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Sea salt is an increasingly popular alternative to table salt. But is it really better for you? Our Healthy Skeptic investigates.
Time for a pop quiz. How much salt is 2300 mg?
Bad air day? Find out why you might want to exercise inside on days when the air quality is poor.
Taking care of aging parents can be a major source of stress. Here’s how to cope.
When I was diagnosed with diabetes 10 years ago, there weren't many places to turn to for help. I tried a support group, but I was the youngest person in the class by 20 years; the other recently-diagnosed patients faced different challenges than I did.
The few people I knew my age with diabetes had type 1, a disease that seemed at the time as different from type 2 as arthritis. I could find no one, it seemed, who was dealing with the same disease and circumstances that I was.
What a difference a decade makes. Thanks to social networks, bloggers, FaceBook and Twitter, rich communities exist that allow the afflicted to connect with one another and share information.
A lot of people might have scoffed at the benefit of such sites just a few years ago; really, who in their right mind would turn to a chat room or bulletin board for medical information? And who would publicly share details of their disease?
Count me among those initial skeptics. But I've come around. I like connecting with other diabetics--especially as my disease has progressed and become more complicated to manage. Now I use Twitter to share blood sugar readings, read blogs by other writers with diabetes and share interesting articles on my Facebook profile. While I still distrust much of the medical information I find, I feel more connected to people suffering from the same chronic illness as me--and I feel as though I have a community of support.
And it turns out I'm not alone: Studies show that such online activity helps mute the loneliness, stress and depression symptoms that attend chronic conditions like heart disease, arthritis, celiac disease and diabetes.
In one study, for example, women who participated in breast cancer groups online boosted their quality of life and decreased depression.
Want to connect?But which online group is right for you? There are dozens of major health social networks on sites like Web MD, iVillage and Yahoo! Groups, and many smaller groups on Facebook, Ning and other social platforms. Here are a few groups to consider:
Nutrition coach Rovenia “Dr. Ro” Brock comes to the rescue of a detective who’s been investigating too many fast food restaurants.
Dietitian Carolyn O'Neil rescues a volunteer whose busy life makes it hard to follow a blood pressure controlling diet that will protect his own generous heart.
Cold weather can increase your risk for heart attacks. Here's how to stay safe with the mercury drops.
Can birth control pills raise blood pressure? Is stress the main cause of high blood pressure? Test your blood pressure knowledge with our Everwell Challenge.
This simple positive thinking technique from Dr. Herbert Benson can help erase the negative thoughts that are stressing you out.
Practicing simple relaxation techniques developed by Dr. Herbert Benson for a few minutes a day could ease your troubled mind.
Is dark chocolate just an indulgence -- or actually good for you? Dr. Bruce Dan looks at the surprising health benefits of this delicious treat.