Health

  • Pool Precautions

    Parents wishing to swim with their new baby may need to take a deep breath before plunging into the kiddie pool. Studies by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health reveal that babies who participate in infant swimming lessons are more likely to suffer from asthma and other lung-related ailments later in life.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • 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
  • Ask The Doctor: Tame Your Tendonitis

    First off, don’t be surprised—tennis often has nothing to do with tennis elbow. Any repetitive movement or strain on the forearm—from playing tennis to painting your house to typing—can trigger the condition, but poor circulation or inflammation are most likely the underlying causes.

    I was recently diagnosed with tennis elbow, and I don’t even play tennis! What can I do?
    By Robert Keller
  • Snooze News

    According to new research from Duke University Medical Center, tossing and turning could have big health implications—especially for women. “Women who reported taking a half an hour or more to fall asleep showed a worse risk profile for heart disease than men who had sleep problems,” says Edward C. Suarez, MD, lead author of the study.

    Wish you could fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow?
    By Nora Simmons
  • Kid-Friendly Acupuncture

    If you’re on pins and needles about your child’s health, you should consider taking her to an acupuncturist for ear infections, stomachaches, allergies, fevers, or even attention-deficit disorder.

    By beth Jacobsen
  • Get Your Kids to Eat Healthier

    Beware the power of suggestion, and turn off the Saturday morning cartoons. According to researchers at the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the University of Minnesota, nine out of 10 food commercials shown during Saturday morning children’s TV shows feature foods that have poor nutritional quality.

  • Quick Tip: Keep Your Feet Healthy This Summer

    Take a look at your soles, says Colleen Schwartz, DPM, a podiatrist and pilates instructor in Pleasanton, California. If the tread is smooth or noticeably worn, it may indicate that the materials in the insole and midsole have exceeded their useful life and could be causing strain in the arch, inflammation, and even shin splints.

    How do you know when it’s time to retire those hiking boots?
  • Relieve Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Researchers have long suspected that Inuits in Greenland almost never get rheumatoid arthritis because they eat mostly seafood, which is packed with anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Now a new study from Dundee University in Scotland backs this up.

    By Kristin Bjornsen
  • HRT Alert

    Here’s one more reason to avoid hormone replacement therapy: New research shows that women who take hormones to ease their transition through menopause greatly increase their risk of having abnormal or inconclusive mammograms.

    By Rachel Odell
  • Real Men Moisturize

    The world of men’s skincare has come a long way from a can of shaving cream, a splash of aftershave, and a trusty bar of soap. Even so, few guys would put man and moisturizer in the same sentence. Sure, men’s and women’s skin is different. Male skin is oilier, sweatier, and 20 percent thicker. But the belief that men’s skin is somehow more resilient than women’s?

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