Health

  • Ask The Doctor: Iron for Infants

    Not at all. Iron plays a vital role in your baby’s health by helping make hemoglobin, a complex protein that ferries oxygen around the body. Low levels of iron can lead to iron-deficiency anemia, which can cause developmental problems.

    I’m worried about whether my infant gets enough iron. Am I just being paranoid?
    By Roy Steinbock, MD
  • Out Spot's Damn Spot

    Tail between his legs, and shamefully cowering in the corner, your pup’s eyes convey his apologies and embarrassment about his accident. Oops. You give him a reassuring scratch on the head and let him outside while you clean up his mess.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Time To Put Kitty On A Diet?

    We laugh about our fat cats, but it’s no joke that 45 percent of cats in the US are overweight or obese, and that the incidence of feline diabetes has increased fivefold in the last 30 years. Like their tubby human counterparts, cats gain weight because of lack of exercise and a poor diet, and those extra pounds can lead to diabetes, liver disease, heart and renal failure, and arthritis.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Beyond the Bathroom Scale

    For many of us, the number on our bathroom scale makes or breaks our day: joy, if it moves downward a few pounds, and despair if it creeps upward, as we diet, sweat, and stress our way toward that magical number we believe defines our ideal weight. But that number may not carry as much import as people—and many doctors—have long thought.

    It's about where your weight is carried, not about how much you weigh.
    By Lisa Turner
  • A Tune-up for Your Thyroid

    The thyroid, a small, butterfly-shaped gland below your Adam’s apple, pretty much rules your body, says Douglas Husbands, DC, CCN, a clinical nutritionist and chiropractor in San Carlos, California.

    This little gland plays a big role in your body. Keep it running with these essentials.
    By Victoria Dolby Toews
  • This is Your Wake Up Call

    Not so long ago, you either had high blood pressure or you didn’t. Your blood pressure could even flirt with the high normal range without anyone getting overly worked up about it. The same held true for elevated-but-still-normal blood sugar levels.

    Precursors to hypertension, diabetes, and osteoporosis don't have to turn info full-blown disease. Here's how to stay healthy.
    By James Keough
  • The Beauty Bar: Vitamin A's Sun-Saving Power

    New research shows it might be time to toss a bottle of vitamin A into your beach bag along with the sunscreen. In a recent study, patients taking 50,000 IU of vitamin A a day for a year saw an 80 percent improvement in previously sun-damaged skin. Some scientists believe this occurred because UVA and UVB light attacks the vitamin A naturally present on the skin’s surface.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • A New Cure for Bad Breath

    Research shows that magnolia-bark extract, a traditional Chinese medicine historically used for stress relief, also helps halt halitosis. Mints and gum containing magnolia bark kill about 60 percent of the bad breath-causing bacteria, compared to the 4 percent killed by standard mints, according to a recent study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

    By Kris Kucera
  • Supplement Watch: Brown Seaweed Extract

    Searching for that magical ingredient that instantly burns unwanted pounds? Numerous studies in Japan suggest fücoxanthin—the pigment that gives brown seaweed its color—can help control weight by speeding up your metabolism.

    By Gina Roberts-Grey
  • What's My Alternative: Lupus

    For years, Jesse Loren, a 45-year-old high school teacher who lives near Davis, California, battled severe allergies, kidney problems, and unexplained fatigue. In 2004, she was diagnosed with pityriasis, a skin condition characterized by a pink, scaly rash.

    By Vanessa Selene Williams