Category Archives: Health

Dispelling Four Myths Of Step Parenting

Sarah Alison -Parenting Success Coach, Step parent to 2, Liverpool FC Fan

Step parenting (usually step mums) have a history of bad press and more often when you say step mum people automatically want to add “evil”! We’re right up there with mother in laws for the public bashings.

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got Divorced

“Facing your fear is far better than staying in an unhealthy relationship.”

Why I decided to never have children

Ruby Hamad
I don’t have kids, and I never will. I decided that years ago. According to pundits, politicians, and pontiffs, this makes me selfish. They couldn’t be more wrong.

Using a sleep calculator to determine bedtime is a ‘terrible’ idea

Sarah Berry
Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most pleasurable parts of life, not to mention one of the most important factors for our health.

How to manage your Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Áilín Quilian
If you’ve been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), then you’re probably coping with chronic abdominal discomfort or pain, bloating and much more. But there is help out there, writes our reporter. Professor of Medicine at UCC, Fergal Shanahan shares his advice on how to manage some of the symptoms associated with the condition

Popular Prostate Cancer Therapy Is Short, Intense and Unproven

By GINA KOLATA –  The  New York Times

After learning he had early stage prostate cancer, Paul Kolnik knew he wanted that cancer destroyed immediately and with as little disruption as possible to his busy life as the New York City Ballet’s photographer.

The dangers of strep throat

By Dr. Manny Alvarez –

In late fall and early spring, you’re probably not too concerned about catching colds and dealing with sore throats. You’re busy enjoying the changing seasons, and you should be. If you do happen to get a sore throat that lasts several days, you should see a doctor immediately. Streptococcal bacteria, the culprits that cause strep throat, thrive during these seasons, and the infection is easy to catch.

Living with AFib: Tips and outlook

Written by Jenna FletcherReviewed by Debra Sullivan, PhD, MSN, CNE, COI

Atrial fibrillation, commonly known as AFib, is an irregular heartbeat. It can lead to the heart not pumping enough oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body.

Stage 3 lung cancer: Symptoms, treatment, and outlook


Written by Jennifer HuizenReviewed by Christina Chun, MPH

Stage 3 lung cancer is often described as late, locally advanced or advanced lung cancer.

Young survivors have social difficulties years after cancer diagnosis

Written by Ana Sandoiu

Cancer affects tens of thousands of young people each year. Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be emotionally and socially challenging, particularly for adolescents or young adults, who are already experiencing a range of age-related changes. New research investigates the long-term impact of a cancer diagnosis on young adults.

Better sleep can literally make us feel like a million bucks

Written by Ana Sandoiu

Sleep deprivation and sleep disorders are dangerous, costly, and impact our health and overall well-being. New research puts forth sleep as a major public health concern, and shows that the effects of a good night’s sleep are as beneficial for our happiness and well-being as winning the lottery might be.

What are anthocyanins and why are purple foods so healthy?

By Sarah Lienard – Writer –

Antioxidants called anthocyanins have hit headlines and are linked to a range of health benefits. We reveal what they are and which foods contain them.

Why you’re always bloated, plus 7 foods for a flatter tummy

By Stephanie

Just how much bloating is normal? First, consider what causes bloating: gas. The intestine normally contains gas that was either swallowed by a patient or produced by the bacteria that lives in the intestine, Dr. Abdullah Shatnawei, a gastroenterologist at the Cleveland Clinic, told Fox News. He noted that flatulence anywhere from around 10 to 20 times a day is considered normal.

Why thousands of women are getting plastic surgery down there

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect the latest statistics.

the enduring enigma of female desire

Why have scientists been slow to understand women’s sexuality, asks Rachel Nuwer.

By Rachel Nuwer / Images by Olivia Howitt

Eating fruits and vegetables may lower women’s stress risk

Written by Honor Whiteman

New research provides yet another reason to include fruits and vegetables in the diet, after finding that eating up to seven servings per day can lower the risk of psychological stress for middle-aged women.

Non-small cell lung cancer: Treatment, symptoms, and outlook

Written by Adam RowdenReviewed by Christina Chun, MPH

There are two main types of lung cancer: non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) makes up 80 to 85 percent of lung cancers in the United States. Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) makes up between 10 and 15 percent of lung cancers in the U.S.

New biochemical method accurately diagnoses autism in children

Written by Ana Sandoiu

Autism spectrum disorder affects a huge number of children both globally and in the United States. Experts have long acknowledged the importance of detecting autism early, but current diagnosis tools are purely behavioral and not entirely accurate. New research, however, proposes a biological method for accurately predicting whether a child will go on to develop autism.

Evolution of nose shape was guided by climate



In a first-of-its-kind study, a team of researchers from Pennsylvania State University recently gained new insight into the shape of the human nose. The climate that our ancestors evolved in appears to play a role in the width of our noses.

Many women still drink alcohol when trying to get pregnant


About half of pregnant women in the United States drink alcohol around the time they become pregnant or in early pregnancy , usually before they know they are expecting, a new study suggests.

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