Friday, August 31, 2012

Exercise found to reduce risk of womb cancer

Exercise found to reduce risk of womb cancer
Sitting down for long periods increases risk

Womb cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women with more than 7,500 new cases diagnosed each year in the UK. Now a comprehensive review of existing evidence has found that women who are active and exercise regularly are 30% less likely to develop the disease.

Link between coffee drinking and reduced fertility explained

Link between coffee drinking and reduced fertility explained
Not recommended as a contraceptive
Women with high caffeine consumption often take longer to conceive than other women.

Now a new study appears to have found an explanation for this connection - and the findings may help to play a part in treating infertility.
In order for a woman to get pregnant her eggs must travel to the womb through the Fallopian tubes. The mechanisms that allow her microscopically small eggs to move through the tubes are not well understood, but scientists have long suspected that tiny hair-like features in the walls of the tubes, called cilia, somehow help the eggs to waft along. Muscle contractions in the Fallopian tubes also appear to aid this process.

Chocolate may reduce men’s stroke risk

Eating a bar of chocolate a week linked to a lower risk of stroke for men, according to new study

Men who eat a bar of chocolate a week could be reducing their risk of stroke in later life, according to a new study in Sweden. Eating a standard chocolate bar (around 63g) was found to lower the risk of stroke by 17 per cent, and there is some evidence that eating more could reduce it further.

But experts have warned that following the results to the letter could be harmful, as chocolate is also high in saturated fat, calories and sugar and it shouldn’t be indulged in too often

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Top foods for enhancing fertility

Whether virility or ovary issues keep you awake at night (for all the wrong reasons!), the following foods should have you eating your way to a better level of fertility in no time.

Fertility food for thought
With conception numbers dropping and adoption rates on the rise, you might think the chances of making a baby these days are lower than the modern man’s sperm count. Scientific research paints a fairly grim picture, as sperm and ova abnormalities continue to surge, whilst stress, overwork and alcohol are all held accountable. So, is there anything we can do to prevent the painful cycle of frustration brought on by miscarriages and weakened sperm? Thankfully, the answer is yes.

11 Month Old Twins Dancing to Daddy's Guitar

Eat avocados to fight cancer and stay young

Avocado oil may hold the key to anti-aging, as well as fighting heart disease and cancer.

Avocados look set to become the latest super-food, after a new study has discovered that oil from the fruit, as well as protecting against heart disease and cancer, also has anti aging properties.

Ovarian cancer – the silent killer

Symptoms of ovarian cancer can be vague and easily mistaken for other conditions, meaning women are often diagnosed late.

Ovarian cancer kills 4,000 women in the UK every year but experts are insistent that if women were more aware of the signs, many of these lives could be saved each year. When the disease is caught in its early stages, five year survival rates are around 90%. But the scary truth is that British women are less likely to get an early diagnosis than their European peers.

“They call it the silent killer but symptoms should shout out at you: you have to listen to your body and act,” says an anonymous sufferer, quoted by Ovarian Cancer Action.

Top 10 hangover foods

Overdone it on the booze? The good news is help is at hand! While you may be tempted to reach for the junk food to make yourself feel better, loading your overworked liver with more toxins is actually the last thing it needs. Instead, try snacking on one of these alternative foods to aid your recovery and start feeling better in no time at all.

Choose fibre-rich foods to reduce belly bloating

Choose fibre-rich foods to reduce belly bloating
There are many factors that contribute to hormonal balance but one of them has the power to reduce insulin, inflammation and toxic estrogen and even help you live longer – and it’s likely lurking in your kitchen right now. 

According to a recent study by National Institutes of Health, participants who consumed an adequate amount of fibre in their daily diet had significant reductions in the risk of death from cardiovascular, infectious and respiratory diseases, with the greatest benefit seen among those who consumed the largest amount of fibre.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Teens who smoke pot can damage memory, intelligence

Teenagers who become hooked on cannabis before they reach 18 may be causing lasting damage to their intelligence, memory and attention, according to the results of a large, long-term study published on Monday.

Researchers from Britain and the United States found that persistent and dependent use of cannabis before the age of 18 may have a so-called neurotoxic effect, but heavy pot use after 18 appears to be less damaging to the brain.

Teen Posed as Nurse, Abducted Baby from Womens Hospital, Posted Pics of Stolen Child on

Olive oil may help strengthen bones

Olive oil may help to bolster up the bones, a study has shown.
Evidence of the effect emerged from a study of men consuming an olive oil-rich Mediterranean diet. Their blood was found to contain boosted levels of osteocalcin, a marker of healthy bone formation.

Previous laboratory studies have suggested that olive oil may protect against the brittle bone disease osteoporosis Incidence of osteoporosis is also known to be lower in Mediterranean countries than in the rest of Europe.

Job stress doubles diabetes risk in women

Work stress doubles the risk of developing diabetes for women who have little or no control over what they do on the job, according to a new Canadian study. The same is not true for men.

"Men and women react differently to workplace stress," Peter Smith, lead author of the nine-year study by researchers at the Institute for Work and Health and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto, told AFP.

Monday, August 27, 2012

US finds lead poisoning from Ayurvedic medicines

US health researchers said Thursday that they have documented lead poisoning risks among pregnant women who took Ayurvedic medicine and issued a new warning on the safety of traditional pills.
New York City health authorities probed six cases since last year of women -- all but one born in India -- found to be at high risk of lead poisoning due to Ayurvedic medicine, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Five natural antibiotics to fight bad bacteria

Taking synthetic antibiotics can wreak havoc with your body’s delicate balance, so try these natural alternatives to help you battle the bugs and boost your immune system

Getting your doctor to prescribe you antibiotics is a tall order these days, but our GPs aren’t trying to make us suffer. Modern reliance and over-use of the drugs for decades have led to new strains of bacteria that are resistant to many commonly used antibiotics. 

Folic acid reduces premature births

Taking Folic acid regularly from a year BEFORE conception is now recommended.
Folic acid supplements taken before pregnancy reduce premature births
Taking folic acid for a year before conception, reduces a woman's risk of a premature birth by 70%, according to research published this week in PLoS Medicine.

Supportive mothers could boost children's brain power

 Supportive mothers could boost children's brain power
Supportive mothers could boost their children's memory and brain power at a young age, according to a new study.

Children whose mothers are more attentive during infancy go on to develop more nerve cells in their hippocampus, a region of the brain which plays a key role in memory and emotion, researchers found. Although the findings do not prove that the mothers' behaviour caused the improved brain size, measured during later childhood, they suggest supportive parenting could play a role in brain development.

Floss regularly if you want to conceive

Floss regularly if you want to get pregnant
Gum disease delays pregnancy
Women who are trying for a baby should regularly brush and floss their teeth, research has found.

An Australian study found that women with gum disease took over seven months to become pregnant, compared to an average of five months for women without gum disease. The two month delay in becoming pregnant due to gum disease was of the same order of magnitude as being obese, a fertility conference in Sweden was told.

Blood test reveals baby's sex in seventh week of pregnancy

Blood test reveals baby s sex in seventh week of pregnancy
Detects foetal DNA in mother's blood
A blood test in the seventh week of pregnancy can accurately determine the sex of the baby, a study has found. The test, which looks for foetal DNA in the mother's blood, was found to be 98 per cent accurate.

Although similar blood tests are on sale in the UK and other European countries, few studies have assessed their accuracy at determining an unborn baby's gender, US researchers said.

Drinking when pregnant

Drinking and pregnancy
Is it safe?

You're three months pregnant and barely showing a bump, when someone pours you half a glass of wine at the restaurant. Why deny yourself?
But look at it this way: If you drink when pregnant, then the unborn baby drinks too. Alcohol quickly enters your bloodstream and crosses into that of the baby via the placenta. But babies are slower at processing alcohol than adults, and so are exposed to its effects for longer.

Fish oils link to lower breast cancer risk

Fish oil supplements linked to breast cancer reduction
Reduces cancer risk by a third, study finds

Many claims have been made for fish oil supplements containing omega-3, some less credible than others. But a new American study suggests regularly taking omega-3 supplements can reduce a woman's risk of breast cancer by up to a third.
In the study, more than 36,000 postmenopausal women without a a history of breast cancer completed questionnaires about their non-vitamin, non-mineral "specialty" supplements. The women were then tracked for up to six years later. 

During this time, 800 women developed breast cancer.

Vitamin and calcium pills may cut risk of breast cancer

Helps in DNA repair
Taking vitamin and calcium supplements may cut the risk of breast cancer by a third, say US researchers.

A study of more than 700 women found that taking vitamin supplements appeared to cut the risk of developing breast cancer by 30 per cent.
And taking calcium supplements reduced a woman's chances of developing the disease by 40 per cent.

Lifestyle can lower family breast cancer risk

Healthy lifestyle can overcome family history of breast cancer
Works for all women
A family history of breast cancer may indicate a genetic factor in the development of the disease. Although this represents a minority of cases, for those women affected it may seem that there is no point in taking preventative steps.

But a new study has found that following a healthy lifestyle designed to reduce breast cancer risk has a positive effect on all women, regardless of their family history - at least in the case of late-onset breast cancer.

High fat, high cholesterol diet linked to increased breast cancer risk

High fat, high cholesterol diet linked to increased breast cancer riskBreast cancer rates are five times higher in Western countries than in other developed countries, and studies have shown that rates increase in immigrant communities who come from low-incidence areas. This has suggested to scientists that environmental factors play a high part in the progress of the disease.

Now a group of researchers from Jefferson University in the US has found that mice fed a western-style diet high in fat and cholesterol are more likely to develop breast cancer than mice placed on a control diet, and that breast cancer tumours are larger and grow faster.

Babies could inherit sweet tooth in the womb

Scientists have found the babies are fond of tastes that there mothers tasted in the days leading up to pregnancyBabies could inherit a taste for certain foods from their mothers while still in the womb, researchers believe.

A study by French scientists shows that newborns can recognise aromas they have been exposed to during the final days of gestation. It suggests that a mother's dietary choices could alter the way their baby's sensory system develops and influence their taste before they are even born. Researchers from the European Centre for Taste Science in Dijon tested 24 babies, half of whose mothers had eaten biscuits laced with aniseed in the ten days leading up to birth.

Male elite cyclists risk infertility

high intensity training can affect sperm qualityIntense training link to poor quality sperm

High intensity cycle training may lead to an increased risk of infertility, according to new research presented this week at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.

Scientists examined sperm samples from 15 healthy Spanish triathletes, average age 33, who competed at the national and international level. Athletes were asked to abstain from sex three days before giving samples.

Outdoor play 'halves chance of being short-sighted'

Being shortsighted isn't just in the genes - children who regularly play outside are less likely to develop myopia.
Letting children play outside reduces their chance of becoming short-sighted, British researchers have found.

Despite popular theories that bookworms were more likely to require glasses, a study has suggested that it is time spent indoors that has an impact on eyesight, rather than reading.

Cool down with cucumber

Scientists have confirmed that there’s only one filling when the heat is on

India, 1870. Struggling to cope with the relentless heat, a group of British Army officers take refuge in a tea house. To help them cool down, they order a quintessential English dish: crustless, dainty sandwiches containing paper-thin slices of cucumber. To drink, a steaming pot of freshly brewed Darjeeling tea.

Antioxidants improve male fertility

Antioxidants improve male fertility
Taking supplements could increase chance of partner pregnancy

Men who take antioxidants may improve their fertility, according to recent research. This could be an important development, as male subfertility affects one in 20 men.

Does drinking cola affect sperm quality?

drinking cola can affect sperm qualityStudy suggests it can
A large Danish study into the effects of caffeine intake on sperm quality has found that drinking large amounts of cola (rather than other sources of caffeine such as tea or coffee) has a negative effect on sperm quality.

Swimming can relieve asthma symptoms in children

swimming is excellent treatment for symptoms of asthma in children
It is effective for children and adolescents

Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise there is, and it can be enjoyed by a wide range of people, from the very youngest to the oldest. Now a new study has shown that swimming is also an excellent treatment for the symptoms of asthma.

Top five tips for a hygienic packed lunch

Experts have warned that children are at risk of taking toxic lunchboxes to school, because parents aren’t taking enough care during their preparation. The following tips are for a hygienically packed lunch

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Safety tips to keep your kids safe at home

Big kids are learning to be more independent, growing up and trying new things. By the time children turn five, they sleep in bigger beds, eat new foods and play with different toys. They are also more likely to be injured riding a bike, crossing the street or by being burned in the kitchen. As your big kid becomes more adventurous and curious, learn safety tips to keep him safe.

Here are few tips to help keep your big kid safe at home:

Choking Prevention Tips

To avoid choking, always supervise young children while they are eating and keep small objects that are potential choking hazards out of their reach.
  • Do not allow children under age 3 to eat small, round or hard foods, including small pieces of hot dogs, cheese sticks/chunks, hard candy, nuts, grapes and popcorn. Other hazardous food items include raw vegetables, jellybeans, raw unpeeled fruit slices, dried fruits, grapes or chunks of meat.
  • Cut foods into small pieces and give infants soft foods that they do not need to chew.
  • Do not let your child eat or suck on anything like candy while lying down or playing. Have children sit in a high chair or at a table while they eat.
  • Get on the floor on your hands and knees, so that you are at your child’s eye level. Look for and remove small items such as jewellery, coins, buttons, pins, nails and stones.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

White bread ‘is good for kids’

New research by Irish scientists has shown that white bread is good for children.

According to the study by the Irish Universities Nutrition Alliance (IUNA) despite many parents believing that white bread is nutritionally poor, white bread contains fibre, calcium, iron and folic acid – all essential parts of a child’s diet.

Gout diet: What's allowed, what's not

Gout, a painful form of arthritis, has long been associated with diet, particularly overindulgence in meat, seafood and alcohol. As a result, gout treatment used to include severe dietary restrictions, which made the gout diet hard to stick to. Fortunately, newer medications to treat gout have reduced the need for such a strict diet.

Monday, August 20, 2012

How To Manage A Nose Bleed

A bloody nose can happen to just about anyone, and it often happens at the most inopportune times. The trick is to calmly manage a nosebleed without panicking, because panic can make the situation much worse. There are many traditional techniques for dealing with a nosebleed, but many of those are really just old wives' tales. However, there are some things you can do to take care of a nosebleed quickly and effectively.

Reasons For A Nose Bleed

The nose warms and humidifies inhaled air, which keeps the membranes that line the inside of the nose moist. Many blood vessels lie close to the surface inside the nose and a nosebleed can occur from minor irritations to the lining. Nosebleeds happen at any age and most people will develop a nosebleed in their lifetime, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology.

A Toddler With A Stuffy Nose

While few enjoy having a stuffy nose, the condition can be particularly irritating for toddlers. Although toddlers share a developmental quest for autonomy and often try to refuse parental help, many are not able to blow their own noses to clear nasal passages on their own. It may take a good deal of patience, but parents who learn about nasal congestion in toddlers can more effectively manage this condition.

Dehydration and the "Stomach Flu"

Kids with mild gastroenteritis (also called the "stomach flu," which can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea) who aren't dehydrated should continue to eat normally but should be encouraged to drink additional fluid to replace fluid losses. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), recent studies have shown that most kids with gastroenteritis can safely eat a regular age-appropriate diet while they're sick.

Dehydration in Kids

Dehydration in Kids
Under normal conditions, we all lose some body water every day in our sweat, tears, urine, and stool. Water also evaporates from skin and leaves the body as vapor when we breathe. We usually replace this body fluid and the salts it contains with the water and salts in our regular diet.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Is it Important to Know the Type of Blood You Have?

Knowing one’s blood type is important for a variety of reasons. The first is that in an accident, if one loses enough blood to require a transfusion, one can become severely ill if the wrong type is administered. Fortunately hospitals usually do a quick type test to avoid transfusing incompatible blood.

Prior to any surgery, blood is usually typed. These tests also used to be standard requirements prior to obtaining a marriage certificate in most states. This is no longer standard procedure in many states, but the reasons for requiring it were solid.

Teach your kids to manage their anger

Teach your kids to manage their anger Kids who can manage anger have a head start in life.
Managing anger is one of the biggest emotional issues that children face. Children who can learn to manage their anger have a head start on handling fears and other emotions. Our community is undecided about how to handle anger. We often see no place for it. "Civilised people don't get angry" seems to be the accepted wisdom, so we tend to encourage children to bottle up anger rather than letting it out. Anger needs to be managed, rather than avoided. Many people have the attitude that if anger is buried deep down it will go away.

Five ways to build kids' compassion

Five ways to build kids' compassionTeach your children compassion and empathy from a young age.

The experts out there agree: we're all born with the capacity for empathy and compassion but like language, it needs to be taught and witnessed at work in others.
In this highly competitive, fast-paced world how do we teach our kids to be happy for the happiness of others and to actually understand how others feel?

Maia Szalavitz, co-author of Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential – and Endangered, says kids need to be exposed to an empathetic environment in a bid to unleash their compassion potential.

"The most important of these is nurturing, responsive parenting," she says.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Learning Numbers in a Fun Way 2

This is the second part

Learning Numbers in a Fun Way

My 2 year old finds this fascinating. I thought I should share

Maintaining Good Eye Health

Don't take your eye health for granted. Protect your eyesight with these six tips for eye-healthy nutrition, lifestyle, and preventive care.

Smoking in pregnancy leads to asthma in children later on

Smoking in pregnancy leads to asthma in children later onSmoking during pregnancy is associated with wheeze and asthma in preschool children, a new study has found. The conditions also occurred where the child was not exposed to maternal smoking in late pregnancy or after birth.

The study, led by Dr Åsa Neuman of Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, reviewed data on 21,600 children, including 735 who were exposed to maternal smoking only during pregnancy. "Epidemiological evidence suggests that exposure to maternal smoking during fetal and early life increases the risk of childhood wheezing and asthma, but earlier studies were not able to differentiate the effects of prenatal and postnatal exposure," said Dr Neuman.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Garlic compound 'fights food poisoning bacteria'

Garlic compound  fights food poisoning bacteria
More effective than antibiotics
A compound found in garlic could be used in the fight against food poisoning, new research suggests.

US researchers say that a garlic-derived compound called diallyl sulphide is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics at fighting Campylobacter bacteria, the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK.
The bacterium is estimated to cause up to 400,000 cases of food poisoning a year in England and Wales.

"Killer heels" arthritis warning

 Killer heels  arthritis warning

Badly-fitting trainers don't help either

Women (and men!) who wear fashionable high heels or badly fitting trainers are running the risk of developing arthritis, warns the UK's Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. Combined with growing obesity and the fact that we are living longer means that we could be facing an "arthritis crisis" in the near future, according to the Society.

Arthritis is more common in women, and the chances of suffering from it increase with age. The most common form, osteoarthritis, has over 8 million sufferers in the UK and causes pain and stiffness in the joints. It can be caused by injury or general wear and tear. It particularly affects the feet, a worrying fact given that a poll by the Society found that a quarter of the women responding said that they wear heels every day or frequently. But high heels can alter the body's natural posture and put high stress on the foot, ankle and knee joints.

Why allowing your teenager to experiment with alcohol is a bad idea

Why allowing your teenager to experiment with alcohol is a bad idea

The younger a teenager is when they have their first alcoholic drink, the bigger the problems with drink abuse later, a new report today claims.
These findings appear to shatter the commonly held belief among some parents that introducing alcohol at an early age – such as a small glass of wine with a meal at the age of 14 or 15 – can help to stave off binge-drinking behaviour when full adolescence strikes.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

What are the risks of sitting too much?

Researchers have linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels. Too much sitting also seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Back pain at work: Preventing pain and injury

Heavy lifting, repetitive movements and sitting at a desk all day can take a toll on your back. Get the facts about back pain at work and how to prevent it.

Whether it's dull and achy or sharp and stabbing, back pain can make it hard to concentrate on your job. Unfortunately, many occupations — such as nursing, construction and factory work — can place significant demands on your back. Even routine office work can cause or worsen back pain. Understand what causes back pain and what you can do to prevent it.

Bone health: Tips to keep your bones healthy

Protecting your bone health is easier than you think. Understand how diet, physical activity and other lifestyle factors can affect your bone mass.

Bones play many roles in the body — providing structure, protecting organs, anchoring muscles and storing calcium. While it's particularly important to take steps to build strong and healthy bones during childhood and adolescence, you can take steps during adulthood to protect bone health, too.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Top tips on gout

Some tips from Dr  Louise Warburton on identifying and relieving gout 

1 Be prepared to see more cases of gout. Gout is a common cause of arthritis in men over 40 and postmenopausal women. In an RCGP national morbidity survey in 1982, 2.7/1,000 patients visited their GP with an episode of gout. The incidence of gout is rising because of the explosion of obesity in the population, so be prepared to see more of it, especially in the run-up to Christmas. Fructose-sweetened soft drinks are also associated with increased risk of gout.

Fibroids and Fertility

Fibroids or leiomyomas are benign smooth muscle tumours of the uterus. These tumours are very common and approximately one out of every five women over the age of 30 years has a fibroid. Uterine fibroids tend to be more frequent in African/African American women and less frequent in women from other ethnic groups (i.e. Asian). Often fibroids cause no symptoms and are found during a routine gynaecological examination such as an annual exam. At that time an enlarged or irregularly shaped uterus is noted and later this finding is confirmed by ultrasound. Sometimes fibroids are found during an infertility evaluation when tests such as a pelvic ultrasound, hysterosonogram or hysterosalpingogram are ordered.

How to Maintain Joint Health

According to "Arthritis Today," preventing joint problems is essential to reducing your risk of developing arthritis later in life. If you sit or stand in the same position all day, make sure you change positions, stretch and take breaks throughout the day to prevent excess pressure on the joints. Anything that makes you move and increases flexibility will, in turn, also benefit your joints, according to "Arthritis Today."

Heavy Lifting During Pregnancy

It is not true that you can harm your fetus by lifting something heavy. You cannot dislodge it or tear the placenta from the wall of the uterus. But it's still not a good idea to heave two-ton grocery bags into your car. Your back won't like it. During pregnancy, the usually stable joints of the pelvis begin to loosen up to prepare for childbirth. This, combined with your growing abdomen, will throw your weight off balance and cause you to counterbalance by walking with a curved lower back. This puts strain on the lower-back muscles that will be aggravated by heavy lifting.

Give your back a break. If you have a young child at home, now is a good time to get some use out of the stroller and let her practice walking more often. Put your groceries in several lightweight bags. Ask someone else to carry heavy suitcases or packages. Your back muscles will be strained even more in the pregnancy later on; try to ease their burden now.


Mothers Raising Daughters: 30 Critical Tips

Let's be a little more definitive on what moms can do to raise women who will achieve self-sufficiency in adulthood. The following list is compiled from research studies conducted by Dr. Sylvia Rimm (based on 1,000 successful women) and information from Sondra Forsyth, author of Girls Seen and Heard (Putnam, 1998).
You might be interested to know that in Dr. Rimm's study, 83 percent of the mothers of these high achievers were home full-time when their daughters were of preschool age. By the time they entered high school, 67 percent of these girls' mothers had established careers outside the home.

Based on Dr. Rimm's findings and those reported by Forsyth in her book, here is a comprehensive list of things you should do to nurture high achieving women:

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Top 5 lifestyle changes to reduce cholesterol

Lifestyle changes can help reduce cholesterol, keep you off cholesterol-lowering medications or enhance the effect of your medications. Here are five lifestyle changes to get you started.

High cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease and heart attacks. You can reduce cholesterol with medications, but if you'd rather make lifestyle changes to reduce cholesterol, you can try these five healthy lifestyle changes. If you're already taking medications, these changes can also improve their cholesterol-lowering effect.

Cholesterol: Top 5 foods to lower your numbers

Diet can play an important role in lowering your cholesterol. Here are five foods that can lower your cholesterol and protect your heart.

Can a bowl of oatmeal help lower your cholesterol? How about a handful of walnuts or even a baked potato topped with some heart-healthy margarine? A few simple tweaks to your diet — like these, along with exercise and other heart-healthy habits — may be helpful in lowering your cholesterol.

How to Handle Back Talk

Did that Come Out of My Child's Mouth? 
Back talk: It stings, it shocks, it embarrasses, and it can turn your home into a battleground. Jim Bozigar, head of community outreach at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, runs a back-talk workshop for parents. He says that with a little understanding and self-restraint, parents can put a lid on talking back.

"The reasons for back talk are as varied as the personalities of the children who use it," says Bozigar. The child could be hungry, tired, or in a transitional period. But children who talk back usually do have one thing in common: They're trying to separate from their parents and exercise control over their lives.

Typical Teenage Behaviors and Attitudes

Most of the information written about adolescents and teenagers places a great deal of emphasis on the physical, social, and emotional changes, accompanied by confusion and uncertainty, that mark this developmental stage of a child's life. While it is certainly a difficult period for the child, it is likewise true that the parents are also experiencing stresses, changes, and confusion at this time. Not much has been written about the parents' problems and worries, as well as the changes they are undergoing as they approach midlife with a teenager in their household.

Talking to Our Sons about Sex and Limits

It's difficult enough to talk about sex with our kids, so it may add to your discomfort on the need to talk to them about date rape too. Boys need to know when sex is consensual and when it's not. Because when it's not and sex happens, it's rape.

Adolescents are going to experiment with their sexuality. And although their urges are normal and natural, we must teach our boys to be responsible about their urges.

What to Tell Your Teen About Sex

How do you feel about sex and your teenager? Perhaps you hold a very strong religious or moral opinion on the issue. If so, then this is what you'll convey to your teen.

Or maybe you feel that expecting you teenager to wait until after marriage to have sex isn't realistic. Yet you want guidelines and suggestions on how to make your teen wait as long as possible and to take good care of himself or herself (physically and emotionally) in the process.

Eat rye bread for a flatter stomach

woman eating bread
Want to beat bloating? Try rye

If you're sick of that bloated feeling from eating bread, want to lose a few inches without going on an extreme diet, and fancy boosting your energy levels, the Village Bakery's 'Try Rye' eating plan might be for you.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Talking with Toddlers About Sexual Curiosity

Pregnant MomThe transition from baby to big kid  comes with it a whole slew of new topics that send families scrambling for that mythical parenting instruction manual. Some of the biggies that red-faced parents wonder: What's normal when it comes to sexual development (and interest!) for kids under two? How should you respond when you see your very young child, well, masturbating? First, keep these age-specific concepts in mind.