Life is full of little annoyances: your shrill alarm clock, your stuck locker door, the trampling herd rushing up the stairs past you as classes change. It can be stressful–tests, zits, passing driver’s ed, that really awful airball you threw during the basketball game in gym class (yes, it was coed).
But what if you’re one of more than 71,000 young people in the United States who have a painful disease called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA)?
Your alarm clock may sound at the crack of dawn because you must have a long soak in a warm bath just to be able to move your stiff joints and get going. Your locker may need to be equipped with a special device just so you can open it. You may have a special schedule because you have to avoid crowded hallways altogether …
Winter’s here. So are the coughs, headaches, sore throats, and sneezing caused by the most common diseases at this time of year–colds and the flu. Colds can strike any time of year, but the flu, which can be more severe, usually occurs between Thanksgiving and Easter. Millions of Americans suffer bouts of flu every year. Adults get about two colds a year, but young people average six or more a year.
The miserable symptoms of colds and flu are familiar to most of us. Both colds and flu usually start with a scratchy, sore throat. After a day or two, colds develop into sneezing, a runny nose, and tiredness. Coughs sometimes come next. Luckily, the worst of most colds is over after four or five days.
The flu lasts longer, from seven to 10 days. Within two days after a …
It’s hard to beat fast food for speed and taste, but as far as nutrition goes…well, most of us try not to think about it when we’re feasting on french fries, shakes, and double cheeseburgers. But when eating in fast-food restaurants becomes more than a once-in-a-while treat, it’s time to rethink your fast-food choices.
Fast food are not bad. All food, including fast food, has nutrients your body needs. Nutritionally, however, fast-food meals generally come up short in the vitamin and minreal departments, while being high in calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium. When fast-food meals are consumed once or twice a month, these nutritional problems aren’t a big deal. But relying on your local buger joint for meals once or twice a week? Not a good idea.
Luckily, making nutritious choices at the fast-food counter isn’t nearly …