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.

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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.”