Health

  • Fight Ulcers With Arugula

    You may find the latest remedy for painful peptic ulcers not at your local drugstore, but in your salad instead. Researchers recently discovered that Eruca sativa, an herb also known as rocket or arugula, helps reduce stomach-acid secretion that can irritate gastric ulcers, the type of peptic ulcers that form in the abdominal wall and can cause severe pain.

    By Sarah Toland
  • Cat Got Your Grass?

    Maybe they need a fiber fix. Maybe they’re just bored. Vets aren’t exactly sure why cats like to chomp on grass and houseplants, but the fact is many felines do. To protect your peace lilies and keep kitty from getting sick from ingesting poisonous plants, grow him a patch of organic cat grass.

    By Melaina Juntti
  • Secrets of Healthy Kids

    POP QUIZ: Besides homework and art projects, what’s your kid likely to bring home during the first few weeks of school? That’s right, a cold. But it’s not just exposure to the germs of hundreds of other children that’ll keep her bed-bound. Creeping stress levels and poor eating habits also are to blame.

    Turns out it takes more than an apple a day to keep your little ones out of the doctor’s office. Here’s what you need to make this fall their healthiest yet.
    By Melody Warnick
  • Doggie Diarrhea

    The most common cause of diarrhea in dogs is eating something they shouldn’t have. To treat what I call “garbage gut,” it’s best to not feed your dog for 24 hours, while making sure he gets plenty of water. Diarrhea is often a detox: Your dog has put junk in, and he’s got to get the junk out.

    What likely caused this, and what can I do to relieve him?
    By Carvel G. Tiekert, DVM
  • Stand Up and Live Longer

    If you’re sitting down to read this, you may want to stand—and stay standing. A new study from the American College of Sports Medicine links the amount of time people spend sitting with an increased risk of premature death due to cardiovascular disease and other illnesses.

    By Sarah Toland
  • Beat the Post-Vacation Blues

    After touring the Tuscan countryside with your sweetheart or camping with the kids, getting back to the everyday grind sounds less than appealing. Catching up on email at the office and tackling the piles of dirty beachwear at home can cause enough stress to wipe out the hard-earned rejuvenation you scored while away.

    By Melaina Juntti
  • Secrets of Healthy Kids

    POP QUIZ: Besides homework and art projects, what’s your kid likely to bring home during the first few weeks of school? That’s right, a cold. But it’s not just exposure to the germs of hundreds of other children that’ll keep her bed-bound. Creeping stress levels and poor eating habits also are to blame.

    Turns out it takes more than an apple a day to keep your little ones out of the doctor’s office. Here’s what you need to make this fall their healthiest yet.
    By Melody Warnick
  • Ask The Doctor: Irregular Periods

    First off, keep in mind that regular is relative. Many women believe that if their periods don’t come every 28 days, something is wrong with them. But if you have a consistent cycle of 35 or even 40 days, that’s normal for you.

    I’m 40, and I still have irregular periods. Is this normal? I don’t want to take the Pill, but what else can I do to regulate my cycle?
    By Teraona Low Dog, MD
  • The Back Story: Exercises to Help Back Pain

    When back pain strikes, you may be tempted to grab an ice pack and hit the couch. Instead, pick up a couple dumbbells and hit the gym. A new study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that those with chronic back problems reported a 60 percent improvement in pain and in their ability to function after a 16-week exercise regimen that included resistance training.

    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • Did You Know? Skin pH

    Your skin’s natural pH level hovers around a slightly acidic 4.7, but most skincare products have a pH of 6 or higher. This means your skin actually has to work harder to bring pH levels back to normal after you cleanse and moisturize, says cosmetic science consultant Johann Wiechers, PhD. The result? Dry, scaly skin.

    By Rosemarie Colombraro