Shingles is caused by a reactivation of dormant varicella zoster (chicken pox) virus. It is most common in older adults and people with immune systems weakened by stress, injury, medications or other reasons.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends the shingles vaccine “to reduce the risk of shingles and its associated pain in people 60 years old or older.” According to David Brownstein, M.D., the question of whether to have the shingles vaccine is one of the most asked by his patients.
Strep throat is a bacterial infection in the throat and tonsils caused by the streptococcal bacteria. Its symptoms include a sudden, severe sore throat, painful swallowing, fever above 101 degrees F, swollen tonsils and lymph nodes, and white or yellow spots on the back of a bright-red throat.
The common allopathic treatment for a strep infection is a round of antibiotics. But antibiotics kill the good bacteria in your body as well as the bad and can leave you susceptible to other health problems. Overuse of antibiotics is also a contributor to the growth of the “superbugs” that are resistant to antibiotic treatments.
In a surprising finding, researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y., have found that millions of insomniacs may be able to blame their inability to sleep on a daily habit that disrupts brain function.
When researcher at the Department of Kinesiology at Texas Christian University took a look at how eating behavior affects how much we eat, they made surprising observations. And you can use their findings to slim your waistline.
A Pennsylvania nurse faced a choice: Accept a mandatory flu vaccine in order to comply with workplace policy, or decline the vaccine and be at ease that she wasn’t doing anything to endanger her pregnancy — after two previous miscarriages. She chose not to receive the vaccine, and she was fired.
Did you resolve to eat healthier in the new year, but you aren’t really sure what that means and you’re worried about how much it might cost? Good news! Here’s a guide to the eating plan that can both save your health and save your pocketbook.
Flu season is in full swing, so here are several tips to help prevent the flu from infecting your family. Clearly, the stronger your immune defenses are the less likely you are to contract the flu. And you can easily boost your immunity through your diet.
The key to prevention is consuming whole, nutrient-rich foods, mostly from raw, living sources. When you eat more than 50 percent raw foods, you can stop the inflammation triggered by processed, refined or even cooked or baked foods.
If you survived Christmas, watch out for New Year’s. Research shows that this is the deadliest time of the year.
When the DNA in your cells misbehaves, it can speed up the aging process and lead to cancer. But laboratory research at Brown University shows that a simple eating trick may be able to stop that misbehavior while keeping you younger.
Need a last-minute stocking stuffer for someone you love? A small, inexpensive kitchen tool could make a big difference in a person’s heart health. Research shows that using it on food can almost effortlessly improve one’s diet.