10 Products to Help Keep Your Health Resolutions

New Year's means a new commitment to our well-being for many of us -- but most of us could use a little help sticking to our resolutions come February. Whether it's eating healthier, hitting the gym more often, doing something about back pain or eye strain, or getting a better night’s sleep, these 10 products will help keep you healthy for years to come. ...more
Great reminder that I need to begin wearing my pedometer again.  Also, I need a better water ...more

Does "Mother Really Know Best" With Your Health?

Even though I'm 40, my mom still smothers me in advice. Eat this; don't eat that. Wait an hour after eating to go swimming. Wear this or else you'll catch your death of cold. Much of her wisdom aims to improve my health, and with Mother's Day upon us, I got to wondering: Is mom right? So I started researching the science behind her claims to see if they held water. Some do, it turns out, and some don't. Thanks, mom, but it's time to set the record straight. ...more

"Test Your Poo " Cancer Video Goes Viral

Cancer testing isn't exactly a light or catchy topic, but "The Poo Song" has convinced me otherwise. This public service announcement was created by the Scottish government in an effort to get its citizens to take a fecal test to screen for bowel cancer. Image: Screen capture from YouTube ...more
@Julie Ross Godar  Heh. Totally.   This morning on the school run. they were talking about some ...more

Margaret Thatcher and Stroke: Life-Saving Info

Margaret Thatcher's death due to stroke brings new attention to this health issue, which is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Some of our bloggers have suffered a stroke themselves, or witnessed a family member go through a stroke. Here's what we can learn from their experiences: ...more

This Winter's Flu: The Worst in 10 Years

I used to pooh-pooh the flu as no big deal. But this year, I’m very glad I had the gumption to trek to my local Rite Aid and wait patiently for my shot. Experts at the Centers for Disease Control are saying this could be the worst influenza outbreakthey’ve seen in the past 10 years. According to the latest reports, more than 2,200 people have been hospitalized since October, and 18 children have died. In Boston, they’ve declared a state of emergency due to a tenfold increase in influenza cases. One hospital in Pennsylvania was forced to pitch tents to handle the glut of patients. ...more
This is purely anecdotal and not scientific in any way.  I sent my daughters to take the flushot ...more

Greetings From BlogHer’s New Health Editor

Confession: I recently turned 40, and at first, it was horrible. On my birthday, a friend took me out to lunch, where I broke down and blubbered about how I wasn’t where I’d hoped I’d be at this age -- in terms of my tumultuous marriage, my barely-making-ends-meet writing career, or my far-from-perfect parenting of our two-year-old daughter. ...more
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