically increase average life spans, a new study says.


To read the full article Life Expectancy Up, Thanks To Cleaner Air, click here.

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Breast cancer gene-free baby born

The first baby in the UK tested before conception for a genetic form of breast cancer has been born. 

To read the full article Breast cancer gene-free baby born , click here.

Active ImageScientists are investigating if installing a home water softener can relieve children's eczema symptoms.

To read the full article Water softener eczema relief hope, click here.


Active ImagePoor eating habits set in early: study

Parents seem to overestimate the eating habits of their children, say researchers who compared what mothers said to height and weight measurements.

To read the full article Poor eating habits set in early: study , click here.

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When It's Cold Outside, Be Careful Inside With Heaters

Don't let colder temperatures put you at a greater risk of a home heating accident, such as a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.

To read the full article When It's Cold Outside, Be Careful Inside With Heaters , click here.

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One reason racism may continue to exist is because many people think say one thing and do another, a new study finds.

To read the full article Why Does Racism Persist? , click here.

Active ImageAfter Further Review, Vytorin Gets FDA OK
Regulatory Agency Says Patients Should Not Stop Taking Vytorin Or Other Cholesterol Drugs


The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday patients should not stop taking Vytorin or other cholesterol-lowering drugs, based on its just-completed review of a controversial study that hammered Vytorin sales.

To read the full article After Further Review, Vytorin Gets FDA OK , click here.

Active ImageExperts Say Anti-Dementia Drugs Are Dangerous, Overused

Anti-psychotic drugs commonly used to treat Alzheimer's disease may double a patient's chance of dying within a few years, suggests a new study that adds to concerns already known about such medications.

To read the full article Alzheimer's Drugs Double Death Risk , click here.


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But Those Who Make Pledges Are Less Likely To Use Condoms Or Other Birth Control When They Do Have Sex

Teenagers who take virginity pledges are no less sexually active than other teens, according to a new study.

To read the full story Virginity Pledges Don't Stop Teen Sex, click here.

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Think these 8 foods are healthy? Wrong!
Skip the diet soda and potato chips and have seltzer and popcorn instead


Even if you haven't bought full-fat mayo or sugary soda since blue eye shadow was in style (the first time), you may be getting duped into less-than-stellar food choices at the supermarket. The culprit? The "health halo."

To read the full story Think these 8 foods are healthy? Wrong!, click here.

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From Cleaners to Alarms, How to Start the New Year Off on the Right Foot

As 2009 approaches, many people may be scrambling to make sure that all annual around-the-house undertakings are complete. But there may be a few simple tasks, such as replacing the batteries of a smoke detector or throwing out old food, that get swept under the carpet in the excitement of the final days.

To read the full story 10 Smart Ideas for a Healthy Home , click here.

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People who don’t get much sleep are more likely than those who do to develop calcium deposits in their coronary arteries, possibly raising their risk for heart disease, a new study has found.

To read the full story A Mysterious Link Between Sleeplessness and Heart Disease , click here.

Active ImageExperts Tell Which Germ Concerns Are Legit

As you take steps to avoid the germs and viruses that proliferate as winter progresses, you've no doubt received a good share of advice on how to avoid catching whatever's going around.

To read the full story 10 Germ Myths Under the Microscope, click here.

Active ImageIt's no secret that cold and flu season peaks in winter. And if you're looking for ways to stay well, one priority, say experts, is simple: Follow a wholesome diet, just as you should any time of year. But that can be a tall order during the busy holiday season, when hectic social schedules and family commitments often interfere with regular meals.

To read the full article Good nutrition is always in season, click here.

Active ImageLooking for a simple way to prevent diabetes? Turn off the TV and put on your walking shoes.

To read the full article Turn off the TV to Prevent Diabetes, click here.

Active ImageNonhormonal chemotherapy treatment regimens, including anthracycline-based regimens and taxanes have been shown to improve overall survival in women with metastatic or recurrent inoperable breast cancer over the last 35 years.

To read the full article Breast Cancer Treatment Comparison, click here.

Active ImageSexual Thoughts, Orgasms Are Among the "Unusual Triggers of Sneezing," Doctors Report

Sure, you sneeze when you've got a cold. But some sneezes may happen just by thinking about sex or having an orgasm, British doctors report.

To read the full article Think Sex, Sneeze More? , click here.

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Learn the Latest Treatments and Anxiety Coping Mechanisms

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that combining cognitive behavioral therapy and an anti-anxiety medication proved more effective than either treatment alone.

To read the full article As Seen On TV: Anxiety Treatments , click here.

Active ImageYounger adults better at recalling details of real and made-up events

While most children can easily imagine themselves as astronauts, athletes or superheroes, make-believe might not be so easy for the kids' grandparents.

Researchers have long known that recalling memories of personal events is harder for older adults than younger ones. Recent brain imaging studies have shown that people use the same mechanisms in the brain to imagine as they do to remember, suggesting that older adults may have as much trouble imagining as they do remembering.

To read the full article Memory loss linked to loss of imagination, click here.

Sample ImageResearchers: Pregnant Women Who Drink 2 Or More Cups Of Coffee A Day Double Their Risk

Making coffee together is a fun ritual for mom Jennifer Johnson and 10-month old James. "I have to have it to wake up in the morning," Johnson says.

But Johnson cut out caffeine during her pregnancy with James - concerned it may have contributed to a previous miscarriage, report CBS News correspondent Thalia Assuras.

To read the full article Study Links Caffeine To Miscarriage Risk, click here.

Sample ImageImmigrants' Traditional Medicines a Common Cause of Lead Poisoning in Children

Maria didn't mean to poison her children. Quite the opposite. Worried about her daughters' lack of appetite, the young Houston mother was merely following her grandmother's advice when she gave the two girls and a niece a dose of "greta" a Mexican folk medicine used to treat children's stomach ailments.

To read the full article Folk Medicines Contain Lead, click here.

Active ImageMajor Headache? Many Migraine Culprits Are Preventable, Pain Experts Say

"All things in moderation" is a wise motto for all of us, but especially for those who suffer from painful migraines.

These skull-crushing headaches can be debilitating and last for days, confining a person to a soft bed in a darkened room.

To read the full article Major Headache? Seven Common Migraine Triggers, click here.


Active Image A new study has linked vitamin D and a reduction of chronic pain, lending to voices calling for increased fortification or supplementation of the nutrient in diets.

The study, presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists 2007 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, found that one in four patients who suffer from chronic pain also have inadequate blood levels of vitamin D. As such, the researchers put forth that the vitamin D deficiency possibly contributed to the patients' ongoing pain.

To read the full article Vitamin D deficiency linked to greater pain, click here.

Active ImagePhysical Education and Active Play Help Teens Maintain Normal Weight as Adults

Adolescents who participate in physical education at school are more likely to maintain a normal weight as young adults, according to a study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. For each weekday of physical education at school the odds of being an overweight adult decreased by 5 percent. Participation in all five days of physical education decreased the odds of being an overweight adult by 28 percent. The study is published in the January 2008 edition of the journal, Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

To read the full article Physical Education and Active Play Help Teens Maintain Normal Weight as Adults, click here.



Active ImageAn aisle-by-aisle guide for the biggest nutritional payoffs

Health food stores are booming: 469 new establishments opened between 2005 and 2006, for a total of 35,876 nationwide. Unfortunately, many shoppers believe that everything they sell is healthy
Active ImageNew research finds that social perspective influences how we see the world

It's no secret culture influences your food preferences and taste in music. But now scientists say it impacts the hard-wiring of your brain.

New research shows that people from different cultures use their brains differently to solve basic perceptual tasks.

To read the full article Cultural differences alter brain's hard-wiring, click here.

Active ImageHalf of the women are 25 or older; most already have a child

In American pop culture, the face of abortion is often a frightened teenager, nervously choosing to terminate an unexpected pregnancy. The numbers tell a far more complex story in which financial stress can play a pivotal role.

Half of the roughly 1.2 million U.S. women who have abortions each year are 25 or older. Only about 17 percent are teens. About 60 percent have given birth to least one child prior to getting an abortion.

To read the full article Who's getting abortions? Not who you'd think, click here.

Active ImageStudy Shows Improvement In Anxiety And Other Panic Disorder Symptoms

A 12-week course of talk therapy may help curb the often debilitating symptoms of panic disorder -- including intense fear, chest pain, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath.

The new findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association in New York City and published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

To read the full article Talk Therapy May Curb Panic Disorder, click here.

Active ImageWomen With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome May Have Lower Levels of Cortisol in the Morning

Chronic fatigue syndrome may be linked to the stress hormone cortisol, at least in women, according to a new study. The study shows that women with chronic fatigue syndrome had lower cortisol levels in the morning, compared with healthy women.

The study included 185 Georgia adults, 75 of whom had chronic fatigue syndrome. Those patients had fatigue lasting at least six months with no known cause and accompanied by at least four other symptoms, such as muscle pain or memory problems.

To read the full article Chronic Fatigue, Stress Hormone Linked, click here. 
Active ImageDocumentary Screened on Capitol Hill, Just Miles From Military Hospitals With War Wounded

In a basement room in the Capitol building this week, several members of Congress gathered to take a closer look at some of the unsung heroes of the war in Iraq.

They screened the new documentary feature, "Fighting for Life," which explores the stories of military doctors and staff who work to save lives in Iraq. It also takes a look at those who train the medical specialists who will soon be on the frontlines as well.

To read the full article New Film Shines Light on War-Time Medicine, click here.


Active ImageB vitamin needed to prevent birth defects, federal health officials say

More U.S. women are taking daily supplements of folic acid, a B vitamin crucial to prevent some major birth defects, but the number remains too low, federal health officials said on Thursday.

Forty percent of women ages 18 to 45 said in a survey last year that they took the supplements each day, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report.

To read the full story Young women not getting enough folic acid, click here.

Active ImageRadiation from 'Routine' Test May Raise Cancer Risk in Kids

In the last 30 years, the computerized tomography scan
Active ImageStudy Finds No Benefit To Adding Zetia To Combo Drug Regimen

Shares of Merck & Co. and Schering-Plough Corp. fell Monday after study results showed their combination cholesterol drug Vytorin worked no better at reducing artery-clogging plaque in a group of high-risk patients than high doses of generic Zocor.

The delayed Enhance study results had been anticipated with caution by Wall Street, with analysts saying data on both safety and effectiveness have the potential to impact future sales. While Vytorin reduced levels of "bad" cholesterol much more than Zocor in the study and was shown to be safe and well-tolerated, it ultimately failed to lower the level of artery-clogging plaque.

To read the full story Anti-Cholesterol Drug Bombs In Tests, click here.

Sample ImageChildren of women who eat a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits and vegetables while pregnant are far less likely to develop asthma or allergies later in life, Greek researchers said on Tuesday.

And eating vegetables more than eight times a week, fish more than three times a week and legumes more than once a week seems to boost the protection, the researchers said in the journal Thorax.

The combination of healthy foods containing a number of known antioxidants and nutrients likely made the difference but more study is needed to show exactly how, they added.

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Active ImageNew research indicates that anxiety and depression are risk factors for major heart-related events among patients with stable coronary artery disease.

"We found that both major depression and generalized anxiety disorder were more common in cardiac patients than in the general community. More importantly, both predicted about a doubling in risk for major cardiac events over two years," study chief Dr. Nancy Frasure-Smith, from the University of Montreal, told Reuters Health.

To read the full article Anxiety and depression predict events in heart patients, click here.

Active ImageMedical experts compile a checklist for moms and healthcare workers

Medical experts have compiled a checklist of seven signs that mothers and healthcare workers can use to identify severe illnesses in newborn infants requiring urgent treatment in hospital.

Around 4 million babies around the world die each year before they are a month old, and three-quarters of them die in the first week of life
Active ImageFocusing On The Details Of What You Eat May Help You Heed Diet, Study Shows

Dieting for the new year? Paying attention to the details of what you eat may help you stick with your diet plan.

"Consumers can enjoy themselves more by focusing on the details during their experiences," reports University of Minnesota marketing expert Joseph Redden, PhD, MBA. "This could help people following a repetitive regimen," such as a diet.


To read the full article Secret Of Sticking To Diet Lies In Details, click here.

Active ImageUse Of OTC Medications To Get High Comparable To LSD, Greater Than Methamphetamines

About 3.1 million people between the ages of 12-25 have used cough and cold medicine to get high, the government reported Wednesday.

The number of young people who abused over-the-counter cold medicines is comparable to use of LSD and much greater than that for methamphetamine among the age group, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

To read the full article Abuse Of Cold Medicines High Among Young, click here.

Active ImageFitness Resolutions Have You In Agony? How to Cut the Pain Out of Your Program

Damn those New Year's resolutions.

Just like the fitness resolutions of years past, they gave you the best incentive to get moving. You signed up for the gym. Given the choice between aerobics classes, spinning classes and yoga classes, you participated in all three.

To read the full article Solutions for Post-Workout Pain, click here.

Active ImageRebbeca Turner wasn't prepared for the breast cancer diagnosis she received nine months ago. "Nobody is prepared," she said. "There is definitely an initial shock ... but you deal with it, get a plan, move forward and try to beat it."

Turner, a legal assistant from Decatur, Georgia, says her life was turned upside down by the news. The 36-year-old mother of two had just 15 days between diagnosis and treatment to make crucial medical decisions and get her life in order at home.

To read the full article After cancer diagnosis, ask questions, make a plan, click here.


Active ImageReport: Metformin Is Effective And Has Fewer Side Effects Than Newer Drugs

Most type 2 diabetes drugs are equally effective for lowering blood sugar, but the generic drug metformin has fewer side effects than several newer, pricier medications, a government report finds.

Metformin users are less likely to gain weight than type 2 diabetes patients who take Avandia, Actos, or other newer medications, researchers concluded, and they are more likely to show improvements in so-called "bad" cholesterol. The report was issued by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services.

To read the full article Old Diabetes Drug Has Advantages, click here.

Active ImageRates Highest Among African-Americans And Teenagers

More than 2 million people in the U.S. are infected with chlamydia and 250,000 have gonorrhea, according to a government prevalence estimate for the two sexually transmitted diseases.

Rates of both STDs were disproportionately high among adolescents and African-Americans and among people who had been previously infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea.

To read the full article CDC: 2 Million In U.S. Have Chlamydia, click here.


Sample ImageWalking regularly might not ease the hot flashes of menopause, but it can help reduce stress and other psychological symptoms that can go along with the change of life, a study reports Thursday.

Menopause typically starts around age 50, but women often start experiencing symptoms in their 40s.

To read the full article Women can walk through the change of life, click here.

Sample ImageHow To Distinguish Them From Healthier Ones

The old adage that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is, seems to apply to many so-called fad diets.

Their promoters promise the eating plans will get that excess weight off you and keep it off -- but experts caution there are better ways to shed pounds.


To read the full article Spotting Fad Diets, click here.



Active ImageNot Getting Recommended Amount Of Sleep Increases Risk Of Childhood Obesity, Study Shows

Children who don't get the recommended amount of sleep may be more likely to become obese.

A new study shows children's sleeping patterns vary depending on the time of day, week, and year, and children who consistently don't get the recommended amount of sleep may suffer as a result.

To read the full article Lack Of Sleep Tied To Childhood Obesity, click here.

Active ImageThose Getting Shots Say They Sting More Than Other Jabs

The groundbreaking vaccine that prevents cervical cancer in girls is gaining a reputation as the most painful of childhood shots, health experts say.

As Austin Powers would say; "Ouch, baby. Very ouch."

To read the full article Cervical Cancer Shots Are Gaining Reputation as Painful, click here.


Active ImageHostility could increase people's risk of heart disease by depleting their levels of certain heart-healthy antioxidants, new research suggests.

Oxidative stress occurs when production of free radicals, which are normal byproducts of metabolism, outpaces the body's ability to neutralize them, resulting in tissue damage. It has been associated with heart disease, cancer and other illnesses. Antioxidant vitamins can help counteract oxidative stress, while cigarette smoking and pollution, among other factors, can increase it.

To read the full article Hostility tied to lower levels of antioxidants, click here.

Active ImageThe dietary supplement L-carnitine can lessen fatigue and boost mental function in very old people, Italian researchers report.

Study participants given L-carnitine also experienced significant increases in muscle mass and reductions in fat mass, Dr. Mariano Malaguarnera and colleagues from the University of Catania report in the December issue of the American Journal of Clinical nutrition.

To read the full article The very old may benefit from L-carnitine: study, click here.



Active ImageThe Making, and Breaking, of Resolutions Is Only Human

What more is there to say about resolutions? All the how-to you need appears in the January issues of women's magazines. Reward your progress, they simper helpfully, as if self-reward hasn't been the problem all along.

Only 10 percent of people who make resolutions actually succeed, according to surveys. The rest of us are stuck revolving, resolving, re-solving those problems whose slippery solutions have eluded us in the past. Once more unto the breach, and the breach is a nasty place to be, one that probably requires a Lucky Strike and a pint of Chubby Hubby. What more is there to say about resolutions? All the how-to you need appears in the January issues of women's magazines. Reward your progress, they simper helpfully, as if self-reward hasn't been the problem all along.

To read the full article The Making, and Breaking, of Resolutions Is Only Human, click here. 
Active ImageNext frontier is to treat superbugs like street thugs

Think of germs as gangsters. One thug lurking on a corner you might outrun, but a dozen swaggering down the street? Yikes.

Bacteria make their own gangs, clustering quietly in the body until there's a large enough group to begin an attack. This is the next frontier in fighting drug-resistant superbugs.

The idea: Don't just try to kill bacteria. The bugs will always find a way to thwart the next antibiotic.

To read the full article Battling germs by busting up their gangs, click here.

Active ImageDr. Holly Phillips Looks Back At The Top Six Medical Advances For Women

From the first-ever birth control pill that effectively eliminates menstruation, to a vaccine for cervical cancer that has other important benefits, Dr. Holly Phillips visited The Saturday Early with her list of the year's most important advances in women's health care.

Dr. Phillips was asked to concentrate on findings and treatments that really matter to women on a day-to-day basis.

To read the full article Top Medical Advances For Women In 2007, click here.


Active ImageResearchers Uncover Additional Link Between Sleep, Diabetes

Sleep loses out a lot -- to finals during college, to caring for new babies, to New Year's parties. But when it comes to your weight and diabetes risk, a good night's sleep might be anything but expendable.

A new study shows that after three nights of poor sleep, healthy people can lose their ability to process sugar by 23 percent -- a problem that in the long-term could lead to weight gain and diabetes.

To read the full article Lack of Deep Sleep May Up Diabetes Risk, click here.


Active ImageBelly Dancing Is the Latest Trend in Labor

Artists like Shakira have thrusted belly dancing to the forefront of American popular culture. Now pregnant women have learned their "hips don't lie" when it comes to the delivery room.

The marriage of belly dancing and birthing is perfectly normal, according to midwife DeeDee Folkerts, who has taken belly dancing's ancient technique and applied it to childbirth.

To read the full article Hips Don't Lie in Belly-Dancing Births, click here.

Norovirus  'Stomach flu' rips through the
   nation

   Stomach viruses tearing through communities from
   California to the Carolinas wrecked the December holidays
   for some, and they are getting the new year off to an
   uncomfortable start for others.

   The most likely culprits, experts say, are noroviruses, the most
   common cause of contagious gastroenteritis, better known as
   the "stomach flu." Cases occur every winter, but health officials
   say that in recent weeks they have seen two to three times as
 
 many cases as usual.

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Active Image  How to get healthy in 4 hours a week 

   Can't turn off the TV? Make better use of time during
 
 commercials

   A Nielsen Media Research report from fall 2006 shows that
   the average   American spends four hours and 35 minutes
   watching television each day. Each week, television viewing
   adds up to more than 30 hours

Active Image  Psychological Approach Helps
  Back Pain

   Most people suffer from low back pain at some point
   in their lives, but people with long-lasting pain often
   get little relief from the most widely recommended treatments.

   Now a new research review shows that focusing on the mind
  
may be the best approach to treating the back for many people with chronic low back pain.

To read the full story, click here.

Editor's Commnetary:

We have long believed that the key to both wellness and illness lies within our mind and our thoughts. What we think empowers our body. When we think healthy thoughts we empower a healthy body and mind. When we think positive, constructive thoughts we can control pain including back pain.

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Active Image  Healthy cereals to get taste of chocolate

   In a New Year's twist, cereal giants are about to try luring adults with
   an ingredient more likely to show up on a kid's favorite food list
   chocolate.

   Next month, Quaker will roll out Life Chocolate Oat Crunch

Active Image  New moms at risk for range of mental
 
problems

  Major study finds issues go beyond postpartum depression

   New moms face increased risks for a variety of mental problems, not
   just postpartum depression, according to one of the largest studies of
   psychiatric illness after childbirth.

   New dads aren

Active Image  Herbal treatment little help for
  menopause

   A popular herbal treatment called black cohosh is practically
   ineffective at relieving hot flashes and night sweats in women
   going through menopause, a study found.

The findings were disappointing news for women seeking alternatives to estrogen-progestin hormone supplements, which have been linked to breast cancer and heart problems.

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Active Image

  Chocolate can do good things for your
  heart, skin and brain

   Listen to the way people malign chocolate: Sinful! Decadent!
   To die for! There's even that popular restaurant dessert known
   as "Death by Chocolate." But is this any way to talk about a loved
one -- especially during the season of comfort and joy?

To read the complete story, click here.

Active Image  Kids' bodies trained to tolerate
  allergies

   Elizabeth White's first encounter with peanuts --
   a nibble of a peanut butter cracker at age 14 months --
   left the toddler gasping for breath. Within minutes, her
   airways were swelling shut.

  A mere fifth of a peanut was enough to trigger an allergic reaction.

So it was with trepidation that her parents enrolled Elizabeth, at 4 1/2, in a groundbreaking experiment: Could eating tiny amounts of the very foods that endanger them eventually train children's bodies to overcome severe food allergies?

To learn more about allergies, click here.

Active Image  Cracking the Code of Longevity

  Achieving a Long Life With a Sharp Mind May Have a Genetic
  Component, New Research Suggests

  Living for 100 years is an unlikely prospect for most of us.
  But for those lucky few who make it to the century mark, a
  crucial gene variation relating to cholesterol levels may play an
important part in their longevity.

To read the full story, clck here.