Health

  • Work Out Your Headache

    Does the holiday hustle make your head hurt? Forget the Tylenol and hit the gym instead: A recent study shows that after exercising three times a week for 12 weeks, people prone to headaches experienced fewer occurrences and less pain. But don’t skip the warm-up—diving right into a hard workout can actually trigger migraines.

    By Celia Shatzman
  • Nurse A Hangover, Naturally

    Overindulged at a holiday soiree? Here are five ways to ease your post-party pain:

    1. Honey. Studies show the sweet stuff can speed your body’s alcohol metabolism because of its high fructose content.

    By Marcy Franklin
  • The Beauty Bar: Lutein

    If you already take lutein for optimum eye health, you’re likely getting a bonus benefit: youthful skin.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • The Back Story

    A good friend of mine summed up back pain accurately and concisely: “I had it once and prayed to the heavens that it would never happen to me again.”
    On my couch, flat on my back, ice pack covering my lower back, barely able to move without torment, I could relate.

    One woman's mission to cure her aching back - without surgery or drugs.
    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • Sleeping Beauty

    Before you tumble into bed at night too exhausted to wash your face, rub those tired feet, or give your locks some love, consider this: A small investment in your nighttime beauty regimen means a big payoff in the way you look and feel in the morning.

    With a little primping before bed, you'll wake up glowing.
    By Rona Berg
  • Ask The Doctor: Bloating, Gas, and Abdominal Discomfort

    Bloating, gas, and abdominal discomfort are common yet annoying symptoms of a digestive system that has fallen off track. Weak digestion, slow-working intestines, and imbalanced flora (bacteria, yeast, and other intestinal microorganisms) can all cause post-meal pain and protruding bellies.

    Every time I eat a full meal, I get bloated and uncomfortable. How come? What can I do to ease these feelings and prevent them in the future?
    By Nancy Lonsdorf, MD, an Iowa-based integrative physician with 23 years’ experience in ayurveda for women’s health.
  • Ask The Doctor: Pet Loss - Remaining Pet Mourns Loss of Companion

    When a dog loses his canine companion, he may become more sluggish, eat less, or even look around for his buddy. He may not interact with you as much—or he could get clingy and want more attention.

    Answered by Catherine Alinovi, DVM, a holistic veterinarian
  • Om Away Weight

    Here’s even more reason to get on the mat: A new study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center shows people who practice yoga regularly eat more mindfully, proving that both the physical and mental components of yoga help thwart weight gain. Researchers asked more than 300 people, mostly women, questions about their eating patterns.

    By Marcy Franklin
  • Is Your Hand Sanitizer Safe?

    As runny noses run amok and swine flu fears multiply, medical professionals urge us to zap illness-causing bacteria by washing our hands regularly. But what happens when you’re stuck in an elevator full of sneezers with nary a sink in sight? More and more people are opting for hand sanitizers.

    By Vicky Uhland
  • Ask The Doctor: Symptoms of Perimenopause

    Accuracy among saliva hormone levels and serum (blood) hormone levels is similar, so there’s no need for both tests. That said, a growing number of physicians feel salivary testing, which evaluates cyclical hormone levels, is superior to serum testing because saliva reflects which hormone actually gets into the tissue.

    I’m in my late 40s and experiencing symptoms of perimenopause, so I would like my hormone levels tested. I’ve heard that saliva tests are more accurate than blood tests. Is this true?
    Answered by Kimberly Wilson, NMD