Health

  • The Sex Rx

    Strengthen a weak immune system.

    Turns out it pays to get busy in bed beyond Valentine's Day. While sex may not cure all your ills, research shows it can help.
    By Beverly Herzog
  • A Change of Heart

    Ever since the 1950s, when the Framingham Heart Study established a correlation between high cholesterol and heart attacks, doctors have focused on lowering cholesterol as a way to prevent heart disease. For years they’ve told us to accomplish this by eating a low-fat diet and exercising and, if that failed, by taking cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins.

    A new wave of doctors is relvolutionizing the way Western medicine prevents and treats heart disease. Here's what you need to know to keep your heart healthy for many beats to come.
    By James Keough
  • Alternative Medicine Cabinet: Kick Kidney Stones

    Any man who’s gone through it will tell you that passing a kidney stone is the male equivalent of giving birth. In other words, it really, really hurts. Stones—ranging in size from a grain of sand to a small plum—form in the kidneys, when minerals and other substances in the urine aggregate.

    By Lisa Turner
  • Prostate Help

    The fear and pain that come with prostate cancer and the radical prostatectomy that often accompanies it can crush any man’s spirits. But to add insult to injury, many men experience incontinence that can last more than a year after the surgery. A few simple exercises, however, can help end any Depends dependence.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Prostate Help

    The fear and pain that come with prostate cancer and the radical prostatectomy that often accompanies it can crush any man’s spirits. But to add insult to injury, many men experience incontinence that can last more than a year after the surgery. A few simple exercises, however, can help end any Depends dependence.

    By Nora Simmons
  • What You Need to Know: Kids’ OTC Cold Remedies

    Since the FDA urged parents to avoid children’s over-the-counter cold and cough medicines, you may have had a few questions. First, why were they banned? And second, how can you safely ease your sick child’s discomfort?

    By Candace Walsh
  • Home, Green Home

    Walls and floors. They’re the basic building blocks of your home—and also some of the easiest parts of the house to make green. A recent boom in renewable, nontoxic materials means that you have lots of options if you want to tread lightly. Here are some ideas to get you started.

    Floors

    by O'Rya Hyde-Keller
  • The Scoop on Natural Kitty Litters

    You’ve installed a low-flush toilet in your bathroom and only use recycled toilet paper and eco-friendly cleaners. But is your cat’s bathroom earth-friendly, too? Billions of pounds of conventional clay kitty litter end up in landfills every year.

    By O’Rya Hyde-Keller
  • Ask The Doctor: How Much Is Enough Antioxidants

    I can’t overstate the importance of antioxidants for your health. Every moment, your body churns out potent reactive substances called free radicals, which form as your body “burns” food for energy, detoxifies chemicals, and fights off invading organisms.

    Can I get enough antioxidants from my food or do I need to take a bunch of supplements?
    By Nancy Lonsdorf, MD
  • The Fertility Diet

    It doesn’t seem all that tricky. But in the US, baby making has turned into one of the most earnest endeavors of the 21st century. More than 6 million women of childbearing age have trouble getting pregnant, and infertility affects an estimated one in 10 couples.

    10 foods to boost baby making
    By Lisa Turner