Computer Related Injuries

Technological gadgets like laptop computers, and tablets have come to make our lives easier, but unknowingly to many, they can also be the cause of neck and shoulder pain. As a general rule it may be wise not to spend hours on end in front of a screen, but if you must do it, then you can take simple measures to prevent injuries [...]

Daily Aspirin Dose

Taking a daily aspirin dose has become as commonplace as drinking a glass of wine every day. Both activities are purportedly good for your health, but they are not without risk either. There are two categories of people who take aspiring for cardiovascular diseases: those who do it as a means of primary prevention (meaning that they don't have heart problems, and use aspirin to try and keep it that way), [...]

Depression and Dementia

According to a study published this past May in the journal Archives of Psychiatry, depression in adults can be an early warning side of dementia. This study found that individuals who experience depression late in life have a 70% increased dementia risk, while people who have been depressed since midlife have 80% more probabilities of developing that mental impairment [...]

Pregnancy Snoring and Hypertension

That association may seem to be coming out of the clear blue sky, but the fact is that a study by the University of Michigan and recently published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has found that women who start to snore after becoming pregnant are at an increased risk of experiencing high blood pressure, which during gestation is known as preeclampsia. [...]

Customized Lab Mice

Science fiction has often touched upon the subject of achieving immortality through the cloning of oneself. We may still be a long way from that, but a twist on your run of the mill lab mice might be a step closer towards that utopia. Mice that bear a patient's own disease, or even a part of their anatomy can take the role of a customized guinea pig. [...]

Smokeless Tobacco Warnings

Smoke is one of the harmful elements of tobacco, but it is not the only one. That is why the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence of England has warned people who use smokeless tobacco products that they can cause diseases such as cancer. These products often do not bear any warning labels like cigarettes do, and what's more, many health care professionals are also unaware of the risks. [...]

Diet For Crohn's Disease

Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel condition that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract between the mouth and the anus, leading to an array of symptoms, including abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and weight loss, as well as causing complications outside the gastrointestinal tract, for instance skin rash, arthritis, eye inflammation, fatigue, and lack of concentration. [...]

Cancer in U.S. Hispanics

For purposes of race solidarity it may be said that diseases like cancer do not discriminate, but for Hispanics in the United States this may not ring quite true. While heart disease continues to be the top leading death cause for non-Hispanic whites and African-Americans, the American Cancer Society has just released a report stating that cancer is now the number one cause of death among U.S. Hispanics. [...]

New York Soda Ban

Most public health campaigns focus on the evils of tobacco and alcohol, but that does not mean that seemingly innocuous products are home free. As a matter of fact, last week The New York City Board of Health voted to ban the sale of supersized sugary beverages in restaurants, the first of which may become a nationwide trend. The 'soda ban,' as it is called, applies to city restaurants, delis, sports facilities, and street vendors, [...]

Common Digestive Disorders

The stomach is at the center of your being, as it is also a common target for several digestive disorders. One of the most frequent is heartburn, which is a symptom of gastroesophagal reflux disease, or GERD. Short terms consequences of GERD include a lot of pain (characterized by hot or burning feeling rising up from the center of the abdomen and into the chest, under the sternum), while long term ramifications can be as bad as esophageal cancer. [...]

Food for the Mind

As the Roman poet Juvenal wrote eons ago, one should pray for a sound mind in a sound body. You can do him one better though, and actually do something about it rather than just pray. Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (a teaching facility of Harvard Medical School) have uncovered a lot of new evidence that food that is good for your heart may also be good for your brain, and food that's bad for your heart will damage your mind as well. [...]