Health, Fitness & Food

Laryngospasm (luh-RING-go-spaz-um) is a brief spasm of the vocal cords that temporarily makes it difficult to speak or breathe. The onset of vocal cord spasms is usually sudden, and the breathing difficulty can be alarming. However, the problem is not life-threatening, and it’s generally brief and self-correcting. Your vocal cords are located in an upper
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Is it safe to take Claritin or other allergy medications during pregnancy? Answers from Yvonne Butler Tobah, M.D. Allergy medications are sometimes recommended during pregnancy. However, before you take an allergy medication, consider ways to reduce your symptoms, including: Avoiding triggers. Limit your exposure to anything that triggers your allergy symptoms. Saline nasal spray. Over-the-counter
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In a recent review, researchers in Germany examined the associations between various dietary factors and biomarkers of childhood and adolescent obesity. Childhood and adolescent obesity is on the rise worldwide, although it is not clear why. Diet has consistently been shown to be an important factor in obesity, but most studies have not been able
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Focus on quality “For sustained improvement it’s better to accumulate quality time on the rower,” says Nichol. “Angle the rower towards a mirror to check your form and take short, frequent breaks if you notice you’re hunching or leaning excessively.” Why it works “Unlike running and cycling, rowing is an unfamiliar movement. This often means
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1. Look for patterns “Notice the reasons behind the choices you’re making,” says Sarah-Jane Holt, performance nutritionist at Matt Roberts. “So many of us make food choices in reaction to an emotion – if we have had a bad day, feel stressed or unhappy we’ll go for a glass of wine, chocolate or a meal
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A recent study conducted in the UK and published in the British Journal of Nutrition investigates whether there is a link between consuming alcohol and obesity. The global increase in obesity is of great concern, mainly due to the many chronic health problems associated with this condition, such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Alcohol
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Does back labor really happen? Answers from Yvonne Butler Tobah, M.D. “Back labor,” a term used to describe intense lower back pain during and sometimes between labor contractions, does happen. It occurs when the baby’s head puts pressure on your lower back. To ease back pain during labor: Try massage. Ask your partner or labor
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I keep reading that exercise and diet can prevent Alzheimer’s disease, but the different results are confusing. What does the research really mean? Answers from Jonathan Graff-Radford, M.D. There are a number of articles that appear quite convincing that certain lifestyle behaviors prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Yet, even with these mounting reports, the scientific evidence remains
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There’s no evidence that tattoo removal creams work. At best, tattoo removal cream might fade or lighten a tattoo. The tattoo will remain visible, however, and skin irritation and other reactions are possible. Remember, tattoos are meant to be permanent. Because the ink is placed beneath the top layer of the skin, complete removal of
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Rheumatoid arthritis and depression commonly occur together. Although this is known, people with rheumatoid arthritis often aren’t screened for depression, so it may not be diagnosed or treated. Studies show that if depression occurring with rheumatoid arthritis isn’t addressed, the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis itself can be less effective. It’s unclear whether depression and anxiety
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No, fibrocystic breast changes don’t increase your risk of breast cancer. Fibrocystic breast changes are common. Women with this noncancerous (benign) condition often have lumpy, nodular breasts and experience breast pain that varies throughout the menstrual cycle. Doctors don’t know exactly what causes fibrocystic breast changes, but the condition is likely due to hormone changes
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