Health

  • Beat Golden-Year Blues

    In the last 20 years, the average life expectancy has increased 12 percent, but for our parents and grandparents living in nursing homes, a longer life may not mean a happier one. According to a recent study, one-third of nursing-home residents (median age of 82) suffer from depression. The good news: The fix may be as simple as supplementing with selenium.

    By Kristin Bjornsen
  • Yoga Rx: Running Injuries

    No strangers to pain, runners do a lot of damage to their bodies while pounding the pavement or tackling the trails. Yoga can help by strengthening weak, underutilized muscles while healing overworked or injured ones, as well as tendons and joints, says Baron Baptiste, former athletic trainer and creator of Baptiste Power Yoga.

    By Nora Simmons
  • One More Reason to Breast-feed

    What if you could help your child excel in school before she’s even said her first word? In the largest study of its kind, researchers at Montreal’s McGill University followed 14,000 children over a six-year period to see if prolonged (at least three months) and exclusive (no other food or liquids) breast-feeding affected cognitive development.

    By Lisa Marshall
  • Is Your Pet a Toxic Dumping Ground?

    You work hard to reduce your family’s exposure to household toxins, but your pets may face a greater risk than you, says Olga Naidenko, PhD, senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group, “Where do our pets spend their time? They sleep on the couch, roll around on the carpet, and get dust carrying toxic chemicals all over their fur and then lick it off.”

    By Nora Simmons
  • A Salad Fit For Your Skin

    Toss avocado, lettuce, and tomato with a splash of olive oil, and you have a healthy salad. Bottle them up with staples like aloe vera and sweet almond oil, and you have a recipe for serious beauty boosting.

    The nutrients that feed your body can also nourish your complexion.
    By Josie Garthwaite
  • A Better Buzzkill

    As the warm, summer weather draws you outside for barbecues, trips to the lake, and poolside gatherings, you’ll likely encounter some uninvited guests that can quickly cause you to run for cover. Alas, mosquitoes, gnats, and other pesky bugs remain a fact of life during this time of year, making insect repellent a necessity for surviving the season.

    Win the battle against bugs with these DEET-free oils.
    By Melissa Lum
  • Desperately Seeking Shut-eye

    Once upon a time, getting a good night’s sleep wasn’t an issue for me. I went to bed when I was tired and woke up feeling refreshed. No tossing and turning before I drifted off to dreamland—no middle-of-the-night awakenings. Then I started having babies, who roused me at all hours and made eight-a-night a thing of the past.

    Put your insomnia to rest with our age-by-age guide to getting a good night’s sleep.
    By Jennifer Lang
  • The Benzo Trap

    Teryn Taylor, of Marion, Indiana, has “benzo” voice: flat, devoid of emotion, almost robotic—the result of her unwitting dependence on anti-anxiety drugs (aka benzodiazepine tranquilizers). Taylor hardly looks the part.

    Anti-anxiety drugs ensnare millions of Americans in a web of addiction and pain. Before you fill that prescription, read on.
    By Matt Samet
  • Un-Cramp Your Style

    If you don’t experience menstrual cramps, consider yourself lucky. For the rest of us, “that time of the month” involves a clenching pain that causes us to miss more than our share of work and school days. To some extent, cramping is a normal part of the menstrual cycle, but the pain shouldn’t be (and doesn’t have to be) debilitating.

    Put an end to menstural pain without meds.
    By Hillari Dowdle
  • What's My Alternative: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    For nearly 20 years, I battled bouts of gas, bloating, painful cramps, and diarrhea, which gradually got worse and became more frequent.

    By Gina Roberts-Grey