Health

  • Become a Chicken Tender

    What’s the hottest big-city trend? Backyard chicken coops filled with hens that provide fresh, organic eggs to urban families. Several cities, including Los Angeles and New York, now permit hen-keeping, which lets people get closer to their food source, says Ashley English, author of Keeping Chickens: All You Need to Know to Care for a Happy, Healthy Flock (Lark Books, 2010).

    By Jayme Otto
  • Homeopathy Blasts Breast Cancer Cells

    We may be one step closer to a breast cancer treatment that’s less toxic than chemotherapy. Researchers from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston found that ultra-diluted forms of the homeopathic remedies carsinosin, phytolacca, conium, and thuja zapped breast cancer cells but didn’t harm healthy cells, much like chemo but without the side effects.

    By Melaina Junti
  • Fix Unsightly Veins

    Bulging or web-like veins aren’t something you want to show off in shorts, but if you’re among the 60 percent of Americans (mainly women) who suffer with varicose or spider veins, that’s what you’re faced with every time the weather gets warm. To make matters worse, varicose veins can be extremely painful and often cause itching, burning, or throbbing in the legs.

    5 new ways to love your legs this summer.
    By Lynn Ginsburg
  • No-Supp Zones

    You may want to stop storing your supplements on the shelf next to the bathtub. A new study from Purdue University found that keeping water-soluble pills and powders, such as vitamin C and B complex, in places where air is moist and warm can leave them vulnerable to deliquescence, a process in which crystalline substances dissolve due to excess humidity.

    By Sarah Toland
  • Weight Loss in a Bottle

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 68 percent of Americans are overweight and more than one-third are considered obese. Millions of people are trying to lose weight—and most wish it were as simple as popping a pill.

    Our guide to the best and worse diet supplements on the market today.
    By Gina Demillo Wagner
  • Power Over Pain

    No pregnancies. And no heels.

    How to prevent and ease everyday aches
  • Real Relief for Migraines

    Imagine wearing a football helmet that’s too tight. Add to that upset stomach, blurred vision, and flashing lights. This is a migraine—a type of headache one memoirist described as feeling like “God just punched you in the side of the face.”

    Try these treatments when the throbbing starts.
    By Jennie Dorris
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  • So Long, Seasonal Allergies

    A few months ago, actress Michelle Rodriguez—the gutsy pilot in Avatar and heroine in the TV show Lost—appeared on The Jay Leno Show. “You filmed Lost in Hawaii,” said Leno. “What was the hardest thing about living in Hawaii?”

    Silence hay fever's sneezing, wheezing, and sniffles with homeopathy.
    By Kristin Bjornsen
  • Spot Treatment

    Aging provides plenty of perks—greater confidence, more wisdom, and discounted movie tickets, to name a few. But growing older also brings a few downsides: age spots, for instance, which boldly advertise your senior status.

    Lighten age spots to reveal a youthful glow.
    By Deirdre Shevlin Bell
  • What Your Nails Know

    If our eyes are the windows to our souls, our nails are the screen doors to our bodies. More than just cosmetic annoyances, brittle, ridged, or yellow fingernails and toenails can indicate nutrient deficiencies and health problems ranging from anemia to thyroid disease.

    Health problems? Look to your fingernails.
    By Vicky Uhland