August 2014

Active ImageWake up and smell the coffee – it could reduce the stress that comes from not getting enough sleep.

New research shows you don’t have to drink coffee to feel its effects – just smelling it can jump-start genes in the brain. When they experimented on lab rats, an international group of scientists found inhaling the aroma of coffee changes the activity of genes in the brain in a way that helps reduce the stress of sleep deprivation.

To read the full article Coffee Aroma Reduces Stress, click here.
Active ImageA woman’s diet during pregnancy could have an impact on when her child goes through puberty.
A new report from New Zealand finds a high fat diet during pregnancy and while a woman is nursing may cause early puberty in her children. That could lead to obesity when they get older.

To read the full article Woman’s Diet Linked to Child’s Puberty, click here.
Active ImageEmergency Contraception: If Women Don't Ask, Doctors Don't Tell

Despite widespread misinformation about emergency contraception
Active ImageStudy Shows Family Relationships Bring Greater Happiness Than High Income

Money might buy happiness for some, but for most people having strong family ties is a much bigger predictor of contentment than income, a new study shows.

When researchers analyzed data tracking married people over a decade, they found that while income did contribute to happiness up to a point, the quality of family relationships was much more important.

To read the full article For Happiness, Seek Family, Not Fortune, click here.

Active ImageNew Report Suggests Sunshine Vitamin May Have Significant Cancer Benefits

When Joanna Fuchs was diagnosed with colon cancer last year, a blood test revealed she was severely deficient in vitamin D. "I was obviously very concerned and very worried," Fuchs said.

To read the full article Vitamin D May Help Patients Survive Cancer, click here.

Active Image10 Surprising -- and Easy -- Ways to Trim Costs on Everything From Your Yearly Physical to Specialized Surgery

After a car accident left Michelle Katz, a Washington, D.C., nursing student, with persistent back pain and numbness in 1998, she consulted a neurosurgeon, who told her she'd need an operation to repair her slipped disk. Katz, then 26, didn't have health insurance, so she did the only thing she could think of: She negotiated.

To read the full article Save Thousands On Your Health Care, click here.

Active ImageNew Research Points to Biological Reason Why Girls Like Bad Boys

Ricky Menezes, a 22-year-old from Marlborough, Mass., says he knows he will hook up with "about 20 girls" in the next month. How does he know this, you ask? Ricky knows this because he's what we call a "bad boy" -- the type of guy who knows exactly how to act, what to say and how to manipulate women into giving him what he wants.

To read the full article Why Nice Guys Finish Last, click here.

Active ImageStudy: Hypoglycemia raises diabetics' heart risk

A recent event of hypoglycemia, or extremely low blood sugar, in type 2 diabetics was a major predictor of heart attack, stroke and death, a just-finished study by the Department of Veterans Affairs found.

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Active ImageCan Some Do More Harm Than Good? How Much Is Too Much To Take?

 It seems as if there's a vitamin or supplement on the market to protect against every ill.

Some people swear by them, feeling supplements make them stronger and keep them healthier.

To read the full story Doubts Cast On Vitamin Supplements, click here.

Active ImageA Medical Miracle Saves Baby's Life From Life-Threatening Tumor

At four weeks old, Macie McCartney has already had two birthdays.

That's remarkable, considering there was a time her parents feared she'd never see even one, CBS News correspondent Kelly Cobiella reports.

To read the full story The Girl Who Was "Born" Twice, click here.

Active ImageFrom Hiccups To An Overactive Bladder, Experts Offer Advice For Managing Your Body's

As anyone who's ever had an embarrassing personal moment can tell you - sometimes your body just has a mind of its own.

From expelling gas, a case of the hiccups, an overactive bladder, and a belch you just can't swallow, to ill-timed yawns, cotton mouth, excessive sweating ... well, you get it. Any and all can easily occur just at the times when you want to look (and feel) your best.

To read the full story How To Handle Embarrassing Body Problems, click here.

Active ImageSteps You Can Take to Limit Brittle Bones

I don't think there is anything more feared among the elderly than becoming totally dependent on others for help and perhaps being sent to a nursing home because they aren't able to care for themselves.

To read the full story Healthy Dose: The Fear of Osteoporosis, click here.

Active ImageRed Yeast Rice Extract May Hold Heart Benefits; Not All Doctors Enthused

When 61-year-old Mark Aloe learned that he had high cholesterol and a family history of heart disease nearly 20 years ago, he immediately set out on the standard course of ,  for heart patients with high cholesterol: He began taking a prescription statin.

To read the full story Chinese Supplement May Cut Heart Risk, click here.

Active ImageCome down with some kind of aesthetic malaise — a dark patch or a receding hairline — and invariably someone will profess to have the magic cure. So it is with stretch marks, the road map of pregnancy, the telltale signs carved into about 90 percent of pregnant women’s abdomens, derrieres, breasts and thighs. Market research firms like the NPD Group, Information Resources and Mintel don’t track the size of the skin-care market for pregnant women.
Active ImageNSAIDs and Alzheimer’s: They All Reduce the Risk

Many doctors believe ibuprofen is better than other NSAID pain relievers at reducing a person’s risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. But a new study challenges that assumption.

To read the full article NSAIDs and Alzheimer’s: They All Reduce the Risk, click here.
Active ImageCompounds In Cocoa Could Help Ward Off Heart Complications, Study Shows

A cup of hot cocoa may seem like a no-no for people with diabetes, but the beverage may actually serve up a healthy dose of prevention and ward off heart disease, the leading cause of diabetes-related death.

To read the full article Cocoa For Diabetes?, click here.

Active ImageSports Medicine Expert Looks At Biking, Running, Tennis, And Camp

Summer is the ideal time to have plenty of outdoor fun -- but you need to be smart about recreational sports to avoid injury.

There are, says Columbia University orthopedic surgeon and sports injury specialist Dr. Christopher Ahmad, right and wrong ways to go about things when biking, running, playing tennis, and at summer camp. There are, he says, easy ways to prevent serious problems.

To read the full article Have Summer Fun Without Getting Hurt, click here.

Active ImageJust Because the Label Says It's Good for You Doesn't Mean It Is. How to Read Beyond the Marketing Hype

Take a moment and consider this logic: 1. Fat-free foods are healthy. 2. Skittles are fat-free. 3. Therefore, Skittles are healthy. Make sense? Of course not. But it's exactly the type of reasoning that food manufacturers want you to use.

To read the full article You Call That Health Food?, click here.

Active ImagePsychologist Says You Can Train Your Brain to Stop Experiencing Nightmares

Everyone has nightmares -- everyone, that is, except Ross Levin. "I actually have very few nightmares," he said.

Maybe that's because Levin is a psychologist who spends most of his time studying terrifying dreams. He says he's figured out what seems to be a shockingly simple method for fighting chronic nightmares, the kind that haunt Rachel Smalls.

To read the full article Learning to Fight Chronic Nightmares, click here.