Fitbit Flex, Nike+ FuelBand, and UP: What These Devices Can Tell You About Your Health

fitness bracelets

There's no shortage of devices, programs, and mobile applications meant to help us lose weight, get in shape, and just generally lead healthier lives. One of the most popular of these trends is the self-monitoring bracelet, including the Fitbit Flex, Nike+ FuelBand, and UP. All three provide and track the wearer's personal health statistics, so how ... Read More...

Bracelet Ensures Doctors Follow Hand Washing Procedure

hand washing procedure

Do you trust your doctors to wash their hands thoroughly before treating you or performing any procedures? If anyone should understand the importance of following proper hand washing procedure, it's doctors. But in this age of superbugs spreading untreatable infections throughout hospitals, we can never be too careful about enforcing sanitary ... Read More...

Ringing in the Ears? Could be Tinnitus

tinnitus

You've probably experienced it after attending a music concert. That low, persistent, and annoying buzz in your ears that you usually notice upon leaving the concert venue when the volume level around you returns to normal. In most cases, the ringing is gone in a day or so and your hearing comes back in full. This ringing in the ears is called ... Read More...

How Nick Cannon Manages His Lupus

Nick Cannon

Until last year, Nick Cannon was mainly making headlines for being host of "America's Got Talent" and for being married to pop superstar Mariah Carey. That is, until he was hospitalized in January of 2012 with kidney failure. The following month, he was hospitalized again for blood clots in his lungs. Then finally, in March of 2012, doctors ... Read More...

What Are Your Chances During an In-Flight Emergency?

in-flight emergency

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you were to fall ill while 40,000 feet in the air? It's an unsettling thought, but you shouldn't let it scare you out of booking your next trip. According to a study published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine, it's highly likely that there would be a passenger onboard your flight with ... Read More...

What Is Gluten Intolerance?

gluten intolerance

"Gluten" is the buzzword of the moment. In just the past few years, it's popped up everywhere. In articles about celebrity diets, in bold print on food packaging, and on health information websites. And the vast majority of references to gluten are about gluten intolerance and why you should avoid it in your diet. But what is gluten intolerance and ... Read More...

Doctors Spending Less Time With Patients Than Ever Before

Time with patients

A recent study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland looked at what activities medical residents perform during a typical shift at the hospital, and how much time is dedicated to each. During a period of 900 hours, the researchers recorded how much time was spent speaking to and examining patients, ... Read More...

Clove for Toothaches

clove for toothaches

There are very few things as bothersome as a toothache - particularly when you can't immediately get to a dentist. There are plenty of over-the-counter toothache medications, but wouldn't it be more convenient if you could just reach into your spice cabinet and pull out the relief you're looking for? As it turns out, you can do just that, provided ... Read More...

Minor Cut? Maybe You Could Use Skin Glue

skin glue

Recently, my husband played in a rugby game in Virgina Beach - about a six hour drive from where we live. When he was accidentally kicked in the mouth during his final Sunday night game, we worried that the cut on his face might need stitches, requiring a trip to the ER that could delay our already long trip home by a few hours. When the trainer at ... Read More...

Why Don’t More People Use Hearing Aids?

hearing aids

Most of us know someone who speaks a bit louder than normal, listens to the TV at a high volume, or just flat out needs you to yell in order to hear you. Usually it's an older friend or family member, but anyone can be hard of hearing - whether it's since birth, the result of an illness or ear injury, or due to years spent in an occupation ... Read More...