The Dangers of Smoking Alcohol

It seems some people are always looking for a new way to get drunk. Now, some teens and college students resort to smoking alcohol rather than drinking it. The idea is to get bombed and save calories—thus the term “drunkorexia.” Using various techniques, smoking or “vaporizing” alcohol delivers it to the bloodstream via the lungs,… Read more »

Constant Headaches? You May Be on the Rebound

We all have an occasional headache that we treat with over-the-counter (OTC) pain medicine like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Most of the time, these medications work for headaches that happen now and then. But constant headaches are another matter entirely. Many chronic headache sufferers take OTC pain medication frequently, exceeding the dosage instructions—without realizing they’re making… Read more »

Put Your Best Foot Forward on National Running Day

Running is a great aerobic workout, but a sports injury can really sideline your routine. Since proper form helps prevent injuries, take some simple steps to get off on the right foot. Six Running Tips Run when you feel well. If you’re sick, exhausted or hurt, give your body time to mend itself. Dress for… Read more »

Why Do Some Survive Cancer and Others Don’t?

Sunday, June 2, is National Cancer Survivors Day—a time when millions celebrate life. The celebration raises the question, “Why isn’t everyone who is diagnosed with cancer a survivor?” For example, why do more than 70 percent of women diagnosed with Stage III ovarian cancer succumb to the disease within 5 years, while less than 30… Read more »

Dehydration: When Water Isn’t Enough

Now that temperatures are on the rise and we’re all ready for more outdoor activity, remember to drink enough fluid to maintain stamina and avoid dehydration. The main reason for getting tired during extended periods of exercise is loss of fluid by sweating. This can cause dehydration and break down the body’s carbohydrate stores that… Read more »

The Right Moves Ease Arthritis Pain

Arthritis pain may make it hard to carry on everyday activities, but a low-impact exercise routine can relieve stiff, achy joints. Here are your best activity choices: Water walking and water aerobics. Walking in water reduces pressure on joints by 50 percent. Water aerobics involves exercising in chest-deep water; take a class or consult a… Read more »

A Rosy Future for Hepatitis C Treatment

Most people with hepatitis C don’t know they carry the virus and that they are susceptible to cirrhosis, liver cancer–even liver transplant. But with a diagnosis, there is hope. Hepatitis C is curable, unlike such other common blood-borne viruses as hepatitis B and HIV. And recent advances in hepatitis C treatment mean more customized therapies… Read more »

Get Arthritis Pain Relief at Home

If achy, stiff joints make it tough to get up in the morning, ask your doctor about arthritis. Arthritis (specifically, osteoarthritis) causes cartilage to break down. After a while, joints don’t work as smoothly as they should. Besides morning inflexibility, arthritis can cause pain after extended inactivity—like standing up after sitting for a while. Arthritis… Read more »

Pets Are Good for Your Heart

Sure, Fido and Fifi can warm your heart. But if you ever wondered if the warm fuzzies aid your health, plenty of studies shed light on the subject. A recent scientific statement from the American Heart Association presents data on how pets can influence high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, physical activity and obesity, as well… Read more »