Quit Smoking and You Can Be as Healthy As a Non-Smoker

If you smoke, quit. Right now. Some of the results, in terms of health, will be almost immediate. But it could take years for you to get back to being as healthy as someone your age who never smoked. Still, it’s definitely worth it. Here are some of the benefits of quitting, according to the [...]

Health Screenings Run Amok?

In 2012, Kaiser Permanente did a survey and found that less than 20 percent of employers asked their employees to undergo a health risk assessment or participate in wellness programs. Some of them have made it mandatory or fined workers for not complying.  One of those is CVS. The company, which employs more than 200,000, [...]

The Psychology of Addictions

Years ago, in a bold attempt to release some of my own inner turmoil, I set out to gain a better grasp on the issue of addictions. John Bradshaw’s now legendary work with addiction, family systems and the shamed “inner child” had moved me deeply and sent me scurrying to the first series of codependency [...]

Childhood Depression Increases Heart Risks Later

childhood depression increases health risks in teens

It’s no big news that for adults, depression increases heart attack risk and increases the chance of having complications or dying from a cardiovascular problem. But some fascinating new research points to the fact that childhood depression—in kids as young as 9—increases a host of health risks when those kids become teenagers. And that, in turn, carries into adulthood.
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As Your Penis Goes, So Goes Your Heart

If you’re having trouble maintaining an erection, print this post out and make an appointment with your healthcare provider. Researcher in Australia found that men who self-reported severe erectile dysfunction had a 35% increase in the risk of hospitalization for all heart-related diseases, and a 93% increased risk of death—even if they had no history [...]

Wondering Why Asthma Rates Are So High? Might Be Your Grandma’s Fault

Ever heard of epigenetics? If not, don’t worry–most people haven’t. Broadly speaking, the field of epigenetics maintains that something that happens to you during your lifespan might be passed on to your offspring–and, more importantly, to your grandkids. [Read more...]