Shaking That Baldness Stigma

If your crowning glory isn’t so glorious anymore, don’t panic. You can look to new and better treatments to give hair loss the heave-ho.

stbsABOUT 40 PERCENT OF WOMEN over 50 suffer the demoralization of thinning hair, according to the American Hair Loss Council. “By the time you’re 50, you have roughly 50 percent of the hair you started with,” says John E. Wolf Jr., M.D., chief of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. While men experience receding hairlines and bald spots, for women it’s diffuse thinning all over the scalp, usually the result of declining estrogen levels and other normal changes of aging. Here’s what to do if you notice a thinning pate:

GET EXPERT HELP See a dermatologist who’s treated plenty of cases of thinning hair. “Women tend to consult a doctor very early, so

Juvenile Arthritis – It’s A Real Thing

jnatsLife 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 …

Allergies: What A Pain!

agwpnWinter’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 …

How A Couple Got Together To Fight Prostate Cancer

You’re leading a happy, healthy life. Why should you be concerned about prostate cancer? My husband, Allan, and I weren’t either, until we received the devastating news from his doctor. Out of town at an antique music box convention, our future appeared uncertain as we clung to each other in shock. But our initial bewilderment and emotion faded as we counted our blessings. His cancer was diagnosed at an early stage. In our opinion, consistent healthy lifestyle choices had delayed this diagnosis more than 10 years.

fpcAllan has been very conscientious about getting regular screenings for prostate cancer, following a healthy diet and exercise program, taking selected supplementation, and not smoking. When he was in the Army, doctors had told him that he was at increased risk for prostate problems because of the surgeries he required then.

Allan explained the

You Can Beat The “Blues”

We all get the occasional blues–when we can’t fit into last summer’s swimsuit, for example, or after we’ve fallen out with an old friend. As human beings, it’s only natural we should feel our of sorts from time to time. It’s part of the light and dark, the yin and yang, of our nature.

ycbtbWhat’s more, these melancholy hours can be seen as a positive time for reflection. Depression, according to many holistic physicians and therapists, is like the proverbial canary in the coal mine–a warning sign that something is out of balance in our lives. “We need to go inside and see what’s happening,” says James S. Gordon, M.D., a clinical professor of psychiatry and family medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. “What is disturbing, agitating, and overwhelming you? For most people, the answers aren’t such

Talking Fast Food

taffIt’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 Nutrition

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 …