Health

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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?
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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