All Entries For health
Spending so much time at work can make you worse for wear—and not just mentally. Sitting improperly can up your chances for shoulder, wrist, back and neck injuries. Worse, you may not recognize your body's warning signs, such as muscle stiffness, aching and fatigue, says Jean Duffy Rath, Dip MDT, a physical therapist in Syracuse, NY. That's why it's important to change your workstation to fit your needs. "You wouldn’t drive without first adjusting your car seat—you need to do the same for your desk chair," says Dr. Duffy Rath, who suggests readjusting weekly. Here's exactly what to do to minimize pain at a desk job. Read More ›
Sure, you should always be thinking about improving your health. But some times of the week deserve a little more attention than others. Here's why.
Mondays You Should: Get Moving
Research shows that a heart attack is more likely at the start of the work week, possibly due to increased stress levels. Counter this with a 30-minute morning session of moderate-intensity cardio (like a bike ride). It's been found to quell anxiety, even when you're facing a tough task later in the day. Read More ›
Often we talk about girls and the complexities of their friendships—I wrote a whole book about them that inspired the movie Mean Girls. But with boys, we usually assume their camaraderie lacks the same intricacies that make them feel pressured and confused. In reality, your son's relationships have similar challenges. What's more, understanding the role he plays within his friendship group is critical. Your insight will help him stay true to himself and create the support system he needs to get through life.
Within any one group, most boys have a three- to five-guy inner circle. Then there are a few more guys they associate with but are not close to. Boys have assured me that these roles can be found in every group, regardless of social status. The boys I interviewed and I came up with the following list to describe these roles: Mastermind, Associate, Bouncer, Entertainer, Fly, Conscience, Punching Bag and Champion.
What's important to know is that the roles emerge when there's conflict in the group. Conflicts don't always mean big arguments. They could be over simple things like where to eat lunch or which movie to see. But they're inevitable. And you will rarely be around to see them—so understanding what happens in these tense moments is key. But it doesn't mean that your son behaves like this all the time, that these boys aren't good friends or that they don't care about one another. Read More ›
Ragweed, the biggest culprit of autumn allergies, starts pollinating in mid-August and ends with the first hard freeze. Read on to keep symptoms—like a runny nose and congestion—to a minimum.
1. Start meds before you sneeze
RX nasal corticosteroid sprays prevent your body from releasing chemicals that react to ragweed. The medication works better if it's already in your system once the allergen is airborne. Read More ›
Feeling sick? Used to be that you'd dial your doctor (or go straight to the ER). Now, there are more options. Click through to decide what's best for your situation.
Go here if: You have a non-urgent symptom like a sore throat or an elbow sprain during office hours. Your primary care doctor (usually a family physician or internist) is also best for checkups, shots and ongoing issues like diabetes.
Find it fast: Don't have a doctor? Check with your insurance for practitioners who are covered under your plan. You can also go to ZocDoc.com and search for local doctors who take your insurance; they'll even book appointments. Read More ›
What if there was a pill you could take daily to help prevent multiple diseases and health conditions? Not just minor issues like acne or stiff joints, but the big ones, too: cancer, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, diabetes. Not only would this pill prevent these and other conditions, but it could also help increase your energy, tone your body and reverse aging—with zero side effects. People would line up around the block to get their hands on the miracle drug!
While there isn’t currently a drug that can do all these things, there is something that can help: nutrient-dense food—specifically a large selection of vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices. Countless degenerative diseases and health conditions are tied to chronic inflammation, which damages organs, cells—even DNA—and accelerates the aging process. However, the foods mentioned below, and many others, have been shown to subdue chronic inflammation and support numerous areas of health in the process. How many of these health-promoting foods are you eating?
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Pack a carry-on. Purge your medicine cabinet. Tell a joke. Fold a fitted sheet. Fall asleep when you can’t. Make cut flowers last longer, and more.
Fix a Chip in Your Nail Polish
Expert: Manicurist-to-the-stars Deborah Lippmann, creator of the Deborah Lippmann Collection sold on HSN.
As long as you have the same color handy, you're good to go.
- Pour a few drops of nail polish remover into a small bowl. Dab the pad of your index finger in remover, so skin is damp, not drenched.
- Press finger directly onto chip, then lift. Let dry for 10 seconds.
- With same finger, gently nudge polish forward toward edge of nail to smooth out ridge. Let dry 1 minute.
- Remove brush from polish and gently dab a tiny bit of color right on top of the nick; let dry 1 minute.
- If chip is still visible, apply one superthin layer of color to entire nail.
- Seal edge by brushing over the tip. (This will prevent future chips.)
- Wait one minute, then brush on topcoat. Let dry at least 5 minutes.
You've nursed your kid through icky ailments—remember that lice outbreak?—and lived to tell the tale to the stranger seated next to you on a plane. You've even compared detailed notes on the birthing experience with your BFF. Yet there are some health issues you're way too mortified to bring up even with your M.D. So you e-mailed them to us. We didn't blush once—but we did get the solutions you seek.
"Why do I get diarrhea during my period?"
Things are bad enough during that time of the month. So what's with the annoying changes in bathroom habits to boot? Here's what's happening: "During your cycle, your uterus produces chemicals called prostaglandins that cause cramping," says Suzanne Merrill-Nach, M.D., an ob-gyn in private practice in San Diego. Overproduction of prostaglandins means cramps can occur in the uterus and the intestines, causing diarrhea.
- Doctor Yourself: Take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen (Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve), to reduce prostaglandin production a day or two before your period starts. Should you miss that window, try popping an over-the-counter (OTC) anti-diarrheal medication, such as Imodium, on the bad days.
- Call Your M.D.: If your diarrhea is not controlled by OTC meds, you may have an underlying condition (such as endometriosis) and need alternate therapy. Read More ›
Be honest: How many hours did you sleep last night? If you’re like 35% of Americans, then you probably got fewer than seven hours—in other words, not enough! You already know that a lack of rest can lead to exhaustion, and you may have heard it can raise your risk for serious health problems, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, because it’s associated with insulin resistance, inflammation and the thickening of blood vessels. But there are even more unexpected, negative consequences. Here, what to watch out for, and how to hit the hay earlier. Read More ›
The best and newest ways to safeguard your eyesight have nothing to do with what Bugs Bunny eats. See what vision-friendly foods to include on your menu, what kinds of specs to consider and more.
The nutritionist says...Eat for good eyesight
New research shows that it's crucial to include enough of the following nutrients in your diet:
- Vitamin C This antioxidant helps protect your eyes against UV-ray damage. Have at least 200 mg daily by eating C-rich fruits and vegetables including broccoli (81 mg per cup), strawberries (84 mg per cup) and any citrus fruits. One medium orange has 98 mg of vitamin C (168% of your daily needs).
- Omega-3 fatty acids Studies show that omega-3s—especially the type in salmon and tuna—can help lower your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Add them to your menu twice a week or try a fish oil supplement that contains 220 mg of DHA, the omega-3 that has the biggest impact on vision.
Over time, sun exposure can increase your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S. If you wear contact lenses, consider ones that have built-in UV protection (in addition to sunglasses). And remember, a darker or more expensive pair isn't always better—what matters is that the lenses offer 99% UVA and UVB protection.
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Wondering why you're plateauing? It could be those rationalizations you make to dig into that BBQ or eat an extra slice of cake. "But all your body knows is what you’re putting into it and how it’s going to metabolize it," says Samantha Heller, a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist and senior clinical nutritionist at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City. Here, 10 of those little lies you may tell yourself—and how to adjust your eating habits to get back on the losing track. Read More ›
Brittni Reum's first broken bone happened in her right heel at age 10. She suffered four more fractures over the next three years in her arms and knee—all from seemingly minor mishaps while playing on the monkey bars or shooting hoops in gym class. "Brittni seemed so fragile that I was afraid to let her go outside or play sports," says her mom, Michele, an accounting manager in Jacksonville, Florida. Read More ›
Summer is almost here, which means the temperature will continue to rise. Some of you may have already experienced some early summer-type heat and are already starting to get acclimated to it. As we change over to summer weather, we need to remember to take precautions when exercising in the heat.
Our bodies do a great job at cooling off in general, but it does take time for them to get acclimated to the heat as the season changes. Depending on your age, current health condition and your activity level, your body can take 2 or more weeks to acclimate to the heat. This is something to keep in mind, especially if you are feeling like your workouts are getting harder during this time of year and/or you have humidity to deal with on top of the heat.
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You know that crinkle in your forehead is from your daughter announcing she's quitting the debate team to play drums in a garage band. And that bruise on your thigh is from hauling recycling bins out to the curb. But every so often something pops up on your skin that you can't explain. "Most of the time these things are harmless," says Susan Taylor, M.D., of Society Hill Dermatology in Philadelphia, ticking off a long list of common noncancerous conditions from skin tags to age spots. "But if you're not sure what it is, see your doctor." If it's one of the 3.5 million skin cancers diagnosed in the U.S. each year, the sooner you get treated, the better your chance of being cured. Read on to learn about the changes that can happen to your skin -- and how to protect it. Read More ›