• 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • This is Late-Breaking News

    It’s taken far too long, but the FDA has finally decided that amalgam fillings may be dangerous to our health—something that an increasing number of dentists have long suspected. In June the FDA cautioned that these fillings may pose a risk for young children, developing fetuses, pregnant women, and people particularly sensitive to mercury.

    By Kristin Bjornsen
  • Needle Knots Away

    Plagued by a deep muscle pain massage can’t touch? You may consider dry needling to release that stubborn knot. Not to be confused with acupuncture, which is founded in Eastern theory and focuses on the movement of energy through meridians, or channels, in the body, dry needling is actually a Western modality based on muscle physiology and used largely by physical therapists.

    By Lindsay Wilson
  • Ask The Doctor: Lifting Low Libido

    Most men know that “the Little Blue Pill” allows their equipment to work better, but they may not realize that Viagra doesn’t do a thing for their libido. And who wants to deal with such harrowing side effects as sudden vision loss, stroke, or painful marathon four-hour erections?

    Since turning 40, my sex drive has plummeted. Should I take Viagra?
    By Mark A. Moyad, MD, MPH
  • Alternative Medicine Cabinet: Go Against the 'Graine

    If you suffer from migraines, these debilitating headaches need no introduction. You might feel better, though, knowing that 28 million other Americans—the overwhelming majority of them women—are also searching for something safe to make the pain go away.

    No drugs, no side effects, no headaches.
    By Gina Roberts-Grey