Health

  • Alternative Medicine Cabinet: Get Off the 'Rhoids

    Actually a type of varicose vein, hemorrhoids develop when veins in the lower rectum or anus become inflamed and swollen from trauma or too much internal pressure. We most often hear about them in relation to constipation and pregnancy, but they also result from anal intercourse, high blood pressure, venous blockages, or simply as an unpleasant side effect of aging.

    Soothing cures for hemorrhoids
    By Hilary Oliver
  • 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
  • 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
  • Eat Right to Protect Eyesight

    The world is a beautiful place to behold. But for 15 million Americans, it can be a dim sight due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease that impairs central eyesight in older people. Fortunately, a new study from Tufts University finds that eating foods low on the glycemic index (GI) and rich in nutrients that promote eye health can drastically reduce risk of AMD.

    By Sarah Toland
  • 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
  • Beauty From Within

    Mom was right: When it comes to beauty, what’s on the inside is just as important as what’s on the outside. New research shows that certain foods and beverages can literally improve your skin from within. Here’s how you can slather, supplement, and snack your way to glowing, youthful skin with the help of four hot, new beauty ingredients.

    Four superfoods that feed your skin
    By Vicky Uhland
  • Back in Focus

    To Susan Williams of Charlotte, North Carolina, it was like a speed bump she couldn’t get past. That’s how she described the wall she would hit when work deadlines loomed and her focus pinballed from one subject to the next. “Sometimes I was so easily distracted, the simplest task seemed daunting,” says Williams, 60.

    19 ways to manage ADHD without drugs
    By Matthew Solan
  • 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