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You and Your Health

September 2010 Archives

Detecting Diabetes and Caring For It

Detecting Diabetes and Caring For It

One of the best things you can do for your health is to know how to detect diabetes before it becomes an even bigger problem in your life by not taking care of it. Believe it or not there are quite a few people out there who don't exactly know what diabetes is. continue reading »

Coffee: A Healthy Perk or a Risky Indulgence

Coffee: A Healthy Perk or a Risky Indulgence

More than half the U.S. population drinks coffee every day, and another 25 percent drinks it occasionally. Some of us can’t leave the house without our daily cup of joe. But is coffee good for you? If you gulp down a daily dose of caffeine, are you hurting or helping your health? Scientists have been studying coffee for years, and there are currently about 20,000 studies on coffee’s effects. continue reading »

Wines of the future: An antioxidant overload?

Wines of the future: An antioxidant overload?

For years we have heard that red wine is good for our health and have seen antioxidant-enhanced products, like red wine supplements and pills, appear on the market. continue reading »

Back To School, Back Packs and Back Health

Back To School, Back Packs and Back Health

Quick tips for helping prevent back pain and damage As recent studies have found, and parents have long suspected, school backpacks — which are often overloaded and improperly carried — can cause back pain in kids, teenagers and college students. This back pain could lead to some long-term damage, according to Dr. Jerrel Boyer, a neurological surgeon at the Chicago Back Institute. “Young people are typically strong and healthy, and they heal quickly, so back pain is usually not a concern. However, it is important to be aware of your back health even at a young age because stress on the spine is cumulative over time,” Boyer said. “Wear and tear on your back at a young age can accelerate injuries or the degenerative process later in life.” continue reading »