August 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Guide to Decoding Ingredients on Grain Products

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

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

marijuana170x140.jpgMarijuana Lung Findings Unlikely to Change Minds

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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Five Foods for Smoother, Softer, Healthier Skin


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

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

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

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

 

What Exactly is Constipation?


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

Other Myths About Bowel Movements?


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

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What Causes Constipation?


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


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


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

What Are the Symptoms of Constipation?


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

Diagnostic Tests


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


Treatment Of Constipation


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

 

For information about Hemerrhoids, click here.

For information about a High Fiber Diet, click here.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

Active ImageBody dysmorphic disorder patients see details, not whole face

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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