Health Tip: How Did I Get Hemorrhoids?

Chronic constipation is a frequent cause (HealthDay News) — Hemorrhoids occur when blood vessels in the rectum become swollen and tender. The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons says common risk factors for hemorrhoids include: Having chronic constipation or diarrhea, or pushing too hard during bowel movements. Being pregnant. Having family members who have…

Vitamin D Important During Pregnancy, Study Suggests

Too little may raise risk for complications, researchers find TUESDAY, March 26 (HealthDay News) — Low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy are associated with an increased risk of complications in mothers-to-be and low birth weight in their newborns, a new study finds. The research shows an association but doesn’t prove that insufficient vitamin D…

Tofu-Rich Diet May Help Women With Lung Cancer Live Longer

Chinese study found eating high amounts before diagnosis boosted survival rates By Mary Brophy MarcusHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 26 (HealthDay News) — Eating tofu and other soy foods may help women who develop lung cancer increase their odds of living longer. A study of women from Shanghai, China, published in the March 25 issue of…

Health Tip: Kids Keeping You From Exercising?

Find time even if family keeps you busy (HealthDay News) — Kids and family responsibilities can make it tough to find time to exercise, but it’s important for your health and to be a good role model. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists these tips to keep responsibilities at home from preventing…

Health Tip: Alcohol Can Affect Your Athletic Performance

Your body may suffer (HealthDay News) — Excessive alcohol consumption can trigger many problems with your body, particularly when it comes to athletic performance. The American Council on Exercise lists these ways that alcohol can impact your body’s ability to perform: Dehydration and decreased coordination, endurance and balance. Poor sleep, leading to fatigue. Excess calories…