Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – What Can I Do

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a disorder that can cause numbing and disabling pain in your hands and wrists. CTS arises when a nerve that runs through a narrow channel of ligaments and wrist bones is squeezed by fluid or inflamed tissue in the carpal tunnel. This painful condition often results from repeated use of the wrists in strenuous sports or in the workplace, particularly …

Caring for a Child’s First Teeth

Here are some simple steps you can take to protect your baby’s new teeth and ensure healthful habits later on: When the first teeth appear, make tooth brushing a part of your child’s daily routine. Use either a child’s toothbrush with small, soft bristles or a gauze pad. Gently rub the teeth bottom to top, front and back. Never put your baby to bed with …

Cancer Vaccines

Wouldn’t it be great if we could fight colon cancer with a vaccine? Doctors are working on that now. In one phase of their research, they’re testing an experimental method. They take a virus and alter it or mix it with a gene found in cancerous cells. Then they inject that mixture into the body. The body recognizes it as foreign, and that boosts the …

Calf Raise Exercises

Who wouldn’t like to have more shapely calves? Calf raise exercises target the muscles of the calves, helping to define and strengthen them. Make sure you have “textbook form” by following these guidelines: To start, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Keep your knees straight but not locked. Rise up on your toes, lifting your heels as high as possible. Pause. Then, lower them slowly …

Getting Started in Hydroponics

If you’d like to get started with hydroponics, make sure you have the room and the time to dedicate to the process. Once you’ve gotten your led grow lights chosen, half the work is out of the way. Since the led grow lights are so important to the process, we recommend choosing them from http://www.thelashop.com. Hydroponics is basically growing plants without soil, but still using water …

Attention Deficit Disorder: An Overview

Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is most commonly diagnosed in children (mostly boys), though adults can also have it. When people with ADD symptoms are also hyperactive, the disorder is called attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). People with ADD do not lack intelligence; rather, they have difficulty focusing their attention, and as a result, their performance suffers. Life can be very frustrating for children with ADD: …

Allergic Conjunctivitis Symptoms and Solutions

Allergies to grass pollen, house dust, mold or cosmetics result in the following symptoms: itching eyes burning and watery eyes swelling of the tissues around the eyes runny nose and sneezing Treating Allergic Conjunctivitis Apply a cold, damp washcloth to the eyes to relieve itching and reduce swelling. Try over-the-counter allergy eyedrops or pills to reduce redness and itching. Be aware that the pills may …

All Bodies Are Good Bodies

The discussion at the weekly weight-loss support group turned to weight-abuse stories. I haven’t been to the doctor in six years because of the comments the nurse made at the scale, said one long-term dieter. A teen-age boy on the bus loudly asked me if I was pregnant or just fat, said another woman. Barbara, who hates her job, will not go on any job …

Pros and Cons of Epidural

Tolerance and perception of pain during childbirth vary enormously. The prospect of pain frightens some women, who request pain medication early in labor. Others want a completely “natural” birth, with all the intensity of sensation and the fewest interventions possible. The topic of epidural anesthesia and pain relief is controversial, even though epidurals are widely used in this country. First-time expectant mothers may feel confused by …

Managing Hot Flashes

The best way to manage hot flushes is to prevent them from occurring. Once a hot flush occurs, make yourself as comfortable as possible and as is socially appropriate: remove some of the layers of intentionally layered clothing, try to perform a relaxation exercise, open a window, etc. Lifestyle Changes Stop smoking — Smoking actually acts as a toxin to the ovaries and is associated …

Calcium Carbonate and PMS (Premenstrual syndrome)

If you’re one of the millions of women troubled by pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) and the cramping, food cravings, bloating and irritability that strike once a month, and looking for something to help, I may have good news for you. A recent article in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that women who took 1200 mg of calcium carbonate cut the severity of their …

Planning for Parenthood – I want to give birth

My husband and I have decided to start trying for a child in the spring of 2012, 18 months from now, but I’ve found that I’m already starting to make changes in many areas of my life. Some of these changes weren’t necessarily borne out of our plans for parenthood; but in the odd way the world works, they support the direction we’re heading. Planning …