Fighting Insomnia Begins With Exercise

finniaTo his teachers, 16-year-old Jason is the student most likely to fall asleep in class. After all, his school day is followed by a grueling basketball practice and three hours behind a fast-food counter. Then there’s homework, late-night phone chats with his girlfriend, and catching up on MTV. When Jason’s head finally hits the pillow, his mind is still racing with thoughts about everything from tomorrow’s history test to his latest outbreak of zits. Then, just when it seems like he’s finally settled into a cozy sleep, his alarm clock rousts him out of bed to start another day.

Jason is suffering from insomnia, a sleep disorder that …

Trauma Can Have Long Term Effects

ertqkJessica would never forget the night she awoke in the middle of an earthquake. All she could think of was getting out of the house. Later, she huddled with her family and looked at the ruins of their home. “What are we going to do?” she whispered.

Eric slammed his bedroom door. He didn’t want to talk to his father OR his mother. “I felt angry about the divorce,” he said later, “but scared, too. I wasn’t sure what would happen to me.”

Marcie used to stay with her grandmother after school. Sometimes she brought a friend, and they listened to her wonderful stories. “Whenever I had a problem, …

Don’t Wait For Floods To Hit: Prepare Now

floodsFloods are devasting. People whose lives have been devastated by floods have suffered loss of homes, cars, pets, and even loved ones.

Since floods are nature’s most frequent natural disaster, maybe you have even survived a flood. You probably recall this year’s raging floods in California or the flooding in the Midwest in the summer of 1993, which many called the “flood of the century.” Even though major floods are reported in the national news, many small yet serious floods occur that are are not nationally reported. That’s why it’s important for your to know what to do in case a flood threatens you, your family, and …

Lyme Disease Is A Real Risk When It Comes To Ticks

lmddsSharon awoke in the morning with a throbbing headache she couldn’t shake. Later that day she went to the doctor complaining of an achy tiredness and burning throat. Dr. Conroy popped a thermometer in Sharon’s mouth. “Have you been camping or in the woods lately?” she asked.

“Yes,” Sharon said. “We went camping over the weekend. Why?”

“Well, you definitely have a fever, and if that rash on your arm was caused by a tick, you may have Lyme disease. We’ll need to take a blood test.”

The Lowdown on Lyme

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread primarily through the infected bite of the black-legged tick (the so-called deer …

There Are No “Safe Suntans”

sfstIF you’re looking forward to the balmy days of summer so you can get a healthy tan, you’d better think twice. Due to the rising rates of melanoma (the most deadly form of skin cancer) and other health problems caused by the sun’s rays, there’s no such thing as a “healthy” tan. How can something that makes you look great be so deadly?

Blame Those Ultraviolet Rays

The sun emits two types of ultraviolet (UV) radiation: UV-A and UV-B. According to the National Academy of Sciences, UV-A probably causes as much as 95 percent of the melanoma-inducing effect of sunlight. UV-A and UV-B both play major roles in causing less …

Chances are you have had antioxidants

antdtsWhether you know it or not. Antioxidants are vitamins that are present in foods you eat every day–especially fruits, vegetables, nuts, and vegetable oils. Antioxidant vitamins are an important part of the body’s cell protection system. The antioxidants we have the most information on are vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene, a form of vitamin A.

These antioxidant vitamins are at the center of one of today’s biggest health debates. Everyone agrees that they’re needed for good health. The debate is about whether consuming large amounts of these vitamins can help prevent cancer, heart disease, and other serious diseases.

What’s an Antioxidant?

Why are these vitamins referred …

Playing Baseball Well Requires Core Strength

pbbBaseball is still America’s favorite pastime. Many people participate in the sport on many different levels. Most people, however, don’t think of it as an aerobic event. But baseball does focus on explosive power for hitting and short sprint running and provides a score of fitness benefits. Getting in shape for the game is extremely important.

Strength Training

“One of the key ingredients in training is building core strength–abdominal muscles, low back, and oblique muscles,” says Mark Cibrario, strength and conditioning coach at Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Illinois.

As a trainer for high school athletes in a variety of sports, Cibrario’s personal favorite is baseball. …

Women And Smoking: A Brutal Combination

wnscYou’re female, age 15. Just for a moment, picture yourself in the future. Not your future as in what you’re doing this summer, but when you’re about 30 years old. Would you like to see yourself in a good job? as a mom? traveling? living in a place of your own? as drug addict with a killing habit?

A safe guess at your answers: Yes. Perhaps.

Good idea. Yes. No.

Of course you don’t see drug dependence in your future. But when it comes to one of the most common and dangerous forms of drug addiction, many young women take the first step every day. They smoke their first cigarette