• Anorexia Nervosa

    Anorexia Nervosa

    What is anorexia nervosa? Anorexia nervosa, or simply anorexia, is a psychiatric and physical illness in which the sufferer basically starves herself. Clinically, a person is anorexic if she has 85 percent or less of the normal body weight for someone of her age and height, yet continues to fast or diet. An estimated 1

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  • Depression and Exercise

    Depression and Exercise

    Can exercise really fight depression? A gym membership and a new pair of walking shoes aren’t magic bullets against depression, but there’s no doubt that your mood is closely tied to your exercise habits. Many studies have found that people who exercise regularly tend to be less anxious and depressed than people who rarely work

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  • Diabetes: Safety Alerts and Emergencies

    Diabetes: Safety Alerts and Emergencies

    Recognizing the warning signs can help you avoid an emergency, but only if you’re prepared.

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  • Diabetes: The Exercise Prescription

    Diabetes: The Exercise Prescription

    The American Diabetes Association recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise

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  • Diabetes: What to Eat When You’re Sick

    Diabetes: What to Eat When You’re Sick

    When a diabetic comes down with the flu or a bad cold, diabetes care often takes a backseat. Who can be bothered to check blood sugar when just getting out of bed seems like a chore? And who wants to follow a meal plan when it’s hard to keep food down? As difficult as it

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  • E. Coli Infections

    E. Coli Infections

    In its natural habitat — the digestive tracts of humans and other animals — Escherichia coli is just another bacterium in a sea of mostly harmless germs. There are actually hundreds of strains of this bacterium, and the vast majority are not dangerous. But when the disease-causing version O157:H7 shows up in our food supply,

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  • Ear Infection, Middle (Children)

    Ear Infection, Middle (Children)

    What is a middle ear infection? A middle ear infection is simply an invasion of viruses or bacteria into the small space that lies just beyond the eardrum. The germs usually stage the assault while a child is recovering from a cold or flu, ailments that leave her ears partly clogged with fluids and create

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  • Early Signs of Pregnancy

    Early Signs of Pregnancy

    Those colored lines on home tests aren’t the only signs of early pregnancy. Many women start noticing changes in their bodies very soon after they conceive. If pregnancy is a possibility for you, you should watch out for the early symptoms. The sooner you realize you might be pregnant, the sooner you can take a

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  • Eating to Ward Off Heart Disease

    Eating to Ward Off Heart Disease

    Could the right diet help prevent heart disease? It certainly could. Ask a doctor or a dietitian about the value of good nutrition, and you’re bound to get a lesson on the heart. Indeed, nutrition experts seem to be fixated on the organ. “This is good for the heart,” they’ll say, usually followed with, “And

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  • Echinacea FAQ

    Echinacea FAQ

    Echinacea (Echinacea purpura ) is a medicinal herb originally used by North American Plains Indians. In the 1870s, an enterprising Nebraska doctor began touting it as a blood purifier capable of curing everything from headache and rheumatism to syphilis and hemorrhoids. Commonly known as the purple coneflower after the large purple blossom that crowns its

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