Health

  • Another Reason to Ditch the Pill

    Listen up, ladies: If you’ve got a knee injury, using birth-control pills may hinder your healing time. “Women have four to eight times more knee ligament injuries than men, even when playing the same sports,” says Ross Hauser, MD, a rehabilitation specialist in Chicago.

    By Joe Wallace
  • Heal Canker Sores Naturally

    Even life’s loveliest pleasures, like eating and kissing, lose their appeal when you’ve got a canker sore. No need to swallow your pain, however. New research in General Dentistry reports that licorice-root extract can heal these sores naturally.

    By Beth Swanson
  • Supplementing for Surgery

    We tend to think all supplements help improve our health, but when faced with surgery, we need to be more discriminating. Nutritional therapist Sue Van Raes explains what to take—and what not to take:

  • Best Tressed

    Born with naturally curly (read unruly) hair, I’ve dedicated many dollars and hours to Operation Frizz Control, a strategy that has at times involved chemical relaxers, buzz cuts, greasy pomades, Technicolor gels, and even one tragically misguided perm (my stylist and I fi gured two negatives might make a positive—wishful thinking).

    Detox Your styling routine to reveal your healthiest hair.
    By Kate Hanley
  • Ask The Doctor: Elevated Cholesterol

    The short answer: Probably, but it depends on your HDL (good cholesterol) and triglyceride (the fat in your bloodstream) readings. Some doctors believe a high HDL (60 or more) cancels out the bad effects of a high LDL. However, researchers know an elevated LDL makes it harder for HDL to do its job.

  • Acne and Wheat

    While no studies have specifically linked gluten-sensitivity (an adverse immune response to wheat, barley, rye, and some oats) with acne, many doctors say the connection is a no-brainer: Wheat can trigger an inflammation response in the body.

    Forget chocolate—I’ve heard that wheat can be an acne culprit. Is this true?
  • Sniff Away What Ails You

    If holiday stress has you OD’ing on sugary snacks or pouring yourself that third glass of wine at night, a new study from the Warwick Olfaction Research Group in England offers a saner solution: Simply smelling certain fragrances has a stress-reducing effect on the brain that’s similar to food and even some mood-altering drugs.

    By Terah Shelton
  • Healthy Diet, Healthy Career

    Dining at the office vending machine may do more than sabotage your diet: Poor eating habits could also affect your career. A recent survey from ComPsych Corporation found that employees who ate a balanced diet were 10 times more likely to sustain high energy levels throughout the workday than those who ate junk food or skipped meals altogether.

    By Elizabeth Gregg
  • Doggie Arthritis

    Start with his weight. Labs are prone to chubbiness, and maintaining a healthy weight reduces pain and increases joint function, says Carol Osborne, DVM, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. When you run your hands over your dog’s body, you should be able to feel (but not see) each rib.

    My 9-year-old Lab, Vinnie, has arthritis and barely wants to play ball anymore. What can I do?
  • Counteract Counter Surfing

    We toil for hours in the kitchen creating the perfect meal only to spend the entire evening shrieking at dogs and shooing cats. Scavenging food off counters and tables—aka counter surfing—is a common problem with dogs (especially big dogs) and cats.

    By Nora Simmons