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Did your mother would tell you not to sit so close to the television because it would make you nearsighted? Such close-up activities have long been believed to cause myopia, but new research indicates that the true culprit is not the TV, playing computer games, or reading in low light. Myopia could be the results of a sunlight deficiency
Smokers who finally manage to kick the habit
are quick to tell you the first days are marked with nervous jitters, anxiety, and a strong craving for a nicotine fix. What you don’t hear so much about is the great feelings of lingering sadness
that some experience without their cigarettes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, trichomoniasis is the most common curable type of sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Currently about 3 million people are infected, and some experts say that there are as many as 8 million new cases per year. Trichomoniasis is most common in women, although anyone who is sexually active is at risk. The prevalence of this infection in today’s culture might lead you to believe that people are well aware of their potential for getting it, and know how to stay protected, but that assumption is unfortunately incorrect.
If you aren't aware of the number of serious illnesses and medical conditions that can be detected and even prevented with blood testing, you're not alone. According to Life Extension Magazine, the vast majority of doctors did not understand the importance of screening the blood before the mid-1990s. So blood tests and the awareness of what protein markers, hormones, or other abnormalities to look for are relatively new phenomena, at least in how the medical community uses them today. New technology combined with a steady rise in heart disease and diabetes in the United States mean that early detection with blood tests is more important than ever. Which ones should you have? There are a number of beneficial options.
Even though we are well into spring, some of us may still be experiencing the winter blues, while for others, fighting off depression remains an uphill battle.
Not having the right information before "getting intimate" can lead to a heck of a surprise. Below we take a look at 10 facts about contraception and sexual health that you may not have known. We’ll start with a few for the guys, as information about male contraception is not as widely spread.
Did you know that you are literally rusting as you grow older? That's right – many of the physical and even mental changes associated with aging can be attributed to the chemical process known as oxidation – the same process that causes metal to change color and deteriorate when left unprotected and exposed to air and water. So what exactly is oxidation? And how can you prevent it? Keep reading for answers to those questions and more.
You’ve probably heard all the facts about how getting 30 minutes or more of exercise per day is ideal for your physical health. But did you know that getting exercise can also improve your mental health? Studies have shown time and again that people who are more physically fit have a lower risk of developing depression and experience improved emotional well being. As little as 20 minutes per week can keep your mind healthy and your memory active! Let’s take a closer look at one important study . . .
Are you a breakfast eater? Not everyone is, and for different reasons. Unfortunately, there’s no getting around it: breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day! And, even if you are on the breakfast wagon, it can be challenging to feed a diverse group of tastes and interests first thing in the morning. How can you make sure everyone in your family is getting the nutrients they need? Keep reading for some healthy breakfast suggestions.
Years ago on April 1, ABC aired a special which featured the issue of aging. The question was raised – is it possible to live to 150 years old? Really - living to 150? Was it some sort of April Fool’s Day special? It’s no joke. The latest research points to the possibility of humans living longer, healthier and ultimately happier lives – perhaps even to the ripe young age of 150.
Are you at risk for a stroke? It seems like a simple enough question – but the answer may elude you! If you have already suffered from a stroke, whether mild or severe, you are definitely not alone. Over 700,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year. About 500,000 are first strokes and about 200,000 are recurrent attacks. Could you be one of that statistic this year? How do you know? What happens when you have a stroke? Keep reading for the answers to all of those questions – and more!
Bacteria is a funny thing. It makes people ill and yet it exists, in less severe amounts, all over the body: the skin, the intestinal and urinary tracts, and a whole host of other places. Some of it helps to keep the body safe from serious illnesses – yet too much bacteria causes a person to get sick. Probiotics are the bacteria which naturally occur naturally in food, or are added to it, and can be beneficial to one's health and overall wellness . . . particularly when it comes to protecting the body against certain illnesses. And as these friendly bacteria gain popularity in both the eyes of scientists and doctors, more options are being introduced to allow you to get the probiotics you need to stay healthy.
Spring is finally here, and along with the gorgeous weather comes pollen. Many allergy sufferers know all too well the symptoms of hay fever, caused by pollen released from budding trees and plants. The airborne pollen is easily inhaled through the nose and mouth, and for sensitive people, it can cause a series of miserable symptoms.
Solving the life-altering condition of chronic fatigue syndrome is a huge challenge for anyone facing the illness. Recent Swedish research suggests probiotics or “good” bacteria found in the live active cultures of yogurt can reduce chronic fatigue symptoms for a significant percentage of individuals.
In 14th century Europe, the plague known as the Black Death swept through the continent killing between 30 to 60 percent of Europe's population. The symptoms were swift and terrible and included painful swellings (buboes) of the lymph nodes that could reach the size of an apple.
Joint discomfort is common in many people and many are still relying on Glucosamine to ease their pain of joint discomfort – you may be one of them! When Glucosamine was first brought onto the market in 1980, it was considered to be groundbreaking for those who were suffering from joint discomfort. But in the past 30 years, even better products have been discovered to relieve joint pain. Let’s take a look at just a few of the best natural elements for joint relief . . .
Did your mom ever tell you not to associate with someone because they were a “bad influence”? Perhaps it was the troublemaker at school, or a girlfriend or boyfriend that she didn’t quite approve of. You might have thought “aw, Mom!” at the time, but could she have been right?
Do you get enough Vitamin E in your diet? Are you “E-ting” enough of the foods containing this “E-essential” vitamin? Or are you unintentionally “E-liminating” them from your daily intake? Keep reading for more information about the ever-important Vitamin E.
Imagine that you have a disease. It’s a disease you’ve had your whole life, and it haunts you every single day. It affects your breathing, your digestion, and it may even make you infertile. And there’s a good chance that it will take your life before the age of 40, because until recently there was no truly effective method for addressing it.
You might say it's about time to jolt the federal government into taking action on energy drinks. For the second time, dozens of the nation's top nutrition researchers, medical doctors and public health officials recently petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about the alarming amount of caffeine in many energy drinks. The following is an excerpt of what those professionals wrote as a research review document in their first communication to the FDA in 2009, including clear action steps for addressing a health consumer issue that affects a significant amount of pre-teens, teens and adults. Why has nothing been done?