Health

  • Lung Cancer: Should You Worry?

    The first question most of us ask when someone gets lung cancer is: How much did she smoke? Unfortunately anyone can get the disease without ever lighting up. In fact, about 13 percent of those diagnosed with lung cancer are nonsmokers, according to the American Cancer Society.

    By Kristin Bjornsen
  • Whole Lot of Hoopla

    Hoop dance has become the hippest new way to tone your core, improve your health, and get in touch with your inner dervish diva. Blending Native American hoop dance with Hawaiian hula and Middle Eastern belly dance, modern hoop dance emphasizes body awareness, sensuality, and the interconnectedness of life. Hoops vary in size and weight depending on your goals.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Focus On Food: Children's Nutrition

    Through his work as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, William Sears, MD, has found that as many as 50 percent of the kids who get diagnosed with ADD or ADHD also have poor nutrition. Sears believes they actually suffer from what he calls Nutrition Deficiency Disorder (NDD).

    By Nora Simmons
  • Detox’s Little Helpers—House Plants

    House plants do a lot more than just brighten up a room—they also help remove the toxins that cause indoor air contamination. Former NASA scientist Bill Wolverton harnessed his knowledge of the purifying powers of plants with his recent invention of a high-tech air filter that looks just like an ordinary potted plant (www.phytofilter.com). However, we prefer the real thing.

    By Melissa Lum
  • Pretty Healthy Bird

    Want to unlock the vital nutrients in your feathered friend’s birdseed to help her thrive? Try sprouting Polly’s food—it’s easy to do! Simply visit the bulk section of your local health food store and create a deliciously nutritious mix of seeds—sunflower, broccoli, and alfalfa seeds, along with lentils and wheat berries make great sprouts.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Cataracts in Dogs

    Chances are you’re seeing a condition called lenticular (or nuclear) sclerosis—a hardening of the central region of the lens that does not impair eyesight but will give Pepper’s peepers that gray-blue haze often confused with cataracts.

    My 8-year-old dachshund, Pepper, has cloudy eyes but she seems to see fine. Is it cataracts?
  • Ask The Doctor: Vericose Veins

    Varicose veins are caused by pressure from the blood in the veins, which is normally limited by valves every few inches in the vessels. With prolonged pressure from standing upright, hormonal changes, and weakening of the blood vessels, the valves break down, causing veins to grow larger and new vessels to form.

    Alan M. Dattner, MD
  • Keep Kids Healthy, Naturally

    For kids, back to school means excitement and anticipation. For parents, it means colds, flus, rashes—and back to the doctor. Come September, along with their art projects and homework assignments, kids start coming home with an array of germs that leave them—and the rest of the family—sick, sapped, and cranky.

    No need to run to the pharmacy once sniffle season strikes. These doctor-approved home remedies work. Really!
    By Jessica Downey
  • Men's Health Alert: Lower Your Cancer Risk

    Need more inspiration than your growing love handles to get you off that couch? New research published in the British Journal of Cancer found that men who work out at least 30 minutes a day have a 34 percent lower risk of dying from cancer than men who exercise less frequently or not at all.

  • Build A Better Breakfast

    A well-balanced morning meal may be the key to maintaining a healthy weight, but a recent study shows that eating a variety of foods for breakfast—for example, toast with a glass of milk and a banana, rather than just toast—also improves mental functioning and alertness.

    By Nicole Duncan