10 Things Your Nails Can Reveal About Your Health

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Vertical ridges or white spots on your nails are usually harmless

If your nails curve upward with a spoon-like appearance it may be due to iron-deficiencyanemia, hemochromatosis (excess iron absorption), heart disease, or hypothyroidism Continue reading

Home Remedies for Dandruff

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Dry skin and fungus or yeast overgrowth are common causes of dandruff

Increasing your intake of omega-3 fats and reducing your intake of Continue reading

Coconut Oil Found Effective in Treating Atopic Dermatitis (Dry, Itchy, Scaly Skin)

cocoA promising new study published in the International Journal of Dermatology[i] has confirmed the natural healing properties of virgin coconut oil in treating atopic dermatitis, a chronic skin condition characterized by scaly and itchy rashes.

Researchers at the Department of Dermatology, Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Continue reading

Protect Your Skin from Sun Damage with This Herb

Today’s health advice comes in the form of an herbal cream. Calendula, or pot marigold, is a hardy annual herb. These plants have brightly colored flowers and you are likely familiar with them. They are a staple in many front- yard gardens. The petals of the flowers are actually edible and can be used either fresh or dry to add color to rice and salads. Continue reading

This Common Med Linked to Eye Troubles

Many people take aspirin — especially seniors. This over- the-counter-medication is used to relieve pain associated with inflammation. Some even take aspirin to balance their blood pressure. But now, in the latest health news, researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience say that seniors who take aspirin daily may suffer from an unusual prescription side effect — a higher risk for macular degeneration.

Macular degeneration (MD) can be a serious condition that can lead to age-related loss of vision. Basically, there are two types of the eye disease: wet and dry. The wet form is caused by leaking blood vessels in the eye and can affect the vision in the center of your eye’s field of vision. The dry form of MD is far more common and can also lead to vision loss, though not as dramatically.

For the study, the European research team collected health and lifestyle information from nearly 4,700 people over age 65. The researchers found that 839 people took aspirin each day. Thirty-six participants in this group had the more serious condition of wet MD. Statistically, this means that, for every 100 daily aspirin users, four will get wet MD. In comparison, for every 100 people who took aspirin less frequently, only two will get MD.

The researchers caution Continue reading