Health

  • Put Your Best Foot Forward

    When my third daughter was born with six digits on each foot, I knew I could never look at feet the same way again, especially my own. I might only have 10 toes (and so does my daughter after surgery), but my feet are fraught with problems.

    8 exercises to soothe your soles—and your toes.
    By Jennifer Lang
  • What's My Alternative: Back Injuries

    While 14-year-old Emily Bowman of Colleyville, Texas, was doing sprints during soccer practice, she bent down to touch the field and turn around—and when she couldn’t stand up again, she knew she’d hurt herself badly.

    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • The Virgin Queen

    I need sleep, lots of it. Nine hours are good, 10 are better, and 11 is heaven. Toss in the odd nap, and that’s a lot of time to spend in bed. And that bed has to be just right, a hypersensitivity that drove one erstwhile beau to crown me Girlfriend and the Pea. One speck of dirt on the covers, a trace of a funny odor, and it’s a bumpy night for all.

    By Donna Chapin
  • 3 Ways to Relieve Kids' Eczema

    New research published in the journal Pediatrics found that eczema is on the rise in children. To calm the dry, itchy patches of skin and frequent rashes that can result from this condition:

    1. Get your child to drink more water, since well-hydrated skin itches less. As a rule, kids should get an ounce of fluid per pound of body weight per day.

    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • Breathe Easier

    I’m a poster child for sinus distress. Headaches, infections, unbearable pressure—you name it, I’ve had it. So when someone suggested I try putting liquid garlic up my nose, I thought, Well, why not? Not only did it work, it wasn’t the least bit unpleasant—just a slight garlic aftertaste and smell.

    By James Keough
  • Prevent Kennel Cough Naturally

    Anyone who uses doggie daycare, boards their pup, or has visited their local animal shelter has heard the telltale honking cough of Bordetella bronchiseptica, or kennel cough. Luckily you don’t need a DVM degree to protect your pal from this highly contagious bug—just take the following steps.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Help! My Cat Has Stopped Using Her Litter Box!

    First off, don’t take it personally. Ten percent of cats develop a litter-box problem, and the sooner you address this messy issue the better your chances of resolving it, says Helena Kokes, animal behavior education coordinator at the Denver Dumb Friends League. The bad news? There’s no surefire path to success.

  • The Fibromyalgia Fix

    Relieving the chronic pain of fibromyalgia may have gotten a little easier, thanks to a study comparing the efficacy of four common self-help approaches: aerobic and flexibility exercises; strength training along with aerobics and stretching; the Fibromyalgia Self-Help Course (topics include managing fatigue, pain, sleep, stress, and emotional issues such as worry, frustration, depression, and

    By James Keough
  • Lose Weight With Cactus?

    Who wouldn’t lose weight if forced to eat cactus, I hear you say, but suspend your disbelief. The cactus Caralluma fimbriata has a long pedigree as an appetite and hunger suppressant. Eaten like a vegetable in India, it appears to block enzymes involved in fat production and to help regulate appetite.

    By James Keough
  • Keep An Eye on MS

    With multiple sclerosis, you want to halt the deterioration of nerves and brain cells as soon as possible. But often doctors can’t detect that deterioration until late in the game—when the damage already has permanently affected the brain.

    By Gina Roberts-Grey