Maintaining masculinity when living with prostate cancer side effects
One out of every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. The good news is when caught early, it is very treatable. According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate for prostate cancer is almost 100 percent because many men receive an early diagnosis.
Colorblind care: improving health literacy among minority populations
Achieving consistent quality of care regardless of a person's race or ethnicity remains a critical goal for anyone with a stake in America's health care system for improving health literacy - the ability to use and understand health information.
How to use the holiday spirit to talk to loved ones about hearing loss
Families may struggle with how to help their loved ones cope with hearing loss. Talking about the problem is the first step toward treating hearing loss, but families may be unsure how to begin the conversation. The holidays, however, present the perfect opportunity to discuss a family member's hearing loss in a supportive, positive atmosphere.
The holidays are fast approaching, and there's one must have for every shopping list: health insurance. And the place to get it? The Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov. To help you with the process, here are the top things to know when choosing and enrolling in plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Read on to learn more about when to sign up, what to do after you enroll, and the discounts you could receive.
Laws to legalize pot for recreational use continue to grow
Americans have come a long way in their acceptance of marijuana. Long gone are the days of "Reefer Madness," the infamous 1936 movie that depicted a couple falling into addiction and ultimately - madness. Today, 58 percent of Americans favor the legalizing of pot for recreational use, according to an October 2013 Gallup poll.
Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, and while many of those individuals manage their condition through a combination of treatment options, each year thousands still face one of the most devastating side effects of the disease: amputation. With the right steps, it's possible to outsmart diabetes and protect your feet and lower limbs.
Parents are the ultimate multitaskers. But with today's busy schedules, they can always use a little help - especially when it comes to providing their kids with quality, nutritious snacks. Here are some tips and tricks that can help even the busiest of parents.
A single mom's million-dollar idea to kill lice with salt
For Wendy Langley, a nightmare ordeal with head lice has turned into a multimillion dollar dream. With sheer determination and passion, the Oregon mother has turned the head lice industry on its head with a product that kills lice with, of all things, salt. And it's all because she was trying to protect her child, and millions more just like her.
Stop the spread of cold and flu viruses this school year
A new school year is starting and as many parents know, kids are likely to bring home more than their homework at some point. Many catch cold and flu viruses from their classmates, which can then spread to other family members at home. When kids are sick, they miss out on valuable learning experiences and social interactions in the classroom.
Impact of the Affordable Care Act on your income taxes
The most significant implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known as "Obamacare," are just around the corner. In addition to having wide-ranging effects on health insurance in 2014 and 2015, the legislation also impacts income taxes.
Helpful or hurtful: Should you keep taking fish oil supplements?
Thousands of studies show numerous positives of omega-3s, including benefits to the health of the heart, joints, brain, eyes, prostate and women's reproductive systems. But a recent report is raising concerns for some people about possible negative consequences of fish oil. Here's what you should know.
Each year, an estimated 650,000 people in the United States undergo chemotherapy in their battle against cancer. This experience can be a lonely and isolating time for patients and their caregivers, and despite all the educational resources available today, many people continue to feel overwhelmed and uninformed.
Every fall, many people review their employer health care options during "open enrollment." As you start to focus on your health care decisions, you may also want to consider the safety of information you routinely provide, such as your address, Social Security number and insurance provider. With new private and public health insurance exchanges becoming available, you may face a greater risk for medical identity theft.
Don't give up on skin during the colder months ahead
During the fall, when temperatures drop, skincare steps that were crucial during the hot summer months can often be overlooked because skin isn't as exposed. Instead of waiting until skin is uncomfortably dry and itchy, make sure you're moisturizing every day so skin stays soft, smooth and supple. And with all of the gatherings and parties that happen through fall and winter, you want to feel feel comfortable and confident in whatever you wear - whether it's a short cocktail dress or a sleeveless top.
Upgrading your morning routine can pay dividends throughout the day by helping you remain focused and energized. Before life takes in you in a million directions, optimize your start to the day by incorporating these simple steps to slow down and savor.
U.S. failing to meet minimal dental access standards for older adults
When it comes to caring for those who are aging, older Americans are not receiving the recommended standards of oral health care. This is a cause for concern, as maintaining a healthy mouth is essential for overall health and well-being at every age.
Survey: Americans more likely to seek second opinion for home repair than oral care
Millions of Americans wouldn't hesitate to get a second opinion if their vehicle needed repair, yet a stunning percentage fail to seek a second opinion for important health decisions, a new survey reveals.
Indoor air quality: What you can't see can hurt you
The Environmental Protection Agency has named indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental risks to public health citing research that indoor air may be up to 100 times more polluted than the air outside. With Americans spending 90 percent of their time indoors, purifying indoor air is paramount to keeping families healthy - especially those with family members suffering from asthma and allergies.
Avoid the flu this season: Tips for keeping your employees and business healthy
Each year the flu results in 75 million days of work absences and 200 million days of diminished productivity for businesses nationwide. Cumulatively, the flu costs businesses an estimated $6.2 billion in lost productivity each year, with small businesses proving to be no exception. To keep your staff healthy and business booming, here are some tips to avoid catching the flu this season.
Outside the pill bottle: 5 simple, drug-free ways to reduce lower back pain
Pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide and one of the main reasons Americans miss work. For example, 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time, according to the American Chiropractic Association, with experts estimating that as many as 80 percent of Americans will experience a back problem at some point in their lives. When dealing with back pain, think outside the pill bottle and discover five drug-free ways to feel better now.
Life after stroke: Advice for physical and emotional recovery
Did you know a stroke occurs every 40 seconds on average? About 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year, according to the American Stroke Association. If you or a loved one has survived a stroke, recovery depends largely on the severity of the brain damage. With love, support and patience, the journey toward a new normal can begin.
Woman with rare disease overcomes adversity one mountain at a time
For most of her life, 44-year-old Tanya Howell was considered unreliable. She missed many days of work, even lost jobs and would frequently cancel on her friends and family at the last minute. She was particularly devastated when she needed to cancel on group outings, because she loves exploring and conquering the outdoors. The reason for her "flakiness," a term many of Tanya's friends used to describe her, was because she was suffering from unexplained, debilitating swelling attacks that would come on quickly and cause swelling in different parts of her body at any given time.
Alexis Tkachuk, a healthy 34-year-old, was overjoyed when she became pregnant with her first child. After 32 weeks of an uncomplicated pregnancy, Alexis' doctor cleared her for travel, and she and her husband decided to enjoy a relaxing trip. During the flight, however, Alexis began feeling discomfort, and upon checking into a local hospital, discovered she was in labor - eight weeks early! Only four pushes later, Alexis gave birth to her four-pound baby boy, Jack.
Does your back-to-school to-do list include vaccination?
Back-to-school time for parents of preteens and teens often involves purchasing school supplies, coordinating extracurricular activities, and organizing fall schedules. However, this time is also a good opportunity to talk with your health care professional about vaccines that may be recommended for your preteen or teen.
As people fill their holidays with parties, friends, family and celebrations, a bit of added stress and a tremendous amount of decadent food are also thrown into the mix. For many Americans, this may lead to digestive problems, too.
Learn how you can support a friend who is being abused
When someone you love is being emotionally or physically abused by her partner, it can be difficult to know the best way to show support without appearing judgmental or invasive. But statistics show that violence typically continues and escalates if no one takes action to stop it. Here are some simple tips and resources to help you start a conversation that could lead to positive changes.
Going gluten free may not be enough to manage celiac disease
If you suffer from abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating, joint pain, skin rash, mouth sores or tingling in the legs and feet, you may be one of the approximately 1 percent of Americans who are diagnosed with celiac disease. For those who are diagnosed with celiac disease, following a strict gluten-free diet is currently the only option available when seeking symptomatic relief. While the growing availability of gluten-free products available in stores may make it easier to manage these symptoms, is a gluten-free diet enough to make symptoms go away?
Nearly every state addressing medical marijuana legislation
As the medical community and many Americans come to accept the use of marijuana to treat a range of diseases and symptoms, state legislators are working to keep pace with laws concerning marijuana for medical use.
Early detection and treatment can slow the progress of kidney disease
More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease (CKD), a progressive loss of kidney function that's most often caused by diabetes or high blood pressure. CKD patients whose kidneys are failing need to consider treatment options to replace the lost kidney function, including kidney transplant, hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. The good news is that when CKD is discovered early, a variety of treatment strategies - including medication, exercise and diet changes - can help to either prevent further kidney damage or slow the progression of this life-threatening disease.
There are more than 19 million adults in the United States living with depression and many more people could be suffering but are unaware that what they are feeling is depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. This common and treatable illness affects people from all walks of life and can significantly interfere with a person's behavior, physical health and interaction with others. The more you know about depression, the more likely you are to be able to help yourself or help others.
The psychology of seasons: Caring for your mental health
When seasons change, moods can change with them. The long, dark and cold months can give people a serious case of cabin fever. Some people may even suffer from seasonal depression. Here's what you need to know about this serious condition.
Howie Mandel wants you to know the facts about AFib-related stroke
When celebrity game show host Howie Mandel was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib) not caused by a heart valve problem, he didn't know that he was one of approximately 5.8 million people living in the U.S. with the condition or that it put him at a five times greater risk of stroke.
New Resource Introduced for Families Living with ADHD
Many families relish summer, weekends and holidays as opportunities to reconnect with each other through vacations, special events and relaxed schedules. But changes in schedule and travel can often be disruptive for children and make it difficult to get back in the swing of things for school, particularly children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), who typically need routine and structure.
Know how to keep young athletes playing safe and strong
Playing sports is great for kids. It teaches them the importance of teamwork, helps them stay physically active and creates positive habits that last a lifetime. An injury, however, can sideline young athletes for the season - or longer. Communities, coaches, parents and athletes adopt four key strategies to help reduce sports-related injuries.
More options than ever for families needing elder care
Many families wrestle with decisions for how to take care of aging parents, grandparents and other loved ones. Just 20 years ago, families might have had to choose between putting a parent in a nursing home or having one younger family member quit a job to stay home and care for the parent. Today, options abound and it's important to know what's available before making such an important decision.
Why older adults must understand their flu vaccine options and get vaccinated
With the 2013-2014 flu season officially here, it's important to consider the single best way to prevent influenza (commonly known as "the flu") - the flu vaccine. What many older adults don't know is that the immune system weakens with age, meaning older adults are at a higher risk for flu and related complications.
Rare cancer on the rise: Why the first signs are easily misdiagnosed
Intermittent abdominal pain, flushing and diarrhea are commonly associated with a number of medical conditions. Yet for some Americans these symptoms could actually be the sign of a rare form of cancer called neuroendocrine tumors (NET). Given the wide range of symptoms of NET cancers, it is important to raise awareness of this often misdiagnosed disease.
Approximately 42 million Americans provide unpaid care to an ill or disabled adult and new research shows the stress associated with this responsibility can have a negative effect on a person's health.
Before you know it, the chilly weather will be here and so will the dreaded cold and flu season. While even the most avid germaphobes can't control every germ from reaching their family, you can take extra precautions to keep a healthy home this year. Follow these expert tips to get rid of germs - once and for all.
Tips for keeping kids' minds and bodies active through cooler months
As tempting as it is to let the kids curl up on the couch when they're home during cold weather seasons, it's important to keep them active throughout the cooler months. Even as days get shorter, you can still use those free hours to stay energetic and fuel their curiosity. Whether your child is a bookworm, an artist or an athlete, here are some tips for keeping kids' minds and bodies active.
For those who are living with lupus, daily activities can be a struggle and life can become inconsistent. While many people are experiencing debilitating symptoms, from the outside, many of those with lupus don't "look sick."
A simple way to keep your family healthy and comfortable this winter
Dry, winter air causes numerous problems that can adversely affect the health and comfort of your family. Many of these issues materialize indoors, where countless people suffer from dry noses, cracked, itchy skin and sore throats. These health and comfort issues arise because the relative humidity (RH) of cold, outdoor air drops significantly when brought into your home and heated, resulting in dry and potentially damaging indoor air. Here's how a whole-house humidifier can help.
Men's health program pushes the envelope to save young men's lives
Testicular Cancer is the most common form of cancer in young men ages 15 to 35 - men who are in the prime years of their lives. However, any man, regardless of age or race, can develop the disease. All too often, men don't even realize they may be at risk because they are unaware of the facts. How do you get young men talking about their health and potential risk for male-centric cancers?
Thwarting the safety threats that can lurk in kids' lunch boxes
When it comes to back-to-school safety, you cover the basics vigilantly, such as teaching kids to avoid strangers, buckling them in the car and providing appropriate safety gear when they play sports. But have you considered taking as much care when it comes to packing lunch boxes?
It's rare to find a person who hasn't been affected by heart disease in some way. As the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease - and how to avoid it - should be top of mind, especially for baby boomers. Beyond scary statistics, heart health is about being able to live life to the fullest for as long as possible.
Safety checklist: a new and expecting mom's best friend
Whether you're expecting or already have a baby, now is a great time to make sure you're fully prepared when it comes to safety. It's important to take the time to re-evaluate your home and daily routines to ensure that you're doing all you can to provide a safe haven for your little ones.
Patients with chronic illness share their animated, inspiring stories
When faced with struggles, people often turn to others for support, comfort and guidance. There is great value in knowing you're not alone especially for patients with chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is a chronic, inflammatory form of arthritis in which the immune system attacks the body's own tissues, causing fluid buildup in the joints and pain and inflammation throughout the body.
Afterschool nutrition and activities improve educational success
While healthy activities and proper nutrition benefit physical health, they also impact mental health and children's success in school. A nourished body means a nourished mind, and several studies show children who don't get the proper nutrition can experience difficulties focusing, socializing and learning in the classroom.
Who doesn't love the smell of a warm kitchen during the holidays? They're designed around food and bringing family, old friends and new friends together. However, holidays can also be a detriment to your healthy lifestyle and cause you to lose your focus through the end of the year. Follow these tips to avoid holiday weight gain.
Actress Rose McGowan is on a personal mission to raise awareness of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Actress Rose McGowan, best known for her leading role in the TV series, Charmed, is sharing her story in a new leading role: raising awareness for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or IPF. After her father was diagnosed with IPF, she became determined to honor his memory by bringing attention to this widely unheard of lung disease.
Nearly 150 days separate the last day of the winter holidays from the first unofficial day of summer - Memorial Day. After holiday decorations get packed away, and winter sets in, it's not uncommon to experience a touch - or more - of winter boredom. Fortunately, a number of tactics can help perk up your spirits.
The term appears on headlines and is splashed on food labels everywhere -"super foods" get people talking. But what really is a super food, and how do you cut through confusion to find the foods that truly have a powerful impact on your health and wellness? Consider this insight from the experts.
Being a proactive patient goes a long way in the fight against breast cancer
The grim reality is that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. But women don't need to sit back and wait for breast cancer to happen. Women can also be proactive by taking steps to help prevent adverse events in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
Men: Make sure you're keeping up your appearances these busy fall and winter months
Guys often keep their schedules packed full during the fall and winter months. Between the traditional work meetings, the sports game gatherings and all the holiday season activities, a man should be prepared to look his best at any given moment.
Modern answers to help seniors stay in their homes longer
Retirement marks the start of the golden years, the period when hard-working individuals can put their feet up to relax after a long, successful career. But for seniors who think they can no longer live in their homes alone, retirement may be a stressful time. They worry they will have to give up the homes they have enjoyed for so many years.
Power shoes: Choosing the right footwear for climbing the corporate ladder
Climbing the corporate ladder requires marketable skills, initiative, creativity and ... the right shoes? While the importance of proper footwear may seem obvious for professions that require standing or walking all day, such as waitressing, nursing or cooking, poor shoe choices can also trip you up in an office setting.
Fatigue. Dizziness. Irritability. Millions in the United States are experiencing these symptoms, but few know they may be the signs of a condition called iron deficiency anemia (IDA). IDA is most common among women of childbearing age and in those with special conditions, such as chronic kidney disease or gastrointestinal disorders that can cause bleeding.
Make game time a chance to give back this holiday season
The holidays provide the perfect opportunity for family gatherings and gift exchanges. More so than ever, games of all kinds are factoring into a night by the fire or near the tree. If you're hesitant about letting consoles compromise your family time, consider the bonding potential and positive impact gaming can have on you, your loved ones, and even as a way to give back.
Technology to keep families connected and protected this season
It's the time of year when family schedules change and their daily routines reset. From coordinating calendars to handling additional demands such as homework and extracurricular activities, it can be a challenging, if not daunting, time for even the most organized family.
Metastatic breast cancer - also referred to as stage IV breast cancer - occurs when breast cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Approximately 159,000 women in the U.S. are living with MBC, and this number is projected to increase to more than 164,000 by the year 2015. Since there is generally no cure for MBC, many women focus on living well with the condition while integrating continuous treatment into their lives.
Essential tools for parents to navigate teen health issues
Parents of teenagers face a delicate balancing act between taking care of their teens and allowing them freedom to make their own decisions. However, when it comes to handling health issues, parents need to remain in the driver's seat.
Fall allergies or falling prey to chronic asthma or COPD?
Twenty-two million Americans, many of whom are children, suffer from the frightening acute attacks and long-term disabilities of chronic asthma. Millions more adults face the increasing burdens and life-altering effects of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes both emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Managing these conditions effectively means truly understanding when and how to use the necessary medications.
Smartphone apps make it easier to manage type 2 diabetes
The amount of effort it takes for people with diabetes to pick the right foods and track everything they eat is a common source of frustration. Many people simply give up on actively making food choices or logging their meals despite the potential health risks. In the past two years, a growing number of people have been turning to smartphone apps to help simplify the process.
Enjoy special holiday meals that have great nutrition
The most wonderful time of the year always means great tasting food! From family gatherings to holiday parties, sweet treats and delicious meals are everywhere during the holidays, but that shouldn't prevent you from eating healthy. Whether it is a side dish, gingerbread cookies or turkey, you can still enjoy the best holiday meals while keeping your health in mind.
Do you buckle up your kids? New research shows one in four parents don't
Most parents know that kids are safest in a car when buckled up. But there are situations when families decide to take a risk by not buckling up their children on every ride. A new survey reveals one in four parents admits to not buckling up their child in the car.
Caring for a loved one with an ongoing health condition can be a time-intensive and emotional journey. And while small successes and tiny triumphs can be treasured moments, daily tasks can take time away from sources of support, such as interactions with colleagues, spouses, children, friends and groups or clubs, resulting in a sense of isolation. Taking time to maintain friendships, connect with community and take care of oneself can help caregivers find strength to enjoy the milestone moments.
The perfect 10 for your heart: new science shows combination of omegas supports heart health
One in three U.S. adults may benefit from support for healthy blood lipids, such as triglycerides, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Maintaining healthy blood lipids is an important - but often overlooked - aspect of promoting cardiovascular health and overall wellness for vibrant aging.
Back to school: school nurses lead way to healthy year
While parents and students prep for back-to-school season, so too do the country's 74,000 school nurses, who are charged with helping maintain a healthy, thriving student body for the 2013-14 school year.
Is the protein in your pet's food causing a deadly disease?
You've seen the commercials and print ads: It seems like every pet food maker is touting meat as a top ingredient. Some even go so far as to eliminate grain completely, advertising super-high levels of protein for dogs or cats. But when it comes to pet food and protein, can there be too much of a good thing? According to the experts: yes.
More than one-third of adults in the U.S. have high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Yet many of those treated for these conditions don't realize they are putting themselves at risk by not understanding the basics about their medications.
Kick start the school year with fun, free ways to keep kids active
School days mean long hours studying indoors, exercising students' brains but not their bodies. While classroom learning is the cornerstone of education, it's important to remember that physical activity supports overall wellness. Keeping kids moving can even boost brain function, improving their grades along with their muscles.
Rate of pregnancy and childbirth complications on the rise in the United States: How we can reverse this trend
Pregnancy and childbirth should be a time of joy. But, today alone, 800 women around the world will die from complications experienced during pregnancy and childbirth, according to a WHO report. It is shocking to learn that most of these deaths are preventable.
For patients with rare diseases, awareness can be life-changing
Facing a rare disease diagnosis wasn't easy for Mary Ann Farley of Hoboken, N.J. Family and friends had never heard of the disease, her doctor had never treated a patient with it, and with little information and resources available, Mary Ann felt alone.
Mariann Farrell was a busy, young mom in Pittsburgh whose life revolved around her family and her career as a music teacher - until the day of her car crash. It has been 30 years since the accident that left her with such debilitating chronic pain that she was forced to give up her job. Mariann, now 66, has had to rely on her family for daily support.
A family feast for the record books, too much tailgating, a stressful day at the office, an allergic flare-up or just a change in your routine - no matter the cause, you've likely had to cope with digestive health issues at some point. For some, they're an occasional occurrence. For many, they're a regular or even daily disruption that can be uncomfortable, bothersome and embarrassing.
Once upon a time, before people knew any better, they thought that hearing loss was simply a part of growing older - something not worth doing much about. Turns out, hearing loss is a much bigger deal than we ever imagined. We need to take it seriously.
With diabetes and obesity cases at alarmingly high levels in the U.S., people are starting to take small steps toward leading healthier lifestyles to try to prevent these issues.Eating healthy and incorporating regular exercise into your lifestyle are some commonly known good first steps, but another great step is "reducing sugar in your diet as a way of reducing glucose and caloric intake," says Dr. Luis Pacheco an Emmy award-winning family physician and professor of medicine at the University of Texas.
When it comes to health by the numbers, you probably already know to keep an eye on your cholesterol level, body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure. But are you aware of another medical marker that directly impacts these others?
Ryan Reed, 20, of Bakersfield, Calif., is chasing his dream to become a top NASCAR driver. He's racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series events this year as a development driver for one of the top names in the sport, all while taking care of his type 1 diabetes.
Life with advanced breast cancer: a daughter's perspective
Cate Edwards, daughter of Elizabeth Edwards, became part of the cancer community in 2004 when her mother was first diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. Shocked and defiant, Edwards and her mother assembled the best team of healthcare providers and confronted the cancer with grace, courage and perseverance.
Whether you're acquiring a new puppy or kitten for your household or adopting an adult pet from a shelter or rescue organization, the following tips will help you get off on the right foot with your newest family member.
Adding in, not just cutting out, is key to better eating habits
When you think of eating right, does your mind immediately turn to what you should cut out of your diet? The list of things you might consider giving up can be long and daunting. As important as it might be to cut out some foods, don't overlook the importance of the things you should add in, such as quality ingredients, appealing flavors and textures, and satisfying portions.
Advice for parents and caregivers: Managing transition of care for children with severe epilepsy
Epilepsy is the nation's fourth most common neurological disorder, yet public understanding of it is limited - so much so that federal agencies and nonprofit organizations recently asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to study and report on the public health needs of people living with epilepsy.
You don't have to deny your cravings this holiday season. It is possible to create satisfying, sweet treats that are healthier options than traditional holiday fare. With these quick nutrition-savvy tips, enjoying decadent desserts has never tasted so good.
Allergies are one gift you don't want to share during the holidays
The holidays are a time when the decorations come out of storage, a live tree is brought inside adorned with lights and tinsel, and holiday scents fill the air. While this sounds like a warm and homey-style holiday, it can also cause watery eyes, runny noses and sneezes. Read on to learn how you can bypass these problems and enjoy a festive holiday season.
Celebrity chef Art Smith 'cooks up' a recipe for type 2 diabetes management
When celebrity Chef Art Smith was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2008, he took the news as a wake-up call. Soon after, he began working with his doctor to develop a treatment plan that was right for him. He also made changes to his diet to include more fresh vegetables and started exercising five days a week, which led him to eventually lose 120 pounds.