Focus on Health
Is a Gluten-Free Diet a Good Choice?
On a trip to the grocery store, you may have seen foods labeled “gluten-free.” These products help people with celiac disease get the nutrients they need. A recent study found more and more people are choosing to eat these foods, even if they may not need to do so.
Have Chronic Pain? Medicine Isn’t Your Only Choice
To ease chronic discomfort, you may turn right away to medicine. But unconventional treatments may work, too. These include complementary methods like yoga and acupuncture.
The Female Athlete Triad: Is Your Daughter at Risk?
Taking part in a sport is a good way for your daughter to stay active and healthy. But too much of a good activity can at times turn bad. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued a report on the female athlete triad. Knowing about this disorder can help you spot it in your child.
Anxiety a Concern for More Women
Feeling anxious or nervous can at times lead to symptoms like a racing heartbeat, clenched muscles, upset stomach, and trouble sleeping. If you feel this way all too often, you could have an anxiety disorder. A recent review found women are more likely to struggle with this health problem.
Do You Know the Facts About Modified Foods?
Farmers have been selectively breeding plants for thousands of years. They have done so to make them tastier, bigger, or hardier. Technology has moved part of this process out of the farmer’s field and into the scientist’s lab. Now plants like corn and soybeans can be changed by changing certain genes.
Stronger Muscles, Longer Life
As you age, you gradually lose muscle mass. The result: Your muscles weaken. By keeping them strong, though, you can slow down this natural part of aging. A recent study suggests you may even add years to your life.
Many Americans Struggle to Keep Healthy Habits
In a recent study, researchers set out to see how many adults in the U.S. actually live a healthy lifestyle. They focused on 4 features of a healthy lifestyle: exercising regularly, eating healthy, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight.
Be Smart About Antibiotics
When you have a pesky sore throat or a lingering cold, you may look for a quick fix. Antibiotics may seem like a good choice. But for many such common illnesses, they won’t help.
Carrots—and More—for Healthy Eyes
Here’s a possible eye-opener: Carrots aren’t the only sight-saving veggies. In fact, many foods can give you the nutrients you need to keep your eyes healthy.
Understanding the New Dietary Guidelines
Since 1980, the Dietary Guidelines have helped millions of Americans eat healthier. Updated every 5 years, the guidelines are packed with nutritional advice based on sound scientific data.
Turn Off the Tube for Better Health
For every hour of TV you watch, you may well be shaving years off your life. So suggests a recent study that linked too much television to some of the most common causes of death.
Pregnant? Watch Your Weight Gain
Eating for two doesn’t mean you need to eat twice as much. When you are pregnant, you should keep an eye on your weight. But many women are gaining too many pounds during pregnancy, says a recent government report. That can lead to many health woes for mom and baby.