A cure for peanut allergies?

Food allergies are on the rise, making school, traveling, and even birthday parties risky business for many children. However, there might be a cure: in a 2014 study of Oral Immunotherapy treatment (OIT), over 80% of participants were able to eat the equivalent of about five peanuts after OIT. Continue reading

Oil pulling: snake oil or a worthwhile health practice?

The latest health and beauty trend called “oil pulling” may seem a little unusual. Oil pulling is an Indian practice that is over 3,000 years-old. It is supposed to improve oral health by strengthening teeth and gums and preventing decay and bleeding gums. But it’s still unclear whether or how the practice actually works to get rid of bad bacteria in our mouths. It’s also unknown what the long term effects on oral and overall health may be. Continue reading

Barefoot and minimalist running: what you need to know

Barefoot and minimalist running are the new crazes in the running world, but can you really run faster, longer, and with fewer injuries by shedding your shoes? Find out the benefits and risks of barefoot running to see if it is really a good option for your workout. Continue reading

6 things you need to know about juicing your veggies

There is no question that eating your vegetables is good for your health, but what about drinking them? Juicing vegetables is one of the latest health trends, so here’s what you need to know about adding fresh juices to your diet. Continue reading

Social networking sites: benefits, problems, and “Facebook depression”

For better or worse, social networking is an almost unavoidable part of everyday life. The number of people joining social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google Plus is growing exponentially, especially among youth. Due to the prevalence of social media usage among youths, many parents wonder if it is having beneficial or negative effects on their children. Like many things in life, the answer is not so clear-cut: it’s yes and no. Facebook both promotes mental well-being and undermines it. Continue reading

Laser liposuction—weight loss tool or scam?

As American waistlines have expanded, the attraction of a quick weight loss fix has increased. Diet and exercise are the key to safe weight loss, but for many of us, the results are discouraging. As a result, liposuction is the third most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in the United States, after breast augmentation and nose reshaping. However, the procedure can result in severe though rare complications including infection, cardiac arrest, blood clots, excessive fluid loss, fluid accumulation, damage to the skin or nerves, seizures, bruising, swelling, and damage to vital organs. Plastic surgeons often present laser liposuction as a safer, effective alternative which works by inserting a laser beneath the skin and liquifying fat. But does it work and is it really safe? Continue reading

Do Lemons Prevent Cancer?

A widely circulating e-mail claiming to be from the Institute of Health Sciences in Baltimore states that lemons are a “proven remedy against cancers of all types” and that lemons are 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy. The claims this e-mail makes are not correct. Although lemons have many health benefits, no study has ever been done that would compare the effectiveness of a lemon to chemotherapy. Continue reading

Face masks and respirators: Can they prevent viruses like H1N1 (Swine flu)?

With flu season upon us, many people are wondering what precautions they can take to prevent transmission of the H1N1 (swine flu) virus. Facemasks, which refer to disposable masks like the ones health workers occasionally wear, are designed to block large particle droplets, splashes, and sprays from reaching the wearer’s mouth and nose. Continue reading

Human growth hormone: youth in a bottle?

You may have seen the ads claiming that you can regain lost youth, remove wrinkles and cellulite, lose weight, and build lean muscle without exercise. According to the advertisements, you would think that human growth hormone pills or oral sprays offer the fountain of youth in a bottle. But according to scientists, you might be disappointed with the results you get from over-the-counter human growth hormone products (HGH). In fact, you might even be endangering your life. Continue reading