Health

  • Calm Junior's Jitters

    That small space between your kids’ eyebrows may save them—and you—from some high-stress freak-outs. A recent study by UC Irvine anesthesiologists with collaboration from Yale doctors found that applying pressure there (it’s called the Extra-1 acupoint) lowered presurgery anxiety enough to reduce the amount of sedative needed prior to going under the knife.

    By Jessica Downey
  • Poison-Free Perfumes

    Consumers scrutinize labels as carefully as they examine their discretionary income statements these days, and it’s paying off—beauty companies have begun to reduce their toxic load because of customer demands. The negative press surrounding phthalates has forced mainstream perfume makers to begin removing these damaging chemicals from their fragrances.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Ask The Doctor: Panic Attacks

    If you are having a panic attack, you typically experience rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, sweating, trembling, tightness in the throat, dizziness, and nausea. If that sounds like your experience, I can at least assuage your fears a bit: Panic attacks can feel scary—like you’re having a heart attack—but they won’t kill you.

    I think I’m having panic attacks, but I don’t want to take antianxiety drugs. I’ve heard bad things about them. Is there anything natural I can do?
    By James S. Gordon, MD
  • No Pain, All Gain

    For seven months, Elizabeth Wagner felt constantly on guard. In conversation, she only half listened; the other half of her attention focused fiercely on the intense pain that shot from her hip down to her heel and back up again. When she slept, her body shook itself awake whenever she rolled into a position that triggered the pain.

    Your whole-body plan to end chronic aches for good.
    By Matthew Solan
  • Emu Oil

    Treating any skin condition—psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, burns, wounds, or scars—just got easier with the beauty world’s latest darling, emu oil. Rich in both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, the oil from this Australian bird offers an anti-inflammatory, cell-regenerating solution. What makes emu oil so potent?

    By Lindsay Wilson
  • Get Ahead of Jet Lag

    If the jet lag that comes from traveling far and wide spoils your jaunts, we’ve got just the remedy for you: a mixture of bioflavonoids extracted from French maritime pine tree bark (sold as Pycnogenol). New research has found that imperceptible brain swellings may do more than upset circadian rhythms to bring on symptoms of jet lag, like fatigue and headaches.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Stroke Recovery

    Roger Maxwell of Dallas didn’t smoke. He exercised regularly and kept his weight down. But at 49 he suffered a stroke that left him wheelchair-bound and unable to speak words more than two syllables. Maxwell’s stroke came from an arterial dissection; an artery in the back of his neck split in half and blocked the flow of blood to his brain.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Multiple Choice

    It’s finally time to get healthy, so off you go in search of a good multivitamin. It doesn’t take long, however, to get overwhelmed by your options.

    What you need to know to find a multivitamin that's right for you.
    By James Keogh
  • Put an End to Earaches

    Here’s the $64,000 question: Why do children’s ear infections keep coming back despite multiple courses of antibiotics? Because they’re mostly caused by viruses, not bacteria. Antibiotics don’t treat the cause of the problem—the virus. They just provide temporary relief of the symptoms, says Sandy Newmark, an integrative pediatrician in Tucson, Arizona.

    Antibiotics are not the answer to healing persistent ear infections.
    By Nicole Duncan
  • Global Girl Power

    One out of every three women worldwide will suffer physical or sexual abuse this year. Violence against women is a major cause of poverty; it keeps women from getting an education, working, and earning an income.

    By Nicole Duncan