Health

  • Ask The Doctor: Prostate Hyperplasia

    Actually, it’s not unusual for men in their mid-40s to experience a swelling of the prostate, which is what BPH is. Nearly half of all men in their 50s have the condition, and more than 80 percent of octogenarians suffer from it. Blame a rise in dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a converted form of testosterone, the levels of which increase with age.

    I have just been diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia. At 46, am I too young?
    Robert Keller, CA
  • Slather, Play, Repeat

    A few years ago, a group of friends and I took a girls’ trip to Isla Mujeres, Mexico. On our first day on the sugar-sand beaches under the aqua-blue Caribbean sky, we admired each other’s sexy new swimsuits, snagged some comfy chaises, placed our margarita orders with the cute beach waiter, and uncapped our sunscreens.

    Sun encounters of the safest kind
    By Vicky Uhland
  • Sweat the Small Stuff

    Of all our daily grooming habits, swiping a deodorant stick or squirting antiperspirant under our arms may be the one we dare not neglect. Hot yoga classes and subway etiquette practically demand it. But when it comes to choosing a BO buster, we should care just as much about how it affects us as it does others—and that means avoiding the harmful ingredients many deodorants contain.

    Why most deodorants stink—and six alternatives that work.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Postpartum Energy Loss

    According to ayurveda, it isn’t just the sleepless nights that are zapping your strength; the vata dosha becomes dominant in the first six weeks after childbirth—known as the postpartum period.

    I just had a baby and can’t seem to regain my energy. What can I do?
  • Toothpaste Turmoil

    Find yourself standing perplexed in the middle of the toothpaste aisle, trying to find brands that don’t contain harmful chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)? Jot down the following guidelines before you return to the store.

    Got sensitive teeth?

    By Nora Simmons