Has a friend ever bragged about how refreshed he feels after just four or five hours of sleep the night before? Do you know a child who resists going to bed at a reasonable hour because she “doesn’t feel tired?” Do you find yourself on an inconsistent schedule when it
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It’s annoying, uncomfortable, and just plain unpleasant. Itchy skin, or pruritus, is one of the ways our body tells us that something isn’t quite right, but how do we know what that “something” is? And what can we do about it? Here are 11 reasons why you might be suffering
Unless we can breathe, we cannot live. That’s why it behooves us to treat our lungs with respect by not smoking or inhaling any unnecessary products, and by avoiding air pollution whenever possible. These simple measures can help prevent the majority of cases of COPD, the most common form of
Among the infinite number of conditions that could do harm to your skin are the 30+ discussed in this chapter. They range (alphabetically) from athlete’s foot to wrinkles.
Bacterial and fungal infections (including athlete’s foot) develop because feet spend a lot of time in the perfect breeding ground of warm,
You had a fall and suffered the tell-tale scrape on your knee. Within a week, it’s filled in with green pus. Don’t worry, there’s no alien at play here. Pus is a sign that your body’s defense system has kicked in. All you need to do is figure out what
Everyone experiences stress differently. What one person considers a catastrophic problem, another might see as an invigorating challenge. One thing we all have in common: the marks that chronic stress leave behind on our bodies and minds. From shrinking brains to inflamed arteries in the heart, stress can leave a
What Is Stress?
Stress is a highly subjective term, which makes defining it a challenge (or, as some would say, stressful). In short, stress is a mostly physical response to a perceived threat or pressure. Vaile Wright, director of research and special projects at the American Psy-chological Association, puts it like
Finding a lump is frightening – no matter where it is. Swollen lymph nodes are your body’s way of telling you that something’s wrong. Usually, they’re alerting you to a mild infection or illness. Once your immune system has fought the pesky invader, your lymph nodes will shrink back to
Many of us can recall the excitement of opening our lunch box at school and discovering that Mom packed our favorite sandwich—peanut butter and jelly. That classic combination of creamy, sweet, and sometimes crunchy flavor is an American childhood favorite. And even if you’re no longer eating PB&J sandwiches for
Unless you live in Alaska, Hawaii, a desert, or at a high altitude, poison ivy is creeping around nearby. If you don’t stay away from it, you may be one of the 50 million Americans affected each year.
Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac all contain an oil called urushiol.