IstockphotoBy Liz Welch
Will placing a tea bag on a cold sore make it disappear? Can you ease hot flashes with herbs? And does putting yogurt on your nether parts have a prayer of curing a yeast infection?
It used to be that you'd hear about these kinds of home remedies from your mom. These days, they're touted on websites, blogs, and online forums. In fact, 61 percent of American adults turn to the Internet to find help in treating what's ailing them, a 2009 study reveals.
But do these natural moves actually work … and, just as important, could they do more harm than good? Health asked medical experts to weigh in on the Internet's most popular home cures.
The online claim: Yogurt can stop a yeast infection
Is it true? No
Yeast infections-and their symptoms, from intense vaginal itchiness to cottage cheese-like discharge-are caused by an overgrowth of the fungus candida. Because studies show that yogurt can promote the growth of healthier strains of bacteria in the stomach and intestines,
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Grammy! Tour! Wedding! The hot country star tells us how she fits power foods and daily cardio into her crazy-busy life.Read More »from Miranda Lambert is having a moment
By Alison Prato
Miranda Lambert may have forgotten to thank her fiance, fellow country music star Blake Shelton, when she won her first Grammy this February. But when we caught up with the 27-year-old star on her tour, Blake was top of mind. In fact, the Texas native was thrilled to chat about everything, from her energy secrets to how she's getting into peak shape to swap "I do's" with Blake this month.
Q: You're in Evansville, Indiana, now. Do you ever get confused about which city you're in?
A: Yes! They usually write where we are on the set list, because I've made the mistake of saying the wrong state before. I was like, "Hello, Ohio!" And they just kind of looked at me like my head was on fire. [Laughs.]
Q: And how do you keep your energy up on stage?
A: I eat a lot of protein and eat pretty clean. Junk food drags you down. I try not to have anything less than
IstockphotoBy Annie Murphy PaulRead More »from The toughest nine months: Pregnant with cancer
When she found the lump in her breast, Jessica Denton had known she was pregnant with her first child for just a few days. Her primary care doctor (she hadn't yet signed up with an obstetrician) told her not to worry, that the small, hard mass she felt was most likely a blocked milk duct.
Denton put her misgivings aside, and over the following months she watched with delight as her belly began to swell.
But the lump was growing, too. Finally, five months along, Denton pointed it out to her OB, who immediately ordered a needle biopsy. The result: malignant. Hanging up the phone, "I felt like I'd been shot," Denton recalls. "How could I possibly have cancer?"
It's an agonizing paradox: At the very moment a woman is giving life to a child, she must fight a potentially deadly disease.
Usually, it's simply a terrible accident of timing: The pregnancy has nothing to do with the cancer's emergence. (For example, studies suggest that breast tumors found during
By Shaun ChavisRead More »from 7 foods that fight fat
Want to get more bang for your bite? These foods do double duty-they help you blast fat and make you feel full longer, so you'll eat fewer calories.
78 calories each
An egg's not only a nutritional powerhouse, it's also loaded with protein that satisfies. Eat eggs for breakfast; they'll curb your appetite enough that you'll have about 330 calories less than usual throughout the rest of the day.
Bonus tip: For a healthy fried egg, brush a nonstick skillet with a smidge of oil or cooking spray. You'll get crispy edges without much fat.
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170 calories for 1 ounce
Just one more reason to indulge: nosh on dark chocolate and you'll eat less at your next meal, according to research from the University of Copenhagen.
Why? Compounds in chocolate slow down digestion and make you feel full longer. A small piece of chocolate (aim for the size of a business card) can also curb your cravings for salty, sweet,
CorbisBy Laurie HerrRead More »from 11 surprising headache triggers
Could it be something you ate? Not enough sleep? Want to know what could be causing your headache? Our comprehensive list just might help you out.
In a recent study, researchers found that women with mild obesity (a body mass index of 30) had a 35% greater risk of headaches than those with a lower BMI. Severe obesity (BMI of 40) upped the chances to 80%.
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Certain traits, including rigidity, reserve, and obsessivity may make you headache-prone. If that sounds like you, it could be time to sign up for relaxation training.
The big O
In one survey, 46% of headache sufferers said sex had triggered a headache. Usually, this is an overexertion headache (like joggers and weight lifters sometimes get); you may feel a dull pain that builds during foreplay or get a sudden headache around orgasm (more likely in men). In rare cases, such an intense headache could be caused by a tumor or aneurysm. For most
CorbisBy Leslie BarrieRead More »from Cheer up your kitchen
Create a brighter vibe in the heart of your home with these tips from design guru Jonathan Adler, author of Happy Chic Accessorizing and Happy Chic Colors.
Don't fear patterns
If you adore a print, go ahead and use it in more than one place. "It instantly helps the room come together and, of course, adds a bit of playfulness," Adler says.
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Bring on the bouquets
"Flowers add instant joy," Adler says-but many of us forget to put 'em in the kitchen. He prefers tight clusters of a single bloom. Cut the stems off so only the buds pop out of the vase.
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Add pieces that pop
Vibrant shades like bold blue and citrus green can perk up your space. You don't have to paint: Neutral walls and cabinets make an ideal backdrop for bright dishes, towels, pottery, etc.
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Use edible arrangements
Lemons and limes (or oranges and grapefruit) make a
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Quentin BaconEating breakfast jump-starts your metabolism and keeps you feeling full and energized throughout the day.Read More »from Candice Kumai's favorite breakfast and brunch recipes
In her new cookbook, Pretty Delicious, former Top Chef contestant and host of Lifetime's Cook Yourself Thin Candice Kumai offers up some mouthwatering, healthy recipes for the most important meal of the day and beyond.
Here are five of her favorites for breakfast or brunch.
Makes 12 scones
Candice says: "Whenever life hands me lemons, I make these lusciously lemony scones! They're best served with a sip of tea, great gossip, and your best friends-all the necessary ingredients to turn your day around in an instant."
Ingredients: 3 cups all-purpose flour plus extra for shaping; 1/2 cup sugar; zest and juice of 1 lemon; 1 teaspoon baking powder; 1 teaspoon baking soda; 1 teaspoon salt; 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes; 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk; 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce; 1 cup dried cranberries; 1 cup confectioners' sugar
By Karen PallaritoRead More »from ADHD? 10 tips for staying focused
You're late to work (again), behind on a project, or can't remember the action points from the last meeting. If you're one of the roughly 10 million U.S. adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), it can be a constant challenge to stay on task.
Anthony Rostain, MD, professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, in Philadelphia, says you can get distracted by external stimuli like noise or internal stimuli like daydreaming; these different distractions require different coping strategies, he explains.
Here's how to pinpoint your weaknesses and 10 strategies for getting the job done.
Write it down
If you want to raise an important point in a conference call, but don't want to butt in, you may not absorb what the others are saying while you wait to bring it up.
Better to jot down a keyword to remind yourself what you want to say, says Linda Richmand, a Westchester County, N.Y., certified professional
As temperatures rise, nothing beats a sweet, juicy piece of fruit or the crisp crunch of a fresh veggie. This spring, find the nearest farmers market-not only will you be helping the environment (think of the gas it takes to transport produce), but you'll also be supporting your local farmers. Here are 11 delicious fruits and veggies to enjoy.
Cherries begin to ripen in April, making their tart taste perfect for your favorite spring recipes. Health benefits include:
- The ability to reduce inflammation
- Anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant that may protect against heart disease and diabetes
Try this recipe: Cherry Compote Over Goat Cheese
The most popular berry in the world, strawberries are a sweet and juicy addition to any meal. They start to ripen in March, so enjoy them now! Health benefits include:
- High levels of phenols, heart-protecting phytonutrients
- Decreasing the activity of the inflammation-causing enzyme COX
Enjoy the delicious foods of Passover. Try these five matzo-based recipes to celebrate the season.Read More »from 5 meals with matzo
Matzo Ball Soup
This traditional dish combines the unleavened matzo meal with savory chicken and root vegetables. It's warm, savory, and completely satisfying.
Ingredients: Fresh dill, parsley, chicken breasts, onion, carrots, parsnips, celery, vegetable oil, eggs, matzo meal, lemon juice, white pepper
Calories: Approximately 200 per cup
Try this recipe: Matzo Ball Soup
Eggplant and Green Pepper Kugel
Kugel is traditionally a baked pudding that's made with potato or noodles. This version uses matzo meal and eggplant for a more savory flavor and a heartier texture.
Ingredients: Eggplant, vegetable oil, onion, green bell pepper, pine nuts, eggs, matzo meal, paprika Calories: 136
Try this recipe: Eggplant and Green Pepper Kugel
Herbed Yukon Gold Potato Latkes
Flavored with your favorite herbs, these latkes combine the traditional taste you expect with an elegant presentation.